Advocacy/Lobbying, Operations/Project Management, Program Management
POSITION: Director of Neighborhood Strategy TEAM: Black Chicago Tomorrow REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Black Chicago Tomorrow
Black Chicago Tomorrow (BCT) was created as a response to the crisis that is facing the African American Community in Chicago. Founded in 2016 by Sam Scott, BCT envisions a vibrant African American Community that benefits from and contributes to the region’s economy and society. To achieve this vision, it will act as a conduit, connecting the business and civic communities with community residents and leaders to create an inclusive and equitable region.
Since our launch, Black Chicago Tomorrow has embarked on an ambitious plan to quickly move from theory to action by developing strategies across six distinct but interconnected pathways: Economic Opportunity, Public Safety, Health, Education, Family Strength, and Community Development whose impact is directed to affect targeted geographies (place-based) or the Community in its entirety.
To learn more about the genesis of Black Chicago Tomorrow, check out this video of our founding Board Chair Sam Scott discussing the state of the African American community in Chicago at the 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
We are looking for an experienced Director to help drive our Place-Based efforts in our target communities. Since our launch, we have focused our efforts on the Auburn Gresham community working closely with local leadership to build the relationships necessary to become a trusted partner. As a result, we play an integral role in providing advice/insight and connecting local leadership to the resources (financial, human, et.al.) needed as they work to execute several catalytic projects that are set to transform the community. In addition to this work, we have developed a marketing plan in-partnership with local leadership that will be used to tell the story of how of all projects identified will move this neighborhood along it journey to become a thriving community once again.
The Director of Neighborhood Strategy will oversee the implementation and execution of the BCT mission in our target communities. S/he will have the unique opportunity to work in a start-up organization with exposure to Chicago’s business leaders while shaping the path forward and have direct impact in our target communities.
Specific responsibilities include:
Overall leadership, management, and execution of projects in our target communities. Activities include but are not limited to building project plans, timelines, financial analysis and research, etc.
In partnership with the Executive Director (ED), identify and execute strategies that will ensure the successful implementation of projects
Identify the partnerships needed to support projects and work with the ED to build and maintain relationships with community residents and leaders.
Support the ED and the Board of Facilitators through conducting research on target neighborhoods, data analysis, literature reviews, and identifying data sources
Assist the ED and occasionally the Board of Facilitators in preparing for various internal and external meetings
Support the ED in development activities such as providing information for grant proposals and reports, and researching funding prospects
Perform other projects as assigned
The Director of Neighborhood Strategy will support the Executive Director of Black Chicago Tomorrow in its mission to create vibrant African American communities in Chicago. The successful candidate for this role will be a strategic thinker, organized, and capable of managing multiple projects while demonstrating the confidence to build relationships at multiple levels and interface with community leaders. S/he will have a proven track record of managing complex projects.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. 3/2018
The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with the following qualifications:
A minimum of 8 years’ experience in business management and community relationship management
A knowledge of, and passionate interest in working with and supporting communities of color
Proven capacity for strategic thinking
Comfortable working in a small start-up organization
Demonstrated ability to be a team player, and to work closely with others to effectively manage and carry out various aspects of projects
Track record of building strong community partnerships
A self-starter attitude, the ability to take initiative and to work with minimal guidance
Excellent time management skills, attention to detail, strong organization skills, and ability to work with a team in a fast-paced environment
Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to speak with people at all levels using courtesy and discretion
Strong computer skills, including extensive knowledge of and experience using MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (MS Office 2010/2013 version preferred)
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Equal Opportunity Employer
About Black Chicago Tomorrow
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public — and influencing the public discourse — on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security and global immigration. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org.