Vice President of Career and Leadership Development
March 9, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Employment-Related Services, Human Resources, Program Management
Position: Vice President of Career and Leadership Development
Reports to: President & CEO
Our organization is growing rapidly and we recently completed a strategic planning process that redesigned our college to careers work. This redesign includes a future leadership institute (launching summer 2019) that will allow a select number of existing Chicago Scholars to participate in a year-long experience that will fast track their non-cognitive and leadership skills. We are searching for an innovative leader who will help us successfully launch this inaugural program while at the same time guiding our career and leadership development work for our broader Scholar and alumni community. The ideal candidate will be a strong manager of people and have experience in curriculum design, partnership building and project management.
Successfully launch and oversee the implementation of our Leadership Institute
o Oversee the selection of inaugural institute Scholars
o Design Leadership Institute curriculum
o Develop relationships with key partners to leverage existing resources and existing curriculum
o Ensure proper marketing, awareness, and interest among Scholar community
o Manage program to ensure 95% retention and completion of the Institute
Manage overall career and leadership program offerings and resources for all Scholars
o In collaboration with the President & CEO and Director of Corporate Giving, identify, build and manage a portfolio of career partners
o Create targeted career exploration events and programs to expose Scholars to potential career options
o Determine (using data) what resources and events will have the greatest impact on Scholar outcomes
Hire, train and oversee Career and Leadership Development staff to execute the following key events and activities:
o Career Exploration events
o First Look: Career Fair
o Chicago Scholars Day
o Annual Scholar Holiday Party
o Career Mentor Program
o Internal Job Board
Create a strategy for maximum alumni engagement
o Manage staff to provide programming and resources to support the needs of our growing alumni network
o Engage with alumni to increase their connection to Chicago Scholars and willingness to reinvest their time, talent, or treasure in Chicago Scholars
o Oversee Alumni Leadership Council, including recruitment and bi-monthly meeting facilitation to grow and support the Chicago Scholars Alumni network
Create a technology strategy that will allow for scale and efficiency of our career and leadership development resources for Scholars
o Redesign our current job board to create a more robust career portal
o Establish a virtual way to connect our Scholars and alumni with “Friends of CS”
o Launch a platform to deliver critical career and leadership development information, resources and workshops virtually rather than in-person (e.g. webinars)
o Assess student needs/requirements and measure learning and impact of virtual resources
Additional Responsibilities worth noting
o This team manages many events that happen in the evening and on weekends. It is important that the VP is present at all events especially in the first year
o VP of Career and Leadership Development will hire and train new team members (e.g. executive coaches) to support the newly developed Leadership Institute
o Work closely with VP of Programs to ensure leadership development is embedded throughout college access and success activities and workshops in a way that builds on the strategic vision for career and leadership development
o Conduct a programmatic audit to determine what activities, resources and events we need and are no longer needed
Experience: 10-15 total experience, with 7-10 years of relevant experience including at least five years of managing a team of direct reports. 3-5 years of proven record of success securing and managing corporate support and/or partnerships.
• Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal skills and ability to engage a broad spectrum of audiences and consistently demonstrate respect, concern, and responsiveness.
• Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (students, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives).
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance).
• Ability to manage projects, organize and compile complex tasks, and prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines and objectives.
• Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
• Advanced proficiency with technology and standard office applications and ability to learn and master other computer technology/software programs as needed.
• Ability to think strategically and innovatively to support organizational growth and change.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret data for decision making and program/process evaluation; ability to make recommendations for continuous improvement using data driven approach.
• Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to manage change and generate a culture of continuous improvement.
• Ability to manage a team and a budget to achieve defined goals and demonstrate a commitment to use resources effectively.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
• Business minded and strategic planner
• Self-motivated and self sufficient
About Chicago Scholars
The Chicago Landscape
There is a deep reservoir of talent in this great city! In order to remain a world-class city, we must invest in talent from an education and leadership perspective. Locally and nationally, we are not fully equipping our youth with the skills and tools to be successful. Just 8% of Chicago Public School students will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25. There also remains a lack of diversity in the workforce at all levels and in every industry. We must continue to invest in building a diverse pipeline of talent if we are to remain a thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
The mission of the Chicago Scholars Foundation (Chicago Scholars) is to provide talented, academically ambitious, and underserved high school students access and success through college and beyond.
We provide Chicago’s young future leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams through mentorship, college admission support, and access to leadership and career programming. Our program targets high need, first-generation students from every single neighborhood and every high school. We nurture their talent through an innovative five-year colle...ge success program plus a two-year leadership development program. We work to ensure that our academically ambitious Scholars are not only investing in their own career growth and success but also enhancing Chicago’s competitive position in the global economy for years to come. We are extremely proud that the support provided by our program is allowing our Scholars to persist and graduate at a rate of almost 90% (compared to just 8% of CPS peers).
Our Future – Growth
Chicago Scholars is at a particularly exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our program, we have recently received support to expand our impact from serving 300 new students each year to 1000 new students, over the next five years.