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Chicago Debate Commission (CDC)
Executive Director

Posted: April 19, 2018
Closes: No closing date available

Alford Executive Search has been exclusively retained by the Chicago Debate Commission (CDC) in its search for a new Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic oversight to and overall executive leadership for the Chicago Debate Commission. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the selected candidate will provide direction for all organizational affairs in accordance with its mission as defined by its by-laws, mission statement, guiding principles and policies established and approved by the Board.

In addition to general oversight, the Executive Director will be charged with achieving progress toward the priorities of the new and carefully developed expansion plan, staying abreast of current trends related to education, mentorship and youth achievement, and implementing best practices in realizing mission priorities. A key component of the expansion relies on the new Executive Director developing a master plan to secure diversified funding for the next phase of CDC’s growth. The dynamic leader will continue to strengthen relationships with the CDC’s primary partner, the Chicago Public Schools, as well as other thought leaders, funders and stakeholders.

The Chicago Debate Commission is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.

Specific Requirements Include

  • Passion for CDC’s mission and the community it serves, augmented by demonstrated experience in similar programmatic and nonprofit service areas.
  • At least 7 years of experience at a Director or Executive level, particularly in a nonprofit organization or related field; at least 3 years managing a team of professionals.
  • Proven ability to develop and build a highly productive, effective team by enhancing professionalism within the organization and training, mentoring, and retaining staff.
  • Ability and willingness to work closely with a proactive Board to achieve organizational goals.
  • Sensitive to the culturally diverse experiences and viewpoints of staff and CPS youth served.
  • Track record in developing and executing strategies to successfully increase revenue and diversify funding sources. Demonstrated ability to identify, solicit and steward corporate, foundation and individual gifts.
  • Successful track record in financial management, stewardship, and developing strategies to successfully increase revenue and control costs.
  • Accomplished background in building strong external relationships with a variety of constituencies, including partner organizations, staff, volunteers, elected officials, business representatives and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills, with the ability to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for the organization.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Experience preferred in the areas of youth achievement, youth development, or education.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, with relevant advanced training or degree preferred.
  • Experience with middle school, high school or college debate is beneficial.

Learn more and apply here.

WITS (Working in the Schools)
Program Coordinators (2)

Posted: April 13, 2018
Closes: No closing date available

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Coordinators organizes and facilitates six to eight literacy mentorship programs per week, both in elementary schools and at corporate offices. Program Coordinators are responsible for communicating with volunteers, creating and leading program activities, and coaching student/volunteer pairs on site. Program Coordinators are also expected to help with data collection and logistical implementation of multiple programs for the school year. Program Coordinators ensure high quality services are provided to Chicago Public Schools students served by WITS as well as to WITS volunteers and corporate/community partners.

Learn more and apply here.

Anixter Center
Manger of Communications & Marketing

Posted: April 13, 2018
Closes: No closing date available

The Manager of Communications and Marketing works closely with Anixter Center leadership to create and execute communication and marketing strategies and initiatives across the organization. This position provides leadership and strategic guidance to the CEO, senior leadership team and Board of Directors. It also is responsible for working with all programs to assess and effectively address communication and marketing needs. This includes identifying, implementing and evaluating all essential print and electronic communications, branding initiatives and marketing strategies. The Manager is also responsible for maintaining and extending Anixter Center’s brand standards, identity and voice.

Learn more and apply here.

Creative Writing Instructor

Posted: April 12, 2018
Closes: No closing date available

Attention all fiction writers and playwrights: Do you love kids? Are you excited by the idea of helping children learn to write short stories with beginnings, middles, and (drum roll) endings? Writopia Lab, an award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit that runs the country’s best creative writing workshops for kids, ages 6-18, is looking for instructors for our Chicago region.

During the summer, Writopia workshops meet for weekly intensives — 3 hours a day from Monday-Friday. During the school year, workshops meet once a week for ten weeks. All young writers finish at least one story by the end of their workshop period. We are looking for an instructor to assist with in-school programs during February and March, as well as an instructor to teach throughout the school year at our location in Chicago’s West Loop.

Learn more and apply here.