We’re Hiring: Program Manager – Chicago

Job Location

Chicago

Position Status

Full time

Start Date

Mid-June through August 2023

About Code Nation

Code Nation is a community of teenagers, technologists, teachers, business leaders, and other champions. A movement spanning cities, cultures, and industries, our community builds bridges across social and economic divides and unites people with the power to change each others’ lives.

Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching cohort of over 300 professional web and software developers and a network of school and company partners, we provide coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools. Our industry-aligned curriculum and vast network of supporters provide students with the tech skills and social capital they need to break into the tech workforce.

Since Code Nation’s founding in 2012, we’ve reached 7,485 students in 97 schools and have partnered with 145 companies across 3 regions, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City. We have worked with 1,445 individuals in the tech field to provide in-person and remote learning support to drive Code Nation’s mission.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization. Ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities. We believe that anyone can learn to code, and everyone should have access to careers in the thriving tech workforce.

The Role

We are looking for a passionate, creative leader who is inspired by our mission and ready to work to create access to tech careers for youth growing up in Chicago. Ideal candidates love teaching and coaching, are passionate about building strong relationships, and enjoy taking on new projects with innovation and resourcefulness. As a Program Manager, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work as a bridge builder between school partners, volunteers, and students, ensuring the successful delivery of Code Nation’s programs in the community. The Program Manager will be responsible for tracking student data, supporting program staff and volunteers, and coordinating events. The Program Manager will also be the leader of a specialized workstream, responsible for overseeing and coordinating various activities related to their designated area of focus.

The majority of Code Nation programs in Chicago are taking place in person at high schools throughout the city. Program Managers are expected to regularly travel between high schools within their portfolio to support programs. When not at school, Program Managers have the flexibility to work remotely or come into the office, located at 200 S. Wacker Drive. There are a few times each month when staff is expected to be in the office together for team meetings.

The starting salary for this position is $64,000.

Responsibilities
  • Manage and ensure success of the program at 4-5 high school sites.

  • Coordinate and train teams of volunteers as they teach the Code Nation curriculum; providing instructional coaching and support with the implementation of effective teaching strategies.
  • Act as a liaison between Code Nation and partner schools; keeping abreast of school schedules and keeping volunteer teams informed of changes.
  • Communicate with school partners about the success of the program and any concerns.
  • Coordinate logistics for Code Nation classes, field trips, and special events.
  • Collect and manage student and program data; managing data and outcomes for student attendance, participation, and mastery of coding.
  • Track and analyze all data using Salesforce; prepare reports and keep all stakeholders informed on progress.
  • Conduct volunteer training and support volunteers through the onboarding process.
  • Ensure student and volunteer satisfaction and retention.
  • Organize Code Nation’s summer opportunities; support planning, coordinate logistics, and manage student experience during Code Nation’s summer programming.
  • Lead a specialized workstream to support programmatic success across the region, such as volunteer community building, data management, curriculum development, or alumni engagement.
Skills and Qualifications

Success in this position will require, but not be limited to, the following proven experiences and competencies:

What you’ve accomplished (required):

  • 2+ years of classroom teaching and/or youth development experience in under-resourced schools

Skills you have developed and knowledge you have acquired:

  • Ability to manage and leverage relationships across multiple stakeholder groups
  • Strong organizational skills and an exceptional attention to detail with demonstrated success managing multiple projects at once
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to effectively collaborate across multiple teams
  • Proficiency with Google Suite
  • Flexibility to work extended hours on rare occasions (4-5 events per year)

How you work and what you value:

  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Comfort with ambiguity while finding the responsibility of driving towards clarity energizing
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and entrepreneurial
  • Comfortable with failure with learning as a path towards success
  • Thrives in a collaborative working environment
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in computer science, technology, and/or collegiate education preferred; While our ideal candidate has experience in one or more of the aforementioned areas, we are open to someone who is eager to learn through this role.

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every requirement for the position. Studies have shown that women and BIPOC individuals are less likely to apply to jobs if they don’t meet every listed requirement. At Code Nation, we’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and encourage you to apply if you’re excited about the role, even if your previous experience doesn’t align perfectly with the qualifications and requirements listed here.

What You Can Expect

Code Nation has a collaborative culture characterized by our desire to provide our staff members with the support, resources, and information they need to be successful in our organization and in the nonprofit field in general. If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package that is competitive within the nonprofit sector. Some of the benefits we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical expenses
  • Generous Time Off Policy-15 days of paid time off, 4 days of flexible time off, & 23 paid holidays/office closures
  • 401K Retirement Plan
  • Professional Development Fund
  • Employee Wellness Fund
  • Work From Home Supplies Budget

Code Nation employees must be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines, and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by their start date.

How to Apply

Code Nation is partnering with RCG Talent Solutions to find our next Program Manager. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to openroles@rcgtalent.com. Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter responding to this prompt:

Code Nation’s mission is to ​“equip students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology.”

  1. In what ways does this mission resonate with you?
  2. If Code Nation is successful in its mission, what do you think that will mean for the students in our program?
    • What will it mean for the tech industry?
    • How could increased diversity in tech impact the world?

Code Nation strives to build a staff and board that reflect the cultural diversity of the communities and neighborhoods we serve. Code Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

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