Chicago Scholars is seeking a Director of Career and Leadership Development to lead the execution and supervision of our portfolio of programs during a period of rapid organizational growth.
Following a strategic planning redesign of our career and leadership development work, we are growing our Emerge Summer Career and Leadership Development Prorgram for 100 existing Chicago Scholars that fast tracks their non-cognitive and leadership skills. We are searching for an innovative leader who will help us successfully execute year 2 of this program while at the same time informing our career and leadership development work for our broader Scholar and alumni community. The ideal candidate will be a strong planner and executer of initiatives created by the Vice President of CLD, President/COO and CEO and have experience in curriculum design, relationship management, and project management.
Successfully oversee management of the Emerge Summer Career and Leadership Program
Manage the Summer Program Facilitators
Enhance the Emerge curriculum
Work with both Managers of Career and Leadership Development to properly market, create awareness, and interest among Scholar community
Manage program to ensure 95% retention and completion of the Program
Work collaboratively with the Chicago Scholars team
Directly supervise, coach, and support 2 Managers of Career and Leadership Development
Implement the vision set by the VP of Career and Leadership Development
Participate in the Chicago Scholars Management Team
Manage overall career and leadership program offerings and resources for all Scholars
Create targeted career exploration events and programs to expose Scholars to potential career options
Determine (using data) what resources and events will have the greatest impact on Scholar outcomes
Assist with resume review and other recruitment and retention duties for current and alumni Scholars.
Manage Career and Leadership Development staff to execute the following key events and activities:
Career Exploration events
First Look: Career Fair
Internal Job Board
Friends of Chicago Scholars – CS Community Engagement program
Work with Vice President of Career and Leadership Development to create a technology strategy that will allow for scale and efficiency of our career and leadership development resources for Scholars
Establish a virtual way to connect our Scholars and alumni with “Friends of CS”
Assess student needs/requirements and measure learning and impact of virtual resources
Additional Responsibilities worth noting
This team manages many events that happen in the evening and on weekends. It is important that the Director is present at all events especially in the first year
Effectively represent Chicago Scholars in external meetings with corporate and other partners
Work closely with Managing Director(s) 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
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Attend and support mandatory all staff events including the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, Leadership Summit, the Onsite College Admissions Forum, New Student Interview Nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats
- Please click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter no later than February 20, 2019.
- Chicago Scholars sees a college education as a means to an end with the end game being leadership. In your cover letter, discuss any innovative or creative ways that you think organizations like Chicago Scholars can support first generation students to develop leadership skills that will position them for success beyond college?
- All candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview on Wednesday, February 27.
Experience: 7-10 total experience, with 5-7 years of relevant experience including at least three years of managing a team of direct reports. 1-3 years of proven record of success 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 take ideas/vision and create concrete strategies for execution.
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.
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 handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
Business minded and strategic planner
Self-motivated and self sufficient
About Chicago Scholars
About Chicago Scholars
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access (Launch), College Persistence (Lift) and College to Careers (Lead), we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
86% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 49% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city.
These are a set of guiding principles that apply to all stakeholders within the Chicago Scholars ecosystem. We select and retain stakeholders based on these stated expectations for how we achieve our mission and vision. Each are supported with core competencies and narrative for the sake of clarity.
We Dream Big.... We speak up, innovate, push the boundaries and keep the creativity flowing. We don’t accept the status quo because the stakes are too high. We have an incredible belief that growth and change is possible. While we dream big, we are laser focused on our intended goals and outcomes for our Scholars, our city and the world.
We Show Up. We show up every day; not just physically, but with a positive attitude and willingness to work, connect, challenge, engage, solve problems and have fun. We don’t wait for someone to tell us what to do. We take action and get the job done. If we don’t know how, we figure it out through our knowledge, exploration or our network.
We Embrace Our Differences. We represent a multicultural nation and our collective backgrounds, experiences, styles, values, perspectives and beliefs are an asset to the world. We recognize that together we achieve better outcomes more quickly. Justice and equity starts with us using our collective voice.
We Model the Way. We exhibit the behavior that we want to see in others and in the world. Titles are granted, but our behavior is what earns us respect. In order to model the way, we must be clear about our guiding principles, celebrate our accomplishments and learn from our challenges and failures.
We Care For Each Other Along the Way. We adapt to the needs of the person in front of us. We pause, reflect and listen. We do our best work when we are in good relationship together. We care personally and challenge directly.
We Keep Our Word. When we commit, we are all in. Whether for events, a Scholar, a peer or ourselves. Our words are as powerful as our actions and are the building block of trust, respect, self worth and integrity.