Immediate Job Opening - Director of Programs

Director of Programs Job Description

The WorldChicago Director of Programs is responsible for oversight of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leadership Initiative (YTILI), implemented by WorldChicago, and other programs as directed. The Director of Programs will adeptly liaise between a range of key audiences (professional hosts, trainers, homestay hosts, program partners, government agencies and schools) at the local, national, and international level. The Director of Programs is a detailed-oriented practitioner who manages multiple complex activities simultaneously, while also having the ability to make high-level strategic decisions. The Director of Programs helps shape key program messages to advance program activities and impact through the recruitment of direct stakeholders (including fellowship hosts, homestay hosts, Fellows and peer reviewers). The Director of Programs reports to the President and supervises (direct reporting) Program Managers and Program Associates.

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to pparfenoff@worldchicago.org by close of business on January 15, 2021.

Position Start date: ASAP

Job Description

The WorldChicago Director of Programs is responsible for oversight of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leadership Initiative (YTILI), implemented by WorldChicago, and other programs as directed. The Director of Programs will adeptly liaise between a range of key audiences (professional hosts, trainers, homestay hosts, program partners, government agencies and schools) at the local, national, and international level. The Director of Programs is a detailed-oriented practitioner who manages multiple complex activities simultaneously, while also having the ability to make high-level strategic decisions. The Director of Programs helps shape key program messages to advance program activities and impact through the recruitment of direct stakeholders (including fellowship hosts, homestay hosts, Fellows and peer reviewers). The Director of Programs reports to the President and supervises (direct reporting) Program Managers and Program Associates. Excellent benefits package included.

Program Management

Provide oversight and administration of WorldChicago’s YTILI Fellows Program

Provide program, homestay, budget, and reporting support for one/two additional programs

Expand, cultivate, and sustain network of local professional resources and homestay hosts

Liaise with non-profit organizations, Global Ties U.S., government agencies, and international partners

Oversee monitoring and evaluation efforts, assess program efficacy, and furnish program report on progress to goals

Communications & Outreach

Support marketing and communication for the YTILI program to advance program goals and mission.

Work with Marketing and Development Manager to strengthen WorldChicago’s mission through advancements in program portfolio

Represent WorldChicago at networking and speaking events

Staff Management

Serve as supervisor and mentor to YTILI staff and coordinate joint efforts and oversight of team’s work.

Serve as a leader in adhering to office systems and procedures

Board

Liaise with the WorldChicago Board of Directors as needed

Ideal Characteristics

Highly organized – can manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously with multiple deadlines while paying excellent attention to detail

Calm under pressure – can lead through uncertainty and develop innovative solutions to unexpected challenges

Strong communicator – has excellent written and verbal communication skills for proposal development and networking ability for partnership development

Globally minded –is interested in intercultural communication, international affairs or committed to a career in international exchange work; fluency in a second language a plus.

Position Requirements:

At least 4 to 6 years of work experience in a fast-paced setting providing administrative support within project management, preferably with an international focus

Bachelor’s degree required and master’s degree strongly preferred in relevant field of study (e.g. international relations, international development, intercultural communication, business administration, international education, or another relevant field)

International professional experience or international exchange experience

Ability to effectively communicate with government agencies, corporations, and non-profits

Must be able to travel (1 to 3 times per year); and able to work some evenings and weekends

Preferred Experiences:

Experience managing federal grants or developing federal grant proposals

Experience recruiting, selecting, and/or advising international students, scholars, or fellows

Experience maintaining and managing local teams of volunteers

Experience designing or developing programs or events for professionals

Experience working or studying abroad

Position Start date: ASAP

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to pparfenoff@worldchicago.org. by close of business on January 15, 2021.

Internships are closed for Winter Spring 2021

WorldChicago offers a unique opportunity for college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to gain hands-on experience and insight into citizen and public diplomacy initiatives of the U.S. government. Interns are integral members of the WorldChicago team. Through a mix of short- and long-term projects, interns develop their communications, research, events, nonprofit, and public diplomacy skills. Volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis will last for 3 to 4 months.International Programs

Assist in the management of various U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international exchange programs, including the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Professional Fellows Program, and Youth Exchange Programs; USAID’s Community Connections Program; Library of Congress-sponsored Open World Leadership; and other special projects. Day-to-day tasks to support the above exchange programs include:

· Research local resources and issues for programs

· Write proposals for upcoming programs

· Prepare local programs and welcome packets

· Coordinate professional appointments, roundtable discussions, field visits, and tours

· Accompanying international delegations to professional and cultural activities in Chicago

· Assist in contacting and confirming homestay hosts

· Database maintenance

· Research new program opportunities and funding sources

· Assist in the preparation of new grant initiatives

Internships are closed for Winter Spring 2021 - Youth Programs

Assist in the planning and implementation of U.S. Department of State-sponsored Youth Leadership Exchange Programs for international high school and college students. Day-to-day tasks include:

· Research local resources for select program themes

· Coordinate youth-focused meetings, discussions, field visits, and tours around select program themes

· Assist with recruitment and screening of homestay hosts

· Prepare local program and orientation packets

· Assist with orientation, team-building activities, and program evaluation

· Accompany international youth to educational and cultural activities in Chicago

· Assist with program documentation, including photography and social media posts

Internships are closed for Winter Spring 2021 - Marketing, Events & Outreach

Assist in the management of events, community outreach, public relations, social media strategy, and WorldChicago fundraising initiatives. Day-to-day tasks include:

· Assist in developing outreach strategies, booking venues, event registration, and speaker correspondence for programs

· Research and propose new ideas for programs

· Support event planning of major fundraisers

· Assist with marketing and publicizing of events

· Research and follow up on new ways to market WorldChicago programs

· Update WorldChicago Facebook and Twitter pages

To apply for an internship, please submit a current resume and one-page cover letter (Word or PDF) that addresses why you are applying for the internship, your relevant experience, and the skills or experience you are most interested in gaining through the internship. Also specify the semester you are applying for; your preferred start and end date; and the days and number of hours per week that you are available.

Applicants must possess excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Research, event planning, marketing, and social media experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but WorldChicago can offer course credit.

Submit your application to Donna Sadlicki at dsadlicki@worldchicago.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply

To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to Donna Sadlicki at dsadlicki@worldchicago.org.

Internships at WorldChicago

Virtual Internships are offered in the Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall terms and fall under three broad tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach. Interns are expected to commit to one full semester with the possibility to extend. Internships are unpaid, but course credit is available.

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