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Program Manager (ILI)

$55,000 – $65,000 yearly

Interfaith Youth Core

Last Updated: 9/20/21

Job Description


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.


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 differences. You are deeply relational; you seek out and maintain professional relationships and have a network of people to reach out to for collaboration and connection. 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.


Year-round Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) Program Management

Partner with ILI Director in developing and overseeing content for the ILI, as it evolves to meet changing network and external conditions.

Support ILI Director in developing and executing content and programs for year-round ILI programming, including webinars, virtual events.

Facilitate and grow IFYC’s higher education online communities focused on public universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Christian universities, in partnership with colleagues.

Support execution of inaugural student fellows program, including co-leading trainings for student leaders and coordination of virtual events for fellows.

Develop and facilitate webinars and virtual programs for student and higher education staff and faculty.

ILI Network Management & Institute Support

Manage ILI recruitment and registration process, including oversight of CVent or other registration system, interaction with registrants, and Salesforce campaigns associated with ILI event, and post ILI survey of participants.

Support our ILI speakers, panelists and other VIPs with excellent hospitality and thorough logistical information.

Support ILI Director in miscellaneous administrative aspects of ILI program management as needed, in partnership with ILI assistant.

Outreach and Engagement with U.S. Minority Religious Communities (E.g. – not exhaustive - Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh communities)

Cultivate and maintain relationships with religious minority associations, networks and leaders within higher education.

Pilot collaborative programs, webinars, resources and stories with and from IFYC network.

Represent IFYC through presentations and attendance at conferences, on campus visits, and at IFYC events related to religious minority outreach and engagement.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or Bachelor's degree with demonstrated interest in interfaith work

Three or more years professional experience in non-profit programming or event management

Proven project management and organizational skills

Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships and engagement with U.S. minority religious communities

Demonstrated effectiveness in interfacing with multiple constituencies, such as students, campus administrators, faculty, staff, young professionals and/or non-profit partners.

Strong competence in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); willing to learn and utilize organization-wide constituent relationship management software and IFYC event software

Authorization to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications (but not required):

High level of religious literacy and fluency in diversity, pluralism, and inclusion

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

Essential Qualities:

Passionate commitment to IFYC’s mission of making interfaith cooperation the norm in America

Excellent interpersonal skills

Professional communication skills including writing and presentation

Adaptable and able to move across projects and programs and adjust priorities as needed, work well under pressure while maintaining attention to detail

Collaborative work style; flexibility and agility in problem-solving

Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure while maintaining attention to detail

Compensation and Benefits: $55,000 - $65,000 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 time off policies that include paid time off, floating holidays, fixed holidays, sick leave and paid parental leave.

Location: All US-based locations (remote) until our office reopens in 2021, then this position will be based in Chicago, IL

Travel: When our organizations 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; may be more during peak academic and conference seasons); can expect to work occasional nights and weekends

Supervisor: Director of the Interfaith Leadership Institute

Application: please upload your resume and a cover letter that includes why you want to work at IFYC

Application Deadline: open until filled, recommend submitting your application early

Other Requirements: The Program Manager position requires the ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, to: maintain regular attendance; travel to campuses across the 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.

Company Details

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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 powe...