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Chief, Growth + Innovation

Posted: October 9th, 2019
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Chicago

Job Title: Chief, Growth + Innovation

Organization Overview

UMOJA builds deep social-emotional learning (SEL) skills in educators to transform the ways young people experience school and the ways schools exist to serve society. For over 20 years, we have been a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools, districts, and organizations who are focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. We believe deeply in whole-school SEL capacity-building through professional learning and adult accountability, our accredited Seminar curriculum, restorative justice structures and practices, and self-awareness and contextual thinking. By investing in sustainable adult learning practices and mindsets, we equip a community of educators to expand the impact of our work, rooted in Chicago, to learning spaces across the nation. For more information, please visit

Position Summary

The Chief, Growth + Innovation leads the organization in planning and developing its capacity and opportunities for increased social impact. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief, Growth + Innovation (CGI) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all of Umoja’s communications, development, alongside the expansion of our professional learning partnerships. The CGI, a true innovator who is rooted in equity-centered decision-making, will manage the directors in these departments as well as the Umoja Transformation Fellows connected to these areas of work. As the CGI of Umoja, they will provide leadership to the Umoja strategic planning process and will lead the process of developing new programmatic strategies and initiatives. In addition, the CGI will work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to lead the organization through equity-centered transformation, while nurturing Umoja’s existing partnerships and building new relationships that deepen Umoja’s social impact.

Status and Location

This is an exempt, full-time employee position. The Umoja Main Office will serve as the Chief, Growth + Innovation’s primary work location, Monday through Friday and on evenings and weekends as necessary. Occasional travel will be required to partner sites throughout the Chicago Metro Area and nationally as the work expands. It is expected that, at least for the first year of employment, travel will comprise 10-15% of the CGI’s time.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Growth + Innovation

  • Develop a deep understanding of Umoja’s mission, vision, and values in order to identify and activate high-potential growth opportunities
  • Support the Umoja Transformation Fellows Program to develop a diversity of internal organization leaders and to provide critical support as Umoja evolves
  • Nurture sustaining innovation and service delivery/content improvement strategies that enhance current Partnership and Professional Learning services
  • Analyze trends and sector disruptions to identify new potential partners and revenue streams  Scout and implement the innovation processes and tools needed to grow the organization’s social impact
  • Launch and sustain individual and group platforms that engage internal and external stakeholders in creative thinking about Umoja’s work
  • Create growth plans and lead Umoja to execute on identified priorities, particularly the creation of new and/or enhanced revenue streams
  • Facilitate innovation efforts across the organization’s programs and services

Development + Communications

  • Provide executive leadership and support to Umoja’s Development + Communications teams
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of a balanced annual budget, oversee financial operations related to the development and professional learning/partnerships work areas, and maintain sound expense and revenue tracking methods
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of a new comprehensive marketing and communication strategy that rebrands the organization and raises Umoja’s profile locally and nationally
  • Grow Umoja’s revenue streams by effectively maximizing its current work and seeking new opportunities
  • Utilize efficient and clear data tracking measures to demonstrate progress and project future outcomes

Organization Leadership

  • Center equity, inclusion and belong in all work and in interactions with others
  • Actively work to engage, support, and develop a diverse and dynamic team
  • Work closely with CEO and Leadership Team to develop and implement the organizations next 3 year strategic plan
  • Uphold and model Umoja’s shared agreements and participate as an active member of the Umoja community
  • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors Strategy Committee
  • Help identify and address organizational issues that challenge and support health and effectiveness


  • Protect the organization by keeping proprietary information confidential
  • Update organizational job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Direct Reports

  • Director, Development + Communications
  • Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Transformation Fellows (3)

Qualifications: Required

  • Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 10 years of experience and a track record in senior program management
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach a senior-level staff to manage and develop high-performance teams and develop and implement program strategies
  • Track record of effectively leading a direct service organization with a complex array of programs with the ability to leverage strengths and manage projects across program areas
  • Recognizes the dignity of each individual, and demonstrates commitment to social justice
  • Displays passion, humility, integrity, and a growth mindset  Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having led organizational transformation projects and program development
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Fundraising experience with the ability to engage a diversity of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills
  • Self-motivated with ability to work well independently as well as part of a team, and able to provide leadership within that environment.
  • A collaborative working style demonstrating confidence that moves others to action by planning, motivating and organizing work tasks.

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in business development, entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, or a related field
  • Experience in a variety of education environments
  • Demonstrated experience managing across lines of difference
  • Interest in making a minimum 2-3 year commitment


  • Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance.
  • Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional learning.
  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K
  • Generous paid and sick time off package  Parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Candidates from communities that traditionally experience discrimination are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.


Adult Computer Literacy Coordinator

Posted: October 9th, 2019
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Chicago

People’s Resource Center Overview

People’s Resource Center (PRC) is a not-for-profit, social service organization founded in 1975 by community members looking to help neighbors who were facing financial hardship. Inspired by social justice heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and Jane Addams, founders Dorothy McIntyre, Father Tom Peyton and a group of volunteers sought to do more than start a local food pantry.

Today, PRC meets people’s basic needs by providing nearly 27,000 DuPage residents access to food, clothing, connections to mainstream social services and emergency financial assistance. In addition to our basic needs assistance, PRC offers empowerment programs including job assistance, literacy tutoring, computer training and art classes. Services are provided from 2 owned facilities – Wheaton, IL and Westmont, IL and from over 30 partner locations throughout DuPage County.

The values that guide our actions and decisions and that are embedded in our culture are:

  1. Dignity and Respect: Recognizing the dignity of each person who comes to us, we create a welcoming and respectful environment in all of our programs and communication.
  2. Creative and Innovative: We express our mission directly. We try things in the community. We are willing to jump in to new areas in order to address an unmet need.
  3. Responsible Stewards: We welcome those who need resources, as well as those with resources to share.
  4. Compassionate: We listen, we encourage, we try to get to know our families, we provide some help and guidance, we advocate, in a spirit of kindness and compassion.
  5. Integrity: We place a high priority in living out of our principles, in our relationships, programs, and organizational practices.

Position Overview

PCR is hiring an Adult Computer Literacy Coordinator to work 40 hours/week to coordinate computer literacy program activities at multiple locations, ensuring services are delivered according to program procedures and guidelines. Duties include training and supporting program volunteers, managing schedules, communicating with partner organizations and collecting program data. Using a multi-pronged approach to digital literacy, the Adult Computer Literacy Program serves more than 1000 individuals each year by providing opportunities to learn new skills, gain confidence, earn certifications, and enter the digital age. Free computer classes are taught at Wheaton, Westmont, and 8 partner locations by over 110 volunteer instructors.

The Adult Computer Literacy Coordinator is a part of the Adult Learning and Literacy (ALL) team supervised by the Director of ALL. The Coordinator’s primary office will be located in Westmont (104 Chestnut Ave) and traveling to local sites will be required. Candidate must have a valid Illinois driver’s license, access to a vehicle, be able to lift 25 lbs. and be able to work some evenings and weekends when necessary.

Position Essential Functions

1. Supervise and participate, as needed, in Computer Literacy programming by providing instruction to clients, specialized support to volunteers and assessment of client needs
2. Register and administer assessments for clients seeking computer literacy services.
3. Ensure application materials are complete for Computer Literacy volunteers
4. Assist with recruiting, screening and providing training to Computer Literacy Program volunteers
5. Receive and track Computer Literacy Service inquiries (in person, phone and voicemail), respond to requests by providing initial level of pre-screening and information and make appropriate referrals
6. Schedule multi-site programs and classes at locations including assigning volunteer instructors and securing necessary resources
7. Receive and track Computer Literacy Volunteer instructor issues and inquires (in person, phone and voicemail) and appropriately respond to ensure the continuation of service
8. Distribute PRC program information to clients and volunteers
9. Assist in creating and disseminating specific literacy and computer literacy services information to increase enrollment in services
10. Build positive relationships with appropriate PRC staff members, volunteers, and community organizations to maintain high levels of program enrollment

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required with major coursework in education or other related field
  • 3 years’ experience teaching adults required
  • Experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse client population, preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
  • Experience working with volunteers preferred
  • Experience working with people with learning disabilities or adaptive teaching approaches preferred

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Required

  • Commitment to PRC’s mission, values, and community focus
  • Possess a demonstrated interest in promoting adult digital literacy education
  • Desire to work in social services; compassion for the struggles of adult learners
  • Ability to effectively promote PRC and the Adult Learning and Literacy Program to other organizations
  • Ability to work independently, with a team, and with a diverse group of individuals
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, with people from other countries & with people speaking other languages
  • Ability to supervise and engage volunteer staff
  • Must demonstrate professionalism, flexibility, good judgment and commitment to teamwork
  • Adaptable to new and changing technology and software
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to respond appropriately in varied situations
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office, Outlook and Internet search engines

Benefits Overview

PRC offers a generous compensation and benefits package to our full time employees, including:

  • Medical insurance – HMO, PPO
    (80% employer paid)
  • Dental insurance – PPO
    (80% employer paid)
  • Flexible Spending Account participation
  • Short Term Disability (100% employer paid)
  • Life Insurance (100% employer paid)
  • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan & company match
  • 23 days of Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 12 paid holiday

Application Process

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

No phone calls, no faxes please.

People’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development Associate

Posted: October 2, 2019
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Chicago

The Chicago Foundation for Education is focused on ensuring that all Chicago Public School educators having the resources they need to drive student success. As an organization, we believe educators are the champions of our communities. We work to empower and engage them through supportive grant opportunities that include: curricular and supply funding; action research fellowships; professional learning community work; summer travel and learning experiences; and professional growth programming.

Position Overview

The Development Associate provides support to the fundraising-focused Co-Executive Director at the Chicago Foundation for Education. The position is full-time and the office is located at the CLA Literacenter (641 West Lake Street, Chicago). This person will be an excellent addition to our dynamic and welcoming team.

Interested in this job? Find out more here!