Asian Youth Program Manager

Chicago, IL
Mar 01, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hyde Park Campus

2012215 Medicine-Gastro

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Asian Health Equity is the only research center in the Midwest to address the diverse health care needs of Asian Americans. The Center builds teams that span disciplines and sectors across the University and diverse Asian American communities to study Asian American health disparities, translate evidence into practical interventions, conduct public education, and use data to inform health policy. A vital part of the Center's mission is its strong and sustained community engagement via the Asian Health Coalition with more than 25 Asian American organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area. Through this engagement, the Center elevates Asian American voices and enhances Asian American representation in conducting and participating in community engaged research. The Center fulfills a critical need to improve the health of these underserved populations to advance health equity.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE) is seeking a highly motivated Program Manager to lead our multi-year Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Drug-Free Communities project and the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act as well as leading coalition building and sustainability efforts for any substance abuse programs within the Center's program portfolio.

The Program Manager will manage the organization's efforts to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana and opioid use, serving as the organizational lead for all substance abuse prevention programs. This person reports to the Executive Director, supervises a coordinator position to advance the organization's substance abuse prevention efforts through grant proposals, town hall meetings, social marketing campaigns, and community outreach.

The successful candidate will be bilingual and have knowledge of substance abuse prevention, including evidence-based interventions to reduce access, increase perception of risk, and increase perception of peer/parental disapproval to reduce 30-day use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. The candidate should have experience working with multi-sector coalitions within diverse ethnic communities. S/he should have project management, including experience supervising the work of program coordinators, interns, and community volunteers. Asian language skills and experience with immigrant and refugee communities would be an asset in this position.

The Program Manager will work with SAMHSA program officers, sector partner staff from government agencies, law enforcement, faith communities, schools, and youth serving organizations, and individual community members, including children, youth, and adults.

  • Assist in the implementation, development, and improvement of grant and program objectives to advance the Centers' mission.
  • Manage project communications within the Center for Asian Health Equity as well as with external stakeholders.
  • Work with project teams and stakeholders to develop action plans, conduct data analysis and develop implementation plans.
  • Perform project management tasks including planning, estimating and monitoring timelines to ensure on-time completion.
  • Lead coalition building and sustaining efforts for the Coalition for Asian Substance Abuse Prevention (CASAP) in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood.
  • Collaborate with schools, law enforcement, governmental agencies, and other members from different community sectors on CASAP to implement prevention programs, media campaign, media advocacy, and environmental-level strategies.
  • Partner with community-based organizations and schools to deliver small group programming for adolescent substance use prevention within Chinatown.
  • Ensure the cultural competency and sensitivity of CASAP's efforts.
  • Develop and implement process and outcome evaluations of substance abuse prevention strategies using both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Conduct data collection, needs assessments, and analyses to support program planning.
  • Communicate effectively to partners at state agencies, local health departments, funders, and key community leaders.
  • Initiate and lead grant writing for external funding sources to sustain CASAP's efforts.
  • Prepare Semi Annual and Annual reports.
  • Attend grantee meetings and trainings as required by program's funding agencies.
  • Assist with programmatic budget development and monitoring.

  • Ability to function as part of an interactive team while demonstrating initiative to achieve project's goals and advance the Center's mission required.
  • Excellent written communications skills for grant proposals, reports and community education materials required.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills to facilitate multi-cultural, multi-generational community meetings, coalition meetings, town halls, and youth programming as well as one-on-one conversations with community leaders and decision makers required.
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with, and build consensus among, a diverse array of stakeholders within the organization and between the organization and community required.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem solving ability required.
  • Ability to work well with faculty and researchers required.

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's Degree preferred.
  • Mandarin (Chinese) speaking preferred.
  • Two to three years of experience in Community Health/Public Health/Substance Abuse Prevention/Youth Advocacy and Engagement required.

Required Documents:

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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