CAREERS

Join the LINK Unlimited Scholars team today .

LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that furthers college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Open Positions

Vice President, Programs & Evaluation: Apply Now

Scholar Support Associate: Apply Now

Elective Summer Learning Facilitator: Apply Now

Math/ELA/Field Studies Summer Learning Facilitator: Apply Now

 

Position Descriptions:

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college. For Black students to become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today. LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further college completion and career placement,
LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. In the 2024-2025 academic year, we will serve over 300 middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side
communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.

Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future? Then join our team!

Position Summary

The VP, Programs & Evaluation will design and implement a comprehensive, innovative and research-based program focused on equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity needed to achieve college completion, career placement, and future roles of leadership. The VP oversees all aspects of programming that is provided to our Scholars, Parents/Families, and Mentors, which includes program development and implementation, evaluation and data management, budgeting, and external partnership management (schools and community-based organizations).

Program Vision and Design

  • Key member of the organization’s leadership team.
  • Design, enhance, and implement the vision for programs based on the organizational strategic plan and the LINK Unlimited Scholars four programmatic pillars: Academic Enrichment, College Access, Leadership Development, and Career Exposure.
  • Evaluate programs and continually improve the design based on aggressive growth plans; develop and improve curriculum.
  • Research best practices in college access, college success, and leadership development, locally and nationally to ensure programmatic alignment.
  • Present and publish the learnings, best practices and outcomes of programs to be recognized as a leader in College Access, Success, and Leadership Development space.

Leadership

  • Oversee four Teams (Growing team of 11 with 4-6 Direct Reports): Scholar Recruitment, Scholar Support, Educational Programs, and Mentoring to effectively execute the organizational strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with the Program Team, Develop and monitor Team & Individual Goals to support achievement of annual organizational goals.
  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance.
  • Define staffing plans to achieve program goals and objectives and lead hiring decisions for new program staff.
  • Work with the Director, Scholar Support to ensure efficient and impactful delivery of resource navigation and financial assistance.
  • Work with the Director, Educational Programs to create a clear roadmap for improving programs based on culturally responsive pedagogy and leadership development.
  • Work with programs team to create, enhance, and evaluate programming progress monitoring systems to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge generated by the programs.
  • Participate in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.

Program Execution

  • Identify critical success indicators for our programs and ensure data collection and reporting procedures are followed (via Salesforce, surveys, etc.).
  • Understand change management best practices; ability to coach and development others
    successfully through growth and change.
  • Deliver a College Access program that guides students and families to their best match/fit universities with the least amount of debt.
  • Host monthly to bi-monthly (every other month) Saturday Academies and an intensive four-six week Summer Learning program, both focused on the four programmatic pillars.
  • Prepare Scholars to be Leaders and enter careers by providing career education, readiness, and exposure.
  • Oversee and manage the LINK Scholarship Award process and dissemination (scholarships average $1500-$3000 annually per Scholar).

Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Collaborate with CPS, Private and Parochial schools, and community-based organizations to recruit academically ambitious students into the program.
  • Build relationships with Community Based Partner Organizations to support programmatic best practices and collaborative opportunities to support our Scholars.
  • Work closely with the development team to engage Programs in our fundraising strategy.
  • Participate in donor meetings, including presenting on our program model.
  • Work closely with the Finance Department to budget and monitor programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management.
  • Collaborate with development and marketing teams to support alignment regarding messaging about program purpose, goals, components, and outcomes.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or higher preferred.
  • 8+ years of relevant Programmatic work experience in college access or success or other related educational areas.
  • Program Event management experience required.
    • Experience with curriculum design highly desirable.
    • Previous experience in working or leading mentor programming a plus.
    • Experience with case-management techniques preferred.
  • A track record of effectively leading a performance and outcome-based program team.
    • A minimum of five (5) years:
      • Supervisory experience that has included full-time direct reports.
      •  Budget development and monitoring experience.
  • Strong experience using data to drive and achieve programmatic outcomes, programmatic improvement, and demonstrate impact, including survey design and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams through the problem-solving and creative-thinking processes leading to the development and implementation of new approaches, systems, structures, and practices.
  • Catholic, Urban Public School, and/or Charter School experience is a plus.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project
    management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Demonstrated experience working with electronic databases
    • Salesforce Experience preferred.
    • Experience using Project Management platforms to manage goal progress (preferably Basecamp).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (Scholars, Parents, Mentors, Volunteers, etc.)
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and teams simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Strong relationship and partnership cultivation skills to build rapport with existing and potential stakeholders.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, or similar software with the ability to learn new or updated software.

Characteristics

  • Mission Driven: Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker.
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion.

Work Schedule

Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, but often requires upwards of 50 hours per week. Hybrid schedule: remotely twice a week (Mondays & Fridays) and in-office Tuesday through Thursday. Programmatic work requires hours that support the schedule of our Scholars & Parents, which includes some evenings and weekends. So, candidates must also have flexibility to meet these scheduling needs.

Compensation
Salary range $125k-140k; to be determined based on experience and skills. Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance, Retirement, PTO days, 8 Holidays, and a holiday shut down from Christmas Eve through New-Year’s day.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Dr. Toinette Gunn, President & CEO at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/9f42f360-fe7d-4557-a988-51234a605b20/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars. Cover letters without salary requirements will not be considered.

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college. For Black students to become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today. LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. In the 2023-2024 academic year, we will serve 300+ middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.

Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future? Then join our team!

Position Summary

As an integral part of the Program Team, the Scholar Support Associate works closely with the Manager, Scholar Support to support scholars throughout their time in the LINK Unlimited Scholars program. Scholar Support Associates are experts at building relationships, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. They are also knowledgeable in child development and adolescent mental health. The Scholar Support Associate understands how to leverage partnerships with families, mentors, schools, and community partners to provide comprehensive support to scholars.

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

Scholar Support & Case Management

  • Manage and provide wrap-around/comprehensive case management support for a caseload of approximately 60-70 Scholars for their four years in the LINK Unlimited Scholars high school fellowship.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Scholars, families, and mentors.
  • Develop targeted monthly communication objectives to ensure Scholars are engaged and have a positive experience so as to support student retention and successful completion of our high school fellowship.

Collaborative Leadership & Team Support

  • Assist with the development and execution of the LINK Unlimited Scholars program components including college/career awareness, leadership, civic engagement, monthly Saturday programming for all scholars, retreats, Summer Learning, and other events for Scholars and Mentors.
  • Attend cohort orientations and all programmatic events.
  • Collaborate with the Director, Scholar Support to create and provide Scholars with resources for college, scholarships, financial aid, and college immersion opportunities.
  • Participate in collective staff responsibilities and conduct interviews for incoming LINK scholars.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Data Management

  • Collect and analyze program-related data to inform programmatic strategies and goal progress.
  • Collect necessary data to report on scholar engagement and academic performance to evaluate scholar performance in the program.
  • Ensure School Partner Agreements are completed and honored.
  • Ensure Scholar data is collected and regularly input into Salesforce and other data collection platforms.
  • Ensure communications with Scholars and partner schools are entered into Salesforce.
  • Report on Jr. LINK Scholar engagement and academic performance to evaluate Scholar performance in the fellowship.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 1-2 years of relevant work experience in College Access or Success, Social Work, or other related Educational or Social Service areas.
  • Experience working with urban youth, specifically Black youth preferred.
  • Knowledgeable in child development and adolescent mental health.
  • Project management experience and ability to manage multiple project deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, problem solving, collaboration, and customer service skills.
    • Ability to propose new approaches, methods, or technologies to improve processes and outcomes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to interface effectively with scholars, partners, donors, faculty, and volunteer leaders.
    • Ability to draft correspondence and other materials with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to prioritize and independently manage projects from implementation through completion; able to multi-task and meet deadlines in a complex environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team.
  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, Adobe Suite.
    • Experience with Salesforce and mass email platforms such as MailChimp is preferred.
    • Must have the ability to learn new or updated software.
  • Must have flexibility to on occasion work a slightly later or varied schedule to support programming activities and special events. Requires some evening/weekend work.

Characteristics

  • Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker.
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion.

Work Schedule

Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, but requires 40-50 hours per week. Hybrid schedule: remotely twice a week (Mondays & Fridays) and in-office Tuesday through Thursday. Must be able to occasionally work varied shifts dependent on events and staffing needs. Requires some evening/weekend work.

Compensation

Salary range $47k-$52k; to be determined based on experience and skills. Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance, Retirement, PTO days, 11 Holidays, and a holiday shut down from Christmas Eve through New-Year’s day.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Cover letters without salary requirements will not be considered.

LINK TO APPLICATION:
https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/9f42f360-fe7d-4557-a988-51234a605b20/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college. For Black students to
become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today. LINK’s goal is to mitigate
the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational
opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further
college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and
cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. In the 2023-2024 academic
year, we will serve 300+ middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods,
with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood,
Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.
Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that
leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future? Then join our team!

Position Summary

As an integral part of the Summer Learning team, the Summer Learning Facilitator is responsible for delivering
lessons/programming as a part of our leadership development and academic programming. Summer Learning facilitators
work directly with our Scholars to ensure that they are receiving, discussing, and understanding the material and
facilitators are curating a rigorous experience. Summer Learning sessions will focus on grade-level content geared to
combat summer learning loss and prepare scholars academically for their Math or ELA courses in the upcoming year.
Additionally, one day each week will be allocated for exploratory learning that will include site visits and field trips
around the Chicagoland area. During such programming, Summer Learning Facilitators will serve as chaperones and
support Scholars in preparing for, engaging in and reflecting on their experience. All materials are provided for
instruction and will be sent to Summer Learning Facilitators to allow for ample time to internalize the lesson and prepare
for execution. Summer Learning Facilitators will collaborate with and report to the Director, Educational Programs.

Curriculum Design

  • Development of a 2-week, 6 session curriculum inclusive of the following:
    • Pre-Assessment & Post Assessment
    • Relevant state and professional standards for rising 7th, 8th or 9th grade students (please indicate for
      which grades(s) your proposal aligns)
    • Objectives
    • Daily Learning Sequence
      • Bell Ringers & Exit Tickets
      • Culturally Relevant Activities
      • Competency-Based Formative Assessments
      • Differentiation Recommendations
    • Materials
    • Powerpoint slides
    • Handouts (digital & print)
  • Each curriculum must be standards-aligned, culturally responsive, and driven by an essential problem/question.
  • Each curriculum must have valid and reliable pre- and post-assessments that are aligned with curriculum
    standards and objectives.

Instruction/Grading

  • Deliver instruction according to the lesson plans during each day of Summer Learning
  • Support as chaperone during off-site Summer Learning Programming
  • Support and build relationships with assigned cohort of Scholars as they engage in Summer Learning
    programming
  • Assist with receiving Scholars and dismissing Scholars from programming
  • Grade/score assignments and year-end capstone projects

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social/human services, counseling, social work or related field PREFERRED.
  • Previous teaching/instructional experience preferred.
  • Ability to interface effectively with Scholars, faculty and volunteers.
  • Availability on all instructional days
  • Ability to ensure appropriate outcomes for Scholars are balanced and maintained

Characteristics

  • Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and
    procedures of the organization.
  • Growth mindset and servant leader approach to educating in Chicago
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor
  • Must have outgoing and engaging personality
  • Strong work ethic
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential
    information and materials
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion

Work Schedule

  • Part-time
  • Orientation in early June with multiple date options.
  • Summer Learning Start Date: June 24, 2024
  • Summer Learning End Date: August 2, 2024
  • Days/Time: Monday-Thursday, 8:30a-1:15p
    • Session 1: June 24, 2024 – July 5th, 202
    • Session 2: July 8, 2024 – July 18th, 2024
    • Session 3: July 22, 2024 – August 1, 2024
  • Must be available for 2 sessions at minimum

Compensation

Facilitators will be compensated $1,600 for the expected 2 weeks of instruction. There are opportunities for a 6 week
commitment with compensation at $2,500.

To Apply

Submit an application at the following link: https://www.tfaforms.com/5111180

  • This application requires a high level curriculum description inclusive of:
    • Biographical and professional information about you/the vendor
    • Proposal Description
    • Scope of work/Scope & Sequence
    • Anticipated standards & objectives
    • Culturally responsive elements
    • Essential problem or question
    • Sample handouts

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college. For Black students to
become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today. LINK’s goal is to mitigate
the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational
opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further
college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and
cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. In the 2023-2024 academic
year, we will serve 300+ middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods,
with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood,
Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.
Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that
leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future? Then join our team!

Position Summary

As an integral part of the Summer Learning team, the Summer Learning Facilitator is responsible for delivering
lessons/programming as a part of our leadership development and academic programming. Summer Learning facilitators
work directly with our Scholars to ensure that they are receiving, discussing, and understanding the material and
facilitators are curating a rigorous experience. Summer Learning sessions will focus on grade-level content geared to
combat summer learning loss and prepare scholars academically for their Math or ELA courses in the upcoming year.
Additionally, one day each week will be allocated for exploratory learning that will include site visits and field trips
around the Chicagoland area. During such programming, Summer Learning Facilitators will serve as chaperones and
support Scholars in preparing for, engaging in and reflecting on their experience. All materials are provided for
instruction and will be sent to Summer Learning Facilitators to allow for ample time to internalize the lesson and prepare
for execution. Summer Learning Facilitators will collaborate with and report to the Director, Educational Programs.

Instruction/Grading

  • Deliver instruction according to the lesson plans during each day of Summer Learning
  • Support as chaperone during off-site Summer Learning Programming
  • Support and build relationships with assigned cohort of Scholars as they engage in Summer Learning
    programming
  • Assist with receiving Scholars and dismissing Scholars from programming
  • Grade/score assignments and year-end capstone projects

Planning/Preparation

  • Review provided academic materials to internalize the lesson plans and prepare as necessary to deliver
    instruction
  • Attend one mandatory orientation meeting and optional office hour meetings to attain necessary clarity around
    lesson execution or programming participation
  • Track Scholar assignment completion and participation

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social/human services, counseling, social work or related field PREFERRED.
  • Previous teaching/instructional experience preferred.
  • Ability to interface effectively with Scholars, faculty and volunteers.
  • Availability on all instructional days
  • Ability to ensure appropriate outcomes for Scholars are balanced and maintained

Characteristics

  • Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and
    procedures of the organization.
  • Growth mindset and servant leader approach to educating in Chicago
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor
  • Must have outgoing and engaging personality
  • Strong work ethic
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential
    information and materials
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion

Work Schedule

  • Part-time
    Orientation in early June with multiple date options.
    Summer Learning Start Date: June 24, 2024
    Summer Learning End Date: August 2, 2024
    Days/Time: Monday-Thursday, 8:30a-1:15p

Compensation

Facilitators will be compensated $2,500 for the 6-week High School Fellowship and $1,600 for the 4-week Jr. LINK
Fellowship. This role is not eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance or any other benefits.

To Apply

Submit an application at the following link: https://www.tfaforms.com/5110633

  • This application requires a 5-10 minute video recording of your instruction or instructional materials
    demonstrating your approach to teaching.

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

Together we can change the life
trajectory of our Scholars.

LINK Unlimited Scholars, 2221 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616-3894 • 312-225-5465 • info@linkunlimited.org