Date Posted: 
Tue, October 10, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Chicago, IL
Company Name: 
Irving Harris Foundation
Company Information: 

The Irving Harris Foundation (Foundation) enhances the quality of life for children, families and communities by advancing human potential, social justice and equity, and creative experience and expression. The Foundation invest approximately $15 million annually and is a strategic proactive grantmaker in early childhood and reproductive health and justice; the arts, humanities and culture; and, Jewish values in the U.S. and in Israel. The Foundation also makes Board initiated discretionary grants and has recently developed a Legacy giving program focused on violence prevention and environmental justice. The Foundation’s grants aim to address root causes; leverage public and private resources; provide technical assistance; and, collaborate through public-private and funder partnerships.

Job Description: 

As part of the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking, the Foundation funds and manages an international network of grantees, the Harris Professional Development Network (PDN) that works to grow and disseminate cutting-edge infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) training and leadership development programs; develop and replicate innovative best practice and evidence-based models; and integrate IECMH principles and practices into systems serving very young children and their families. The Foundation supports the PDN by facilitating and managing five committees and their work products, an annual convening, and the development and dissemination of the Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets (Tenets)(http://imhdivtenets.org). The Foundation is seeking an experienced Fellow to assist in coordinating the PDN and implementing key pieces of the Tenets Theory of Change.

• Manage and produce work products including, but not limited to: drafting memos, papers, and conducting research
• Identify and develop optimal system(s) to track and analyze Tenets Initiative, including system for tracking and analyzing all Tenets workshop assessment data, workshops requested and facilitated, usage and purchase of resources from Tenets online toolkit, and partnership development and management
• Support Tenets Working Group and liaise with communications consultants to develop Tenets communications materials, including new website
• Work with Tenets Working Group subcommittee to codify key components of Tenets activities (e.g. workshop curricula and workshop assessments)
• Support development of Tenets online resource toolkit
• Support Tenets Working Group members, including Foundation Senior Program Officer and Executive Director, in identifying and developing potential partnerships to broaden distribution channels for Tenets and associated activities (e.g. workshops), as well as increase potential funding sources
• Develop methodology for collecting anecdotes and case studies of successful Tenets use/implementation as a) evidence base of Tenets’ impact and b) material for workshops and online toolkit
• Perform administrative and other tasks developed by Foundation team to support the PDN


• Minimum Bachelor’s Degree; work toward Graduate Degree preferred
• Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing justice and equity, particularly in systems that work with infants, children and families
• Strong written and verbal communication skills required
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet required deadlines
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required
• Entrepreneurial, able to conceptualize projects and work well independently
• Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work with networks of potential partners
• Tech savviness - able to creatively navigate multiple platforms from Microsoft Office, to survey tools, basic web-design/updating, databases, social media platforms, etc.

How to apply: 

School Credit and Stipend
The Foundation is able to provide a stipend and/or support the receipt of school credit. If applicable, please provide information on your school’s requirements to receive school credit for your work with the Foundation.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume and two to three page writing sample by November 1, 2017 to Gregory Tate at gtate@irvingharrisfdn.org. The position is for 20 hours per week for a minimum of five months; start date is flexible.