Program Manager

Organization Overview:

Bounce Children’s Foundation transforms the lives of chronically ill children, and their families.

We seek candidates who share our passion for shifting sick kids, their overlooked siblings, and their exhausted parents, from surviving to thriving.  Successful candidates embrace Bounce’s commitment to rapid local growth to support exploding demand – and our vision of geographic expansion to support kids/families across the country.

Bounce is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other legitimate business criteria.  We want to have the best available person in every job.  We prohibit unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, physical or mental handicap, natural origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We are committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities.  This commitment applies to all persons involved in Bounce and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and coworkers.


Role Description:

 Reporting directly to the CEO, this position delivers, and continually enhances, a comprehensive portfolio of Bounce Children’s Foundation programs.  Current program portfolio includes:

  • Bounce Bash®:  from every-day, to once-in-a-lifetime, family adventures specially designed to allow medically fragile children to participate.
  • Bounce It Forward®:  turning donated tickets to sporting, theatre and other high demand events into unexpected fun for Bounce kids/families.
  • Bounce Back Kits®: themed family care packages that distract and ease stress for Bounce families who frequently experience medically necessitated ‘lock in’.
  • Bounce Academy®:  strength training for vital coping skills for parents/caregivers.
  • Bounce Net®:  a 24×7 private, online community and safety net for parents/caregivers ensuring connection when and where most needed.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with CEO to build and execute Bounce’s overall program strategy, including but not limited to:  Bounce Bash; Bounce Back Kits; Bounce It Forward; Bounce Academy; Bounce Net.
  • Overall responsibility for program development/execution/evaluation/continual improvement including, but not limited to: event planning and management; family communications; building relationships with external constituents.
  • Set and achieve annual program goals, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Enhance and expand programming through assessments and feedback from families.
  • Meet/exceed program budget and optimize how it is used, including leveraging in-kind donations.
  • Contribute to organization’s overall communications vehicles (website, newsletter, annual report, etc.)
  • Lead Internship Program & Facilitate Volunteer Involvement in Program Events.
  • Drive Program Enrollment and Leveraging the Membership Database.
  • Generate monthly and annual performance reports.
  • Assist colleagues in the office and share general office duties, as needed.


Mandatory Job Qualifications:

  • BA degree (or equivalent) with strong interest in child/family development, social work, or related field.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in nonprofit sector or related field.
  • Commitment to Bounce’s mission and empathetic to the needs of chronically ill children.
  • Well organized, attention to detail, ability to juggle multiple priorities, accuracy, and dependability.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Social Media, database software and Internet.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills.
  • Event/Project management and intern/volunteer management experience preferred.
  • Expect to spend 20% of time working weekends and evenings due to nature of events.
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and available for limited travel around the Chicagoland area.



Salary commensurate with experience; position includes benefits package consisting of paid time off, retirement plan and medical benefits.


How to Apply:

To apply, send a single Word document or PDF that includes cover letter and resume to