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Senior Career Pathways Manager

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

The ideal candidate will be motivated by our mission, energized by our work, and excited to learn and grow in this position.

This is a position with many opportunities for growth!

  • Interact with and learn from experts in program development, policy advocacy, education success, and quality jobs.
  • Learn about policy issues related to post-secondary education and fair workplaces.
  • Communicate with diverse stakeholders, including supporters and volunteers.
  • Participate in Women Employed and partner events to better understand our current networks and potential partners.

About the Position

This senior-level manager will help set direction for the evolution of Women Employed’s Career Pathways program for adults (particularly Black and Latinx women and women in low-wage jobs) who have educational barriers to employment and work to advance our policy and advocacy goals. This is a great position for someone to bring a strategic perspective and experience to program planning aimed at improving women’s access to and success in post-secondary education, training, and employment placement. She, he, or they will work to influence policies and practices, to ensure the effective delivery of programs, and to successfully achieve program outcomes.

This is a full-time, exempt position with a starting salary of $60,000 per year.  In addition, Women Employed offers competitive benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, flexible schedules, and more. Women Employed’s office is located in downtown Chicago and WE is currently employing a hybrid in-office/remote model.  Staff are able to work primarily remotely with some days in the office depending on meeting or work requirements.


  • Strategy Development and Program Delivery:
    • Develop strategy for and promote improvements in career pathways programs, policies, and systems aimed at adults (particularly Black and Latinx women and women in low-wage jobs) seeking workforce and post-secondary credentials leading to workforce attachment and advancement.
    • Manage and execute substantive, multi-year projects: create and execute work plans, collect and analyze information to document the progress of the projects, work with project partners to solve problems that arise, and ensure achievement of program outcomes.
  • Relationships and Partnerships:
    • Build effective relationships and partnerships to enhance program delivery; influence decision-makers, constituents, and organizations; accomplish project goals; and enhance the work of Women Employed.
    • Ability to work successfully with diverse audiences.
  • Communications Skills:
    • Persuasively communicate the organization’s positions and progress to other advocates, policymakers, coalitions, business and education representatives, funders and donors, including writing foundation proposals and reports.
    • Ability to identify and communicate effectively regarding racial equity impacts of career pathways policies and programs.
  • Participate in staff-wide activities, including the development and execution of the organization’s annual and strategic plan, and other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Ability to think strategically, motivate others, come up with creative ideas, and solve problems.
  • Strategic ability to parlay program experience into policy positions and agendas.
  • Experience planning and managing complex projects to meet outcome targets.
  • Success building and maintaining working relationships with partner organizations and agencies.
  • Ability to identify and communicate effectively regarding racial equity impacts of policies and programs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, adaptable to a variety of audiences.
  • 7 years of relevant work experience, with knowledge of career development, workforce and adult education systems, and employment issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Local travel required, but a vehicle is not required for this position.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

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