JOB OPENING: SUMMER PROGRAM DIRECTOR
IDEAL TIME COMMITMENT / START DATE: 10-20 hours per week starting May 1, 2018; 20-40 hours per week from June 14, 2018 – August 31, 2018. Some flexibility possible for the right candidate.
New Sector Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consulting and leadership development firm. We work across sectors to help established and emerging leaders tackle pressing challenges and advance their careers. Our mission is too accelerate social change by strengthening organizations and developing leaders. Through intensive fellowships, New Sector prepares highly talented young professionals for rewarding, mission-driven careers that change lives, organizations, and the world.
New Sector is currently recruiting for a Chicago-based Summer Program Director to oversee, manage, and coordinate the Summer Fellowship beginning six weeks before (part-time, 10-20 hours per week) and ending one week after the summer program (20-40 hours per week starting June 14, 2018). This individual will be responsible for organizing all summer program trainings, mentor matching, performance reviews, and impact measurement for Summer Fellows with the collaboration and guidance of New Sector staff.
This is an exciting opportunity to create and manage something innovative and impactful in partnership with an organization that has an 18 year track record of success. New Sector is currently experimenting with new business models and thinking about its future more creatively than ever before. At this pivotal stage in our organization’s development, this Chicago Summer Fellowship program presents a unique and compelling opportunity to explore how to make the most impact possible for a specific target population through the capacity-building services of graduate and undergraduate students.
Summer Program Director will lead and coordinate New Sector’s Impact Leadership Curriculum, which includes workshops on career development and management, communication and leadership skills, and functional skills development (e.g. finance, fundraising, marketing). Sessions are presented by a range of speakers, including New Sector staff and expert instructors who include social sector leaders, management consultants, career coaches, academic faculty, and others. Formats include lecture, case discussions, small group collaboration, individual reflection, role play, and others. Summer Program Director will be expected to recruit speakers and facilitate case discussions and training activities for the entire Summer Fellows cohort.
Learning Team Facilitation:
Summer Program Director will facilitate and mentor Summer Fellows in small-group Learning Teams that provide a support network and a more intimate forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, successes, and challenges.
Summer Fellow Coaching:
Summer Program Director will take on coaching responsibilities throughout the summer for Summer Fellows, visiting their host sites both mid-way through the program and at the end of the service period to check-in on capacity-building project progress and troubleshoot any areas of concern.
Summer Program Director will match each Summer Fellow with a volunteer mentor from business, management consulting, or nonprofit backgrounds. Mentors provide the Fellows a variety of support, including technical and presentation skills, project-specific support, professional skills development, and career planning.
- BA required, Masters degree strongly preferred.
- Master’s candidates with multiple years of relevant work experience welcome to apply. Prior program management experience preferred.
- High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment.
- Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and strong work ethic.
- Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of team.
- Excellent project management, analytical, and/or research skills.
- Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner.
- Desire to proactively take on responsibility within New Sector, our host site partners, and your own personal/professional development.
- Commensurate with experience
Please send a resume and cover letter including compensation requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Chicago Senior Summer Fellowship Features:
The New Sector Summer Fellowship program is an intensive, 10-week program from June 14, 2018 – August 24, 2018 for undergraduate juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool and matched with a nonprofit, government agency, or social enterprise to serve full-time completing capacity-building projects that allow organizations to more effectively achieve their missions. Host site projects are designed to create, improve, or expand services and may focus on impact measurement, community and volunteer outreach and engagement, program development initiatives, strategic communication and marketing efforts, or fundraising, among others. During their service term, Summer Fellows participate in New Sector’s training and mentoring program.
Through their efforts on capacity-building initiatives, experience with the daily operations of their host sites, and the training and support that New Sector provides, Summer Fellows develop a better understanding of building a socially responsible career. After completing the program, Summer Fellows become lifelong members of the New Sector Alliance alumni network and are eligible to apply to serve on the New Sector Alliance Alumni Board.