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15 Dec 2020

Instructional Support District Program Manager

Facing History and Ourselves
 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Position: District Program Manager

Reports to:  Program Director, Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL (currently remote)

Status: Full Time, Exempt (This is a one-year, grant funded position)

Start: January 2021

Facing History and Ourselves is an international non-profit organization that equips educators with the content, skills, and tools to teach middle and high school students about the consequences of racism, antisemitism, and violence.

The District Program Manager plays a key role in meeting both regional and organization-wide growth objectives –  cultivating and managing relationships with district leadership, school leaders and implementing educators to help them adopt Facing History and Ourselves’ programming in their schools.

In Chicago, they will attend weekly staff and program meetings and will take on other responsibilities in support of the Chicago program strategy. The work in Chicago will be in support of the Chicago Public Schools Curriculum Initiative as well as the development of new regional partnerships. As a member of the Chicago program team, the role will be integral to the growth of the Chicago office.

The District Program Manager, for both the region and the organization, will assist in recruiting schools and districts to explore and implement Facing History and Ourselves, by leading introductory sessions and establishing formal partnerships and fee-for-service contracts. The District Program Manager will support and coach trained teachers of the program, may lead and manage teams of Program Associates and Teacher Leaders to aid in implementation, he/she may co- or lead professional development workshops and seminars virtually and in person, document relationships and communications with educators and key constituencies in our organizational database, and manage events or projects on a case-by-case basis.

Occasional evening, weekend, and travel work may be required.  The position will be allocated in the following way for FY21:  60% Chicago and 40% organizational. Up to 20% of the District Program Manager’s organizational time may require travel. This position is currently a one year, grant funded position.

Who you are

You share our passion for education, youth and the community. You are confident facilitating workshops and conversations that explore identity, racism, antisemitism and other challenging topics in diverse settings. Ideally, you have had experience working with school districts and education leaders and establishing partnerships with schools. You are equally comfortable leveraging digital and online tools for facilitation, instructional support and relationship building. You bring experience in engaging and nurturing relationships with key educational actors and decision-makers using a variety of methods, including face to face and online client relationship management. You bring your experience and unique perspective to make us stronger together. You thrive in a team environment, bringing both strong collaboration skills and independent initiative. You have a constant curiosity, and an appreciation for all of Facing History’s core case studies.


Essential Skills/Qualities

  • Interest in, and ability to articulate the mission of this non-profit
  • Minimum of 7 years experience; Facilitation skills in topics of SEL, Equity & Civics education, and familiarity with Humanities-based academic subjects
  • Demonstrated relationship building, effective communication and facilitation skills, including online facilitation
  • Commitment to issues of race and equity in the field of education and a willingness to deepen knowledge
  • Experiential knowledge of Social and Emotional Learning and civics education in addition to literacy, writing/English/language arts/humanities, social studies, and standards alignment
  • Experience in building relationships with multiple educational stakeholders, including district and school leaders.
  • Project management skills. Developing timelines, managing budgets and cross-organizational teams, and administrative documentation
  • Fluency in online digital media literacy skills and comfort with integrating the use of internet and other social media technologies; knowledge of internet and web communication for support of global network of teachers and students
  • Entrepreneurial and collegial style; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to organize and execute tasks in a non-profit context
  • Up to 20 % travel throughout the US
  • BA/BS; MA preferred


Compensation and Benefits:

In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity.  We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Bureaus: Chicago. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support.