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Position: Special Service Area (SSA) #61 Business District Program Manager

Posting Effective Date: September 20, 2021


The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is the designated Service Provider for the Special Service Area (SSA) #61 – Hyde Park. The SECC Board of Directors is charged with, among other things, (i) providing policies and procedures for the administration of SSA #61, (ii) determining the composition of staffing to manage SSA #61, (iii) providing fiscal oversight of operations and management to the SSA; and (iv) evaluating the performance of staff engaged in coordinating SSA programs.

The SSA Business District Program Manager is engaged by and is an employee of the SECC.  The SSA Business District Program Manager reports to and works closely with the SECC Executive Director, who reports directly to the SECC Board of Directors, and the SSA #61 Board of Commissioners.  The SSA Business District Program Manager is responsible for the daily coordination, management, and administration of the SSA #61 programs and services, including all activities and reports to support the SSA’s commercial district.  




  1. Bachelor’s Degree with at least five years of general experience in community and/or economic development program management. Candidates should be familiar with the City of Chicago SSA Program and City of Chicago reporting.
  2. Successful candidates will possess strong written and oral communication, program management, and organizational skills with experience in or a strong understanding in areas that include but are not limited to: small business development/recruitment, community outreach, public relations, economic development, volunteer management, fundraising, grant writing or non-profit management. Experience in historic preservation, place-making, public art, marketing, and virtual/ live meetings and webinars is a plus.
  3. The SSA #61 Business District Program Manager must be well-organized, energetic, self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and work well with a diverse group of city/county/state leaders, businesses, volunteers, and community groups. Business relationship development and outreach is a key component for this position.
  4. Candidates with transferrable skills and experience in program management, community outreach, workforce development, or business relations are encouraged to apply.
  5. Familiarity with Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Southside communities.
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate in culturally diverse settings.
  7. Fluency in all Microsoft Office programs, in particular Excel, as well as internet, email and web applications.
  8. This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.
  9. Occasional night and weekend meetings/events are required.


  1. Ability to communicate ideas and see the big picture of how your work within the SSA #61 impacts the broader communities served by the SECC.
  2. Works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders towards common goals.
  3. Can effectively manage multiple projects, priorities, and responsibilities of various stakeholders and meet deadlines.
  4. Stay abreast of the commercial corridor, business, and industry trends, demographics, and technical advances.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, confidently, and professionally for individuals at varying levels of understanding from colleagues to partners or when negotiating contracts.
  6. Trustworthy and whose ethics align with those of the SECC board, staff, and partners.

Please submit a resume and cover letter by October 14, 2021 via email to
Diane Burnham, Executive Director of the SECC, at, with “SSA Business District Program Manager” in the subject line.

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