Director of the Neighborhood Schools Program will be responsible for the operations of the Neighborhood Schools Program, which partners with local schools and nonprofits to place University of Chicago students in roles that add to the capacity of their mission of supporting public school education and youth development. The Director is also responsible for ensuring NSP supports the development of the University students as as they gain exposure to the education and nonprofit sector professions.
This position will report to the Executive Director for Student Civic Engagement Initiatives, in the Office of Civic Engagement, and serve as a key member of the Student Civic Engagement team, which helps to coordinate the development and stewardship of the OCE approach to Student Civic Engagement programming across campus. The Director of the Neighborhood Schools Program will also work closely with the broader Office of Civic Engagement team to connect education focused student civic engagement to broader community engagement aims at the neighborhood level.
The role will have three direct reports: an assistant director for student engagement, an operations manager, and a transportation coordinator. In addition, there are two grant-funded program-specific direct-reports through partnerships with GEARUP and Jumpstart.
Serve as primary manager of partnerships with a number of local schools and education-related community organizations Build key relationships with the local school district, local school partners, organizations, and universities engaged in similar work.
Build on-campus partnership, programming, and events to support the student development of the University of Chicago student participants in alignment with NSP efforts.
Create infrastructure and capacity for expanding and sustaining programs and resources including seeking, identifying, and securing external grants, contracts, and partnerships as well as strengthening institutional support for the program is a key responsibility.
Strengthen alumni connections to steward the Neighborhood Schools Program and increase alumni engagement
Develop and implement strategies to link local schools to other University resources and monitor program implementation to ensure strong results for all stakeholders.
Increase awareness of the Universityâ™s work in education outreach locally and nationally.
Create metrics that track and evaluate the Universityâ™s contribution to local schools.
Partner with external constituents to ensure that NSP expectations are clearly defined.
Manage and supervise a program and administrative staff team.
Work closely with the OCE team on budget planning, fundraising, proposal development and program design and implementation.
Identify and implement opportunities for program innovation, including increasing the level of student-led programming.
Ability to successfully interact (i.e., engaging personality that instills trust and credibility) with a broad range of stakeholders: Principals, Teachers, University Students, Faculty and Staff.
Knowledge of South Side communities.
Excellent communication (listening and speaking), diplomacy, discretion, and presentation skills.
Ability to lead and work in a team environment.
Ability to work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
Ability to interact with senior-level administration and faculty on complex issues.
Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs required.
Proficiency in Social Media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) required.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree required
Masterâ™s degree preferred
A minimum of 8 years of previous administrative experience (or equivalent) required.
5 or more years of Education, Student Advising, or Youth Development experience required.
Experience working in a university setting strongly preferred.
5 or more years working on University partnerships with Schools/Community Agencies preferred.
Experience developing grant proposals and program reports strongly preferred.
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