Thursday, February 12, 2015

Job Opportunity

Loyola University's Office for Community Service and Action is in search of a new Jumpstart site manager!

 The person is hired by Jumpstart but works at Loyola through a grant.  

Jumpstart is an early childhood education program that places 35 Loyola volunteers in CPS classrooms in Rogers Park. The volunteers go to the classrooms twice a week to implement a language and literacy curriculum. The Site Manager recruits, trains, places, and manages the volunteers.

Click here to read more about Loyola's Jumpstart program.

Jumpstart Site Manager 

Position Overview

The Site Manager is a full year position based in Chicago and housed on the campus of a local college or university. The primary responsibility of the Jumpstart Site Manager is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the campus Jumpstart program in order to insure that Jumpstart Quality Standards and guidelines are achieved and that the program is meeting grant requirements. Using a work plan and program calendar provided by Jumpstart, a Site Manager will recruit, train and manage college students serving as part-time AmeriCorps members to work with children from low income neighborhoods during the academic year. The Site Manager directly drives Jumpstart’s school success outcomes, in conjunction with key campus personnel and Jumpstart’s regional and national staff.

As part of the Jumpstart network, a Site Manager is provided opportunities for professional development and growth, including but not limited to: new staff training, weekly check-ins, annual retreats, and field feedback. The Site Manager will report directly to a Jumpstart Program Director in the Northeast Region and a Campus Champion at the university.

Specific Responsibilities

1. Early Childhood Education and Training:

·   Facilitate Jumpstart training series for Corps members; develop training curriculum for Corps members when necessary

·   Observe Jumpstart sessions to monitor the quality of interactions between Corps members and children and the implementation of planned curriculum
·   Provide coaching and feedback to Corps members based on observations related to Jumpstart’s standards of quality
·   Observe and support Team Planning Meetings to monitor the quality of team collaboration, meeting facilitation and the design of curriculum to be used in Jumpstart Sessions
·   Ensure the site is meeting the requirements of the Jumpstart Quality Standards
·   Work closely with teachers and center directors, negotiating aspects of program implementation and navigating teacher/center relationships.

2. Program Management

·   Plan and manage recruitment process; interview and select all Corps members for site
·   Support Corps members in the completion of expected hours requirements (200-300+ hours over the course of the program year)
·   Recruit and manage a Corps member to serve as a Volunteer Coordinator (may not be applicable to all sites)
·   Provide Corps members and Team Leaders with systematic supervision and support, consistent and responsive management, and clear ongoing communication
·   Work with national and regional staff to ensure grant and programmatic compliance
o    Manage Corps member files to Corporation for National and Community Service and/or Grantee specifications
o    Prepare and submit reports on site fiscal and programmatic performance to Regional Office
o    Provide additional support and representation at Corporation sponsored events or stakeholder events/meetings
·         Facilitate Jumpstart Summer Program to specifications designed by Jumpstart (may not be applicable to all sites)

3. Campus and Community Partnerships

·   Build and manage high quality Preschool Program Partner relationships
·   Cultivate and manage campus relations to ensure sustainability and success of the program on campus
·   Work with Volunteer Coordinator to plan and execute volunteer engagement activities to involve outside members of the community and our corporate sponsors in our work
·   Contribute to the development of the Jumpstart brand by engaging in local media and public relations activities, including maintaining and updating site web page
·   Work with regional office to support city/community based efforts (city-wide volunteer event collaboration, city-wide training institute collaboration, etc.)
·   Build relationships with community partners and stakeholders

4. Jumpstart National Network Responsibilities

·   Participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with Jumpstart Program Director
·   Participate in Regional Conference Calls and retreats
·   Attend Leadership Institutes annually and New Staff Training during first year
·   Support the stewardship of National and Regional stakeholders by hosting site visits and engaging Corps members in events
o    Host visits to campus and to program partner sites

5. Campus Specific Responsibilities

·   Participate in campus and department responsibilities including staff meetings and events
·   Work with faculty who can assist with Jumpstart member training and recruitment, as well as higher education and preschool program partner relationships
·   Work with a faculty advisor to develop and deliver course content, as applicable by existence of a service-learning course
·   Recruit and manage a part-time assistant or graduate student who can assist with administrative tasks
·   Maintain relationships with various departments on campus (financial aid, grants accounting, etc.)


·   Bachelor’s Degree required, in Early Childhood Education or Child Development preferred
·   Background or experience in an early childhood setting
·   Strong organizational, management and leadership abilities
·   Ability to prioritize and multi-task in order to meet key tasks as scheduled
·   Prior experience in managing others; ability to provide verbal and written feedback
·   Demonstrated ability to use intermediate and some advanced functions of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) the internet and web-based forms
·   Ability to comprehend and manage basic fiscal matters such as budgets
·   Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with university staff and the general community
·   Commitment to Jumpstart’s mission and values
·   Commitment to serving the community
·   Experience developing partnerships with other organizations/entities


·   Requires significant evening/weekend work at specific times during the program year
·   Significant local travel required


Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits

Starting Date

February 2015


Chicago, IL

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to

Jumpstart is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities. Please visit our website at

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.