Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a public-private partnership driven to meet the talent demands of businesses, and to be a catalyst for systemic change and innovation. The force behind this drive is centered on our mission to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. By focusing on the hiring demand of employers, Skills has created a paradigm shift in the general supply-driven approach to workforce development. The impact of this demand-driven approach can be seen through both the employers’ skilled and diverse workforce, and the economic mobility provided to the job seekers who are no longer unemployed/underemployed. Launched in 2012, Skills’ foundation is built on its strong employer partner relationships, dedicated Board of Directors, and funding support from both the City of Chicago and private donors. To date, Skills has directly impacted the lives of more than 3,500 job seekers by placing them in positions at over 50 employer partners across Chicagoland.
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future has an exciting opportunity for a talented and committed leader with expertise in program design and development, youth development, and workforce/employment practices to create the framework for an innovative initiative (“Youth Initiative”) to address the crisis of youth unemployment in the Chicagoland area. The goal of Skills’ Youth Initiative is to create, design and implement the pilot of a comprehensive, best practice program designed to help unemployed and/or out-of-school youth overcome barriers to employment through access to jobs and wraparound services. Skills’ Youth Initiative aims to create a holistic program that drives economic mobility and opportunity to Chicagoland youth by partnering with high schools, colleges, nonprofits, and companies across the city.
This newly designed Program Manager role will be responsible for establishing the framework and components necessary for successful pilot and implementation of the Skills’ Youth Initiative, to include program framework, partner engagement, recruitment strategies, budget, training plans and curriculum, evaluation tools, and project management. Additionally, the Program Manager will evaluate curriculum, research, evaluate training and education programs to identify best practice instruction models, and develop community partnerships that result in strong program content and delivery to achieve the intended outcomes. Further, the Program Manager will have responsibility of measuring and achieving goals in accordance with grant obligations.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Degrees in Youth Development, Education, Organizational Development, Public Policy, Social Work, or other relevant fields are of interest. Or, 5 years working in a similar field.
Demonstrated experience in developing and managing human service programs in a nonprofit or public sector; experience in workforce development, youth programs, or education preferred.
Minimum 5 years of experience building relationships among a wide variety of stakeholders and working collaboratively to implement significant organizational priorities is required and/or comparable experience
Demonstrated experience aligning workforce training and education to operational needs
Ability to effectively network, establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of partners – nonprofit/community-based organizations, funders, government officials, businesses, and others to advance various strategic goals as required
Must possess demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage complex systems with superior technical and project management skills
Strong detail orientation and organizational skills required
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills are required
Proficient Microsoft Office skills are required
Additional Salary Information: salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. We work to improve the trajectory and economic mobility of the under and unemployed by meeting the talent needs of employers.Launched in 2012, SCF has placed more than 3,400 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into employme...nt through strong partnerships with nearly 50 local employers. SCF is chaired by Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations. For more information, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.