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.