Program Director

Territory NFP

Territory is seeking

  • Skilled program manager
  • Passionate about working with youth
  • Committed to Territory’s mission
  • Looking to help craft a leadership-level role
  • Job is open now, latest start date is January 1, 2023
  • Application is open until position is filled.

Job Summary: Territory is an innovative non-profit urban design studio for young people. The organization is located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s Westside. We are seeking an experienced program manager or early career program director to join Territory’s staff as our first Program Director. The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with young people, a commitment to the communities that Territory serves, and a working knowledge of design fields and teaching tools. You will use your communication skills, collaborative problem-solving expertise, professional and community networks, and Territory’s powerful project-based program model to build up Territory’s out of school programs for 14-19 year olds, and to develop new career and personal pathways for participants ages 14-25.

Program Director – Job Overview

The program director is the heart and mind of Territory programming. They are passionate about working with young people and committed to excellence in the youth experience of Territory. They understand programming as an opportunity for young people to be safe, heard, and celebrated for their creativity in a judgment free space. They value partners and networks as essential to Territory’s mission and program goals. They have strong communication skills incorporating collaboration and inclusion to achieve program outcomes.

The program director will have a deeply held commitment to youth leadership in practice. They will have strong interpersonal and analytic skills, with the capacity to observe, reflect, evaluate, facilitate and pivot based on the shifting needs of the young people they serve.

Key responsibilities

The Program Director will work in close partnership with the Executive Director to ensure program excellence now and in the future. The Program Director’s primary responsibility is to ensure Territory is providing high quality hands-on skill building studio programs for young people in design and community development, with a place-based focus on the Austin neighborhood.

The Program Director will:

  • Manage Territory’s existing programming, including marketing, recruiting, and facilitating youth-led design studios.
  • Research, plan and implement new programs in response to the strategic plan.
  • Establish program outcomes and negotiate pathways to achieve those outcomes.
  • Ensure effectiveness and long term stability of programming in Austin and, when needed, in other Chicago neighborhoods.
  • Directly engage with all stakeholders equally and with care – from youth to community partners to members of the board and staff.
  • Create and manage budgets.
  • Use Territory’s proven program outlines, design activities, and toolkits to establish goals, meet deadlines, and outline program plans.
  • Collect and manage program-quality data, and provide detailed and accurate benchmark reports to staff, youth, and board of directors.

Time Commitment: Full time, 35 hours per week, meeting in person 8 to 24 hours per week.

Start date: Position is open now, staged start possible, with full time commitment required by January 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the job is filled.

Salary range: $48,000-$60,000, with personal time off and health benefits

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Passion for working with young people
  • 2-3 years in a program management role
  • 1-2 years recruiting, scheduling and leading groups of youth ages 14-21 in an empowerment-focused environment
  • PR, Marketing, grant writing skills
  • Created spreadsheets to analyze program data
  • Organizational experience building a project or stakeholder network
  • Initiated and developed a project
  • Analytic mindset, comfortable problem-solving under pressure
  • Experience, knowledge, and network in Austin and/or on Chicago’s Westside

Other important skill sets:

  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal. 
  • Conflict resolution skills to ensure positive outcomes for young people
  • Google sheets, documents, and slides
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies, Trauma Informed care and practices
  • Community development practices including architecture, urban planning, urban design, and/or community organizing, human centered design
  • Risk management, health and safety of organization staff and youth
  • Setting goals based on strategic objectives, defining benchmarks to monitor progress

About Territory NFP

History: Territory is a nationally recognized not for profit founded in 2012 by three public artists- architects- community activists with the belief that young people are the future of the city.

Mission: Territory is a place based, youth-driven urban design studio where young people are building better futures for themselves and their communities through the practice of design. Territory programs support young people ages 14-25 pursuing community-based design projects as a team of peers. Through hands-on programs they gain a toolkit of professional skills, access to transformative career pathways, and the authority to lead and advocate for young people in the design and planning of the city.

Values: Territory is committed to creating a space where young people are the designers and are reimagining the practice of design. Through Territory, young people are energizing public spaces, animating community development, and bringing people of all ages together. Our home base is in the Austin neighborhood, on Chicago’s west side.

Culture: Territory is creative, youth forward, dynamic, and team-focused. Diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence are vital guiding principles in all our work with youth and communities. We welcome and encourage applications from minority group members, Indigenous persons, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities and others who may contribute to the diversity of the organization and reflect the communities we serve.

Qualities expected of all Territory staff:

  • Passion for Territory’s mission, vision, and expertise
  • Invested in Territory’s future
  • Working as a team, timely communications, clear assignment of roles
  • Judgment free
  • In touch with the cultural and social experience of being a young person
  • Committed to your own work quality
  • Staying positive – because the work requires resilience
  • Letting your ego subside in order to be there for young people
  • Willingness to explore design things and try new things
  • Self guided learner

To submit a Letter of Interest
Email “info(at)” — Subject: Letter of Interest – Your Name. In the email, please provide your name, email address, and cell # where we can contact you. Provide links to your socials or website, and attach a resume.

We’re curious: in 1-2 sentences (really, please keep it brief) what draws you to this opportunity?


Chicago, IL
Due Date: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Posted by aao on October 31, 2022 - 10:57am