Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has grown and evolved since our founding in 2002, adapting fearlessly to meet the complex challenges of 21st century worldview diversity. We have gone from running interfaith youth programs in church, mosque, and synagogue basements to shaping a national narrative about the power and potential of civic religious pluralism while focusing on the society-transforming power of higher education. We believe in the essential contributions of countless religious and philosophical traditions that affirm the dignity and justice for every human being. IFYC affirms and supports work for racial equity and is committed to the transformation of America into the promise of what it can be but has not yet been.
At IFYC, we’re ever adapting and changing. We look for people who set audacious goals and love that one workday may not be like the next. We are serious about our vision of an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions bridge divides, work towards racial equity and find common values to build a shared life together. We seek to attract and retain a team of staff comprised of the diverse identities we need to achieve our vision, including minority religious groups and people of color. We deliberately recruit potential team members from communities that are underrepresented in many interfaith spaces.
At IFYC, we collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to execute projects to achieve our mission. IFYC Program Managers are generalists, able to engage religious and worldview diversity with all constituents on a college campus from faculty to administrators, as well as community and civic settings. You’ll be leading projects and supporting projects, each of which has distinct roles with clear responsibilities. One day you might be talking to a faculty member about their curriculum for the Faculty Seminar. The next day you might be leading a team meeting with internal colleagues about an upcoming grant opportunity. The next week you might be on a college campus facilitating a workshop for Student Affairs staff, putting IFYC’s frameworks in conversation with the department’s mission statement and Pew findings on religion and public life in the US.
You are passionate about religious and worldview diversity within higher education, programs that promote interfaith cooperation and racial equity, and the civic value of 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.
Responsibilities will flex with each assigned project. However, all Program Managers are responsible for the following:
• Manages assigned IFYC projects
• Executes pieces of work on IFYC projects, including data tracking in line with project goals and impact; CRM responsibilities; and administrative tasks
• Deploys IFYC programs and theories of interfaith cooperation across alumni network, civic groups, and multiple constituencies on campus (e.g. faculty, student affairs professionals, college students)
• Builds relationships with IFYC civic partners (e.g. peers at non-profits, think tanks), alumni network, constituents on campuses
• Represents IFYC through presentations and attendance at conferences, on campus visits, and at IFYC events
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field including religious studies, higher education, sociology, etc.
• Three or more years of professional experience in a related field, including interfaith work, consulting, higher education, online education, etc.
• Proven project management and organizational skills
• Demonstrated effectiveness in interfacing with multiple constituencies, such as non-profit partners; young professionals; campus administrators, faculty, staff, or students.
• Authorization to work in the United States
Preferred Qualifications (but not required):
• Advanced degree in Religious Studies, Civic Leadership 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 skillsets
• Passionate commitment to IFYC’s mission of making interfaith cooperation the norm in America
• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to project peer quality and credibility with campus partners
• Adaptable and able to move across projects and programs and adjust priorities as needed
• Professional communication skills including writing and presentation
• Ability to multi-task, balance multiple ongoing projects and work well under pressure while maintaining attention to detail
• Confident training and/or speaking to large groups
• Ability to set ambitious goals and independently pursue them
Location: All US-based locations (remote) until our office reopens in 2021, then this position will be based in Chicago, IL.
Travel: When our organization resumes travel likely sometime in 2021, approximately 20% of work time will be traveling to colleges/universities, and conferences across the country (average throughout year; maybe more during peak academic and conference seasons); can expect to work occasional nights and weekends
Supervision: Director of Program Resourcing
Compensation and benefits: $55,000 - $65,000 annually plus free medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance for employee-only coverage. Those who wish to cover their dependents can contribute through payroll for dependent health coverage. Generous paid time off policies that include paid time off, floating holidays, fixed holidays, sick leave and paid parental leave.
Application: please upload your resume and a cover letter that includes why you want to work at IFYC
Application deadline: Sept. 19
Start date: approximately Nov. 1
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 IFYC 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.
IFYC 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.