director of elgin programs and senior program officer resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
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Executive Profile
A creative and entrepreneurial leader with a proven ability to motivate individuals and influence organizations. Possesses strong management and communication skills; a broad professional network; a proven track record of collaboration and resource development; and a commitment to developing solutions that build strong organizations and communities.
Skill Highlights
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Staff Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Natural Collaborator
  • Motivator and Influencer
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Excellent Facilitator
  • High integrity
Civic Leadership
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Mikva Challenge 2011-present
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance 2012-present
  • Member, Executive Committee, Alignment Collaborative for Education 2015-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Forefront (previously Donors Forum) 2014-present
  • President, Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations 2012-2015
  • Member, Civic Advisory Committee, City Colleges of Chicago Reinvention Initiative 2011-2012
  • Co-Chair, Workforce Development Committee, Chicago Recovery Partnership, a public/private partnership to steward federal Recovery Act resources 2008-2010
  • Member, Strategic Advisers Group, Opportunity Chicago, a $27 million dollar initiative to support employment of Chicago Housing Authority Residents 2007-2010
Professional Experience
03/2013 to Current
Director of Elgin Programs and Senior Program Officer New Jersey Economic Development Authority North Brunswick, NJ,
  • Second in command
  • Manages Chicago-based program staff; oversees operations, personnel, and programs of Elgin office; and manages project consultants across offices
  • Leads strategic planning, including setting annual goals and metrics for the Foundation with annual giving of $7 million
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the Foundation and represents the Foundation on boards and committees
  • Serves as thought partner to Executive Director to support budgeting, decision making, and board engagement
  • Leads the development of new initiatives and cross-sector collaborations
  • Analyzes proposals across the Foundation's three priority areas of employment, early childhood education, and natural resources conversation, makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, and monitors grant performance
05/2009 to 02/2013
Senior Program Officer and Director of Administration Linquest Corporation Colorado Springs, CO,
  • Managed $1.5 million grant portfolio for a private foundation with annual giving of over $8 million
  • Created a collaborative model for grantmaking adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Provided leadership to program officers and managed administrative staff, and consultants
  • Created and led three major collaborations among grantees and funders which address performance management, workforce development, and adult education and leveraged over $4 million
  • Represented the Foundation on other funding collaboratives related to immigration, U.S. census outreach, public housing, and environment
  • Helped the Chicago/Cook County workforce board secure a $3 million U.S.Department of Labor grant to develop an integrated public database system
  • Worked closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on special projects to accomplish Foundation goals and objectives
  • Analyzed proposals across all four of the Foundation's grantmaking areas (Employment, Education, Arts Education, Health); made recommendations to the Board of Directors, and monitored grant performance
  • Built knowledge of public policy and practice trends in multiple foundation program areas
07/2004 to 05/2009
Program Officer Air Products And Chemicals Conyers, GA,
  • Created and managed new grantmaking program for the Foundation; doubled grant payout in less than three years
  • Worked with organizations as needed to develop proposals for possible funding
  • Researched and evaluated grant proposals, educated board of directors on key issues in the areas of employment and human services, and prepared recommendations for funding for the board of directors
  • Created and led the Chicago Workforce Development Funders Group
2001 to 2004
Program Manager Dsw (Designer Brands Inc.) Southlake, TX,
  • Key member of the policy team which developed and implemented policy initiatives to increase low-income women's access to education and training
  • Directed a broad public education campaign to encourage low-wage women to choose information technology careers which reached over 100,000 women and was supported by educational and corporate leaders
  • Co-led the development of an online career development tool for low-income adults
  • Managed a two-year policy initiative to increase financial aid for low-income students which led to a $1 million funding increase for the Illinois Monetary Award Program
  • Authored reports which supported successful advocacy for increases in state financial aid for less-than-half-time students
  • Managed a $500,000 state grant to develop a campaign to increase the number of women in information technology sector
1999 to 2001
Contract Manager Trilogy, Inc City, STATE,
  • Team leader of the employment program which helped individuals with psychiatric disabilities become competitively employed
  • Worked with local employers and other organizations to create job opportunities
  • Solicited work orders for the employment workshop by developing partnerships with local businesses
  • Conducted time studies and cost analyses to negotiate contracts for job training
1996 to 1999
Store Manager The HoneyBaked Ham Company City, STATE,
  • Managed and maintained the operations of a retail store with over $1 million in annual sales
  • Led top-rated Illinois store in efficiency (profit per labor hour utilized)
  • Managed up to 30 employees
  • Managed inventory and oversaw quality control
  • Planned operations and projected revenue for major sales periods
Expected in
Master of Public Administration: Nonprofit Management
Roosevelt University - Chicago, IL
Expected in
Bachelor of Science: Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Sensible Growth Committee, Metropolitan Planning Council 2016
  • Chair, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy, 2010-2014
  • Connecting Leaders Fellow, Association of Black Foundation Executives,  2007-2008 
  • Board Member, Chicago Women in Philanthropy 2006-2008
Budget analysis, excellent written and oral communication skills, project management, team leader.

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School Attended

  • Roosevelt University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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