Position Description



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


The Volunteer Manager oversees all aspects of volunteer and intern engagement at 826CHI. This includes the planning, execution, and evaluation of volunteer initiatives. The Volunteer Manager oversees and supports mentorship of volunteers to ensure 826CHI delivers the highest quality support to Chicago students and furthers our mission.

826CHI seeks someone with experience building community-based relationships and managing a diverse team of volunteers. This person is a skilled communicator (to all ages and all levels of learners), is flexible with their schedule (this position requires some evening and weekend availability), is a thoughtful educator (knows how to hold space for youth and how to teach others to do the same), and is willing to travel across Chicago to engage volunteers in a range of community settings and neighborhoods. The successful candidate will exhibit an attitude that is equal parts can-do and can-inspire-others-to-do.


The Volunteer Manager plays an essential role in bringing volunteer support to all areas of operations, primarily educational programs. Through recruitment, training, management, and appreciation, the Volunteer Manager advances 826CHI organizational priorities set forth in our strategic plan, such as building an informed and diverse volunteer community. This is an ideal opportunity for a self-directed, highly organized person with a passion for youth education, community development, and civic engagement.

Key Responsibilities

Partnership Building and Outreach

Management and Appreciation


Resources and Training

Alumni Fellowship and Internship Program


The Volunteer Manager reports to Executive Director, manages the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, and is a member of the Program Team.

Qualifications and skills


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 fill out this application form and submit your letter of interest, resume, and list of three professional references to Hiring@826chi.org. 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.