Job Opportunity

Job Title: Programs Manager

Reports to: Executive Director


Position Summary

The Chicago Chess Foundation (CCF) is seeking a Programs Manager who will be responsible for overseeing all organizational programs. The Programs Manager will also play a key role in working with and supporting the Executive Director in helping our organization grow in scope and quality. The ideal candidate has a passion for assisting youth in need, is organized and detail-oriented, enjoys interacting with a diverse range of people, has skills and experience with digital and social media technologies, and is comfortable with a role that will evolve over time.


CCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to support educational opportunities for low-income students in Chicago by providing every child with the chance to learn, play, and compete in the game of chess.


This role is a half-time (20 hours/week) position, with the potential to grow into a full-time position for the right person and with organizational success. As the second staff member of an already successful non-profit in its early stages, you would have an opportunity to play a significant role in the development of our organization and our ability to impact the lives of thousands of Chicago students.


Position Responsibilities

  • Oversee CCF’s successful school-based chess programs (Rook Rattle & Roll; Pawns to Queens), with responsibility for quality control and expansion
  • Coordinate communication regarding CCF programs between teachers, school administrators, parents, and chess coaches
  • Manage program application process, including distribution of applications and selection of grant recipients
  • Manage planning and running of CCF’s six annual free scholastic chess tournaments and free summer chess camps, including site selection, coordination with coaches and volunteers, equipment and award management, and general logistics
  • Collect and analyze data that illustrates the impact of our programs
  • Provide program content for posting on social media, and contribute to updating CCF social media pages
  • Help maintain website, developing and updating as needed
  • Participate in calls, webinars, and meetings as needed
  • Act as “thought partner” for Executive Director, regarding both short-term tactical decisions and long-term strategic thinking, helping CCF chart a course of growth and improvement
  • Additional projects as needed


Preferred Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree
  • Passion for CCF’s mission and demonstrated commitment to the nonprofit sector
  • Self-starter, problem-solver, able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Organized and dedicated to detail, with proven project management skills, including planning, meeting deadlines, and promptly following up
  • Strong work ethic, holding self to standard of excellence
  • Comfortable operating in the gray, willingness to be flexible, responsive to shifting needs and circumstances
  • Sense of humor, ability to maintain perspective and resilience in sometimes stressful situations
  • Genuine desire to learn and grow, possessed of initiative and ability to take on tasks outside of your immediate skill set
  • Superior communication skills, orally and in writing
  • Comfortable interacting with diverse range of adults and children
  • Flexibility in work schedule to allow for occasional evening and weekend commitments
  • Experience and comfort level creating and editing website content using WordPress or similar content management system, using components of Google G Suite, using Salesforce or similar customer relationship platform, using MailChimp or similar email marketing tool
  • Understanding of major social media platforms and ability to create quality social content
  • Comfort level working with organizational data: compiling, manipulating, organizing, analyzing, presenting

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.