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Chinyere Farr Douglas

Program Coordinator

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.

To apply

826CHI is an equal opportunity employer. 826CHI is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented communities in the education and nonprofit sectors to apply. To apply, please submit your letter of interest, resume, and list of three professional references to For questions, please call 773.772.8108.

826CHI does not discriminate in hiring. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this and all posted positions.

Contact Info:
Hiring Manager
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Wicker Park