Candidates are required to submit a resume and cover letter when applying.
The primary responsibilities of the program director are to oversee and manage the Posse program for up to six (6) university partners; manage a staff of up to four (4) trainers and one program coordinator; coordinate all program operations for the site. These operations include: developing and maintaining a scholarship nominating network of high schools and community-based organizations; managing the Dynamic Assessment Process (Posse’s recruitment program), Pre-Collegiate Training and Campus Programs; working closely with the Career Program; developing the program calendar; and maintaining strong relationships with university partner administrators and staff. The program director will also monitor student academic performance, as well as retention and graduation rates, and provide regular reports about student outcomes. S/he will also ensure trainer development and effectiveness through coaching, modeling, and constructive feedback. The program director will work closely with the director to ensure that the program is achieving its goals and operating as effectively as possible. The program director will support the director in maintaining university relations through campus visits and regular communication with designated university administrators and faculty. The program director must be detail-oriented, highly organized, enthusiastic, a great communicator, hard-working, and a strong role model. The program director reports directly to director of the site.
Posse is proud to offer competitive benefits to our employees. Some of our benefits include:
Employer paid medical, dental, and life insurance plan for employee
Paid parental leave
403B plan with employer match
Flexible Spending Account
Generous paid time off policy
Bachelors degree required
Masters degree preferred
Excellent interpersonal skills
Minimum 2-3 years experience in youth development/training programs
Minimum 2-3 years of management experience
Strong organizational skills
Strong facilitation skills
Good writing and communication skills
Knowledge of Chicago public high schools
Willing to travel frequently
Demonstrated belief in Posse’s mission and values
About The Posse Foundation
The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained almost 10,000 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars. Since 1989, these students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—have been receiving four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. Posse Scholars persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers.