Published 14 days ago

Program Manager - Middle School Programming

On-site, Work must be performed in or near Oak Park, IL


Job Type:Full Time
Start Date:August 1, 2024
Application Deadline:July 31, 2024
Education:4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level:Mid-level
Salary:USD $60,000 - $65,000 / year


Company Description: YEMBA is a 501(c)3 organization that provides empowering and innovative mentorship services alongside a recreation component to middle school and high school youth. Our programs are designed to educate youth mentally, physically, and spiritually with life-long learning through mentorship – and equip them with knowledge and tools for leadership development and success.

Program Manager Position: YEMBA is hiring a Program Manager (PM). The PM will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations successfully in their program, including organizing, implementing, and coordinating mentorship services across communities and schools. The PM works extensively with YEMBA Mentors, Junior Mentors, and school administrations while educating the community about the program and its benefits.

Reports to: Program Director

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Program Management

  • Act as school liaison by developing and maintaining relationships with school personnel, including student success coaches and teachers.
  • Provide program participants with academic support by tutoring in core subjects as needed and documenting student academic progress.
  • Provide program participants with social emotional learning and support through in -person Tier I interventions for youth as needed, and supporting staff with developing strategies for supporting youth in crisis.
  • Demonstrate a firm understanding of trends in positive youth development and social emotional learning in order to update and evaluate current curriculum to ensure alignment.
  • Manage the collection and entry of programmatic data related to participant attendance, demographics, and outcomes.
  • Support the continuous quality improvement of programming by evaluating programs on a regularly scheduled basis through observation and assessment of program content and service delivery to determine program quality, identify areas for improvement, and create a plan to work towards quality improvement.
  • Assist Program Director in budget development and tracking.
  • Manage program inventory of materials and program participant snacks.
  • Attend and conduct outreach events at schools and throughout the community in order to attract and recruit student program participants.

Family Relationship Management

  • Serve as the primary contact for families regarding enrollment and participation in YEMBA programs. 
  • Develop systems for communicating with parents about youth engagement. 

Partnerships and Community Engagement

  • Support the development of new partnerships and initiatives that enhance program delivery. 
  • Engage with members of the community to share knowledge and garner support for YEMBA programs and initiatives.

Staff Supervision and Development

  • Supervise and support 10 adult Mentors, Junior Mentors, and Interns, as well as participate in interviewing and hiring of any new mentors.
  • Support the professional development of the program team by researching and conducting training on best practices for program facilitation and content delivery. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Director to assess employee performance.
  • Serve as a mentor to program staff, providing feedback and setting goals according to the organization's priorities outlined in the strategic plan. 
  • Ensure that all Mentors and Junior Mentors record daily attendance and provide any updated information.
  • Attend staff meetings and events as required.
  • Maintain knowledge current in the field but not limited to, participation in coursework, seminars, and workshops.


  • Participate in agency-wide fundraising events.
  • Encourage participant and community participation in agency-wide fundraising events.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree with an emphasis on Early Childhood, Youth Development, or related field required.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker preferred. 
  • Minimum three years experience working with youth in a human service setting, social service setting, or related field.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Automobile is required with insurance and a valid driver’s license (travel to local schools and local events.)
  • Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which can include some late evenings and weekend events.
  • Maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, all levels of agency staff, and the various organization partners of the agency, while demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficient in Google (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms).
  • Strong Leadership and Organizational Skills.
  • Possess a creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements.

Company Description: YEMBA is a 501(c)3 organization that provides empowering and innovative mentorship services alongside a recreation component to middle school and high school youth. Our programs are designed to educate youth…


Dental, Health and Vision insurance, Paid Time-off

Dental, Health and Vision insurance, Paid Time-off

Level of Language Proficiency

English-language speaking

English-language speaking


Cook County, 218 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA

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