Careers

High Jump seeks to hire individuals who are passionate about improving access to education and creating a positive impact in the lives of the bright minds and communities we serve. 

JOB OPPORTUNITY - MANAGER OF INDIVIDUAL GIVING

JOB DESCRIPTION:

High Jump seeks a Manager of Individual Giving to support a sustainable and well-run operation that has experienced substantial growth over the past six years.  The Manager of Individual Giving will work directly with the Chief Advancement Officer to advance the funding from individuals through events, annual fund and major gifts to High Jump.

Under the leadership of the Chief Advancement Officer and together with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, High Jump’s advancement team will pursue the FY2023 fundraising goal set at $2.75 million. The Manager of Individual Giving will be responsible for ensuring that strategy for individual giving determined by the Chief Advancement Officer and Executive Director is executed in a timely and accurate manner.

The Manager of Individual Giving position will serve as the part of a highly collaborative team implementing a successful annual advancement plan. The focus of this role is to work together with the Chief Advancement officer on fundraising initiatives from individuals. Focused on project management and precise, excellent execution, this role provides the opportunity to work with a committed team of experienced advancement and senior staff members, as well as a motivated group of volunteer leaders to raise funds to support the mission of High Jump. The person in this role will work directly with volunteer leaders serving on committees for fundraising events, major gift societies and other advancement initiatives. In this role, there will be opportunities to ask for funding directly, through campaigns and also by providing everything needed volunteer leaders involved in fundraising.  Direct report to the Chief Advancement Officer.

POSITION STATUS:

This is a full-time position in a hybrid work environment. Annual salary range of $60,000 to $70,000 based on experience and credentials. The generous, comprehensive benefits package includes employer paid health contributions over 75% of monthly enrollment costs, high quality dental and vision plans, 401k with a 6% employer contribution, short and long term disability, life insurance, and many ancillary enrollment options. In addition to contractual time off and 14 holidays, the organization provides two additional and flexible weeks of paid vacation for all staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated, successful direct fundraising experience

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy

  • Work with the Chief Advancement Officer and Executive Director to develop and implement strategies for major gifts and annual giving societies
  • Develop strategies to increase revenue and raise the profile of High Jump in Chicago
  • Work with Board of Directors to help facilitate the fundraising efforts
  • Together with the Advancement team, work to improve performance of annual fund campaigns directed to our larger constituencies.

Annual Fund

  • Maintain individual giving growth by creating and implementing strategies to raise funds through direct and online appeals
  • Under direction of the Chief Advancement Officer, develop and manage detailed project plans and ensure that all tasks are being executed in a timely manner. Specific tasks include managing donor lists, creating solicitation letters and packets to be signed and sent by lead solicitors (senior staff, board members), merging letter packets and preparing them to be sent, etc.
  • Ownership over the execution of plans, including calling attention if something is not going according to plan or if important steps have been missed and finding corrective measures to keep plans moving forward
  • Act as a lead manager for organization leadership and board members, providing all materials and assets requested, ensuring follow through for all solicitation and stewardship activities, and tracking all activities related to individual solicitations
    • Attend weekly meetings with solicitors to coordinate strategy
    • Act as the point person for requests for resources and materials from solicitors
    • Respond to all requests in a timely manner
    • Provide excellent customer service and maintain a positive rapport with solicitors
    • Reach out to board members and donors as needed to provide information
  • Execute stewardship activities, including the planning of events designed to engage donors and volunteers

Major Gifts and Endowment Campaign

  • Take the lead on administration of the Major Gifts Program including qualification, cultivation and stewardship
  • Develop Major Gifts offerings and descriptions as well as materials for meetings
  • Oversee the tracking of all Major Gifts prospects in a pipeline management system
  • Work together with the Chief Advancement Officer on the implementation of an Endowment Campaign with a 3-5 year goal of approximately $5 million

Annual Benefit

  • Work with the Chief Advancement Officer to develop a strategic goal for the Annual Benefit
  • Serve as the lead on organizing and motivating the Annual Benefit Co Chair Committee and implementation of the fundraising strategies associated with the committee including sponsorship solicitation, building and engagement of a Benefit Committee and attendance at the event.

Advancement Operations

  • Coordinate all solicitations between Annual Fund, Annual Event, Annual Benefit  and Major and Endowment
  • Work collaboratively with the Advancement Services and Writing Coordinator to ensure excellent customer service to all supporters

Volunteers

  • Serve as part of a team implementing volunteer programming.  Specifically focused on recruiting strategy, linking volunteer efforts to donor stewardship and cultivation and ensuring a high quality volunteer experience.
  • Identify prospective volunteers among donors
  • Assist in stewardship and invitations for volunteers

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, especially the ability to track and follow through multiple leads with a determination to see through to completion
  • Strong ability to take direction, follow plans, and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with the High Jump team, supporters, students, vendors, and more.
  • Proficient in technology related to fundraising including Raiser’s Edge, Excel, online giving applications and social media
  • Advanced use of MS Office applications required. Experience using Apple computers preferred
  • Comfort with interaction with high-level donors
  • Excellent writing skills and high level of customer service orientation
  • Interest and passion for High Jump’s mission and desire to build that interest and passion in others
  • Proven ability to work respectfully with a team in a diverse work environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the donor cultivation process and how the various steps in an advancement plan contribute to larger goals

OTHER ITEMS

  • Must be a mission driven person, committed to performing their functions so that the mission of the organization can be achieved. 
  • Must prioritize building trust with colleagues, demonstrating professionalism, and working well with others.
  • Will involve periodic work on Saturdays from September through May and some evenings throughout the year.
  • High Jump is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • All employees are required to show proof of vaccination from Covid-19 or an exemption letter from their primary care physician.

To apply, please submit the following as one PDF in an email with the subject “Manager of Individual Giving” to [email protected] 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
JOB OPPORTUNITY - HIGH JUMP CAMPUS MANAGER

JOB DESCRIPTION

High Jump, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing academic enrichment to talented middle school students with limited income, is seeking an energetic and innovative individual with strong leadership and organizational skills to manage the High Jump program at one campus with 130 students. The Campus Manager is responsible for supervising site faculty, typically between 30-40 staff members; creating a culture of achievement; developing meaningful relationships with families; refining and implementing curricula; recruiting and selecting students; coordinating campus logistics; and playing an integral role in High Jump’s ongoing program and organizational development. Please see attached calendar of dates for more details. The Campus Manager reports directly to the Chief Programs Officer.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This role requires direct interaction and service with students, families, and teachers on a regular basis
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the High Jump program at one campus during the Summer Session (6 weeks in the summer) and on Saturday Sessions (2-3 Saturdays per month)
  • Plan and collaborate with the program team to prepare for summer and school year programming which may include, but is not limited to: teacher recruitment and hiring, parent presentations, scheduling, ordering supplies and materials, etc.
  • Serve as a leader and spokesperson for the campus and lead professional development
  • Become the primary point of contact for campus faculty, parents and students
  • Build high-quality relationships with school and community partners during recruitment season
  • Support the program team in coordinating activities
  • Manage site budget, purchase materials needed for program, track all expenses, create monthly expense reports and oversee timesheet compliance
  • Manage student and parent data and information as related to your campus
  • Manage schedules of academic program and all faculty members
  • Supervise teachers, teacher assistants, interns, and volunteers during the summer and Saturday sessions, approximately 30-45 staff members
  • Facilitate regularly scheduled faculty meetings
  • Track academic progress of all students
  • Maintain contact with students and their families through regular phone/e-mail communication and on-campus events
  • Oversee and support academic and social emotional growth of students
  • Assist with recruiting students through school and community presentations and by developing relationships with key contacts in youth organizations and school, execute recruitment events alongside the program team and recruitment manager
  • Participate in the selection and admissions of students
  • Work collaboratively with Campus Managers at the other sites and with the Chief Programs Officer to ensure the development and execution of quality programming for all students

QUALIFICATIONS:

The role requires three to five years of teaching and/or leadership experience in a school or out-of-school-time organization. She/he must be committed to, and have experience working with students and passionate teachers. Strong leadership and organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and handle high-pressure situations. She/he should have outstanding interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills. A commitment to the High Jump mission and vision are essential. Flexibility, a sense of humor, high energy, and dedication to collaboration are all desired qualities. Familiarity with Content Management and Learning Management Systems are a plus. A bachelor’s degree is required.

The Campus Manager is expected to make a commitment to work on Saturdays twice a month, September through May.

Salary Range: $60,000-70,000

To apply, please email [email protected] a .pdf or .doc format of the following: a cover letter, résumé, and three references. No phone calls please.

High Jump is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB OPPORTUNITY - EVALUATION ASSOCIATE

About High Jump

High Jump is looking for a part time Evaluation Associate to support the efforts of the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement to improve programming and reporting.

High Jump is a two-year tuition-free academic enrichment program that serves motivated 7th and 8th grade students from families of limited economic means. For more information about the program, please visit our website at highjumpchicago.org.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement, the Evaluation Associate serves as a support to the evaluation work at High Jump. The Evaluation Associate will support a broad range of evaluation activities for all High Jump programming and work closely with the Program and Advancement teams. Duties include but are not limited to primary and secondary data collection, organization, management, and analysis; literature searches and reviews, instrument development, document revision and development, and report creation.

Position Status: 

The Evaluation Associate is a part time position with the potential for up to full time pending the approval of a funding request. The position will work 20-40 hours depending on funding and the hire's availability. The position will report to the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement, pays $25 per hour, and is non-benefits eligible (though this may change if full time). This is a hybrid position, with some work remote and some in office. Most work will occur remotely and/or at the High Jump offices (1531 N Dearborn Pkwy). Some nights and Saturdays may be required.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conduct literature searches/reviews as needed
  • Support data collection/analysis - qualitative and quantitative projects; duties include but are not limited to supporting project design and protocols, survey design and administration, focus groups, data entry and organization, note transcription, etc
  • Submit and manage data requests to external databases and partners
  • Manage, organize and clean data for analysis and reporting
  • Assist in the development of database design and management
  • Support the development of reports and presentations
  • Assist with the revision and development of evaluation documents/project documents/evaluation plans, etc.

Qualifications: 

Candidates should have some prior research experience and/or coursework in both quantitative and qualitative methods with a social science focus. A Bachelor's degree or enrollment in a 4-year program is required. Familiarity with Excel, Word, and Powerpoint are a must. Some statistical analysis knowledge is preferred.

Skills Required:
Familiarity with Excel, Word, and Powerpoint; collaborative; detail oriented; organized; open-minded; 1 year research experience (quantitative and qualitative)

Skills Preferred:
Familiarity with Zoom, Google suite, and Salesforce; some statistical knowledge preferred; experience with focus groups, designing and administering surveys, and coordinating research projects

OTHER ITEMS

  • Mission driven and committed to performing functions so the mission can be achieved
  • Prioritize building trust with colleagues, demonstrating professionalism, and working well with others

Required Application Materials

To apply, please submit the following as one PDF in an email with the subject “Evaluation Associate” to the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement, Dr. Jennifer Wenner, at [email protected].

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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