Strategic Initiatives Manager BTT-C / Computer Science (Job ID #157930)

Website University of Illinois - Chicago

University of Illinois - Chicago

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) has launched an initiative that will propel women and underrepresented groups into higher education and careers in tech through curriculum innovation, career access and community development. This initiative is part of a broader multi-year national effort, Break Through Tech, with UIC serving as the academic partner and liaison to Chicago’s tech ecosystem.

Break Through Tech Chicago (BTTC) is seeking a mission-oriented Strategic Initiatives Manager who will drive key business initiatives and build new operating models as they relate to the goals of BTTC to move women and underrepresented groups into tech related disciplines at UIC. Responsible for evaluation of market trends, UIC strategic imperatives, and operationalizing actions to drive results. Must have a dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, gender equity and inclusion as it relates to program and university goals. This is a full time position based in Chicago.

Applications must be submitted at For fullest consideration, applications must be submitted by January 7, 2022. Applications will be accepted until January 28, 2022.

• Conceptualize, design, and implement methodologies to conduct large and small-scale strategies that increase women and nonbinary students’ participation in tech disciplines at UIC; develop, coordinate and assess operating models to drive project goals. Incorporate and tailor best practices from Break Through Tech’s other academic sites in order to meet UIC’s grant commitments. Responsible for the management of projects which support BTTC’s strategic plan.

• Gather input to support the annual strategic planning process, incorporating market intelligence, UIC program and department observations and other analyses. Prepare recommendations to be shared with UIC leadership and national funders. Implement approved project strategies to increase BTTC effectiveness and inclusive program practices for a variety of stakeholders.

• Documents and maintains procedures to ensure consistency across Break Through Tech initiatives. Ensures that operationalized methods correspond with those managed by other relevant UIC stakeholders, including College of Engineering and other UIC colleges.

• Serves as project manager to understand and implement new outcome metrics as required by the National or UIC teams. Develop / lead project plans, scope definition, and stakeholder engagement through project completion.

• Identify opportunities to scale BTTC strategy using student metrics and previous successes. Memorialize lessons learnt and share with the National team.

• Acts as point of contact with campus, national agency and university departments/colleges including grant manager.

• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of strategy, business, policy or advocacy work. Operational experience, project / product management or other related work required.
  • Experience in a university, non profit, service oriented or other related setting preferred.
  • Familiar with standard project management and analytical tools including formal reporting procedures, design and assessment.
  • Experience using excel, Salesforce or other technology suite applications preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in strategy, outcomes measurement, and relationship building. Basic competency in survey creation, distribution, and evaluation templates. Written and analytical skills to develop recommendations that allow BTTC to meet its objectives.
  • Ability to think strategically, analytically and operationally about goals, challenges and national partnership strategies. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Can work cross-organizationally to build alignment and engagement. Accurately analyze and interpret assessments to drive project outcomes.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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