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Program Coordinator
Chicago Run

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Chicago Run

Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 5 days ago
Job Role
Community Development, Fitness Instructor
Employer's Industry
Health & Wellness, Nonprofit
Job Schedule

Job Description

Organizational Background  

Founded in late 2007, Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that provides inclusive running and fitness programs for children and youth in schools, community centers, and affordable housing communities. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. We currently reach over 18,000 youth annually, from Pre-K through high school and beyond, in 36 distinct neighborhoods. Through our high-quality, enriching physical activity programs, we aim to enhance the health and wellbeing of Chicago’s youth while developing critical skills for healthy development. We focus programming in under-resourced communities that disproportionately experience health disparities and lack the resources to foster healthy child development. We recently launched a Chicago Run 2.0 strategic growth plan and are embarking on an exciting path to expand our reach, deepen our impact, and build a more robust evidence base.   

Position Summary 

Chicago Run seeks a Program Coordinator to work alongside the Chicago Run Program Team to support in the growth and development of our programming in sites across the city of Chicago. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing, implementing and evaluating our running programs, including managing daily program operations, maintaining and coordinating relationships with schools and site partners, and providing logistical support across the team. This position manages our Chicago Runners Program at 6-10 sites and our Running Mates program at 3-4 sites.   

Roles and Responsibilities Program Implementation (60%)  

  • Leads running and physical activity sessions with elementary school students during the school day
  • Leads or co-leads after-school running practices with Running Mates team(s)
  • Conducts weekly site visits to participating Chicago Run sites
  • Provides documentation of weekly site visits at each program site and offer recommendations based on observations to teachers and students
  • Conducts physical activity-related trainings for parents, teachers and other school personnel to meet the unique needs of each school/site
  • Maintains regular communication with school Site Coordinators, Principals, and other staff via email, phone, and in person
  • Helps identify and troubleshoot any issues with program delivery
  • Provides weekly reports regarding status of programs and relationships with schools
  • Aids in the development and enhancement of the over-all health and wellness environment at schools and implement innovative physical activity and nutrition based projects
  • Makes exercise FUN for students and school staff!

Program Logistics (25%)  

  • Helps teachers with uploading participants on databases, updating school information, tracking waivers and evaluations tools, and monitoring participant progress
  • Oversees Chicago Run Virtual Marathon Database as part of the running program with the students’ marathon routes and mileage
  • Ensures delivery of incentives to schools including t-shirts, lanyards, water bottles, and awards; informs students about the importance of the incentives and goal-setting
  • Assists Evaluation Manager in data collection and ongoing evaluation of programs
  • Works with program staff to develop new and innovative indoor fitness activities, resources, and trainings

Event Support (10%)  

  • Assists with the organization of school kick-off events
  • Provides support and coordinates logistics for Fun Run celebratory events with students and teachers
  • Provides support at all Running Mates team-building events and races throughout the season
  • Attend and assist with logistics of all other Chicago Run related events

Other (5%) 

Supports the Program Team and broader staff as needed on additional tasks and projects


  • An ideal candidate has a Bachelor's Degree and a minimum 1-2 years of equivalent work experience working with sports-based youth development programs or youth serving organizations
  • Demonstrates a passion for Chicago Run’s mission and advancing adolescent health and wellness
  • Has familiarity and interest in working with youth programs, great enthusiasm for working in Chicago Public Schools and be comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Must have a car and be willing to travel to schools throughout the city as part of her/his daily schedule. Must possess the ability to lift up to 25 lbs
  • Has exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Exhibits strong organizational skills and is detail-oriented
  • Demonstrates proficiency with basic software programs, including Microsoft Office
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and possesses flexibility
  • Has strong interpersonal skills and able to build relationships and communicate with a diverse array of stakeholders

Working Conditions  

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This is a full-time position, and standard hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required as job relates
  • This role will be approximately 60% site based and 40% office based. There are opportunities for occasional remote work


  • Chicago Run is committed to being an equal opportunity organization, and providing employment opportunities regardless of identity, including race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability status, or veteran status
  • People of color and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply

Business Overview

Our Story


Why Work With Us?

Chicago Run is a young and modern non-profit that serves thousands of youth annually. All staff work together to accomplish our goals of making an impact on young people all across the city of Chicago.

Team Size

1-10 team members


Culture & Perks

Casual Dress
Parking Provided
Community Oriented
Mission Driven
Work-life Balance
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