Community Entrepreneur Partnership Coordinator (PT)
Jewish Community Center of Chicago - Chicago, IL

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The JCC/PresenTense Chicago Community Entrepreneur Partnership is a full year program focused on engaging, leveraging and inspiring young adults through local social impact in the Chicago Jewish Community. Following successful programs in Boston, Cleveland, New York and Philadelphia, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Chicago is launching its pilot year in August 2011.

JCC Chicago is seeking a bright and experienced program coordinator to help build up the program and coordinate its successful implementation. The program itself is a five month program aimed at educating social entrepreneurs who seek to solve problems facing the Jewish People and the world, with formal activities taking up approximately one evening a week from January through June, including a six month lead up period of community organizing, volunteer recruitment and management, and applicant recruiting and the execution of an admissions process.

CEP Coordinator duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Lead the development and oversight of fellowship programming.
  • Leverage existing PresenTense and JCC relationships to build a supportive entrepreneurial community in Chicago.
  • Recruit and oversee the admissions process of local fellows from among the interested social entrepreneurs of the community.
  • Manage and recruit a volunteer steering committee.
  • Recruit and coordinate local mentors, members of the business and Jewish community who can lead skill building workshops.
  • Support the launch of sustainable social ventures being launched out of the Chicago community.
  • Develop and maintain warm relationships with fellows and alumni across the JCC and PresenTense communities, tying them into the larger Group network community.
  • Update and maintain educational materials through work with instructors to ensure training remains on the cutting edge.
  • Effectively oversee program and curriculum implementation; help refine the PresenTense Fellowship curriculum to fit the particular needs of the local program.
  • Further JCC’s mission and values through educational programming.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with the fellows through in-person, conference call and electronic media to ensure their engagement with the program participants and the program community.
  • Oversee event production during the course of the fellowship, including full-day seminar coordination and meeting planning.
  • Work with members of the Steering Committee at JCC Chicago.
  • Gather information for, and oversee, the evaluation process of the fellowship program.
  • Ensure fellow satisfaction with program, measured through surveys, readjusting program components if necessary
  • Remain updated on advances in the field, to ensure up-to-date services and tools.
  • Attend Coordinator training in Israel (August 2011).
Approximately 20 hours a week

  • Bachelors degree with a minimum of 2-5 years professional experience, preferably in the start-up phase of program/business development;
  • Interest in social ventures and a burning desire to change the world;
  • Excellent relationship building and maintenance skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Deep and growing connections in the Chicago area across Jewish professional and business professional lines.
  • Ability to work autonomously yet seek guidance as needed.
  • Must be able to attend Coordinator training in Israel.
Successful candidates are highly responsible individuals with extensive leadership experience. They are quick learners and effective teachers who demonstrate entrepreneurial skills and extremely strong business analysis capabilities. While the CEP Coordinator should be entrepreneurial in spirit, their particular role is to help fellows and community members develop social businesses, rather than create new ventures themselves. Accordingly the Coordinator must be able to reflect, provide guidance and insight, and inspire JCC/PresenTense fellows.