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Program Specialist

About WE

Since 1973, Women Employed (WE) has been creating fundamental, systemic change for working women. WE are an advocacy organization. WE work to change systems, because when you improve a law, work with a company to create supportive policies, or help a college develop programs to keep working students in school, you can improve the circumstances of hundreds—maybe millions—of women all at once.

WE pursue equity for all. WE value the unique experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, skills, knowledge, and workstyles that a diverse workforce brings to our organization. WE are committed to building a diverse and inclusive staff, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and individuals with different abilities to apply.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Ability to identify and utilize data/research relevant to the project.
  • Experience working in a team on a complex, multi-year project.
  • Knowledge of or experience with community colleges, developmental education, racialequity and inclusion work.

This is a position with many opportunities for growth!

  • Interact with and learn from experts in program development, business development, policy advocacy, education success, and quality jobs.
  • Learn about policy issues related to education and training, and fair workplaces.
  • Gain technical knowledge regarding various office systems, technology platforms, and CRM databases.

About the Position

Women Employed is seeking a results-driven individual who will leverage their skills to assist in executing a pilot, collaborative project working directly with colleges and other stake holders to revamp developmental education within the State of Illinois to accelerate progress of low- income students and students of color. The project is grant supported through October 2022; efforts may be made to renew or secure additional funding to continue to support this position after the initial grant ends.

This is a full-time position and starting salary is $54,500 per year. In addition, Women Employed offers competitive benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, flexible schedules, and more.

E-mail resume with cover letter to: Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No telephone inquiries accepted. Women Employed is an equal opportunity employer.


  1. Work with the Senior Program Manager to ensure effective execution of program plan to revamp remedial education with Illinois community colleges.
    • Gather, analyze synthesize data and research related to the project to advance short- and long-term goals
    • Draft, track, and follow up on communications related to the project.
    • Participate in project activities and other duties assigned under the direction of the Senior Program manager.
  2. Build relationships
    • Coordinate events, site visits, and communications with campuses & project partners and manage logistics.
    • Work with team and external consultant to execute project strategy.
  3. Responsible for tracking and following-up on tasks outlined in contracts with participating colleges to ensure successful and timely completion.
    • Assist Senior staff in facilitating inter-organization coalitions and partnerships; lead workshops as needed.
    • Provide technical assistance by connecting to resources, assisting in identifying and navigating obstacles, and maintaining regular communications.

Position Requirements

  • Experience Requirements
    • Three to five years relevant experience (experience with higher education preferred but not required)
  • Educational Requirements
    • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Skills Required:
    • Strong communication and writing skills
    • Ability to think analytically about data/research
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Ability to follow through on details/aspects of the project
  • Other Requirements:
    • Must be able to travel with-in the State of Illinois (post-COVID) to lead site visits and meetings.
    • Position can be performed remotely provided individual is able to meet the travel requirement above.

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