Program Manager

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About Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC):

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premier civic leadership

incubator, delivering the knowledge and network to lead bold, transformative

change. Since 1983, LGC is proud to have developed more than 1,200 individuals

who have demonstrated leadership in their careers through the LGC Signature

Fellows Program. This intensive 10-month program provides the foundation for a

lifelong commitment to civic engagement.

LGC is the only organization in the region that dares to bring together

high-performing individuals of diverse backgrounds from the private, nonprofit

and public sectors to tackle the area’s most pressing issues. This proven

formula has generated decades of rich conversation and collaborations, created

lifelong relationships, and developed thought leaders, that combined have

shaped the civic landscape of our region.

The newest addition to the LGC portfolio is The Daniel Burnham Fellowship.

This Fellowship is an accelerated civic onboarding experience designed to

inspire top executives to mobilize and exert their combined influence and

intellect to positively impact Chicago, its future and the continued

economic progress of the region. The Fellowship officially launched in February

of 2019. To date, nearly 70 C-suite/senior executives have successfully

completed the Fellowship.

Job Purpose:

The Program Manager (PM) reports to the Director of Leadership Programs and

works in conjunction with the Senior Advisor on the Program Team. The PM is

responsible for organizing, coordinating and implementing the Signature Fellows

Program, as well as pipeline management and recruitment activities related to

the Program. Additionally, the PM provides event support for public forums with

programmatic partners (e.g., Chicago Humanities Festival) and the Leadership

Fellows Association (LFA).

The PM is a critical member of the Program Team and has the opportunity to

bring thought leadership to both program development and relationship building,

while also managing administrative details and logistics to ensure world-class

delivery of the Signature Fellows Program and a quality experience for all



Signature Fellows Program Delivery

In collaboration with and direction from the Director of Leadership

Programs, this role calls for someone who is able to provide valuable input and

support of the Signature Fellows Program content, curriculum and execution. The

PM is a critical thinker and a take-charge individual who is able to develop a

professional, trusting and genuine rapport with LGC Fellows.

The PM organizes, develops, plans, coordinates and implements all

program/event details and logistics for the Signature Fellows Program,

including in the classroom. Excellent project management of timelines is

necessary, as is a commitment to customer service and handling all

relationships in a manner consistent with the quality and professionalism that

is emblematic of the LGC culture. 

Specific duties include:

· Actively participate in design of the Signature Fellows Program


· Drive the overall execution and ongoing improvement of the Signature

Fellows Program, based on participant feedback and the organization’s mission

and goals

· Prepare all program-related materials (e.g., annual program book,

agenda, speaker bios, PowerPoint slides, brochure, etc.) in collaboration with

the internal Marketing and Communications Team, as appropriate

· Attend and manage logistics for all Signature Fellows Program events,

activities and meetings, including scheduling, venue rentals, catering,

materials, room setup and other duties as needed

· Manage database of speakers/partners/School of Deans, event spaces/venues,

partner organizations and other relevant information

· Track and document program expenses and maintain program-related


· Manage and record individual and organizational sponsorship

contribution information for the current Class in the Signature Fellows Program

· Maintain and update Signature Fellows Program calendars, timelines

and checklists

· Coordinate and manage production of the awards Fellows receive at the

end of the Program Year, as well as speaker gifts throughout the year

Signature Fellows Program Recruitment & Selection

· Work with Director of Leadership Programs, Senior Advisor,

Recruitment and Selection Committee and internal Marketing and Communications

Team to drive outreach and recruitment efforts and ultimately the selection of

future Signature Fellows Program classes

· Manage scheduling, speaker participation, materials, registration and

promotion of 4-5 information sessions

· Drive and support annual Class selection process, including creation

of application and evaluation form, management and tracking of application and

evaluation activity via SmarterSelect, management and tracking of assessment in

tandem with Aon partner, management of candidate communications and analytics,

oversight of meeting and interview scheduling and support, development of

materials and other duties as needed

· Document processes and best practices related to information sessions,

communications and operations involved in the recruitment and selection process

to drive excellence in execution

Leadership Fellows Association (LFA) Support

· Serve as a staff liaison to one of the LFA Board committees (as assigned)

· Assist with scheduling and material preparation for committee meetings

(4-6 per year)

· Provide planning and logistical support of committee


· Track and document committee expenses and maintain committee-related


· Collaborate with internal Marketing and Communications Team to

promote committee activities and drive Fellow engagement


· An overall orientation toward delivering excellence in learning


· Networker, connector and relationship builder

· Flexible, adaptable and cool under pressure

· Creative problem-solver

· Experience with event planning and/or project management

· Strong writer, speaker and communicator

· Meticulous attention to detail

· Organized multi-tasker and efficient at time management and task


· Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and other common office software

· Commitment to civic engagement and nonprofit work

· A passion to effect positive change in the community and the world


· Minimum 5-7 years of work experience

· Education: bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree is a plus

· Background/experience in education, program development, event

planning or a related field is a plus (e.g., degree in education/administration,

Teach for America, AmeriCorps, classroom experience, special events



We expect the team member in this role to demonstrate the following personal

characteristics and behaviors:

· Behave Ethically and Demonstrate Integrity:

Understand ethical behavior and business practices, consistent with the

standards and values of the organization.

· Work Collaboratively and Build Relationships:

Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both

internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.

·  Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and

write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective

communication tools and techniques.

· Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways

to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.

· Customer Service Delivery: Anticipate, understand

and respond to the needs of internal and external constituents and stakeholders

to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.

· Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively

with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance

organizational effectiveness.

· Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results

that are in the best interest of the organization, Fellows and other


· Make Decisions: Assess situations and priorities to

determine importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions that are

timely and in the best interests of the organization.

· Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule,

monitor progress towards goals and track details, data, information and


· Plan: Set goals and deliverables, create and

implement action plans and evaluate the process and results.

· Solve Problems: Analyze problem situations to

identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible

solutions and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

LGC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an

equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration

for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity

or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age,

or veteran status.


About Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC):

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premier civic leadership

incubator, delivering the knowledge and network to lead bold, transformative

change. Since 1983, LGC is proud to have developed…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Health and dental insurance, 401k with company match

Health and dental insurance, 401k with company match


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

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