Continuum Program Director

Chicago, IL

Urban Initiatives seeks a Continuum Program Director who is a strategic people manager and developer, organized team member, an effective communicator, and quick to discern opportunities for enhancing program quality and impact. The success of this role depends on an individual implementing effective systems for people management and data-driven decision-making. The Continuum Program Director will collaborate with the Chief Program Officer to guide the Continuum department in the development and execution of strategic plans to meet department goals and ensure the realization of the vision of Continuum programming. 

The Continuum Program Director will support UI’s mission in Chicago by overseeing UI’s middle school (Take The Lead) and high school (Coach For Success) social-emotional learning (SEL) and leadership development programs. Specific functions include providing day-to-day management of continuum program manager roles (including performance management measures), reviewing specific program key performance indicators (e.g. number of youth reached, youth engagement and retention, increase and maintenance of program quality measures, etc.), directing continuous quality improvement strategies, developing program team culture and staff, and ensuring strong student and family relationships. This person will collaborate with other members of the leadership team to continually drive program quality and impact across the school, community, and corporate partnerships. 


  • Oversee and execute the annual program implementation strategy and timeline, regularly tracking, assessing, and improving continuum program key performance indicators

  • Oversee the team of Program Managers who are each responsible for UI continuum of programming services with various cohorts of middle school and high school students to ensure program fidelity, quality, and impact

    • Develop a positive and cohesive program team culture that upholds UI’s mission and values

    • Manage consistency, collaboration, communication, and alignment across program management and program activities

    • Utilize program dashboards to support Program Managers in the development and deployment of quality improvement strategies

    • Make recommendations to other program leaders for curricular enhancements and staff booster training needs

  • Oversee all HR and personnel matters for program staff with support from the Chief Program Officer and Chief People Officer

  • Solicit and secure school, community, and corporate partnerships for UI’s Continuum programs as needed/directed

  • Manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment with consistent deadlines 


  • Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission 

  • Demonstrated commitment to dismantling racism and oppression and self-awareness regarding personal identities and how those identities impact your work

  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in team leadership and fostering positive team culture, cohesion, and accountability

  • Ability to influence the actions and decision-making of others through direct management

  • Ability to set and track clear, measurable goals that drive day-to-day effectiveness

  • Analytical thinker with a track record for translating strategic inferences into action plans and measurable outputs

  • Knowledge and experience with school environments and/or school-based programming

  • Excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to a positive and professional manner at all times

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize work effectively, and consistently meet deadlines 

  • Strategic-minded with demonstrated capacity to propose clear and thorough decisions

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule with unconventional hours


  • $70,000 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

  • 120 hours paid time off (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 for hours that exceed standard 40-hour workweek


 Apply by clicking below no later than October 14, 2022. 

Target Start Date is October 26, 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. Our programs support social-emotional learning (SEL) and demand for these services is greater than ever. Maturing the administrative capacity of our fundraising team is critical to raise the funds necessary to accelerate our impact.