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Project Manager, Community Parenting Support Saturation Program

Department: Community Impact
Location: Chicago, IL


Under the direction of the Director of Community Parenting Support Saturation Program, the Project Manager will support the implementation and data management of this project to ensure success. The Community Parenting Support Saturation Program is a multi-year project that supports three communities to implement an array of parenting interventions locally that saturate their community and provide families with young children a range of parenting supports that support them to prepare their children for kindergarten. The Project Manager will support the project implementation of this new project, including providing administrative and program support, supporting communities and evaluators directly with data collection and data reporting, and identifying and providing technical assistance and coaching supports for the communities in this project. An ideal Project Manager is detail-oriented, organized, and able to manage complex projects and data systems to ensure project success. Additionally, the Project Manager is passionate about early childhood and has prior experience engaging families with young children and communities that can be leveraged to coach and support communities implementing parenting strategies locally. The Project Manager will also have experience writing protocols for data collection, managing, and collecting data, and analyzing and evaluating data and outcomes.

This position will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of:  accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.


  • Provide programmatic and administrative supports for the project, including the implementation of the projectís work plan, goals, activities, and ensuring project success. Manage administrative duties including monitoring budgets, invoices, contracts, and data support.
  • Support communities to advance their local strategies; includes monitoring their work plan goals, activities, data collection, and reporting systems to ensure project success. Support communities to embed human-centered design approaches and attending meetings to facilitate their learning and action steps.
  • Support the coordination of group and individual meetings, convenings, conferences, and events for external stakeholders, staff, and community members.  
  • Support meetings, trainings, and peer learning opportunities with community stakeholders. Responsible for writing meeting notes, agendas, and creating presentation materials for meetings and events. Ability to facilitate meetings as needed.
  • Develop and manage relationships with community implementation partners, community stakeholders, contracted consultants, and other partners as necessary.
  • Identify, develop, and deliver training and technical assistance supports to communities to build their capacity to implement effective community systems, family engagement, community engagement, and human-centered design approaches.
  • Utilize action learning and continuous quality improvement practices to evaluate work plan progress and effectiveness. Responsible for supporting communities in continuous implementation of these practices locally.
  • Support external communication and evaluation efforts in collaboration with partner Chapin Hall and the Marketing and Research department. Develop collateral materials to communicate project goals, accomplishments and key lessons learned to inform statewide and local policy and advance evaluation processes.
  • Provide data analytic support, including assisting communities in obtaining data for impact measurement, outcomes, and evaluation.
  • Develop and manage reporting procedures and processes for the project, including managing community work plans and activities, writing and compiling reports and data collection, and monitoring project goals in accordance with grant deliverables and funder and agency expectations. Manage and support the data and evaluation needs of the project, gather data for regular reporting. Participates in writing reports and collateral materials.
  • Develop and maintain expertise on human-centered design, family and community engagement practices, and emerging trends in early childhood education.
  • Support grant proposal writing and reporting for the project.
  • Familiarize with virtual meeting and training platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Manage these platforms and software.
  • Manage evaluation processes and systems including managing contacts and data through Salesforce and utilizing Smartsheet project management software and systems to manage project.
  • Execute workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people, and clear priorities.
  • Other Functions:  The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.


Masterís degree preferred, in early childhood education, social work, or relevant field and at least five years of experience in family and community engagement. Or, Bachelorís Degree in early childhood education or related field and equivalent work experience of at least 7 years. A credential as a Gateways Family Specialist would be strongly preferred.


Access to reliable personal transportation, insurance, valid driverís license and good driving record required.


  • Must have Microsoft Office Suite skills (advanced level) and database skills; Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and organized;
  • Analytical and strategic thinker
  • Ability to lead groups and manage meetings
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team member
  • Ability to build strong relationships with external partners
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally

Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL        

Illinois Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.

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