DEPARTMENT: Research and Policy Center
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Director of Research and Policy
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Director of Research and Policy
The Chicago Urban League seeks a Project Manager to help plan and oversee our 10-month, grant-funded project: The South Side Community Reparations Coalition (SSCRC). SSCRC is a community-based participatory assessment and planning project that seeks to help local residents understand, recommend and prioritize community-based reparations strategies to repair and restore Black communities on the South Side of Chicago.
You will manage the day to day operations of the SSCRC project, helping the project team plan, coordinate and execute its many activities. You will also oversee the facilitation and the work of the SSCRC Planning Committee. SSCRC is a community-based participatory assessment and planning project that seeks to help local residents understand, recommend and prioritize community-based reparations strategies to repair and restore Black communities on the South Side of Chicago. This work is meant to engage intentionally and intently with our 10 targeted community areas: Douglas, Englewood, Fuller Park, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Oakland, South Shore, Washington Park, West Englewood and Woodlawn.
PROJECT MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Maintain SSCRC project calendar and activity timelines
- Oversight and management of the SSCRC Planning Committee
- Scheduling and hosting Planning Committee and community meetings
- Point of contact for SSCRC project (internal, external partners)
- Oversee contracted payments and stipends for the community research team
- Reporting to the Project Director progress and delays on the project work plan
- Modification of work plan and deliverables under the guidance of the Project Director
- Must have experience working in South Side communities – residence in one of our target community areas is preferred.
- Must have familiarity with at least one of the areas to be assessed in the community plan (e.g. violence prevention, youth development, economic development, civil legal aid, or reentry).
- Should have paid or unpaid experience within communities, community-based and grassroots organizations, volunteer/committee work, neighborhood or church groups/councils/committees. (Can be a professional or volunteer role).
- Must be a strong multi-tasker and be able to keep track of multiple strands of work.
- Must be a self-starter and work well independently, as well as value collaboration.
- Computer literacy and knowledge of MS Office products is required, experience with survey software and project management software a plus.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
This is a position that requires strong relationship and organization skills, and we prioritize these over any specific level of education. We care more about your ability to write, communicate, collaborate and keep the project moving than whether or not you have a certain degree.
We believe that our targeted communities and their residents must be centered in the work we are doing on this project. We strongly encourage applications from people living in these communities and from a diverse pool of candidates including women, LGBTQ people, people from a working class background and people with criminal justice system involvement. People in these groups often don’t apply for positions unless they meet every criteria. If you believe you meet the qualifications for the role, please do not prevent yourself from applying.
Project Director (This is the League’s Director of Research.)
Please send a cover letter, resume, list of 3 references and a writing sample to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing samples can include a paper, a sample of social media posts, blogs or other forms of writing. Please include “SSCRC Project Manager” in the subject line.