Program Manager (Democracy and Bridgebuilding)

Interfaith America | Chicago, IL
Date posted: July 17, 2023
Program Manager (Democracy and Bridgebuilding)
Contact Name: Becca Hartman Pickerill
Deadline: Thursday, August 10, 2023


You are passionate about religious and worldview diversity across America’s civic institutions, programs that promote interfaith cooperation and racial equity, and the skills for engaging across deep difference. You thrive in a fast-paced, adaptable environment where one day won’t look like the next. You feed off the organizational learning and social science research and adjust your strategy to fit what we’ve learned. You love to work collaboratively internally and externally and liaise across multiple complex projects. You hold yourself and your work to a high bar of excellence and take personal responsibility for achieving your goals.

Team Up Project:

The Team Up Project, in its inaugural year, is a partnership with 3 national organizations to integrate bridgebuilding skills within and beyond the founding national organizations. The Program Manger on the Team Up Project will work closely with the Senior Director of Democracy Initiatives to:

  • Manage the centralized support of 30 site grantees
  • Maintain and evolve consistent files and information within Interfaith America and across the national partners
  • Lead event planning across IA team and partner organizations for joint conference presentations and national trainings
  • Facilitate Team Up trainings for religiously, racially, geographically and ideologically diverse audiences of civic organizations, non-profits and service organizations
  • Liaise with the IA Learning Team to refine training curriculum for a range of audiences, develop train the trainer resources, experiment with training, and conduct evaluations
  • Analyze survey findings, conduct listening sessions for qualitative analysis, and regularly present out on learnings from Team Up trainings and projects

Democracy Initiatives:

For existing and emerging programs under the Democracy Initiatives umbrella:

  • Manages assigned Democracy Initiatives projects
  • Manages grants to external partners to engage Interfaith America projects (e.g. to utilize IA’s Democracy Handbook) from drafting the call for applications, selection, support, and reporting
  • Executes pieces of work on Democracy Initiatives projects, including data tracking in line with project goals and impact; CRM responsibilities; and administrative tasks
  • Deploys Interfaith America programs and theories of interfaith cooperation across our emerging leaders network, civic groups, and multiple constituencies on campus (e.g. faculty, student affairs professionals, college students)
  • Builds relationships with Interfaith America civic partners (e.g. peers at nonprofits, think tanks), our emerging leaders network, constituents on campuses
  • Represents Interfaith America through presentations and attendance at conferences, on campus visits, and at IA events

Salary Description
$55,000 – $65,000 annually

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field including US history, religious studies, higher education, sociology, etc.
  • Three or more years professional experience in a related field, including interfaith work, consulting, community organizing, etc.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in interfacing with multiple constituencies, such as nonprofit partners and executives; young professionals; campus professionals; and religious communities
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications (but not required):

  • Advanced degree in Religious Studies, Civic Leadership, Non-Profit Management, or Higher Education
  • Demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders in substantive discussions about religious and worldview diversity, interfaith cooperation, racial equity, and civic pluralism
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies to identify and define complex equity and inclusion issues
  • Experience in in-person and online training, facilitation, consulting, education, assessment and/or related skill sets
  • Experience in collaborating with outside organizations
  • Experience in event management
  • Experience with networking and building relationships or coalitions

Essential Competencies:

  • Relationship Building – Being able to connect with others (internally and externally) to form positive working relationships.
  • Project Management – Aptly leading, planning, and executing project or pieces of a project, ensuring all project members are staying within timelines and budgets.
  • Results oriented – Ability to complete multiple assigned tasks across multiple program and project areas with a high level of excellence, attention to detail and within assigned deadlines.
  • Adaptability – Adapting to change within the organization, programs, and projects with grace and a positive attitude.
  • DEI Cultural Competency – Ability to understand, appreciate and interact effectively with people from cultures, identities, lived experiences, or belief systems different from one’s own.

Location: This position will work 2-3 days per week from our Chicago Loop office and 2-3 days per week from home

Travel: Approximately 20% of work time will be traveling to civic organizations, and conferences across the country (average throughout year; may be more during peak program and conference seasons); can expect to work occasional nights and weekends

Supervision: Senior Director of Democracy Initiatives

Application deadline: August 10, 2023

Other Requirements: The Program Manager position requires the ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, to: maintain regular attendance; travel to campuses across this US; work cooperatively with others; adhere to Interfaith America personnel policies and safety rules; sit and/or stand for extended periods of time; operate standard office equipment, including computers, telephones, photocopiers, and projectors; communicate orally, in writing, and via computers and digital devices; and requires close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, transcribe, view a computer terminal and other office equipment.

Interfaith America is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, marital status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Reasonable accommodation will be provided as needed to enable qualified applicants with a disability to participate in pre-employment procedures.

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