Workforce Development Program Manager

SOS Children's Village Illinois

About the organization


At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes for children in the foster care system with a focus on keeping siblings together. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, Professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.

For over 25 years, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has provided the highest quality of care for Illinois’ most vulnerable children and families. We are the first self-funded SOS organization in the United States. Since our beginning, we have carried on the successful track record of SOS-Kinderdorf International in transforming children with a broken childhood into caring, productive, self-reliant adults.



Program Development

Identify, implement, and organize structured, high-quality vocational/job development, career services, health care, financial education, and social service programming and resources for children and families that align with the SOS mission and needs of the community
Lead enrollment, recruitment, and participant retention efforts via online and offline marketing and primary face-to-face relationship-building strategies; ensure monitoring of attendance
Facilitate program evaluation and progress reports; Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements
Initiate and set goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of SOS Illinois (estimated 3,000 program participants each year)
Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies

Administration & Management

Builds and manages effective relationships with internal and external partners – attends meetings, functions, and required events
Maintain open, effective communication and interaction among the programs and partners; engagement of parents/families
Provides tours to stakeholders and other guests as requested
Is responsible for working with HR to confirm clearance of all volunteers, facilitators, chefs, and guests
Ensures that volunteers, facilitators, etc., are establishing a safe, nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate


1.Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.
2.Bachelor’s degree required and two to three years’ experience working in a non-profit preferred, or equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.
3.Demonstrated organizational and communication skills as well as ability to work with community, corporate partners, donors, and volunteers.
5.Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent software required.
6.Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
7.Willingness and ability to travel locally and to work nights and weekends, as required.
8.Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information while providing the best quality product available and continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
9.Ability to motivate and include others to achieve common goals.
10.Understanding of volunteer and relationship management.
11.Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
Ability to listen carefully to and understand constituents’ needs, both internally and externally, and 12.proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
13.Organizational and computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
14.Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


$45,000.00 To 52,000.00 Annually

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