Project Manager-Equity Initiatives
Project Manager - Equity Initiatives
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a quality, affordable education.
“Championing Equity” is a five-year plan to build the infrastructure and momentum to ultimately close equity gaps within CCC. The project’s objectives and activities provide for developing the systems, strategies, and tools needed to achieve unprecedented and equitable student outcomes, and accelerate the closing of CCC’s equity gaps. Its major activities include creating new dashboards to better define, monitor, and assess equity data across the district; building a cross-college cohort of continuous improvement experts, or “Equity Champions;” and enacting strategies to achieve equity through an innovative microgrant program to help generate solutions.
Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Racial Equity, the Project Manager- Equity Initiatives is part of the team responsible for implementing Championing Equity, with the specific goal of managing the implementation of projects that aim to dismantle structural racism and eliminate educational inequities at CCC. Working in collaboration with the District Director for Strategic Initiatives, the Project Manager- Equity Initiatives provides support to all seven colleges and the District Office in implementing colleges’ Equity Plans and City Colleges Strategic Framework. The position works with key staff on high priority equity initiatives, including supporting the execution of equity microgrants to fund the implementation of new equity strategies and their implementation at the college level; scaling and transferring successful equity strategies across student populations or colleges; and assisting with the execution of a Continuous Improvement and Impact Summit.
- Provides reliable, detail-oriented project management expertise to ensure that planned initiatives achieve their objectives and that all necessary stakeholders are included in the process.
- Creates comprehensive project plans, including necessary inputs, critical stakeholders, milestones, deliverables, and evaluation plans.
- Coordinates and monitors project execution including proactively anticipating and solving problems, and tracking and reporting on results.
- Tracks progress against milestones and resolves any challenges or barriers in collaboration with team members and stakeholders.
- Effectively communicates project expectations and updates to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
- Collaborates with district and college personnel to ensure alignment of efforts to enhance equity across the district.
- Supports and advises the Associate Vice Chancellor for Racial Equity and Colleges in the development and execution of new projects to advance equity within the CCC system.
- Shares lessons learned from equity projects with other district stakeholders to maximize institutional learning.
- Actively seeks out new knowledge and best practices to inform CCC’s efforts to become a more equitable institution.
- Performs other duties as required.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Five years of work experience in project or program management, preferably in higher education, or a nonprofit organization or the public sector
- Experience working on initiatives that aim to dismantle structural racism and eliminate educational inequities
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience implementing projects in a complex organization with many different stakeholders, with differing perspectives, assets, and challenges
- Excellent project planning and management skills
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
- Ability to travel in and out of district.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and SharePoint
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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