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Deb Guinta

Program Manager

As a Program Manager, you’ll be responsible for bringing that vision to life through your leadership of the contract educator team, project management for our school programs, and ongoing relationship management for all school partners. THE OBJECTIVES YOU’RE HERE TO MEET

Project Management: Manage the school program experience from onboarding to program completion through day-to-day educator and partner management, project design, operational oversight, and diligent attention to management processes and timelines. Team Leadership: Serve as the direct support for our team of contract educators. As their team leader, you’ll support their day-to-day challenges and ensure their classroom objectives and administrative responsibilities are being met through clear communication, regular check-ins, assessment procedures, and program quality assurance.Partner Management: Build and maintain meaningful relationships with our school partners, engaging in consistent communication to ensure their needs are met throughout our partnership. This will include but is not limited to: on-site meetings and program visits, formal class observations, phone calls, virtual meetings, email correspondence, and occasional substitute instruction when needed.HOW YOU’LL MEET THOSE OBJECTIVES

Only applications submitted via the application (linked below) will be considered.

Project Management

Adhere to all project management timelines, tasks, workflows and delegate responsibilities to appropriate members of your team.Lead meetings with contract educators and school partners to ensure clarity and support across program stakeholders.Support the program design process by customizing program experiences to align with the overall partnership objectives.Manage the program assessment process, ensuring that pre, mid and post surveys are conducted in a timely manner. Collaborate with educators to design and implement family observations, end-of-session performances, and full-school showcases. Team Leadership

Serve as the direct manager of contract educators, upholding company culture, leading day-to-day communications, and ultimately supporting the growth, development, and success of the educator team. Gather bi-yearly data across programs to evaluate overall company impact and present to the full leadership team. Conduct ongoing educator evaluation through observationsPartner Management

Build meaningful relationships with school administrators by conducting regular on-site program visits and spearheading engaging communication practices throughout the school year. This role does require applicants to be comfortable with Chicago-wide travel on a consistent basis. Access to a vehicle is preferred but not required.Work in collaboration with members of the leadership team to ensure program goals are accurately delivered in the classroom. Attend to all needs of school partners including - scheduling changes, interpersonal challenges, sub needs, etc. Support as a substitute teacher in emergency situations.WHAT YOU’RE ALL ABOUT

You are passionate about education. You have at least two years of experience working in the education field, either as an educator or educator support and you believe that investing in education is one of the greatest opportunities we have for social change. You’re excited to support innovative ways to serve young people in Chicago and beyond. You’re passionate about Chicago and creating equitable opportunities for all students. You’re looking forward to traveling to and exploring our city’s neighborhoods through community partnership and on-site support. You believe that leading people is a tremendous honor. You’re on a never-ending journey to grow as an authentic, inclusive leader with a commitment to transparency and personal growth. You have experience taking initiative to lead change and, though it may have been challenging, leadership is a genuine calling for you.You’re comfortable in a customer-facing role and have experience meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders to solve complex challenges. You’re a problem-solver at your core. When faced with challenges, you welcome the opportunity to learn something new and grow outside your comfort zone. You thrive in ambiguity and welcome the opportunity to order chaos. You’re an expert at pivoting. You’re at your best when unforeseen challenges arise, allowing you to think on your feet, re-prioritize work, context switch, and find creative solutions to support your team. You are detail-oriented. No comma, pixel, or header is too small to not warrant a closer look. You are always focused on the details and making sure they are accurate, aligned to company values, and maximize clarity. You love the opportunity to conduct a deep edit. You’re an energetic executor who finds a genuine sense of satisfaction in delivering dynamic and complex projects. You’ve held project management roles for at least 3 years and you love building processes and systems. Nothing brings you greater joy than seeing a project through to completion. You’re comfortable using technology and are experienced with Google Suite. You’re also excited by the prospect of learning new technology to improve operations. While TBC does provide a work from home stipend, this role will require you to have access to a reliable computer and phone. WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT

We’re mission-driven. Every person on our staff, board, and volunteer teams demonstrate a sincere sense of purpose and desire to use their skills to make a difference in the lives of young people. We’re entrepreneurial. We challenge ourselves to see our work through a progressive lens in an effort to drive sustainability through innovative channels for impact and revenue. We value process over perfection, we push ourselves to do hard things, we take breaks when we need them, and most importantly, we laugh...a lot. We’re adaptable. We know how to respond to the needs in front of us - whether it’s the needs of our students, the mental health of our staff, or a global pandemic. We know the only constant is change, and we’re here to weather the storm. We cultivate belonging. We’re committed to exploring our roles in creating healthy classrooms and workplaces through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We know that our classrooms aren’t safe spaces for exploration unless they value and celebrate all lived experiences. It’s our job as educators to meet this challenge. We’re genuinely curious. We know we’re models for our students in creating a life-long passion for learning and growth. This means we prioritize getting it right over being right and challenging ourselves to stay curious in challenging moments. We’re authentic and prioritize integrity in our relationships. We treat every stakeholder with a deep sense of humanity - we ask each other how we’re doing, and we care to hear the answer.HOW WE’LL INVEST IN YOU

Compensation commensurate with experience, range between $47,000-$55,000 annually.A work from home stipend of up to $800 to purchase home office equipment.Health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield with the company covering premiums up to $200/month Optional 401(k) A flexible, fun, and values-driven work culture.Team outings and happy hours Unlimited paid time offContinued learning through ongoing educational opportunities provided by The Brainchild Collective and external community partners.Access to a wide network of partnerships and stakeholders throughout the Chicago arts education, social innovation, and entrepreneurship communities. ABOUT THE BRAINCHILD COLLECTIVE

We believe social impact is only possible when our leaders have a clear mission guiding them and the well-being to execute with intention. The Brainchild Collective designs, supports, and manages educational programs focused on social-emotional learning reaching students in partnership with schools and community spaces.

The Brainchild Collective has...

Proven educational products growing exponentially year over year since 2008. A reliable revenue stream and business model. Through grants, earned revenue, and strategic partners, we’ve grown to become one of the largest education programs in Chicago serving roughly 6000 K-12 students throughout the Chicagoland area. A growing international presence with tangible opportunities for growth in new markets.Our lead programs...

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Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL