Calling all community builders
Become a Program Director today
If you love helping others uplevel their careers, launch and scale big ideas, or make lifelong friends, this is the position for you.
As a Program Director, you’ll change lives. At scale.
I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.
One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”
I walk away from every @beondeck All Hands so inspired.
What we're building is so meaningful and we're just getting started. Grateful to be a part of this team and this mission. 🙏🏼 🚀
On Deck helped me realize that writing was a viable career. As a Software Engineer in SV, thought founding a tech startup was the only path. Then ODF1 happened.
12 months later, and I got a book on the way & a newsletter with 44k subscribers. Big fans of @david__booth & team!
What is a Program Director?
Your future colleagues
Nathan Cheng is a physicist, PhD dropout, and solo backpacker. Nathan spends his energy bringing together the smartest people in the world to work on one of the most important problems facing humanity today – aging. Nathan is the founder of Longevity List, The Longevity Biotech Show, and Healthspan Capital.
Abhijeet Patra is a foodie, musician, and photographer. Before On Deck, Abhijeet worked at the intersection of biotech and nanotech – spinning out 3 startups, publishing 20 papers, and completing a PhD. All at the same time.
Charlie Taibi is an amateur interior designer, expert sleeper, and Oxford Comma devotee. After teaching English in China, Charlie caught the education bug, which pushed him to found Year On, a VC-backed EdTech company. Now, Charlie is using his learnings as a teacher and a founder to create "the room where it happens" for leaders in the EdTech space.
Clara Ma (formerly known as "Miss Dance America") worked in Ops at AngelList and as Chief of Staff at Hugging Face. Before joining On Deck, Clara was a Fellow in the Chief of Staff Fellowship, which she now leads. Two of Clara's favorite foods are ice cream and potatoes (separately).
Kelly Hook talks fast and is generally a goofball. Before On Deck, she scaled Prezi’s global PR efforts, navigated the depths of IBM, and built the CS function for an a16z startup. In her free time, Kelly and her partner run an outfitting company that does seasonal horseback riding and guiding in the Montana wilderness.
Andrew Yu is a teacher, a product leader, and is trained in as many instruments as he has fingers. Andrew led the Presidential Inauguration for Joe Biden, worked on AI at LinkedIn, and writes about Growth on his blog.
Of all the investments Sam Huleatt has made (Slack, OneSignal, Levels and many more) On Deck is the only company where he decided to go ’all-in” on and hop along for the ride. Before On Deck, Sam co-founded two companies (exited one) and spent time as an EIR. Word on the street is that Sam is a fantastic squash player and has stood on the summit of Kilimanjaro.
After a childhood shrouded in mystery, Sar Haribhakti moved to the States and where he worked in a variety of roles across growth, investing, and business development. Most recently, Sar served as the GM for the fintech division of Slice, a marketplace for independent pizza merchants. When Sar's not thinking deeply about fintech, you can find him going viral on twitter.
Ty Walrod cofounded two companies – one facilitated more than $100M in philanthropic transactions and the other became the largest LGBT employee resource group in the world. If Ty isn’t responding to your Slack messages, he's likely on a mountain somewhere. Hiking up it, snowboarding down it, or camping on the side of it.
Tom White inhales books, loathes slow walkers, and loves a bit of cheeky banter. Before On Deck, Tom worked at Google, ran a startup into the ground, and donated his bone marrow to a stranger in Brazil. Tom's non-financial investments include (overly) emotional investments in the NY Islanders, Notre Dame, and the NY Yankees.
Our resident expert in community building. Shriya founded The Violet Society, worked in Ops at Reforge, and Community at Assembled. When she’s not organizing matchmaking parties on Twitter, she's likely trying new vegetarian recipes or dancing to her favorite Bollywood bangers.
Owen Willis began his career as special education teacher through Teach for America. After leaving the classroom,Owen consulted for philanthropic groups including the Gates and Dell Foundations, spent a short stint at Disney in Shanghai, and served as the COO for a medical education startup. Owen loves soccer, brunching across NYC, and playing with Teddy, his puppy.
Mindaugas Petrutis is a central node in the design community, despite not being a designer himself. Before On Deck, Mindaugas helped scale design teams at companies like MasterCard, Frontend.com, and Accenture. And way, way before that, Mindaugas worked in hospitality after accidentally flying to the wrong island in the Canaries.
Candice Ammori is an early-riser, yoga-enthusiast, and author. Candice was on the founding team of a VR startup, motorbiked the 2nd highest motorable road in the world (during a trip won off Twitter), and studied AI Ethics at UMich (where Candice may or may not have used their 60+ first cousins as a dataset).
Infectious smiler and lover of a good walking meeting. In a previous life, Anthony spent a decade in Chief of Staff and COO roles at Goldman Sachs. Anthony's first experience with On Deck was as a Fellow in the Founder Fellowship. 4 years ago, he and his husband swapped grey London for sunny LA and haven't looked back since.
The day-to-day activities of a PD changes as a the program evolves. In the first phase, you're like an early-stage founder. You're building a new program from scratch, recruiting teammates, and closing Fellows. In the second phase, you collect feedback from Fellows and make improvements to help them better achieve their goals. In the third phase, your community is established and your programming is refined. Here, you'll scale up your team and explore opportunities for growth.
If you were to join On Deck, we'd want you to truly love it! This role may not be a fit for you if you're not a natural community builder and mentor, if you enjoy following hierarchy and hesitate to tackle new tasks, or if you prefer a predictable day-to-day environment. See our non-values page for reasons not to join On Deck.
On Deck programs are like startups inside of a startup. Not every startup finds product market fit and if yours doesn't, we'll do our best to find a new opportunity for you at On Deck and/or support you in the next phase of your journey.
Program Directors own their vertical inside of On Deck and have the potential to grow by creating new program offerings. For example, the Program Director for the Design Fellowship can grow by creating programs for different seniority levels or across sub- categories of design.
Every Program Director starts with a Program Associate who serves as their right-hand for support with operations and experience. Program Directors can choose to have a Program Partner to support with curriculum development and mentoring Fellows. Alongside their own team, Program Directors interface with functional units at On Deck such as Growth, Candidates, and Launch which help Program Directors get their program off the ground.
This role comes with a competitive salary, stock options, unlimited PTO, and employee benefits, including generous healthcare.