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Summer Fellowship - Engagement (June - Aug/Sept)
The Chicago Public Education Fund

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Summer Fellowship - Engagement (June - Aug/Sept)

The Chicago Public Education Fund

Job Summary

$2,500.00 per month
Job Type
Entry-level, Full-time, Internship, Summer
Job Last Posted
Job posted 19 days ago
Job Role
Blogger, Education Administrator
Employer's Industry
Education, Nonprofit
Job Schedule
Afternoons, Mornings, Weekdays

Job Description

We seek several fellows to work with our Engagement team who can produce content for The Fund's blog through interviewing Chicago public school principals. In partnership with the Associate of Engagement, these Fellows will create a list of principals to target for blog posts and develop an action plan that accounts for outreach, developing themes for posts, conducting the interviews, drafting posts, and consulting with other team members on content and editing. The goal is to create a bank of 40 blog posts by the end of the summer.    

All Fellows must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, particularly with diverse audiences. Fellows with a background in journalism have traditionally done well with this project. Fellows must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word and PowerPoint. Based on the nature of the project, Fellows must be comfortable developing and cultivating relationships with education professionals across Chicago. The Fund is a fast-paced organization, so the ability to manage many details on tight timelines is key.

The information contained in this job description is intended to convey information about the essential functions and requirements of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the opportunity.     

: June, exact start date flexible  

: Aug/Sept, exact end date flexible (8 weeks in total)   

: $1,250.00, paid every 2 weeks, for a total of $5,000.00.  

TO APPLY  Please email a resume and cover letter that outline how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. In your cover letter, please also indicate how you heard about this opportunity.     All materials should be sent to    We regret that we will not be able to respond to phone inquiries about this position.   

Please note that the finalist(s) for the position will need to submit to a background check.

The Chicago Public Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer. The Fund evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Fund employs and values a diverse work environment.  

Business Overview

Our Story

In March 2000, Chicago’s top civic and corporate leaders announced the creation of The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) – one of the first city-based philanthropic venture funds in the nation. From inception, The Fund team was dedicated to achieving the goal of a world-class education for all of Chicago’s children. Inspired by the entrepreneurial principles that transformed the technology sector; these visionary leaders saw an opportunity to revitalize the nation’s third largest school district through strategic investments in education innovators and cutting-edge initiatives that would accelerate student achievement across Chicago. The Fund’s founders sent a strong message about the importance of successful public schools to the city’s future by putting their own reputations and significant dollars on the line.

Founding President and CEO Janet Knupp led The Fund for the first decade of its existence, establishing the organization as one of the most respected philanthropic venture funds in the nation. Once a special education teacher, Janet joined The Fund after leading Communities in Schools of Chicago. She soon became a national leader in the nonprofit venture fund community, attracting attention from many sectors for her pioneering work in Chicago.

Janet worked with founding Board Chairman Scott Smith, former Publisher of the Chicago Tribune, and The Fund’s other directors to establish the principles that guide our work today: venture philanthropy, innovation, collaboration and accountability. Through her leadership, The Fund raised $50 million and invested in a number of transformative initiatives that continue to benefit Chicago’s students. Janet led The Fund’s focus on teacher and principal talent as a key lever to accelerate student achievement, helping to put a national spotlight on their importance in school improvement.

In summer 2011, Janet resigned from The Fund, explaining that the time was right for new leadership since a key partner, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), also was poised for a leadership change.

In March 2012, The Fund’s Board of Directors selected Heather Anichini, also a former teacher in CPS, to succeed Janet as President and CEO. Heather is a product of one of the talent pipeline programs, Teach For America, that The Fund helped bring to the city. In partnership with the Board, CPS and others across Chicago, Anichini is building on The Fund’s storied history as she takes the organization in new directions, re-imagining what is possible for Chicago’s students.

Team Size

11-50 team members


Culture & Perks

Mission Driven
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