Project Coordinator

  • Adler University
  • Chicago, IL 60602, USA
  • Oct 25, 2021
Full time Other Administrative Positions

Job Description



Under the general guidance of the Administrative Director, the Project Coordinator will work closely with the Illinois Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (IL-CHEP) Steering Committee and the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) staff to coordinate projects, meetings, events, and annual conferences for (IL-CHEP).  The coordinator will also assist in expanding and strengthening the organizational and individual membership of IL-CHEP while also collaborating with organizational partners to foster program alumni engagement.  Leverages industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice organization and the institution as well as supports culture development and management efforts.

"Individuals who were previously incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply"


  • High School diploma or GED required. Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Minimum two (2) years documented experience coordinating projects and/or in a student facing role required. Experience teaching in a correctional setting preferred.



  • N/A



  • Functional knowledge of project management principles and tools
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • In depth knowledge of various human behavior and motivation theories and approaches
  • Ability to demonstrate independent and responsible judgement and decision making
  • Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
  • Strong demonstration of alignment with Adler's social justice mission and vision
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen
  • Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated objective and employ assistance in addressing these
  • Strong collaboration acumen and abilities
  • Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity
  • Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Strong research acumen and abilities
  • Strong communication acumen including written, oral, and listening


Supervision (if applicable):  N/A


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serves as primary coordinator of community partner member outreach, including IL-CHEP membership recruitment and registry 
  • Coordinates and maintain a Higher Education in Prison program alumni network database
  • Assists with program execution across IL-CHEP projects and initiatives
  • Assists Steering Committee and IL-CHEP staff with event planning and coordination for a variety of conferences, presentations, and student events
  • Assists with work-study and Community Service Practicum student supervision
  • Manages IPSSJ executive's email, calendar, including making appointments and prioritizing the most sensitive matters
  • Organizes IPSSJ meetings, including scheduling, sending reminders, and organizing catering when necessary
  • Coordinates, convenes IPSSJ Advisory Board for projects related to IPSSJ and its interests
  • Other duties as assigned and/or required


Work Environment (Physical Demands):  The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.


Universal Core Behaviors:


  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School's Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.

 Teamwork and Collaboration:

  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.

 Responsive to Change:

  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge, and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate, and informed independent judgment when needed.

 Quality-Driven and Accountable:

  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions, and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in a professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining the highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).

 Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:

  • Supports and models the School's Values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism, and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal, and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School's strategic plan and key strategies.


Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

 As part of Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.


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