This is a part-time, hourly, contract position requiring 10 - 20 hours/week
Founded in 1980, the Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago, (NPN),
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to connect a diverse community of families with the support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. NPN helps parents research schools, navigate developmental differences, and get parent-to-parent advice. Learn more at npnparents.org.
NPN is proud to be an inclusive organization and welcomes families of all cultures and backgrounds, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, or ability.
Come join a supportive, hard-working team of parents dedicated to bringing resources to their fellow parents in Chicago. The program coordinator connects with family-oriented businesses, schools, and organizations to bring resources to our members and all Chicago parents while increasing revenue and building partnerships for NPN.
Not all applicants will have skills that match this job description exactly. NPN values diverse experiences and we encourage everyone who meets the required qualifications to apply. While having “desired” qualifications make for a strong candidate, we encourage applicants with alternative experiences to apply. We are always looking for people who will bring something new to the table!
- Organized, able to work both independently and as part of a team, and familiar with the needs of new and experienced parents
- Comfortable introducing themselves to business owners, non-profit professionals, school leaders, and parents in order to build relationships and request donations of time and money to support NPN’s programming
- Able to speak on camera and in person in front of a live audience
- Willing to master video editing software and Zoom
- Familiar with and actively engaged in one or more of the following communities: South Loop, Chinatown, Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Humboldt Park, Little Village, or Pilsen
- Familiar with the needs of parents of children with developmental differences
- Bilingual (Spanish/English)
- Internally motivated to build relationships with and celebrate all types of Chicago families including but not limited to families with one parent, families of children with developmental differences, new parents, experienced parents, LGBTQIA+ parents and children, and families across all income brackets, races, and religions.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate monthly NPN play dates. This includes securing venues and sponsors, posting events to the calendar, managing the RSVP list, and prepping staff to manage the event.
- Coordinate and execute live and recorded webinars and in-person sessions with expert speakers and panelists to educate parents on school search and developmental differences from birth through 18 years, and occasionally current events/topics. This includes speaking on camera, managing the technical aspect of the videos, editing videos as necessary, and uploading them to the website.
- Coordinate and execute live in-person sessions with expert speakers and panelists to educate members on school search and developmental differences. This includes helping to identify topics, identifying potential speakers, and working with speakers to prepare.
- Build relationships with family-focused businesses and organizations in South Loop, Chinatown, Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Humboldt Park, Little Village, and Pilsen to increase member benefits and NPN’s reach. This will require traveling to and within those neighborhoods.
- Attend and contribute to staff meetings and help in other capacities as needed
Strong writing skills and interpersonal skills. Bachelor's Degree preferred. Ability to work special events on evenings and weekends approximately 6 times per year. Ability to travel throughout the city of Chicago as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Microsoft Word, Excel
- All NPN staff work from home. We do not have an office. We have an in-person event at least once a month at various venues throughout the city.
- Work hours are flexible. However, core work hours are 9am - 3pm Monday through Friday. We ask all staff to be available to schedule phone calls and meetings within that time frame. Most meetings and calls are scheduled in advance.
- All staff occasionally need to work weekend or evening hours. The program manager will be responsible for the weekend NPN playdates and other evening and weekend programming. Most often this means working the event. Sometimes it means ensuring that another staff member is confirmed to work and has all of the information needed.
We are a supportive, inclusive, hard-working team of parents. We support each other in our work-life balance and believe in the best of each other. We are professional, scrappy, and hardworking. We believe in the value of NPN.
The program coordinator is a part-time, hourly, contract position requiring 10 - 20 hours per week.
How to Apply
Send cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Amy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter “Program Coordinator Application” in the subject line.