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    Chicago Ideas is comprised of incredibly passionate people from diverse backgrounds dedicated to supporting our mission of making big ideas accessible to everyone. See available positions below.

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    - CIW YOU(th) Senior Program Manager

    CIW YOU(th) Senior Program Manager

    Chicago Ideas is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic Senior Program Manager who has the ability to think outside the box and is proactively looking for new ways to innovate youth programming.

    The Senior Program Manager executes all day to day operations as related to the program, as well as provides strategic observations and recommendations for improving the overall program and youth experience.

    Specific duties include:

    • Cultivate Youth Partner Organizations
    • Managing the YOU(th) Ambassador Program
    • Engage the YOU(th) Advisory Committee
    • Recruit and work with schools on 3-6 “Ideas Days”
    • Managing the budget
    • Task management and utilization of a content management system
    • Formulating a comprehensive calendar of activities throughout the year
    • Developing and implementing an evaluation process for the program
    • Coordinating all logistical aspects of trainings, kick-off-event, and interactive labs



    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field
    • Interest and competency in working with high-school students
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Track record of performance with strong results in self-directed capacity
    • Ability and desire to handle both administrative duties as well as project coordination
    • Ability to operate in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment
    • Social media competence


    About CIW YOU(th): Now in its sixth year, CIW YOU(th) provides approximately 1200 Chicago Public School students in grades 9 through 12 with the opportunity to connect with the city’s most influential leaders, CIW speakers, their peers and the broader community. Students are inspired by hands-on experiences across the city through CIW Labs, attendance at CIW Talks and active contributions to all CIW events. Access to CIW YOU(th) programming empowers students to seek new opportunities, pursue their passions and walk away with a newly inspired outlook on their own potential.

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