With several large-scale kindergarten readiness and other professional development opportunities presenting themselves through IL state (Kindergarten Individual Development Survey; IL Empower) and Chicago initiatives such as universal pre-K expansion, the timing is ideal for Erikson to launch its comprehensive professional development system through the Early Teaching and Learning Academy. Erikson’s faculty and professional development staff are already launched in developing collaborative relationships with districts and schools and are eager to benefit from the talents that a full-time Academy manager will bring to moving Academy initiatives forward.
The successful candidate for the Academy’s manager will have program development and management experience to assist in the strategic development and implementation of the Academy services and products. The program manager will work closely with the senior VP for academic affairs to develop goals for the Academy; structure projects, staff and resources to address customer needs; and identify additional supports needed for the Academy to achieve goals
This is a full-time position reporting to the senior vice president of academic affairs. The candidate will have excellent organizational skills; the ability to facilitate the collaborative efforts of Erikson faculty, researchers, and administrative staff; and skills to manage external relationships with customers, particularly principals and school district leaders. This role requires exceptional attention to detail, and an ability to proactively create systems and document best practices to ensure we are constantly learning, improving, and developing ways to work more efficiently. The program manager needs to exercise strong judgment in responding to questions, troubleshooting problems, and flagging issues for other team members as needed.
Responsibilities will include: managing program business operations; scheduling, and managing the scope of work, timelines, deliverables and deadlines for programs and projects; collaborating with Erikson communications/marketing on outreach and promotion strategy; working with development staff on funding strategies; developing and maintaining databases; monitoring project budgets; and providing support for grant and contract preparation and reporting.
Organize and assist all participating faculty and staff in:
Identifying tasks that need to be completed and deliverables for each;
Creating and managing a schedule for all tasks to be completed;
Keeping stakeholders informed of the resources available to complete project goals; and
Developing and reporting on outcomes for all school-based projects.
Organize programs and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of the Academy.
Serve as lead contact person for all external partners working with Academy and direct or assist in the development, cultivation and management of new partnerships.
Maintain necessary project databases and generate reports as needed.
Budgeting and Financial Tracking
Assist in developing the project budget and report on cost and expense tracking.
Ensure the successful maintenance and record-keeping of the project budget by tracking all project expenses, analyzing budget versus actual variances, managing timelines and updating projections as needed, and trouble-shooting budgeting issues.
Work on Academy communications and development strategy with the marketing, communications, and advancement team.
Minimum BA degree with 5+ years proven experience in program management and design, including strategy, identifying readiness indicators, implementation and evaluation.
Work experience in schools preferred.
Proven stakeholder management and interpersonal skills; can interact with a diversity of people flexibly and productively.
Fluent in Microsoft Office and database management.
Organized and proactive in managing and completing a wide variety of tasks.
Strong writing skills.
About Erikson Institute
We are the premier early childhood development organization committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.
Erikson Institute’s graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership.
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
Please email, fax, or mail a cover letter and resume to:
Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs
451 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
About Erikson Institute
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•com...munity partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.