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Project FLEX - Project Manager (2956)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024
Position Summary

Project FLEX seeks an ambitious, justice-oriented, and collaborative individual to join a team of faculty and graduate students to serve as a project manager overseeing a sport-based leadership program for incarcerated youth. The project manager will help ensure overall program success through a diverse set of duties. Fit within the specific team setting will be prioritized, along with relevant experiences.

*At the end of this grant-funded, 9-month appointment, (currently funded through May 2028), this position will be eliminated in accordance with section 250.110(d) of the State Universities Civil Service System statutes & rules.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Research Duties
  • Conducting evidence-based research, including idea conception, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Packaging findings into peer-reviewed research.
  • Traveling to conferences to present research findings.
  • Researching funding opportunities and grant writing.
Program Delivery
  • Delivering sport-based leadership content to incarcerated youth onsite AT youth detention centers.
  • Co-creating programming and supervising graduate students program delivery.
  • Assessing programming through program evaluation methods.
  • Spearheading on-campus events showcasing university life to incarcerated youth.
Innovation and Program Growth
  • Recruiting prospective graduate students.
  • Identifying support agencies and forging community-based partnerships.
  • Marketing program outputs to stakeholders.
  • Developing strategies to encourage new or increased contributions of program.
  • Securing commitments of participation or donation from organizations.
Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study and one year professional experience in physical education, sport psychology, criminal justice, sociology, public health, psychology, or a closely related field OR three (3) years professional experience in physical education, sport psychology, criminal justice, sociology, public health, psychology, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience of advancing equity, justice, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in achieving development through sport and physical activity.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)
  • Knowledge of general program practices and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work effectively with staff, the public, and outside constituency groups.
  • Ability to organize and multi-task.
  • Ability to supervise and knowledge of leadership concepts and methods.
  • Ability to utilize various computer software packages.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise judgment in order to be able to analyze and investigate a variety of questions or problems.
  • Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • Master’s Degree or Doctoral degree.
  • Experience managing / supervising students.
  • Professional experience in the field.
  • Record of scholarly collaboration in the field.
  • Experience writing grants and obtaining external funding.
  • Individuals identifying with underrepresented classes are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)


Additional Requirements (SPS)


Preferred Qualifications (SPS)


Physical demands/requirements
  • Ability to work for extended periods at a computer workstation.
  • Ability to be moderately physically active in a sport setting.
  • May include moderate travel.
  • Hybrid remote work is possible.
Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date


Anticipated Appointment End Date


Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week


Working Hours

8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, evening and weekend hours may be required


Commensurate with experience and qualifications. NIU offers a robust Benefits Package.

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

See above

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Required Procedures

  1. Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Important: Please upload any unofficial transcript(s) and/or documentation that verifies any education, experience, and/or training you have received.
    • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  2. After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register.
  3. Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from and . Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  4. Illinois residency required within 180 days of the hire date.

Credentials Assessment Examination:
  • The examination for this position is a Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant’s/employee’s education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications (licenses, etc.). Applicants are required to upload documentation to verify the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting, such as a driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your application materials.
  • After assessment of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three (3) scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
Additional Details:
  • Click on Program Coordinator for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
    • Applicants who may assume they do not meet the exact minimum qualifications are still invited to apply. Within the application documents, applicants should be sure to explain how their credentials and related qualifications address the requested minimum requirements.
  • Please click on Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Special Instructions

Applicants will be reviewed & evaluated by Human Resources per Civil Service procedure.
Applications need to be submitted with the required documents upload.
Documents include:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of 3 references
  • Diversity statement: 1 page on past experiences and activities related equity, and inclusion of diverse groups, and how you plan to make this a part of your future career.
  • Physical activity statement: 1 page document outlining experiences achieving development through sport and physical activity.
Quick Link to Applicant

Is Background Check Required?


EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
  5. Diversity Statement
  6. Other
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you are submitting for consideration?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  3. * Are you currently a citizen or resident of the State of Illinois?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * If applicable, have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veterans Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable

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