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The Executive Project Manager will provide project management and coordination support to the President and CEO.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Major Projects and Board of Directors
Regularly monitor progress on all major projects and ensure updates are requested and received from project owners according to plan and, delivered within the time proscribed. Execute well-planned special projects according to schedule on the President’s behalf.
Coordinate, aggregate, and organize opportunities and initiatives being developed and/or pursued by the President and CEO. Ensure the President and CEO connects with members of the Board, significant donors and strategic community partners on an ongoing basis.
Ensures that the President and CEO is engaged with the Board by maintaining a forward looking schedule of meetings and communication with the Board and Committee Chairs, that are both aligned with the timely needs of the organization, and support the maintenance of strong relationships with Board members.
Staff Leadership Team
Develop well-planned agendas for internal meetings and ensure their distribution ahead of time. Capture comprehensive notes of meetings involving the President & CEO so that the organization can track commitments made by, and commitments made to, the organization.
Work closely and effectively with the President and CEO to keep him informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Acts as a "barometer," having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the President updated.
Meeting Management and Representation
Ensures that action items coming out of meetings (most especially with donors, foundations, and community partners) are documented, followed-up, and executed.
Appropriately represents the President and CEO in meetings with internal or external stakeholders. Make follow up phone calls on behalf of the President and CEO.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated successful ability to determine key business issues and develop appropriate action plans from multi-disciplinary perspectives
Effective leadership, project management, and consulting skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills
Good financial acumen to review and summarize financial reports
Must have advanced knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software, i.e., MSWord, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
Ability to speak to groups and individuals with a wide variety of communication skills, interests, needs and conflicting views
Ability to develop and foster teamwork and motivate groups not bound by organizational authority
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands
MBA, Master’s degree in public policy or public administration, preferred
3-5 years’ (minimum) experience in research and project management
The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services and advocacy, the efforts of people with arrest and criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
All positions are Full-Time (40-hours/week) and located in the Chicago Metropolitan area unless otherwise specified.
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 42 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.
The situation is even more dire today..., especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job.
This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job.
When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.