Accepting applications from January 21, 2020 - February 13, 2020

Title:                 Executive Director

Reports to:         Board of Directors

Supervises:         Director of Programs, Director of Development, Operations Manager, Volunteer Manager, and other positions as needed during transition. 

Status:                 Fulltime, salaried, exempt


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 www.826chi.org.


826CHI is a creative organization that highly values collaboration, creative, and strategic thinking. Our work is grounded in goals set by our strategic plan and put into motion through collaboration. At 826CHI, we take both pride and joy in our work and operate with a high degree of professionalism. Staff members work both independently and as part of a team. Our model is inherently community-based and responds to the history, dynamics, and culture of Chicago. 

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 in 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, English fluency, parental status, military service or disability. We strive to put our values into action through planning, decision making, and community building.  


826CHI is seeking an inspired leader who embodies 826CHI’s values and motivates the larger community to execute the mission. The Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for 826CHI’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its organizational goals. The ED leads 826CHI’s Leadership and Operations Teams. Responsibilities include:

Leadership & Strategy (approximately 30% of the position)

Fundraising & Communications (approximately 25% of the position)

Financial Management (approximately 10% of the position)

HR & Personnel Management (approximately 15% of the position)

Operations & Facilities Management (approximately 5% of the position)

Board of Directors (approximately 10% of the position)

Program Development & Evaluation (approximately 10% of the position)


Work Environment 

The successful executive director candidate must be able to demonstrate they can: 

Qualifications and skills


How to Apply

salary range to: edsearch@826chi.org with the subject line” your last name, your first name;”