The International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives and conditions of young people worldwide, is seeking a Project Manager to support the implementation of a project in Chicago to equip young people with skills to secure and maintain employment. The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter with solid project management experience, a strong understanding of and interest in community development and youth programming, and have strong skills in relationship building and management. Knowledge of and/or experience working with opportunity youth in communities in Chicago is required. For more information, please consult www.iyfnet.org.
Provide technical and managerial oversight for project development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and ensure high-quality delivery of services. Coordinate with Baltimore-based and other program team members to ensure successful delivery of the project in Chicago.
Oversee successful implementation of assigned project in Chicago, to achieve program outputs and outcomes in accordance with funder expectations, grant agreement, and work plan. Oversee the timely preparation/submission of related reports for funder/key stakeholders.
Engage with Chicago-based funder office and representatives, partners, and other relevant stakeholders – in collaboration with IYF Baltimore-based staff, to make program adjustments that ensure the quality, effective, and efficient implementation of programs.
Lead community assessment to identify local stakeholders, implementing partner organization, potential employers, labor market opportunities for youth/entry-level workforce, youth and community needs/interests, and synthesize findings to make recommendations for priorities.
Provide technical leadership in areas that may include: career guidance, life skills development, parent engagement, positive youth development, monitoring and evaluation, private sector engagement, and other areas relevant to IYF’s work.
Oversee sub-grants to partners including program specifications, technical and capacity strengthening support, monitoring and evaluation of activities, compliance, and other areas to ensure successful program delivery.
Review partner reports and contribute to the preparation of reports to program funder, partners, and other key stakeholders.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Excellent strategic planning, presentation, and interpersonal skills, as well as an analytical ability to identify and establish priorities and attend to all details in a professional manner.
A collegial management style that emphasizes both achieving results and working with a highly skilled, multi-cultural team of professional colleagues.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, establish priorities, and to exercise sound judgment in response to complex and sensitive situations.
Project management skills with the ability to develop project plans, ensure their successful implementation, and communicate changes and progress along the way.
Ability to manage program budgets and related financial resources.
Strong English communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to travel within Chicago/Cook County by personal vehicle.
Excellent computer skills using MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Minimum of five years of experience in planning and implementing multi-faceted development programs, preferably employment (formal or informal); self-employment projects; and/or community development/economic development programs for young people.
College degree or higher in field relevant to IYF’s mission and programs (Social Sciences, Economics, Public Policy) preferred.
Experience supervising staff and managing teams, including assigning and directing work, conducting performance appraisals, training staff, and promoting professional development.
Experience conducting assessments and using qualitative and quantitate tools (focus group discussions, surveys, interviews). Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize information to inform planning and strategy.
Work expertise in education and/or workforce development programs, including performance measurement and training preferred.
Experience developing partnerships to support programs, including through grant-making, technical assistance to grantees, and engagement of businesses and foundations.
Understanding and knowledge of youth programming, the youth sector and issues affecting young people and their preparation for adulthood and/or employment. Experience working in the Chicago area strongly preferred.
Understanding of gender dynamics, gender integration, and gendered program design preferred.
For more than 25 years and in over 100 countries, the International Youth Foundation (IYF®) has focused exclusively on helping young people succeed. A global nonprofit organization, IYF believes that there are three keys to achieving this success: learning skills that will endure, earning a livelihood, and growing as an engaged citizen. IYF supports youth in choosing a career path and landing a first job, and in deciding to start their own small business or social venture. At IYF, we find inspiration and purpose in the resilient spirit of young women and men. We forge partnerships to deepen investment and impact in youth employment and engagement. In cities and towns across the United States and around the world, IYF empowers young people to lead productive, fulfilling lives.