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CLX is Hiring: Pathways Program Manager

  • Sana Jafri

Who We Are

Do you get excited about advancing racial equity in learning and work for a rapidly-changing world? Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) is on a mission to inspire and support innovation that equips digital-age learners and leaders to close Chicago’s opportunity gap.

CLX lives into its mission by connecting and supporting a Network of over 200+ youth-serving organizations across sectors and topics who are united by a vision to reimagine and remake learning in Chicago, to be relevant, digitally-enabled, and connected to opportunity for a fast-changing world. With our Network, CLX also invests in innovations and collaborations through grantmaking, connects and builds learning and work pathways for alternative post-secondary success, as well as champions raising awareness about hands-on, innovative learning in the in-school, out-of-school, and online spaces through a city-wide festival. Learn more at chicagolx.org.

What You Will Do

The Pathways Program Manager position is for a self-starter who is entrepreneurial, knowledgeable about STEAM, and has a deep commitment to racial equity through workforce programs for Chicago youth. The primary responsibility of the Pathways Program Manager position is to help CLX manage the final implementation of our grant funded project to spread energy pathways programs. This Program Manager will work independently, but also collaboratively with CLX’s Executive Director and Network Manager to develop strategies and manage projects for CLX’s Pathway Programs in energy and computer science.

This is a full-time grant-funded position that requires flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as needed. See job function details outlined below.

Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to:

Project Management + Partnerships

  • Lead and work collaboratively with key institutional partners (i.e. Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago) to develop a transition strategy and toolkit that aims to bridge academic and career pathways in the energy sector.
  • Lead meetings and committees with internal and external stakeholders including creating agendas, slides, and presentations.
  • Create and maintain strategic partnerships across stakeholders such as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) STEM, Department of Family & Support Services’ (DFSS) One Summer Chicago, City Colleges, industry partners, and others.
  • Stay abreast of education/workforce research and trends for alternative post-secondary pathway creation and connection, and identify methods to incorporate these into CLX’s work.
  • Provide input to the strategic framework and implementation of pathway program goals, metrics, and reporting as well as alignment with CLX’s overall strategic plan and roadmap.
  • Implement, manage and transition summer youth employment programs by overseeing recruitment, training, and retention of students, near peer mentors, and lead instructors for the Illuminating Energy Pathways (IEP) programs.
  • Establish and maintain a youth advisory council to engage in user testing, message testing, curriculum development and year-long youth engagement for the IEP projects.
  • Establish and manage a CS-related Pathways Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Adopt practices for data collection, migration, and dissemination
  • Support follow up tasks as assigned by senior leadership

Finance and Operations

  • Develop and manage CLX pathways budget to support annual plan and identify fundraising needs in support of community development efforts.
  • Create content and share information on grant proposals and reports for funders and media.
  • Support and contribute to creative revenue generation ideas and implementation

Communications

  • Contribute to CLX’s larger communications strategy and implementation.
  • Effectively represent CLX with Network members, funders, community partners, City officials, Board of Directors, and other internal and external stakeholders, etc.

Qualifications & Expertise

  • Teaching or workforce development experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and/or Computer Science (CS) is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of experiential, innovative learning and work programs, pathways, and ecosystems.
  • Strong organizational, planning and logistical skills with the ability to advance multiple priorities/projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated timely follow-through and ability to organize complex tasks, work at a rigorous pace, and prioritize competing deadlines.
  • Exceptional attention to detail while managing multiple relationships, staff, and projects.
  • Excellent and expeditious verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex issues to a variety of diverse audiences, both internal and external.
  • Ability to take initiative and remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences in a manner which consistently demonstrates respect, empathy, and responsiveness.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Preferred - Master’s degree in education or public policy with a minimum of five years of experience in program and/or non-profit administration with project management, writing, and facilitation experience.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be based on experience. However, the salary range for the Pathways Program Manager is $60,000-$65,000 (based on Chicago area nonprofit salaries this is above average). CLX also offers excellent health and dental benefits, 401K after a year of service, and generous time off including vacation, sick, floating holiday, holiday leaves between Christmas and New Year. The position is working remotely through the end of 2021, but only applicants in Chicagoland are encouraged to apply as there are some in-person elements and meetings.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@chicagolx.org. In the subject line of the email, please use the following format: Last name.First initial- Pathways Program Manager Applications. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Work Environment

This job primarily operates in a work from home setting due to COVID-19. Once the pandemic is over, CLX may return to clerical, office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets.

Local travel to community events and meetings is required: 10-20% of local travel.

Potential annual out of state travel may/will be required to represent CLX. This is currently subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Physical Demands

This job is clerical and primarily a sedentary role. However, during travel and preparation for events it may be required to stand and/or sit for prolonged periods of time and lift and carry objects up to 30lbs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of CLX to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CLX will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.