The Southland Development Authority (SDA) is seeking a Program Manager to lead its Stimulus & Business Partnership Program for a period of six months with the opportunity to transition to a full time role at the SDA.
Background: the SDA and the Stimulus & Business Partnership Program
The Southland Development Authority (SDA) is a new economic development institution that is charged with driving comprehensive, transformative and inclusive economic growth in the Cook County, Illinois South Suburbs (the “Southland”). See https://www.southlanddevelopment.org/ for more detail.
The Southland is home to nearly 700,000 people, 35,000 businesses and produces over $42B in economic output. It is also an area that has experienced severe disinvestment and declines in jobs and household incomes in the last several decades and that is being hit disproportionally hard by the pandemic. The SDA’s long-term inclusive economic growth initiatives are more important than ever to assure the Southland comes through the current economic crisis towards sustainable economic recovery and growth. At the same time, the SDA has re-prioritized and adjusted its work underway to deliver short- and medium-term programs to address the immediate and devastating effects of the pandemic through its Stimulus & Business Partnership Program. Launched in mid-2020, program provides targeted, industry-specific technical and financial assistance to businesses in the Southland – prioritizing businesses that will have the most impact on inclusive economic growth and vital communities, including:
The program has been executed through a sophisticated system of outreach, business engagement, and assignment of industry-specific expert mentors supported by specialists (e.g., architects, e-commerce consultants) and financial partners to work with targeted businesses on securing emergency funding, re-opening plans and longer term business growth plans and financial support.
Moving forward, this program is transitioning its focus to the long-term goal of supporting businesses that will drive inclusive economic growth in the Southland – through continued one-on-one mentorship for businesses, identification of common obstacles faced by Southland businesses and developing new programs to address them (e.g., bankability and access to capital), and linking the business support programming to the SDA’s other economic growth initiatives.
The SDA is looking to hire a Program Manager who will guide the Stimulus & Business Partnership Program’s transition from a shorter-term emergency response program into a core, long-term program of the SDA.
The Role: Program Manager
The Program Manager will oversee, lead, and grow the Stimulus & Business Partnership Program – aiming to save and grow as many existing businesses as possible, in ways designed to drive immediate recovery and long-term inclusive economic growth in the region. The Program Manager will oversee and expand the existing network of staff and consultants who are working to execute this program.
Planning and Strategy
Marketing and Outreach
Full-Time; 6 month contract (with opportunity to extend)
The SDA has an 18-member Board of Directors. In its start-up year, in addition to the SDA’s two inaugural staff (CEO and Outreach Manager), work is carried out through a services agreement with RW Ventures, LLC, as well as through other independent contractors.
Flexible; preferably living in the Chicagoland region (and having deep familiarity with the Southland)
Salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Email us a cover letter, resume and names of 3 references no later than March 1, 2021.
The Southland Development Authority (SDA) is seeking a Program Manager to lead its Stimulus & Business Partnership Program for a period of six months with the opportunity to transition to a full time role at the SDA…
Submit cover letter, resume and names of 3 references no later than March 1, 2021.