Program Manager, Soccer

Chicago, IL

Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting?

Our Program Manager, Soccer position may be PERFECT for you! 

Soccer Program Overview:

The  Soccer Program uses sport and a team environment to provide social-emotional learning (SEL) to elementary youth. This school-based program builds connectedness to the school environment. The program runs for 2, 10-week seasons for 3 practice or game sessions per week as well as a 4-week school-based summer camp. Each after-school session features soccer skill development, engaging activities that involve practicing SEL skills, and SEL-focused discussions.

Position Summary:

The Program Manager is responsible for dedicating their time to managing high-quality and impactful Urban Initiatives programs at their assigned school sites. They oversee the implementation and goal achievement of Out-of-School Time Soccer programming at around ten partner schools, providing day-to-day management to Coaches and Assistants who implement these services and collaborating with administrators to ensure school satisfaction and school-based staff are supported to attain their goals. 

A Day in the Life of a Program Manager - Soccer: 

  • Recruit and hire coaches to ensure the 10-week seasons is staffed at all partner schools managed

  • Collaborate with program leadership to ensure all coaches are trained effectively to implement the program

  • Manage Coaches to ensure the following goals are met:

    • Recruitment and retention of youth participants in the program

    • Delivery of program with fidelity and high quality

    • Partner satisfaction and retention 

  • Complete regular program quality observations and ensure completion of weekly Coach reflection forms to support continuous quality improvement

  • Provide regular feedback to program leadership to support program development

  • Execute game days by providing regular on-site support throughout the season

  • Collaborate with UI staff to coordinate periodic site visits and volunteer projects at schools managed; ensure events have appropriate coverage

  • Support summer programming operation 


  • Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission and specifically sports-based youth development

  • Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills

  • Superior communication skills, both spoken and written

  • Quick learner and problem solver, experienced in managing conflicts

  • Demonstrated strength in people management

  • Demonstrated strength in goal achievement 

  • Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment 

  • Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high-quality of work

  • Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace

  • Commitment to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth

  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods

  • Spanish speaking a plus


  • $42,000 base salary

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)

  • Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives

  • Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment

  • Flexible schedule and work from home environment

  • 120 hours of paid time off (PTO), accrued monthly (PTO may be prorated based on start date.)

  • Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)

  • Comp time


Apply by clicking below no later than June 30, 2022. 

Target Start Date is July 20, 2022

Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.

Urban Initiatives Overview

Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves an estimated 60 schools throughout the City of Chicago.

Urban Initiatives is preparing to scale program operations to have a significantly greater impact across Chicago.  Growing the number of managers we have on our out-of-school time program team is necessary to expand our reach while sustaining high-quality and impactful programs.