Does working with educators and helping students find a passion for a food-related career excite you? Do you enjoy working in a fun, dynamic and team-oriented environment? Then this unique opportunity could be the perfect fit for you. The Illinois Restaurant Association Education Foundation is seeking a full-time ProStart Program Manager to assist and implement Illinois’s ProStart® program. The ProStart curriculum introduces students to careers in the foodservice industry and provides industry-created training in culinary arts and management.
Lead program implementation, including planning, evaluating and reporting.
Maintain strong working relationships with and serve as principal liaison with Illinois high schools, teachers and students, promoting the program and providing support as needed.
Collaborate with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation on various programs including Certificate of Achievement, Educator Excellence award, student competitions, scholarships, and post-secondary articulation agreements.
Identify and recruit industry mentors and speakers for ProStart schools.
Ensure program standards and policies are maintained, including data collection requirements.
Assist in event management of events including Illinois ProStart Invitational, National ProStart Invitational trip, the ProStart Industry and Career Expo and the ProStart Teacher Training Workshop.
Organize event details such as location, catering, equipment, speakers, registration, presentation and promotional materials.
Solicit, organize and coordinate event volunteers.
Marketing and Communications
Assist in the development of the ProStart strategic plan, identifying goals and strategies to grow and improve the program.
Write and edit communications, including emails, newsletters, brochures, reports and promotional pieces.
Lead Illinois ProStart social media efforts on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Initiate and lead ProStart alumni outreach efforts, including securing testimonials.
Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook)
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Experience managing projects, timelines and priorities
Experience planning and organizing events
Experience with marketing, communications and social media
Competencies important to be successful in this position include:
Demonstrates strong presentation, written, interpersonal, listening and persuasive skills.
Relationship-building. Builds constructive and respectful working relationships with key stakeholders.
Time Management and Organization. Plans, organizes and prioritizes work responsibilities to achieve objectives.
Flexibility. Demonstrates the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and is open to new ways of doing things.
Team Player. Works cooperatively with others to achieve common goals.
Detail-oriented. Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary will depend on experience and industry knowledge. Please submit resume and letter of interest that expresses why you will be the perfect fit for this position. Direct your application to firstname.lastname@example.org and include ProStart Manager in the subject line. Visit our website at www.illinoisrestaurants.org
Internal Number: 3123804147
About Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization (501 c3) dedicated to building Illinois' hospitality workforce through career exploration and development programs, scholarships and image enhancement.
Through initiatives centered around the ProStart Program, career exploration, and job readiness training and yearly scholarships, the Educational Foundation is constantly striving to make a difference in the Illinois foodservice industry.