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Job Category:

Sports & Recreation

Position Title:

Programs Director

Position Description:

About Girls in the Game Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Our year-round continuum of programs includes after school programs for elementary and middle school girls, a five-week summer camp, clinics, team sports opportunities, and teen leadership programs. In addition to programming, Girls in the Game also offers trainings and certification programs for youth-serving organizations.

Position Summary The Programs Director is responsible for the development and management of all programming, including, but not limited to after school programming, community outreach programming, summer camp, clinics, fieldtrips and teen leadership development programming. The Programs Director ensures all program operations run effectively, work together, are of the highest quality and are aligned with the mission of the organization. The Programs Director serves as a member of the executive team, providing regular supervision and mentoring toprogram staff and interns, representing the best interest of the organization and building positive relationships with key stakeholders. This position supervises three full-time direct report managers, plus provides guidance to indirect reports of three full-time specialists, eight to 12 interns, and a part-time staff of 20-30 depending on the time of year.

Girls in the Game is seeking a full-time Programs Director to do the following: • Lead the programs staff o Conduct interviews, hire new staff, and provide employee orientation o Supervise, coach, evaluate and develop staff o Schedule staff including work assignments, trainings, and paid time off o Help staff resolve problems and issues that fall outside of standard policies and procedures o Work with the Business Department on staff and HR related matters as well as volunteer management • Lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of programming o Lead the development of detailed quarterly workplans for all programs, and ensure programs meet productivity and quality goals in a timely manner o Conduct routine visits to all programming o Ensure curriculum is up-to-date, high quality, and aligned to the organization’s mission as well as to educational standards o Work with staff to evaluate programs and utilize evaluation data to implement improvements o Oversee maintenance and input of participant intakes and attendance in a timely manner o Help staff pull and analyze program reports o Identify strategic growth opportunities • Create positive and productive relationships with parents, families, community groups, etc. o Develop successful strategies to connect with and inform parents of program objectives and outcomes o Attend relevant community meetings and networking opportunities to promote awareness of program and organization o Lead training workshops and speak at community forums • Lead program growth in line with the organization’s 5-year strategic plan (currently in year 2) o Lead and manage program growth in terms of both impact and reach o Deepen the organization’s impact in Chicago, particularly in high-need communities o Expand programming into new markets, first regionally and then nationally o Utilize topic area knowledge and Chicago networks to further grow through partnerships with other organizations • Monitor program budgets and help build positive relationships with funders and stakeholders o Work with the Business Department to develop and monitor program budgets o Work with the Development Department to coordinate funder site visits, meet grant funding requirements, manage grant expenditures, and seek in-kind donations o Maintain current and establish new relationships with diverse stakeholders including city officials, funders, corporate leaders, nonprofits, schools and others • Follow organizational policies and procedures, and maintain focus on the organization’s vision and strategic priorities • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications • Commitment to the mission of Girls in the Game • Minimum five years experience in program management and staff supervision in a related field • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field • Demonstrated knowledge of computer environments, e.g. Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint • Experience with databases a plus Core Competencies • Critical thinking • Decision quality • Creative problem solving • Representing the organization • Delegation and management • Leadership

Licensing and Requirements • Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work • Verification of degree/credentials • Background check and fingerprint clearance • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to a car for site visits throughout Chicago • Recent satisfactory DMV printout of driving record • Ability to work early morning, evening, weekend and overnight (during summer camp) hours to ensure successful oversight and management of all programs • Agreement to uphold all of the Girls in the Game Policies and Procedures (by signature) Communication Skills Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with adults including staff, parents/guardians, teachers and school administrators; ability to speak in public and lead trainings; ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups; ability to write reports, correspondence and program procedures; ability to write curriculum; Spanish speaking ability strongly desired Reasoning Ability Ability to develop and manage program budgets; ability to read, develop and interpret curricula, learning standards, database reports, grant requirements and financial statements; ability to solve practical problems among staff, sites, participants and family members; ability to evaluate situations and make independent decisions that align with Girls in the Game standards; ability to write and implement work plans that serve Girls in the Game’s long-term vision; ability to organize and analyze information with a high attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects at once

Compensation Salary range for this position starts at $55,000 annually and is based on experience. Health, dental and retirement benefits also provided.

Accountability This position reports to the CEO. For more information, or to apply, please email or fax a resume, cover letter and salary history to Girls in the Game at or 312.633.4897. Due to the high volume of applications, PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

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Recreation Management

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Employer Details:

Employer Name:

Amy Skeen, President/CEO


Girls in the Game


Sports & Recreation



Union Park Fieldhouse 1501 West Randolph







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Springfield College 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109-3797 413.748.3000
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