Program Director- Chicago

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $60,000




226 South Wabash Avenue
Suite 400
United States


Are you an experienced youth development or education professional with a passion for increasing economic opportunity for all? Urban Alliance (UA), a national youth workforce development nonprofit, is currently seeking a Program Director to oversee all programming, events, and regional staff in Chicago, reporting to the Chicago Executive Director. You’ll have the opportunity to join a fun, committed, and hard-working team who always put our students first.

About Urban Alliance

Urban Alliance provides economically-disadvantaged young people with the exposure, opportunity, support, and training needed to prepare them for lifelong economic self-sufficiency. Urban Alliance’s core program matches underserved high school seniors with paid, professional internships, job skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and ongoing post-program support to expand their idea of what is possible for their future. Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1996, Urban Alliance has since expanded to Baltimore, Chicago, and Northern Virginia. To date, Urban Alliance has placed over 4,000 students in paid internships, and served more than 18,000 through job skills training.

Program Director Responsibilities

·        Program management: Oversee managing and implementing regional programming and events; Utilize program data to continually improve outcomes for youth; Oversee student recruitment for two Chicago programs

o  High School Internship Program (HSIP) 10-month paid internship program for seniors enrolled in Chicago Public Schools

o  Obama Youth Jobs Corps (OYJC) Early workforce exposure and training for sophomores and juniors enrolled in Chicago Public Schools

·        Staff management: Set and enforce clear guidelines and expectations; Train, develop, and manage program staff; Recruit, interview and hire program staff as needed; Support, lead by example, and ensure team cohesion. The Program Director will supervise two Program Managers, the OYJC Manager and the HSIP Program Manager overseeing a team of Program Coordinators (PCs)

·        External relationship management: Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with Chicago Public Schools, including district-level contacts, school-level contacts, and community partner organizations to enhance support and resources for UA students

·        Data management: Track, analyze, and report program and intern data; Actively use outcome data to guide program decisions for real-time course corrections; Collaborate with national Data & Evaluation team to consistently ensure strong outcomes for youth

·        Budget management: Oversee programmatic budgets for HSIP and the OYJC; Track program and staff expenses


·        Bachelor’s Degree

·        At least four years prior experience in youth development, curriculum development, or teaching (or some combination of experience and graduate-level education)

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills

·        Experience managing external partnerships

·        Ability to meet tight deadlines

·        Proficiency in MS Office suite

·        Prior experience with budgeting preferred

·        Ability to commit to at least two consecutive years of employment with Urban Alliance


Core Competencies

·        Evidence of developing and implementing a program with strong results

·        Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and maintain deep relationships with a variety of diverse constituents

·        Ability to develop and execute long-term strategy while being able to pivot to meet immediate needs, or address unforeseen student needs, as they arise

·        Operating with a sense of urgency and thoughtfulness around accomplishing goals and objectives

·        Excellent judgement and sound decision-making skills



  • Health insurance (medical, dental, vision) and retirement benefits 
  • Annual professional development stipend
  • Three weeks of paid annual leave and one week of paid organizational leave
  • All federal holidays
  • Opportunity to join a passionate and hard-working team that always places our students first while maintaining a fun work environment and healthy work-life balance for staff

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document addressed to Jenna Ketchum, Executive Director – Chicago, by November 1, 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be emailed to with the subject line: Program Director - Chicago.


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