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Program Manager Job Description

Title: Program Manager

Department: Community Engagement

Reports to: Community Engagement Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

The Community Foundation for McHenry County is dedicated to advancing McHenry County and improving the lives of the people who call it home. The Foundation serves as a philanthropic partner, connecting the generosity of donors with community needs. Our unwavering mission is to mobilize resources, people, organizations and ideas in support of this vision for a truly equitable, connected and thriving community.

The Foundation Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors, grantees, residents and community leaders that continue to work tirelessly to make the County one where all have the opportunity to realize their dreams.

Position Summary:

The Manager contributes to and informs strategy development and organizational knowledge building, and actively guides the initiatives, relationships and partnerships to execute the grants, scholarships and community programs.

Responsibilities: 

  • Develops and manages the growth plan as it relates to strategic goal, leading efforts in managing the success of the program.
  • Manages budget and resources related to grants and scholarships.
  • Oversees compliance and guides activities in collaboration with other team members to implement The Foundation’s strategic priorities.
  • Establish The Foundation as a trusted leader for charitable organizations and engage donors in McHenry County.
  • Responsible for The Give 360 initiative throughout McHenry County.
  • Promotes value based decision making techniques.

Position Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking - Understands, synthesizes and articulates the “big picture”, i.e., the underlying assumptions, including industry context, trends, and business drivers; goes beyond transaction details and provides broader context for recommendations, based on analysis that accounts for more than one perspective, approach or outcome.
  • Decision Making – Must engage in the process of selecting a logical choice from the available options, weighing positives and negatives, consider alternatives, then be able to forecast the outcome of each option as well, and based on all these items, determine which option is the best for that particular situation.
  • Community Leadership – Is recognized as a leader within the community and possesses the ability to engage and persuade others to inspire action in line with The Foundation’s  strategic priorities.
  • Influence – Comfortably communicates with various stakeholders within the ecosystem to discuss issues, achieve consensus and influence decision making.  Is recognized as a resource and strong voice in the community.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, 7 years preferred
  • Prominence and demonstrated thought leadership in the social services and social justice sectors, particularly in the network of local actors, donors, agencies, and organizations dedicated to mitigating challenges to equitable opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with residents, local leaders, and all non- profits to strengthen and advance multiple aspects of social services and social justice programs
  • Experience working with racially and ethnically diverse and low-income communities on social services and social justice programs
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to affect change and in promoting and contributing to a strong learning culture
  • Experience in project development and management with non-profit emphasis.
  • Strong communication skills, including writing, listening, public speaking, and social media.
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitation, relationship building, and collaborative planning.
  • Expert level technical skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access). Experience with Foundant software a plus.