Program and Evaluation Manager

Submitted by 826CHI on Fri, 07/13/2018 - 2:33pm

Program and Evaluation Manager

Full Time, 40 Hours per Week

Application Deadline: August 17, 2018





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 Role

As part of 826CHI’s 2020 Strategic Plan, we aim to continue reaching more students by expanding operations beyond our writing center in Wicker Park. Since 2005, Writing Workshops have been held in our center on Milwaukee Avenue with registration open to individual students and families. As the Wicker Park neighborhood has changed over the past 14 years, so has 826CHI’s priorities. Building on our commitment to equitable access to free high quality literary arts learning opportunities, we will relaunch Writing Workshops as an off-site program in fall 2018, working in partnership with community-based organizations who serve youth in neighborhoods across Chicago.


Year one of the relaunch will focus on program and volunteer partnership development and building infrastructure for a sustainable off-site workshops. Year two will focus on developing 826CHI’s first cohort of teaching artists who will design and lead workshops in collaboration with partner organizations. The Program and Evaluation Manager will play a key role in creating the infrastructure for this new approach to Workshops. In addition to driving program and evaluation strategy, their primary responsibility will be to build strong relationships with partnership organizations and serve as the liaison between 826CHI team and partner teams.




826CHI is looking for an enthusiastic, committed individual who is excited to join a hard-working, mission-driven team that has a passion for expanding access to creative youth development in Chicago. This is a 40 hour a week, exempt position. This is a new position at 826CHI and a great learning opportunity for the right person.


Manage program data and evaluation (15% of role):

  • Develop and manage 826CHI’s evaluation plan
    • Work with 826CHI’s Leadership Team to set annual data and evaluation strategy and calendar, including impact and participation goals
    • Interface with 826 National’s Director of Evaluation, collect data for 826CHI’s annual Chapter Report
    • Work in partnership with a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA service member to collect student data and program surveys
    • Analyse program data and share findings with Program Team quarterly
    • Provide the Development Team with impact data for the annual report and 826CHI’s website


Coordinate 826CHI’s off-site Writing Workshops (80% of role):

  • Partnership Development
    • Work with Executive Director and Director of Programs to identify neighborhoods and potential partners for program, support outreach
    • Co-facilitate partnership development and planning meetings
    • Work with the Volunteer Manager to identify possible volunteer communities in partner neighborhoods.
  • On-Site Implementation
    • Serve as liaison between organizational leaders, teaching artists, and volunteers
    • Implement writing curriculum with support staff, teaching artists, interns and volunteers
    • Collect writing for seasonal workshops publications, compile into manuscripts for Publications Coordinator
  • Program Administration
    • Schedule annual calendar of Workshops
    • Manage supply orders
    • Work with the Director of Programs to set and track annual program goals
    • Administer student and parent surveys
    • Track student participation and permissions
    • Support other data required to track impact and quality

Additional Responsibilities (5% of role):

  • Support organizational efforts to recruit, train, manage, and appreciate program volunteers and interns
  • Provide documentation and anecdotes for the Development Team and communications staff to share with donor audiences
  • Support other programs as needed
  • Support fundraising projects as needed


The position requires juggling many responsibilities and tasks, through which the Program Manager will develop a wide range of skills. Please review 826CHI’s website,, before applying.



The Program and Evaluation Coordinator reports to the Director of Programs, and is a member of the Program Team. This

position oversees interns, volunteers, teaching artists, and community partnerships.

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Access to a car
  • Familiarity with Chicago neighborhoods and can independently navigate public transportation
  • 3-5 years of experience working with youth in a community setting
  • 2 years experience developing interdisciplinary arts curriculum
  • Experience managing individuals and teams
  • Experience coordinating program volunteers
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Analytical and able to multitask
To Apply: 

How to Apply


826CHI is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to


For questions, please contact o r call 773.772.8108


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

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