Program Coordinator


1276 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622




Aug 12, 2020

Program Coordinator
Part Time, 20 Hours per Week
Fall 2020

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


After School Tutoring and Writing (80%)

Program Coordination
Oversees day-to-day program operations
Supports in recruitment and leads onboarding new families and students into the program throughout the school-year
Maintains roster of 53 students annually
Builds rapport with students to create a welcoming, creative and academically rigorous learning environment
Supports volunteers in areas such as homework help, creative writing, and student behavior management
Tracks and inputs student registration, attendance, and other programmatic paperwork
Generates and updates resources for students
Develops curriculum, writing prompts, and activities that culminate in chapbooks or other showcase artifacts to engage students in the writing process
Trains and supervises program support intern

Cross-Departmental Collaboration and Special Projects Oversees Chapbook Publications (10%)
Collaborates with Program Team members to plan annual book release events
Collaborates with Program Team and Comms team to coordinate publications and showcasing
Regularly communicates with Volunteer department to fulfill programs needs
Co-coordinates volunteer calendar and shift schedules
Leads one of 826CHI’s annual arts-based summer camps
Recruits and coordinates guest speakers

Student Recruitment (10%)

Recruits and fosters a strong student community

Supports outreach to Chicago Public School teachers and families to encourage program registration
Maintains program waitlist, communicates with families waiting for admission
Keeps key stakeholders informed through regular communications with students/families



Minimum 3 years experience teaching writing and/or storytelling to ages 6 to 13
Experienced in designing curriculum for out-of-school time learning environments
Working knowledge of the Chicago Public School system and understanding of educational themes
Volunteer Coordination experience is a plus
Exceptional communication 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

HR and Reporting
The Program Coordinator is a non-exempt, part-time position (20 hours per week). The Program Coordinator reports to the Programs and Evaluation Manager and is a member of the Programming Team.