Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs. We maximize our impact by collaborating with parents, schools, and community stakeholders. Urban Initiatives takes a comprehensive approach to child development in order to provide children with the opportunity to reach their full potential and, ultimately, have a positive impact on their community. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves over 15,000 boys and girls in 55 Chicago Public Schools across the city.
Urban Initiatives is growing. We seek a new team member to join our Program Management Team to support our Play with Potential program and help us achieve our strategic plan of continued programmatic growth.
Play with Potential (PWP) is a structured recess program that maximizes the fun, physical activity, and learning opportunities of recess time. PWP empowers School Based Coordinators and Facilitators to lead recess, and also provides schools with trainings and tools to implement a recess that contributes to a positive school day.
The Play with Potential Program Manager dedicates their time to managing School Based Coordinators at 6-8 partner schools. They ensure that School Based Coordinators are implementing a recess that is safe, fun and active. Additionally, they work with the school stakeholders (primarily administrators, but also teachers, parents and other community partners) to maximize the effectiveness of the Coordinator role in the school.
The Program Manager collaborates with the Play with Potential team to plan and lead orientation and training for School Based Coordinators and school staff, aiming to reach as many people as possible with Urban Initiatives’ best practices for recess games and sports-based youth development.
Collaborate with Play with Potential team to ensure strong relationships with schools and partner organizations
Support ongoing program development and strengthen program goals/strategies
Oversee the day-to-day operation of Play with Potential at six to eight schools. This includes:
Staffing: recruit and hire School Based Coordinators to implement the Play with Potential program; support schools to identify and hire a part-time Recess Facilitator; ensure that school-based staff has regular schedules and tracks hours
Training: plan orientation and ongoing training for your School Based Coordinators, as well as large-group trainings for school staff; facilitate bi-weekly meetings with coordinators to share updates on program goals, promote best practices sharing, and workshop recess issues
Implementation: maintain program quality across school sites; visit schools at least bi-weekly to evaluate recess’ success according to goals; provide observation/feedback to School Based Coordinators and Recess Facilitators; set goals for improvement and oversee action plans for improvement; meet with school administrators to ensure program satisfaction, ensure recess staff coverage
Evaluation: collaborate with Evaluation team to collect meaningful data about our effectiveness; support School Based Coordinators in evaluation strategies; conduct periodic performance reviews with School Based Coordinators
Specialevents: collaborate with UI staff to coordinate periodic site visits and volunteer projects at various schools; ensure events have appropriate coverage
Bachelor degree required, preferably in related field (education, youth development, social work, sports management, health sciences, etc.)
At least two years experience working in the youth development field (experience in a supervisor role preferred)
Superior communication skills, both spoken and written
Strong presentation and group facilitation skills (demonstrated experience preferred)
Quick learner and problem solver, experience in managing conflicts
Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment
Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high quality of work
Ability to cultivate and nurture existing relationships and develop new ones for the organization, ability to respond to and manage expectations of school administrators
Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods
Ability to supervise, train, and motivate adults of diverse backgrounds, education, and experience
Willingness to travel locally as needed
Proficiency with MS Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
CPR certification (training provided)
Negative TB test (required)
Additional Salary Information: Competitive compensation package including salary, health, life, 401K, and paid-time-off benefits.
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. We drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the comm...unity. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 13,000 students from 37 underserved communities with our continuum of programming.