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 www.umojacorporation.org.
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
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
Director, Development + Communications
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Transformation Fellows (3)
Benefits of working at Umoja include:
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
Generous paid and sick time off package
Parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child
For more benefits information, please visit: http://www.umojacorporation.org/about/careers/
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.
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.
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
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.
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Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience