Program Manager

Submitted by 826CHI on Fri, 07/13/2018 - 2:29pm

Program Manager

Part Time, 25 Hours per Week

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018



826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. More information can be found at



826CHI is a creative organization that highly values collaboration, creativity, and strategic thinking. There is a lot of laughter in the 826CHI office, yet we take our work seriously and operate with a high degree of professionalism. 826CHI staff members work hard, care about details, and work both independently and as part of a team. Our model is inherently community-based and values building strong relationships with Chicago’s many communities.


Commitment to Inclusion

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826CHI recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: we will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, language, parental status, military service, or (dis)ability. We strive to put our values into action through planning, decision making, and community building.




The Program Manager oversees the After-School Tutoring & Writing Program (ASTW), a community-based program that provides 50+ students weekly one-on-one academic and writing support each school year. As Program Manager, this person works to cultivate a strong and supportive community of families, tutors, and students, and promotes rigorous academic support and a creative laboratory for writing and self-expression. The position requires a leader with strong bilingual Spanish-English command.




Manages After School Tutoring & Writing Program

  • Oversees day-to-day program operations
  • Manages parent and family relationships, including communications such as ASTW parent newsletter and Writer of the Month
  • Recruits and onboards new families and students into the program throughout the school-year
  • Builds rapport with students to create a welcoming, creative and academically rigorous learning environment
  • Supports tutors in areas such as homework help, creative writing, and student behavior management
  • Tracks student registration, attendance, and other programmatic paperwork
  • Manages student pre- and post- surveys and evaluationsGenerates and updates resources for students
  • Develops curriculum, writing prompts, and activities to engage students in the writing process
  • Manages 2-3 program interns per season
  • Maintains attendance goals, communicates regularly with Development Team on grant requirements

Fosters a strong and informed Volunteer Tutor community

  • Trains and manages volunteer tutors
  • Provides opportunities for community-building among volunteers, in monthly check-ins and regular appreciation efforts
  • Collaborates with the Director of Programs and Volunteer Manager to plan thematic volunteer community building events and special trainings
  • Regularly communicates with Volunteer Dept. to predict shortages and actively recruit new volunteers

Manages Chapbook Publications

  • Works with Director of Program to develop curriculum for chapbook projects
  • Coordinates typing, editing, design, translation, layout, and production of chapbooks with support from Publications Coordinator
  • Acts as project lead on up to 3 publications per year, including the dual-language edition
  • Leads annual translation party for dual-language chapbook
  • Recruits Spanish language volunteers for bilingual chapbook

Manages special events and projects

  • Leads 826CHI’s annual arts-based summer camp
  • Fosters the development of a thriving parent community, including parent nights on relevant topics pertinent to student growth and development
  • Organizes and communicates with Parent Advisory Committee
  • Coordinates chapbook release parties and community events
  • Actively coordinates Speakers and Snacks, recruiting guest speakers and communicating plans to all parties.

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Skills & Qualifications: 



  • Minimum 3 years experience teaching ages 6 to 13 in structured learning environments
  • Working knowledge of the Chicago Public School system and understanding of educational themes
  • Management experience, specifically working with volunteers and interns
  • Exceptional communications skills, both written and oral including public speaking
  • Excellent organizational skills & the ability to multitask
  • Verbal and written Spanish language fluency
  • A strong work ethic, a collaborative spirit, and the ability to manage multiple independent projects successfully
  • Knowledge of publishing and design (ideal, though not required)
  • Enthusiastic belief in the mission of 826CHI
  • Outgoing and personable
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To apply 

826CHI is an equal opportunity employer. 826CHI is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented communities in the education and nonprofit sectors to apply. To apply, please submit your letter of interest, resume, and list of three professional references to For questions, please call 773.772.8108.


826CHI does not discriminate in hiring. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this and all posted positions.

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