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Programs and Fellowship Manager

Location : Chicago, IL
Job Type : Temp/Contract to Direct
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 7-10
Required Education : Bachelor's Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

Job Purpose:

The Programs and Fellow Engagement Lead reports to the CEO and is responsible for ensuring the program function delivers on key areas of the leadership programs portfolio consisting activities and initiatives serving 1,200 members. The function is also responsible for the recruitment and selection of Fellows for the program and works in conjunction with the CEO on the invitation process of qualifying executives to the Fellowship.

Key Functions

· Program candidate recruitment and selection for multiple Fellows Programs.

· Leading program development and execution for the Fellows Programs, Leadership Breakfast Series, Leadership Exchanges, and Fellows Association programs.

· The Lead is the primary liaison to the Board and its leadership, including the Board President and Executive Committee, and oversees the work of the program function to support the activities of the Committees (Convene, Connect, Mobilize, and Nominating)

· The Lead is also primary in the development and management of strategic partnerships and alliances such as The Chicago Humanities Festival, the Economic Club of Chicago and others.

In partnership with the Program Senior Advisor, leadership extends to the School of Deans for the Fellowship Program. The School of Deans is a body of experts in various fields across all sectors that consults in a volunteer capacity on the content and resources needed to deliver world-class curriculum and an overall exceptional Fellow experience.

Direct reports are the Program Manager and Program Coordinator. The Lead also works closely with the Program Senior Advisor. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Program Leadership

This role calls for someone who can collaborate with the CEO, members of the executive team, and board leadership to envision and provide input on the direction of leadership program offerings for incoming Fellows and the entire organization’s Fellowship. She/he/they will be a critical thinker. As a member of the executive team, she/he/they will be expected to contribute to the development and evolution of the organization and its long-term direction.

Managing the program team, the Lead ensures that development and delivery of the Fellowships and leadership programming, all are executed on time and with excellence.

The Lead is expected to:

· Coach, mentor and motivate the program team while holding them accountable to the highest levels of excellence in execution

· Drive overall planning, execution, and ongoing improvement of the Fellowship programming based on the goals and mission of the organization and the needs of the entire Fellowship

· Exercise executive level judgement and apply it to the day to day and strategic decision making

· Actively participate in the design of the curriculum for the Fellows Programs

· Identify, develop, maintain, and cultivate relationships among all speakers and partners

· Manage the program budget

· Work in collaboration with the CEO and Chief Operations Officer

Leadership Fellows Board and Committee Leadership

The person in this role is the lead interface to the Fellows Association and serves as the staff liaison to the president, executive committee and nominating committee. The Senior Director supports, in conjunction with the VP of Marketing and Development, the Convene, Connect and Mobilize committees of the Board. Overall, this is an area where the organization, as a whole, partners on delivering the “Fellow Experience”. The Senior Director and Program Team collaborate with the Marketing, Communications and Development Team on social experiences and fundraising that involve the entire Fellowship.

The Lead, with the support of the Program Manager and Program Coordinator, is responsible for ensuring the timely scheduling of Board meetings, Executive Committee meetings, and regular check-ins with the President as part of the management process. They also ensure that the master calendar is observed to avoid any unnecessary conflicts or stressing the organization beyond its capacity.

Fellow Recruitment and Selection

The Lead is also responsible for overseeing the recruitment and selection process for the Fellows Program. In that capacity, the function partners with the Recruitment and Selection Committees of the Board, Program Team, and Marketing, Communications and Development Team to drive outreach and recruitment efforts for future Fellows and partners in Class selection.

Key processes overseen by the Lead include:

· Overseeing and supporting the annual Class selection process, including application and evaluation building and tracking via SmarterSelect, candidate communications, and analytics, meeting and interview scheduling and support, materials prep, and other duties as needed

· Creating, documenting, and maintaining processes and best practices related to programming, events, communications, and operations in order to drive excellence in execution

Required Qualifications :

Skills and Qualifications:

· A skilled, functional leader able to build high performance teams and bring out the best in people

· An engaged coach-player able to mentor and develop their people

· Skilled executive demeanor, able to interact with executives, board governance and “alumni” volunteers

· A “Brand Ambassador” able to represent the brand in the marketplace and a strategic thinker able to spot partnership opportunities

· A passion for excellence in program delivery

· A bias for action and innovation

· Comfortable with making decisions even when there is ambiguity or uncertainty – able to make informed and “prudent bets”.

· A passion to effect positive change in the community and the world

· Flexible, adaptable, and cool under pressure

· Creative problem-solver; able to “see around corners” for solutions

· Excellent writer, speaker, and communicator

· Organized multi-tasker and efficient at time management and task prioritization

· Networker, connector, and relationship builder


· 7-10 years of work experience at a minimum

· Education: Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree is a plus. 

· Background/experience in education, program development, or a related field is a plus (e.g., degree in education/administration, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, classroom experience) 

· Fund raising experience a plus


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