Hiring: Program Director

Start Date: May 2017

Chicago Votes is seeking a Program Director to manage our leadership development programming, provide support our issue campaigns, and manage mid-level organizers. The Program Director will work directly with the Executive Director, organizers and volunteers to meet organizational goals and metrics while training the next generation of young leaders in Chicago.

Role & Responsibilities

The Program Director will execute the day-to-day programming, including but not limited to intern and fellow recruitment and management, partnership cultivation, voter registration, facilitating trainings, meeting with coalition members, and directly managing two mid-level organizers on field engagement strategies.

Master Trainer

  • Responsible for all internship and fellowship recruitment
  • Manage daily tasks of program participants
  • Develop training curriculum with a specific focus on civic engagement and voting that is both engaging and culturally relevant

Community Cultivator:

  • Continue to solidify niche for Chicago Votes as expert on millennial civic engagement
  • Court and identify partners and allies at schools, community-based organizations, faith communities, youth groups and other like-minded civic and social justice organizations to build partnerships and relationships where appropriate.
  • Work with Executive Director to achieve organizational policy goals and initiatives. This includes attending coalition meetings, engaging and hosting strategy sessions, and ensuring all program participants take an active role in all issue and policy initiatives of the organization.

Communications | Events

  • Help manage traditional media relationships
  • Support online organizing efforts
  • Plan and execute educational events that forward our policy goals

Knowledge | Skills

We’re seeking candidates who have great leadership skills and are excited to develop young leaders. Some other things we’re looking for:

  • Organizational and written/oral communication skills
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • High energy and fun personality
  • A self-starter that can show strong initiative and work independently
  • Strong affinity for networking and building strategic relationships
  • Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Strong commitment to anti-oppression practices and frameworks
  • Experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred
  • Willingness to work non-traditional work hours and weekends
  • Previous programming experience prefered
  • Previous organizing experience required

Strong Applicants Should Be…

  • Unstoppably positive, with a strong ability to motivate volunteers
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender and power
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented
  • Highly organized and productive
  • Self-directed and collaborative
  • Prepared for occasional odd and long hours
  • Prepare to travel citywide (frequently by public transit)
  • Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development

About Chicago Votes

We engage, inspire and build the power of Chicago’s next generation of civic leaders. We train young people with the leadership skills, civic knowledge and hands-on experience to have a lasting impact on democracy in our city.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Rudy@chicagovotes.com

Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly encourage folks from immigrant communities and communities of color, people with disabilities  as well as those who identify as women, LGBTQ or working class, to apply.