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Chief of Growth & Innovation

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Umoja Student Development Corporation | Chicago, IL
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Umoja Student Development Corporation


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Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Organization Overview

Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models and professional development, Umoja currently partners with more than 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit www.umojacorporation.org.

Position Summary

The Chief of Growth + Innovation leads the organization in planning and developing its capacity and opportunities for increased social impact. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief of Growth + Innovation (CGI) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all of Umoja’s communications, development, professional learning, and partnerships and will manage program directors and Umoja Transformation Fellows. As the CGI of Umoja, they will provide leadership to the Umoja strategic planning process and develop new programmatic strategies and initiatives. In addition, the CGI will work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to lead the organization through a time of significant transformation, while nurturing Umoja’s existing partnerships and building new relationships that deepen Umoja’s social impact. Status and Location This is an exempt, full-time employee position. The Umoja Main Office will serve as the Chief of Growth + Innovation’s primary work location, Monday through Friday and on evenings and weekends as necessary. Occasional travel will be required to partner sites throughout the Chicago Metro Area and nationally as the work expands. It is expected that, at least for the first year of employment, travel will comprise 10-15% of the CGI’s time. 

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Growth + Innovation

  • Develop a deep understanding of Umoja’s mission, vision, and values in order to identify and activate high-potential growth opportunities
  • Establish an Umoja Transformation Fellows Program to develop a diversity of internal organization leaders and to provide critical support as Umoja evolves
  • Nurture sustaining innovation and service delivery/content improvement strategies that enhance current Partnership and Professional Learning services
  • Analyze trends and sector disruptions to identify new potential partners and revenue streams
  • Scout and implement the innovation processes and tools needed to grow the organization’s social impact
  • Launch and sustain individual and group platforms that engage internal and external stakeholders in creative thinking about Umoja’s work 
  • Create growth plans and lead Umoja to execute on identified priorities, particularly the creation of new and/or enhanced revenue streams
  • Facilitate innovation efforts across the organization’s programs and services

Development + Communications

  • Provide executive leadership and support to Umoja’s Development + Communications Team
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of a balanced annual budget, oversee financial operations related to the development and professional learning/partnerships work areas, and maintain sound expense and revenue tracking methods
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of a new comprehensive marketing and communication strategy that rebrands the organization and raises Umoja’s profile locally and nationally
  • Grow Umoja’s revenue streams by effectively maximizing its current work and seeking new opportunities
  • Utilize efficient and clear data tracking measures to demonstrate progress and project future outcomes

Organization Leadership

  • Center equity and inclusion in all work and in interactions with others
  • Actively work to engage, support, and develop a diverse and dynamic team
  • Work closely with CEO and Leadership Team to develop and implement a new 3 year strategic plan for Umoja
  • Uphold and model Umoja’s shared agreements and participate as an active member of the Umoja community
  • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors Program Strategy Committee(s)
  • Help identify and address organizational issues that challenge and support health and effectiveness 

Other

  • Protect organization by keeping proprietary information confidential
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor 

Direct Reports

  • Director, Development + Communications
  • Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Transformation Fellows (3)

Qualifications: Required

  • Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 10 years of experience and a track record in senior program management
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach a senior-level staff to manage and develop high-performance teams and develop and implement program strategies
  • Track record of effectively leading a direct service organization with a complex array of programs with the ability to leverage strengths and manage projects across program areas
  • Recognizes the dignity of each individual, and demonstrates commitment to social justice
  • Displays passion, humility, integrity, and a growth mindset
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having led organizational transformation projects and program development
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Fundraising experience with the ability to engage a diversity of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills
  • Self-motivated with ability to work well independently as well as part of a team, and able to provide leadership within that environment
  • A collaborative working style demonstrating confidence that moves others to action by planning, motivating and organizing work tasks

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in business development, entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, or a related field
  • Experience in a variety of education environments
  • Demonstrated experience managing across lines of difference
  • Interest in making a minimum 2-3 year commitment 

Organization Overview

Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Benefits Benefits of working at Umoja include:

  • Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance
  • Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional learning
  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K
  • Generous paid and sick time off package
  • Parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child

For more benefits information, please visit: http://www.umojacorporation.org/about/careers/

Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Candidates from communities that traditionally experience discrimination are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.

Benefits Benefits of working at Umoja include:

  • Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance
  • Opportunities for…

How To Apply

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@umojacorporation.org. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line. NO PHONE CALLS 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@umojacorporation.org. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email…

Location

Chicago, IL

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