There is a deep reservoir of talent in this great city! In order to remain a world-class city, we must invest in talent from an education and leadership perspective. Locally and nationally, we are not fully equipping our youth with the skills and tools to be successful. Just 14% of Chicago Public Schools freshman will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25 per the University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research. There also remains a lack of diversity in the workforce at all levels and in every industry. We must continue to invest in building a diverse pipeline of talent if we are to remain a vibrant, thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access (Launch), College Persistence (Lift) and College to Careers (Lead), we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
88% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 49% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city.
Chicago Scholars is at a particularly exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our program, we have recently received support to expand our impact to serve 675 incoming students and a total student body of 4,500 by FY19.
We seek new members to the Dream Team who can help realize our vision for the future and who exemplify our core values, which do lead our work.
• Mission Driven: We must be relentlessly focused on our Scholars and their potential for success.
• Belief: We demonstrate a strong belief in our Scholars, our city and the potential that exists
• Excellence: We are intentionally in pursuit of quality inputs and outputs programmatically and operationally. Feedback collection is a critical part of a continuous improvement process in pursuit of that excellence. This also includes the demonstration of leadership, honesty, integrity, respect and equity.
• Data Driven / Results Oriented: We will use data to inform our program. We will have clear outcomes and response. We will use our data to demonstrate credibility and effectiveness as a high quality organization.
• Collaboration: We will collaborate internally among teams as well as externally within Chicago. Programmatically, we also recognize that we are just one part of a support system for our Scholars and we must collaborate with those organizations to support our Scholars.
• Innovation: We will always think about how to do things differently and more effectively. We will be thoughtful about how to use resources and technology to achieve growth and efficiency. We will focus on learning, questioning and forward thinking.
- Please visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1330/CHICAGO-SCHOLARS-FOUNDATION to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter no later than Friday, July 14th
- In your cover letter, please describe how you have and will be a change agent and cultural evangelist
- All candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview on Thursday, July 20
Chicago Scholars seeks to weave our core values and culture into every aspect of our people programs and practices. A thriving culture is vital to our success. The Director of People is a critical new role that will be focused on the entire life cycle of the Chicago Scholars Dream Team including recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, talent management, retention, off-boarding, and staff alumni engagement to ensure that staff thrive and are able to ensure that our Scholars achieve their greatest potential. This position demands a balance of strategic and operational thinking, innovation, drive and interpersonal savvy, and most importantly, the commitment to our mission and values.
Talent acquisition: oversee all efforts to attract and integrate the best talent to Chicago Scholars.
Training and Professional Development: Recommend, develop, facilitate, outsource or identify ongoing staff professional development to improve Scholar, individual, and organizational outcomes.
Talent Management: Support and continuously improve processes and tools in the area of Performance Management, including goal setting, regular feedback, coaching, employee relations, and annual reviews with an emphasis on quality, accountability, continuous improvement, team work, and high performance
Retention, Recognition and Engagement: develop competitive performance based compensation programs to motivate, incent, reward and retain employees so that Chicago Scholars is recognized as a Best Place to Work
Offboarding, and Alumni: gather feedback and observations from graduating staff and continue relationships with alumni as continued ambassadors of Chicago Scholars.
This role will not be responsible for benefits administration, PTO, or payroll.
Attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, All Scholar Retreat, First Look, the Onsite Admissions Forum, New Student Interview nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats.
Reports to: Vice President, Finance and Operations
Education: Undergraduate degree required, Master’s degree preferred in HR Management, Organizational Development, of Organizational Strategy & Leadership; Professional HR certification preferred
Experience: At least 7 years of progressive experience in human resources, talent management, organizational development, or related field. Training experience strongly preferred.
o Solutions-oriented, analytical, with a continuous improvement mindset.
o Ironclad integrity, ability to engender trust amongst peers and colleagues.
o Strong analytical and reasoning abilities; sound judgment.
o Ability to communicate in a manner which consistently demonstrates respect, concern, and responsiveness
o Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (Employees, Scholars, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives)
o Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance).
o Demonstrated ability to work at a rigorous pace to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines; Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changes
o Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
o Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
The Chicago Landscape
There is a deep reservoir of talent in this great city! In order to remain a world-class city, we must invest in talent from an education and leadership perspective. Locally and nationally, we are not fully equipping our youth with the skills and tools to be successful. Just 8% of Chicago Public School students will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25. There ...also remains a lack of diversity in the workforce at all levels and in every industry. We must continue to invest in building a diverse pipeline of talent if we are to remain a thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
The mission of the Chicago Scholars Foundation (Chicago Scholars) is to provide talented, academically ambitious, and underserved high school students access and success through college and beyond.
We provide Chicago’s young future leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams through mentorship, college admission support, and access to leadership and career programming. Our program targets high need, first-generation students from every single neighborhood and every high school. We nurture their talent through an innovative five-year college success program plus a two-year leadership development program. We work to ensure that our academically ambitious Scholars are not only investing in their own career growth and success but also enhancing Chicago’s competitive position in the global economy for years to come. We are extremely proud that the support provided by our program is allowing our Scholars to persist and graduate at a rate of almost 90% (compared to just 8% of CPS peers).
Our Future – Growth
Chicago Scholars is at a particularly exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our program, we have recently received support to expand our impact from serving 300 new students each year to 1000 new students, over the next five years.