College, Career and Civic Connections (C3) Program Manager

Office Location: Mikva Challenge Illinois Chapter – Chicago, IL

Reports to: Managing Director of IL Programs

Schedule: Full-time

About the Organization

Mikva Challenge delivers youth-centered programming at the crossroads of education, youth development, civic engagement and youth advocacy.  Our programs provide youth with the tools, skills, and framework to advocate for better opportunities for themselves, their schools, and their communities. The effects on young people are transformative in all aspects of their lives: from their identity to their motivation to serve their community, and from improve

About the Position

The College, Career & Connections (C3) Program Manager will be responsible for helping young people to transition from Mikva programming to their college and/or professional careers, while continuing to be civically engaged. This position is responsible for the overall implementation, facilitation and management of the College & Career Connections program, which includes the Mikva Summer Fellows Program, as well as the creation of a robust and engaging alumni program at Mikva Challenge. The Mikva Challenge Summer Fellows (MSF) program provides paid work experience through work-based learning placement. The program places Cook County residents ages 17-20 into paid summer internship positions in the offices of city, county, state and federal lawmakers for 30 hours a week, for 6 weeks between June and August.

The C3 Program Manager will be a part of the program team and as such will work closely with the youth facing programs teams, including the Citywide Youth Council (CYC) Managers and Neighborhood Leadership Initiative (NLI) Council program staff. This position will be directly supervised by the Managing Director of Illinois Programs.

This is a one-year limited term role, with the potential for continuation based on continuing need and sufficient funding. This position is not eligible for relocation.

Core Responsibilities

College, Career & Civic Connections 

  • ​​Provide youth with high quality civic engagement experiences via the Mikva Summer Fellows (MSF) Program through the following:
    • Serve as the liaison to the Illinois Youth Investment Program (IYIP at Illinois Department of Human Services) to maintain compliance with all contractual responsibilities, including tracking participant data and program budget.
    • Develop and execute implementation of the Mikva Summer Fellows Program.
    • Identify and serve as liaison to elected official’s office sites, including managing regular communication to staff and fellows, and providing program expectations and ongoing training to office site staff.
    • Support the continuous improvement process for Mikva Summer Fellows programming, coordinating with evaluations and capturing data directly from youth and site office/program partners.
    • Hire, train and supervise summer support staff and interns.
  • Use civic engagement as a mechanism to introduce youth to higher education and career exploration.
  • Provide youth programming knowledge of and exposure to a diverse range of post-secondary pathways via workshops, presentations, and collaboration with external partners.
  • Collaborate with the CYC Senior Program Directors and NLI Senior Program Director to establish programmatic deadlines for college, career and civic connections activities and initiatives.
  • Liaise with college & career access program partners and post-secondary organizations.
  • Assist with aligning Mikva’s programmatic strategy with the needs of our growing and evolving organization.

Alumni Cultivation & Engagement 

  • Build organizational and network capacity to support alumni engagement.
  • Maintain relationships with alumni and provide opportunities for them to remain connected with Mikva Challenge initiatives and programs through high school and college.
  • Create opportunities for alumni to engage with each other and other members of the extended Mikva Challenge network in order to deepen their social capital and support each other as a learning and leadership community.
  • Build partnerships and programming to support alumni personal and professional development, including serving as liaison with City Year, AmeriCorps, America Needs You and other programs to pipeline Mikva graduates into post-secondary programs.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Director, utilize social media to communicate with and about alumni; maintain alumni Facebook page.



  • Bachelor’s in education or a related field. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 4-5 years experience in project management and program implementation or equivalent combination of experience and education.


  • Demonstrated commitment to Mikva Challenge core values, particularly our desire and ability to uplift and center the lived experiences and voices of young people.
  • Experience working in government, with elected officials and/or campaigns.
  • Strong facilitation skills with an ability to connect with young people and adults across cultures, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • An excellent collaborator, with the ability to inspire, lead with vision, supervise and manage workload across multiple teams.
  • Ability to learn quickly, juggle multiple tasks, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate values-based, results-driven leadership.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $55,000 annually commensurate with experience. We also offer a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to with “C3 Program Manager” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references upon request.

Final candidates will be required to complete a fingerprinted background check in order to work in Chicago Public Schools and with youth, prior to hire.

Equity Statement

Mikva Challenge is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value diversity in our workplace. Mikva Challenge provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. We want to create an empowering space to change lives!

Applicants from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.