We’re Hiring: Program Manager – Chicago

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Position Status / Start Date

Full time / June 2022

About Code Nation

Code Nation is a community of high school students, 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.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Code Nation pivoted to reach 1,630 students in 72 programs across the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, 100% virtually. Software developers collectively volunteered more than 45,000 hours to provide in-person and remote learning in support of Code Nation’s mission in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City.

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 exceptionally hard to create access to tech careers for youth growing up in Chicago. As a Program Manager, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work as a bridge builder between our school partners, volunteers, and students, ensuring the successful delivery of Code Nation’s programs in the community. Ideal candidates love teaching and coaching, are passionate about building strong relationships, and enjoy taking on new projects with innovation and resourcefulness. 

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. We are following all local health and safety protocols to protect against the spread of COVID-19, including vaccination, mask-wearing, and social distancing. When not at schools, Program Managers have the flexibility to work remotely or come into the office, located at 300 West Adams Street. There are a few times each month when staff are expected to be in the office together for team meetings.

The starting salary for this position is $62,000.

  • Manage and ensure success of the program at 5-6 high school sites. Coordinate and support teams of volunteers as they teach the Code Nation curriculum. Provide instructional coaching and support with the implementation of effective teaching strategies. Ensure volunteer satisfaction and retention.
  • Act as a liaison between Code Nation and partner schools. Keep abreast of school schedules and keep 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. Manage student attendance, participation and mastery data. Track and analyze all data using Salesforce. Prepare reports and keep all stakeholders informed on progress.
  • Recruit, train, and on-board new volunteer teachers. Attend meetups and city-wide events to represent Code Nation and recruit new volunteers. Conduct volunteer trainings and support volunteers through the onboarding process.
  • Support Code Nation’s summer opportunities. Support planning, coordinate logistics, and manage student experiences during Code Nation’s summer programming.
  • Lead a specialized workstream outside 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 team
  • Proficiency with Google Suite 
  • Ability to travel regularly to Code Nation program sites

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 fast-paced, collaborative working environment 
  • Flexibility to work extended hours on rare occasions (4-5 events per year) 
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in front-end web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), computer science, or technology; 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. 
What You Can Expect

Code Nation has a high-performing 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, including salary and benefits, that will be commensurate with your experience and competitive within the nonprofit sector. Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members include, but are not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical costs
  • Generous Time Off policy-15 days of paid time off & 14 paid holidays/office closures
  • 401k Retirement Plan

Code Nation employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.

Additionally, National Team members currently have the flexibility to work from home with the exception of required, in-person team meetings, and two to three professional development/org-wide training events per year, all contingent upon COVID-19. National Team members will also have access to a coworking space in their respective region to use at their discretion.

How to Apply

Code Nation is partnering with RCG Talent Solutions to find our Chicago Program Manager. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to openroles@rcgtalent.com

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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