Chicago Run Job Opportunities


Manager of Grants, Foundations, & Government Relations


Founded in 2007, Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that implements and supports physical activity programs for children and youth in the Chicago Public Schools.  All programs emphasize fitness, cross-community relationship building, youth leadership, and fitness.  The organization’s mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.  The vision of Chicago Run is to enhance the health and well-being of every child in Chicago through running.  Chicago Run currently serves over 17,000 students in 44 schools in 30 diverse communities throughout Chicago.  Approximately 86% of Chicago Run participants qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program. 

Chicago Run seeks a strategic, thoughtful, and enthusiastic person to work alongside the leadership staff during a pivotal organizational growth period whereby Chicago Run seeks to double its capacity and serve over 30,000 children and youth annually in the next five years.  The Manager of Grants, Foundations, & Government Relations will be part of the Development & Communications Team and will play a critical role in ensuring that Chicago Run builds and sustains its grants portfolio, fosters long-term working relationships with government agencies, and works strategically with the leadership team to better communicate the impact of Chicago Run programs. 


Roles and Responsibilities


  • Manages the full grants portfolio of Chicago Run, establishing annual development objectives in support of the organization’s strategic plan and development goals
  • Maintains development calendar of proposals, reports, LOIs, renewals, and other activities as it pertains to the grants portfolio
  • Serves as the organization’s primary writer of compelling proposals and reports
  • Conducts detailed prospect research on foundation, corporate, and government grant makers and works with Development & Executive Leadership Team to identify potential targets
  • Works with outside evaluators and Program Staff on evaluation content, evaluation implementation, and communication of evaluation results to outside agencies and funders
  • Works with management team on evaluation and monitoring of grant-funded programs to ensure compliance with grant requirements
  • Collaborates with Deputy Director and Program Staff on preparing timely, detailed reports for grants and contracts
  • Prepares & submits reports as required under the terms of the grant agreements & other reports as requested
  • Monitors revenue/expenses and reports on financial variances for the designated program areas & works alongside Finance Manager on effectively preparing financial reports for funders
  • Works with Executive Director and Deputy Director on grant-maker site visits
  • Attends meetings and site visits with prospective & current institutional funders
  • Identifies, qualifies, and prioritizes foundation, corporate, and governmental funding sources
  • Launches public funding efforts as part of Chicago Run 2.0 strategy
  • Communicates with Board Members and Executive Staff about overall progress against goals
  • If applicable, supervises grant writer (s), interns, volunteers and works with Development Manager and Communications Manager on department activities


Research, Strategy, & Advocacy

  • Remains current on national, state, and local public health, sports-based youth development, and education trends. This includes following research and news as well as attending presentations & convening of other agencies in the relevant fields.
  • Continuously infuses new research and results in all organizational materials
  • Works with leadership team & Board Members to provide strategic support and counsel to ensure that the organization is on track to meet its Strategic Plan goals by 2022
  • Builds and engages local government agencies in the work at Chicago Run
  • Advocates at local, state, and federal government level for funding and additional support for health and wellness and youth development programming


Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in policy work, grant-writing, and/or nonprofit fundraising
  • Experience in development and grant writing, governmental funding and relationships preferred
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Candidate must have excellent public speaking skills and ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups, including students, staff, board members, community partners, & funders
  • Keen attention to detail, troubleshooting, and analysis required
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with project teams
  • Candidate must have knowledge or familiarity with athletics and exercise.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Thrive in a fast paced environment, be flexible, and take initiative


To apply:

Send resume and cover letter via email to Alicia Gonzalez at by October 27th, 2017.  No phone calls please.


Chicago Run provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.