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Critical Exposure trains DC youth to harness the power of photography and their own voices to fight for educational equity and social justice. We’re creating a new generation of leaders who have:

  • the tools to express themselves,
  • the creativity to imagine new solutions to old problems,
  • the belief that youth have the right and ability to fight for those solutions, and
  • the skills to hold communities and public officials accountable.

Through campaigns and visual storytelling, Critical Exposure support youth to raise their voices in conversations about education policies and build the public and political will needed to address the issues they face.

Critical Exposure seeks a Program Manager to join our team in Washington, DC, to lead our youth organizing programs so that youth have the tools to transform communities and schools into connected, safe, resourced places. The Program Manager will supervise, train, and coach staff to develop young people’s skills and abilities to participate in and drive organizing campaigns for educational justice. This position requires working in partnership with young people, including facilitating youth-led cohorts, to engage adult decision-makers in the school system and the city to bring about tangible local change. Candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment to centering youth leadership while working toward justice. This full-time position is exempt, based in the DC metro area, and entails remote and in-person work.

The Program Manager is an experienced facilitator, organizer, and team leader who can balance multiple priorities while maintaining thoughtful systems. This is a mid-career position, and prior experience supervising staff is required. Strong candidates should have significant work experience in community organizing, youth leadership development, and programmatic leadership. This position requires serving as a thought partner for program strategy, managing systems for program operations, and working in partnership with young people. 


Our Programs take place at our main office and directly in partner schools. The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that Critical Exposure’s programs meet our outcomes: (1) develop youth power & agency, (2) teach photography & storytelling skills, and (3) support youth-led organizing campaigns.

1- Program Facilitation – 40%

2 – Program Leadership & Strategy – 20%

3 – Program Operations Management – 20%

4 – Organizational Collaboration – 20%



The starting salary for this position is $68,000-75,500. This salary range is based on CE’s current compensation structure. CE practices putting forth our best and most competitive offer first to alleviate the pressure on candidates to negotiate up. 

Role of Adult Staff
Our team of adult program staff works to develop the skills of young people so that they can collectively address educational and social injustices that affect their lives. Critical Exposure does not offer social services to youth or advocate on their behalf.

Qualifications + Attributes


Qualities of Successful CE Staff

All CE employees must have received the COVID-19 vaccine and updated boosters unless a request for an ADA accommodation has been approved.

We offer a flexible benefits package that includes employer-sponsored health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement plan with an employer contribution, access to an FSA plan, generous paid time off (including paid personal leave, a two-week winter office closure, and a one-week summer office closure), paid parental leave, and a technology stipend. We are committed to staff leadership development and prioritize continuing education opportunities for all staff. 

The position is located in the DC metro area and involves a combination of remote and in-person work. Currently, we anticipate that the Program Team will need to work in the office or at a program site a minimum of 3 times per week. The amount of in-person work may vary based on team meetings or program activities that require an onsite presence.

Application Instructions

Send your resume and a PDF of your responses to the questions below to with “CE Program Coordinator” or “CE Program Manager” in the subject line, depending on the position you are applying for. 

Your responses need not be formally addressed or formatted as a cover letter. A PDF with brief answers (1-2 paragraphs per question) will suffice.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a priority review deadline of Monday, June 24th.

Critical Exposure is an equal opportunity employer. DC natives; Black, Brown, and other people of color; women; working-class people; trans and nonbinary; queer, bisexual, lesbian, and gay people are strongly encouraged to apply. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to any legally protected status.

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