Program Officer - Education

Date Posted: 
Mon, February 27, 2017
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The Chicago Community Trust
Job Description: 

Job Purpose:
The Program Officer, Education (PO Education) oversees the Trust’s portfolio of college- and career-ready education and post-secondary success grant strategies, with a particular focus on success for under-represented students. Under these strategies, the PO Education will implement initiatives, programs and grant making that: drive successful student transitions from high school to post-secondary institutions; support viable pathways and attainment for post-secondary credentials and degrees with labor market value; and scale up demonstrably successful strategies that support the success of under-represented students. Key to this role, the PO Education is engaging Trust donors to inform and engage their philanthropic participation in the Trust’s education strategies and further enhance the impact of their grant making in the community.

This position will work in close partnership with the Chief Officer of Programs and Strategic Integration, other members of the Program team, Development and Donor Services, Trust affiliate organizations, such as the Workforce Funders Alliance, whose missions include education and workforce development and cross-functionally.

Service is the heart of the Trust. The Trust believes that each employee represents the Trust’s commitment to service and plays an essential role to deliver on our mission to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and prosperity in our region. The spirit of and commitment to collegiality and collaboration is a core value at the Trust.

Job Duties:
• Contribute to the overall grant making strategy and implementation for the portfolio from request for proposal through completion, reporting, evaluation and impact measurement
• Working with the Chief Officer of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, facilitate outreach, convening, collaboration and alliance-building among key education constituents, including public officials, institutions, service providers, community-based organizations, residents and foundations to achieve grant making and public policy objectives
• Be the Trust’s education expert for priorities, trends, and developments in the sector
• Develop education thought leadership related to topical issues and trends through written content, panel presentations, community meetings or other vehicles
• Assist with the development and implementation of the general operating grants program (GO Grants) for education, including ongoing assessment of priorities, available resources, essential organizations, budget allocations and impact measurement criteria for this portfolio
• Convene GO Grant organizations to advance learning, alignment and collaboration among organizations and to achieve collective outcomes that are measurable
• Exhibit personal leadership in the sector and community, including participation on task forces, public speaking and other projects
• In collaboration with the Development and Donor Services Department, inform and engage current or potential donors regarding community needs and donors’ philanthropic interests, including through written content, individual meetings and group presentations
• Prepare suitable reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders
• Serve on various internal and interdepartmental committees as requested

This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.


Professional Qualifications and Attributes:
• Bachelor’s degree in education or related field of study is required; Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is a plus
• Minimum of 5 years of related work experience; Grant making and/or development experience is a plus
• Demonstrated knowledge of the local public high school and post-secondary education landscape, including the network of institutions and related service organizations
• Familiarity with metropolitan Chicago, its communities, neighborhoods, and community organizations
• Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with education stakeholders, residents and local leaders
• Experience working with racially and ethnically diverse and low-income communities
• Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating strategies to effect change
• Excellent planning and project management skills
• Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to listen well, convey thoughts clearly, speak in public, and work effectively as a member of a team
• Demonstrated skills in facilitation, relationship building, and collaborative planning
• Technical skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access)
• Must be service oriented, adaptable to change and committed to providing exceptional service to our customers
• Must be entrepreneurial, flexible and skilled at navigating in complex environments
• Must exhibit creativity and strategic vision, coupled with an ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas
• Must have strong commitment to and the ability to demonstrate the Trust’s vision and core values
• Must exude a demeanor that demonstrates both confidence and humility

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