Program Director, Chicago

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $68,000.00
Maximum: $74,000.00



Start Date:



San Francisco
United States


Program Director, Chicago


Start Date: July 2018

Location:  Chicago, IL



Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national non-profit organization that empowers young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a robust skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country. Since our founding in 2003, we have trained more than 8,500 college student volunteers to deliver health education to over 115,000 public high school students in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC. In 2016, PHE launched a five-year strategic plan to focus on growing our effective model while partnering with health and education systems, as well as communities, to build a more integrated, sustainable model for health education. You will be joining an incredibly passionate, collaborative, and committed team, working together towards our vision of advancing health equity. PHE launched in Chicago in 2007. We currently train 300 college students from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to deliver our program in 24 Chicago Public Schools.


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As the Program Director, Chicago you will lead plan, lead, and oversee the high-quality implementation of PHE programming in Chicago through the management of 2 program staff members and collaborating with community stakeholders. The Program Director will also manage, grow, and evaluate the PHE program at one partner college. This role reports to the Executive Director, Chicago and works closely with the Partnerships Director, Chicago, the National Sites and Partnerships Team, and the Program and Strategic Learning Team.


Do you aspire to show up for young people and your community each day? Are you a bold thinker and inclusive collaborator? Does authentic communication and honest feedback help you continuously learn and grow? Do you find the joy in both the journey and the results?


Here is what you’ll do as part of our team:


65% - Oversee PHE’s Chicago Program:

  • Cultivate, build, and manage relationships with the district, high school, and college administration and other programmatic contacts with the support of the Partnerships Director, Chicago and program staff
  • Directly manage one college site and the corresponding high school partners
  • Supervise college volunteer recruitment, selection, training, and teaching across Chicago
  • Develop and lead a plan to recruit, select and retain diverse and culturally competent volunteers in service of young people receiving PHE programming in Chicago 
  • Manage the progress of PHE Chicago’s programmatic goals while supporting program evaluation efforts to assess Chicago and PHE wide program quality
  • Create and maintain Chicago’s program budget


25% - Staff Management

  • Manage and develop direct reports to a sustained high-level of performance through coaching, mentorship, etc. to ensure that they are constantly acquiring new skills, as well as enhancing and growing their current skills
  • Foster collaborative relationships between the Chicago program team and the rest of PHE
  • Exemplify PHE’s core values and advance PHE’s vision for health equity in all aspects of our work, internally and externally while maintaining an inclusive, joyful, healthy site culture
  • Create and implement effective and relevant staff onboarding and training in conjunction with other departments


10% - Support the Executive Director, Chicago and Partnerships Director, Chicago as needed including, but not limited the following:

  • Assist with management of the Chicago strategic plan by playing a leadership role in developing a strategy for growth and quality consistent with local and national priorities
  • Partner with the Executive Director, Chicago to ensure any decisions made regarding program implementation are aligned with the National Strategic Plan
  • Plan and create pipelines for potential new school partners to grow programming in Chicago


What you’ll bring to the table:

Minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Education, Non-Profit Management, Business, Public Relations or a related field) OR 7+ years relevant professional experience building effective relationships/partnerships and expanding programs or services
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • At least 1+ years leadership experience supervising, managing, and training others, with particular experience in managing junior staff members
  • Highly developed facilitation and networking skills with demonstrated success in training, public speaking, writing, and team planning


Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the current health education landscape in Chicago
  • Familiarity or experience in working with high schools and/or high school staff


Your turn! We’d like to learn about you.

Please submit your resume and cover letter telling us why you are interested in our team and this role!


At Peer Health Exchange, we celebrate difference and are committed to providing equitable opportunities, by addressing the effects of power and privilege. PHE is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, physical disability, veteran status or length of time spent unemployed. We want to empower people to change lives!


Note: Peer Health Exchange reserves the right to add additional duties, as needed. All Peer Health Exchange employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.

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