About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is a public foundation working to advance gender equity, which we believe to be inherently interconnected with racial, economic and health equity. CFW envisions a world in which all women and girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just and healthy communities. We celebrate the spectrum of identities and experiences of women and girls, uplift their leadership and center the voices of community to achieve true equity.

CFW looks at the broad spectrum of needs of all women. We support the areas of freedom from violence, economic security and access to health, which we see as integrally related and are paths forward toward an equitable society.

About the Opportunity

The Program Officer (PO) provides facilitation, coordination and community building for the Women’s Leadership Development programs of the Foundation. Chicago Foundation for Women believes that in order to achieve gender equity, the Foundation must also address all other intersections of identity, including race, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, and ethnicity. Further, this portfolio has a unique opportunity to help inform organizational awareness of the complex issues impacting women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals of color and to apply these lessons throughout the fabric of the Foundation.

The Program Officer is responsible for the Willie’s Warriors Black Women’s Leadership program, Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership program, and Board Member Boot Camp and Boot Camp Express. The successful candidate will build connections in the community to promote a shared understanding of community needs in order to equip participants as leaders in embedding equity in their social groups and institutions city-wide. This position includes working closely with other program staff to identify and build relationships, and to enhance the leadership development programs with community and participant input.  Additional program activities include ongoing evaluation and building collaborative initiatives.  The Program officer works closely with the Foundation’s President and Senior Program Officer.

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About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and lack of access to health care and information. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions. Since its founding in 1985, CFW has invested over $40 million in organizations supporting women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary people across the Chicago metropolitan region.

About the Opportunity

The Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations will support institutional fundraising efforts, which currently represent approximately $1 million of CFW’s $4 million budget with plans to grow. The Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for planning and executing strategies to secure financial support from foundation, corporate, business, and organizational donors to advance Chicago Foundation for Women’s mission. The Manager is a core part of the development team, and partners closely with staff throughout the organization to translate program goals and objectives into revenue-driving concepts. The Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations partners with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to develop cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies to grow revenue in support of the health, safety and economic security of Chicago-area women and girls.

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About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and lack of access to health care and information. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions. Since its founding in 1985, CFW has invested over $40 million in organizations supporting women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary people across the Chicago metropolitan region.

About the Opportunity

The Human Resources (HR) Manager contributes to the success of Chicago Foundation for Women by providing a full range of professional-level HR operations, support, and change management for the organization. In addition, the HR Manager will provide support to select members of CFW’s grantee community, providing coaching and hands-on assistance when appropriate.  The HR Manager will help both CFW and grantee partners embed a deeper gender and racial equity framework within their respective HR functions.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and thoughtful problem solver, an adaptable change-agent and collaborator, and a respectful coach-like leader. The Human Resources Manager will have the unique opportunity to build the HR function and along with the management team, assist in providing people strategies and solutions for the organization in a time of rapid change during the pandemic and in the post-pandemic environment. The Human Resources Manager reports to the Foundation’s President.

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About Young Chicago Authors

With a history spanning more than three decades, Young Chicago Authors (YCA) is focused on cultivating artistic development, social and emotional learning, and academic success in Chicago’s youth. Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable.

About the Opportunity

The Board of Directors seeks an Executive Director who is a visionary leader with a passion for arts education, creative learning, racial equity, and radical inclusion through arts practice and participation. The successful candidate will utilize their high-level management and development skills to lead the execution of YCA’s strategic vision. The Executive Director will build on the organization’s strong legacy of poetry, spoken word, creative writing, and MC programming. The Executive Director will partner with the Artistic Director to continue, among other things, to shape YCA’s strategic direction, its programming, culture, and community engagement.

The next ED will have the ability to understand and speak to a broad array of programs, and to engage with stakeholders ranging from communities of young people, artists, educators, clients, institutional funders, sponsors, and individual donors. The ideal candidate will have an inspiring management style, inclusive of engaging staff input as a process for effective decision making. In addition, they will implement an equitable and inclusive culture across the organization. They must evidence commitment to the mission of the organization and the communities it serves. As a senior public face of YCA, they must convey with passion and authenticity the work and vision across programs both internally and externally.

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About Free Spirit Media

Free Spirit Media (FSM) provides youth and young adults on Chicago’s West and South sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy/production through digital media arts, journalism, and creative workforce development programs. It transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily from communities of color, to produce and distribute original content and to pursue artistic, personal and professional aspirations. FSM pursues this mission by providing an engaging learning environment that stimulates meaningful media creation, fosters an entrepreneurial and visionary culture, and understands that social transformation is most viable when individuals promote and practice equity, inclusion, and solidarity.

About the Opportunity

Free Spirit Media is seeking a visionary, passionate, and strategic leader as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director drives the strategic, programmatic, and fundraising vision for Free Spirit Media, directing and managing the organization toward its strategic goals under the oversight of the Board of Directors. Representing the organization to both internal and external audiences, the Executive Director ensures that FSM’s activities and programs are mission-driven and youth-centered. The ideal new Executive Director will have deep familiarity with the communities and young people that Free Spirit Media serves. The Board seeks candidates who have experience and/or understanding of positive youth development and career pathways, as well as the creative sector (arts, performance, media, journalism, communications, etc.).

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