The decennial Census is a constitutional mandate and is one of the most important processes conducted every 10 years. Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to support our country's infrastructure and determine political representation at all levels of government. It is also an opportunity for every individual in the United States to be counted.
RAILS is an IDHS (Illinois Dept. of Human Services) regional intermediary and seeks a program manager to reach HTCs (Hard to Counts) and ensure all individuals in the collar counties (DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry, Kendall, and Grundy) are counted.
Our role is to provide regional coordination, serve as a conduit between local, regional, State, and National census outreach efforts, provide funding & technical assistance to support trusted messengers as sub-recipients, support strong data collection and evaluation, and ensure equitable coverage across geographies and hard-to-count communities. The Program Manager is a grant-funded, 9-month opportunity to make an impact on one of the most important processes in our country.
What you'll do:
• Support all census activities by working closely with the RAILS Census 2020 team, the communications, continuing education and finance departments
• Support subcontracting process with organizations across our 7-county region including communications, training, data collection, compliance, and reporting
• Support outreach activities including creating and implementing text message campaigns, and supporting Questionnaire Assistance Center network
• Manage events, including convenings, webinars, and trainings, including but not limited to logistics
• Compile and prepare documents for meetings and trainings
• Develop and facilitate trainings and meetings both internally and externally
• Support marketing projects for the team, such as emails, webinars, social media, marketing materials, events, stories, and other collateral
• Manage Census partners and subcontractors contacts
• Other Census and ACBO (Administrative community-based organizations) duties as assigned
Who you are:
• Holds a deep understanding of the importance of the Census and its potential impacts to hard-to-count communities
• Is known for their impeccable organization, high attention to detail, and strong project management skills
• Is constantly adopting new tools and technologies and knows how to use them well
• Has an eye for design and facility with design tools such as Photoshop, website/newsletter editors, etc.
• Presents well and writes even better
• Is excited about building processes and infrastructure to support partner organizations and their contracts
• Is a problem solver who takes initiative, asks questions, and thinks critically
• Holds a Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of work experience
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Comfortable office working environment
Ability to communicate in person and via phone, videoconferencing, and electronic mail
Regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus