Program Manager

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Chicago, IL
Published 12 days ago

Title: Program Manager - Experience Architect 

Reports to: Senior Program Manager

Functional Responsibilities: Program operations and partner relations


Embarc’s mission is to cultivate post-secondary success by inspiring students to build their social capital, stretch the boundaries of their neighborhood, alter their world view, and seize opportunities in school and life. Embarc is regarded as one of the most exciting emerging nonprofits in Chicago that specializes in combining a robust 3-year curriculum with immersive, hands-on learning experiences that connect students to multiple sectors of the Chicago community to drive academic skills and close the achievement gap.

Since inception in 2010, Embarc has served over 1200 students who have achieved an average 95% graduation rate and 90% overall postsecondary success. Embarc has grown from serving 25 students in 2010 to nearly 800 students in the 2017-2018 school year in 18 high schools across Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Our program impact is expected to double by 2020.


Embarc is looking for a dynamic and focused leader to join its highly regarded and driven team.  

The Program Manager assists in overseeing the experiential education aspect of Embarc to ensure quality and efficacy of the program. This includes being responsible for all operations over student experiences, including journeys out of the school building and workshops on site at schools, partnership development, collaborating between partners and school, working closely with all Program Managers and responding to the needs of the Programming Team. To accomplish these tasks, the Program Manager works closely with partners, Embarc staff, and Embarc teachers as needed. The Program Manager reports to the Senior Program Manager. 


  1. Program Operations (60%) 
  • Handle all logistics and communication between partners, Embarc teachers/school staff for journeys and workshops, ensuring all necessary elements (transportation, food, materials, venue, and activities) are accounted for 30 days prior to student experience.
  • Develop and execute Embarc’s experiential learning program including designing, building, managing and refining as needed..
  • Provide ultimate experiential learning support to partners and teachers/school staff by celebrating successes or problem solving around challenges that arise. Experiential learning support is provided to teachers/school staff and program partners during experiential learning opportunities to ensure journeys are executed in alignment with Embarc’s core values and mission as an organization. This support ensures that teachers and partners facilitate high quality and highly impactful experiences for students.
  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of research based practices that support young adult success and ability to translate that to programming.
  • Analyze efficacy of programming through multiple data tools.
  • Be present during student experiences as needed.
  • Work with Chief Programming Officer, Senior Program Manager, Program Managers, and Instructional Coaches to align programming with student needs and interest.
  • Provide materials to schools and partners.
  • Track, document, and report all expenses to HR & Finance Manager.
  • Propose new ideas to streamline processes.

  1. Partner Relations (40%)  
  • Develop partnership growth strategy and pipeline development.
  • Recruit new partners to provide experiential learning opportunities for Embarc students
  • Collaborate with new and existing partners to co-develop meaningful experiences for students
  • Independently identify, steward and create strong partnerships to support the organization’s growth and development. 
  • Work with partners and Program Team to improve current experiences and seek new experiential partnerships that will drive students’ mindset development.
  • Act as liaison between Embarc, the schools, and businesses / organizations / experience partners.
  • Represent Embarc with poise, expertise, and concision during events and partnership development opportunities.
  • Work with Development Team and Chief Programming Officer to ensure that experiences and partnerships support strategic organizational growth.
  • Support existing and developing systems to track partnerships and new opportunities.


  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 3 (three) years experience working with a diverse population of youth between the ages of 13-21
  • Meticulous attention to detail, record keeping, and organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong and polished interpersonal skills and exceptional electronic, oral, and written communication skills 
  • An extremely high level of personal responsibility with exceptional goal orientation and a proven track record of success
  • Experience executing projects to meet and exceed ambitious goals
  • An ability to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision
  • Have a love for event management and provide excellent customer service
  • Familiarity with Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Word, and PowerPoint
  • The ability to work with a variety of people with different backgrounds and experiences
  • A willingness to work occasional nights and weekends 

Other Requirements

  • Program Manager is required to make off-site visits to Embarc’s various school and partner sites. With this in mind the Program Manager must have his/her own means of transportation and a valid driver’s license. Embarc reimburses for some travel related expenses. 


Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume AS A SINGLE *.PDF to Kevin Strowder at to be considered. Only candidates being moved forward for consideration should expect a personal reply from Embarc.

Embarc is an equal opportunity employer. Embarc evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit, and work related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.

Please note all offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Title: Program Manager - Experience Architect 

Reports to: Senior Program Manager

Functional Responsibilities: Program operations and partner relations


Embarc’s mission is to cultivate post-secondary success by…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 6, 2021
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement


At least $45,000Staring salary begins at $45,000 based on experience


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

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