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Deputy Director

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Grow Your Own
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Chicago, IL
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Published 29 days ago

Grow Your Own’s mission is to support racially diverse and community-connected individuals to become certified classroom teachers in order to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes for their students. In the past 18 months, GYO IL’s role has expanded to manage the state-wide grant overseeing five sites including the Chicago and Lake County programs it directly administers. As we enter our next phase of development, we are seeking a collaborative and strategic leader to serve as Deputy Director. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will oversee day-to-day operations and establish and drive a high performance culture that is focused on results, not just activities. This is a unique opportunity to shape a new, influential role and an evolving organization while working in partnership with a small but mighty mission-driven team of 8.

Summary

The Deputy Director (DD) is an inspirational leader and collaborator who excels at fostering shared purpose and cultivating a values-aligned culture. With a focus on developing staff, the DD will foster an environment that empowers all employees to flourish to their fullest abilities while maximizing their roles and expertise. The DD will be responsible for ensuring programs and operations are exceptional in quality and aligned with organizational strategies. The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities

Organizational Development 

  • Assist the Executive Director to continue building the organization’s strategic plan with short- term and long-term goals.  
  • Ensure GYO programs and operations are guided by strategic priorities and have sufficient capacity to realize their intended impact. 
  • Develop and implement organizational values that align GYO’s mission and strategic direction to an education, racial, and economic justice framework. 
  • Direct the internal assessment of GYO’s impact and use findings to shape ongoing organizational development and priorities. 
  • Serve as the defacto Human Resources point of contact for staff, including personnel policies, benefits, and performance reviews.  
  • Provide direct supervision and management of Chicago program team including candidate coordination, supports, and budget.
  • Design, facilitate, and train staff in expanding models of distributed leadership within the organization and with key external stakeholders. 
  • Work with the ED to plan and facilitate all-staff meetings, retreats, and other team gatherings. 

Organizational Culture and Staff Development 

  • Consistently solicit input on staff experiences and learnings and actively use findings to inform ongoing organizational and staff development. 
  • Build shared vision and expectations among staff on how to address GYO’s new administrative responsibilities. 
  • Deepen staff and stakeholder commitment to education, racial, economic justice and to promote and fortify the institutionalization of anti-racist practices at GYO. 
  • Be consistently present with staff to ensure they have the guidance to carry out daily operations and make time sensitive decisions. 
  • Lead staff in revisiting and refreshing internal policies, processes, and protocols. 
  • Develop staff performance management process in coordination with staff supervisors on a regular cadence (quarterly, semi-annually, annually). 
  • Lead strategic workforce planning including the recruiting, hiring and onboarding efforts for new staff. 
  • Ensure all staff have meaningful professional development opportunities, and opportunities for growth and reflection. 

Skills and Qualifications

  • 7-10 years of previous organization leadership work
  • Human Resources generalist experience including performance management, policy development, conflict resolution, and staff recruitment, selection, and training
  • Outstanding facilitation skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to cultivate authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Commitment to working with diverse data to inform decision-making
  • Strong intersectionality analysis and ability to lead dialogue and steer action for the organization’s ongoing equity, inclusion, and justice work
  • Facility in report writing, budget review, digital communication
  • Knowledge of higher education preferred

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to info@gyo-il.org by May 3, 2021. Applications without both a cover letter and resume will not be accepted.

Grow Your Own encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply. GYO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. GYO does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Grow Your Own’s mission is to support racially diverse and community-connected individuals to become certified classroom teachers in order to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes for their students. In the past 18 months…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 3, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Salary

$70,000 - $80,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to info@gyo-il.org by May 3, 2021. Applications without both a cover letter and resume will not be accepted.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to info@gyo-il.org by May 3, 2021. Applications without both a cover letter and resume will not be accepted.

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