Aug 01, 2019

Chicago Community Impact Project Manager- Temporary

  • IL Action for Children
Seasonal Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Community Impact, the Chicago Community Impact Project Manager supports the Chicago Community Impact’s work to implement early childhood community systems initiatives in Chicago. The Project Manager will support the Director of Community Impact and Community Impact Coordinators to support communities in Chicago achieve enrollment and retention of young children in early learning programs, specifically preschool. The Chicago Community Impact Project Manager will serve as a primary liaison with Illinois Action for Children and community stakeholders to provide guidance, support, and connect them to training and technical assistance. The Project Manager will assist the Community Impact team, Research Department, local collaborations and others in obtaining quantitative and qualitative data; and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for community needs assessments, planning, continuous quality improvement. This work draws upon innovative best practices developed through the Innovation Zones and other agency projects in order to build a seamless system of supports for children and families in the community.

This position will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organizational standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.

  • Serve as primary contact with communities participating in early learning collaboration work, connecting communities to technical assistance, education, and facilitating coordination among and within communities
  • Maintain regular communication with external partners, community collaborations, and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate external events including managing logistics, communication, and events coordination.
  • Utilize data analysis, such as community asset mapping, to identify early childhood goals and understand enrollment strategies for preschool and early learning programs. Support communities to use data to develop small-scale strategies that will lead to increased enrollment in early childhood programs. Maintain data systems and data collection.
  • Create systems to manage documentation and budgeting requirements related to work plans, billing, contracts, check requests and invoicing. Manage budgets and financial records of contracts to maintain compliance.
  • Draft reports and support grant writing opportunities.
  • Manage Salesforce and Smartsheet project management software and systems.
  • Execute our workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people, and clear priorities.
  • Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.


  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field is required. A Master’s degree in early childhood education, social work or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • At least three to five years of related experience or experience in early education, social services, and community organizing
  • Experience embedding an equity lens in working with communities
  • Experience supporting collaborations and community systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Access to transportation and willing to travel locally and statewide


Valid driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and insurance are required in order to visit community sites.


  • Ability to work independently, with a flexible schedule, which may include nights and/ weekends
  • Able to present information effectively and respond to questions
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team member
  • Effective written and spoken communication
  • Ability to manage staff and relate to a variety of personalities and cultures
  • Accurate record keeping skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally and statewide

Location: 8741 S Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619  

Salary: $50,900.00

This is Full-time, temporary position, with benefits through December 31, 2019.

Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer



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