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Up2Us Half-Time Coach
Chicago Run

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Up2Us Half-Time Coach

Chicago Run

Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 22 days ago
Job Role
Sports & Fitness Instructor
Employer's Industry
Health & Wellness, Nonprofit

Job Description

Organizational Background  Founded in late 2007, Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative 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 In collaboration with Up2Us Sports, Chicago Run seeks an Up2Us Coach to work alongside the Chicago Run Program Team to support growth and development of our programming in sites across the city of Chicago. This is a part-time AmeriCorps service position ending on July 31, 2020. Within that year of service, the member will perform a minimum of 900 hours of community service, receive a living allowance of $7,770. After the coach’s term completion, the coach will receive an education award of $2,960, forbearance of educational loans, health care options, and training and support. The Up2Us Coach will be responsible for managing relationships, routine communication, and directly delivering programs at  the schools and site partners. This position will be integral to the success of Chicago Run programming.   

Responsibilities   The Up2Us Coach is responsible for the day-to-day Chicago Runners program at cohort A-C school sites and A-C Running Mates sites. In addition, the Coach will:   

Program Implementation (70%)

  • Lead running and physical activity sessions with elementary school students in the Chicago Runners program during the school day
  • Lead or co-lead after-school running practices with Running Mates team(s)
  • Assist with Chicago Run Alumni Team, LACE Up!
  • Attend Chicago Run related events in which student-athletes participate
  • Conduct weekly site visits to participating Chicago Run schools/sites
  • Provide documentation of weekly site visits at each school and offer recommendations based on observations to teachers and students
  • Conduct physical activity-related trainings for parents, teachers and other site staff to meet the unique needs of each school/site
  • Maintain regular communication with school Site Coordinators, Principals, and other staff via email, phone, and in person
  • Help identify and troubleshoot any issues with program delivery
  • Provide weekly reports regarding status of programs and relationships with schools/sites
  • Aid in the development and enhancement of the over-all health and wellness environment at schools/sites and implement innovative physical activity and nutrition-based projects
  • Make exercise FUN for students and staff!   

Program Logistics (20%) 

  • Help teachers and students with uploading participants on database, updating school information, and monitoring progress of schools and classes 
  • Manage Chicago Run Virtual Marathon Database as part of the Chicago Runners program with the students’ marathon routes and mileage 
  • Ensure delivery of incentives to schools (t-shirts, lanyards, water bottles, and awards); informs students about the importance of the incentives and goal-setting 
  • Preform program evaluations (PACER, surveys, etc.) and ensure participants have uniforms, snacks and supplies as part of Running Mates program   

Event Support (10%) 

  • Assist with the organization of school kick-off events; 
  • Provide support and coordinate logistics for Fun Run celebratory events with students and teachers; 
  • Facilitate program trainings for school personnel and students; 
  • Provide support at all Running Mates team-building events and races throughout the season 
  • Supports the Program Team and broader staff as needed on additional tasks and projects   

Additionally, the AmeriCorps Up2Us Coach will: 

  • Encourage participants to gain and develop life skills, knowledge, and techniques through sport, using lessons learned at Up2Us Sports’ best in class training events;  
  • Perform data collection activities such as directed by your Up2Us Sports Program Manager;  
  • Act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the community and youth served.    

  • Attendance at the Up2Us Coach orientation 
  • Completion of bi-weekly timesheets 
  • Attendance at a day of service project(s) 
  • Attend/participate in Up2Us Sports trainings, meetings, and special initiatives 
  • Attend Coach Training Institute (9/6/19-9/10/19) 


  • An ideal candidate will be 18 years of age or older, a US      citizen legally allowed to work in the US, and have a minimum 3 years-experience playing or coaching a sport. Candidates must have a High School diploma, GED, or its equivalent
  • 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 his/her 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
  • Has experience 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 half-time position, and the candidate must be available to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends and dedicates a year of part-time service for this position
  • This role will be approximately 80% site based and 20% office based
  • 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

Restrictions on Eligibility for Benefits If a candidate has participated in: 

  • Two full-time service terms or their equivalent, the candidate will be ineligible for a third Education Award or other in-service and after-service benefits 
  • Four AmeriCorps National Direct or State service terms, regardless of whether those terms were served on a full or part-time basis, the candidate is ineligible for benefits 

Additionally, a candidate cannot serve if:  

  • Failed to disclose to Up2Us Sports any history of having been released for compelling personal circumstances or for cause from another AmeriCorps program, this will render him/her ineligible to receive the Education Award and may render the Coach ineligible for service with the program 
  • Released for cause from another AmeriCorps program but was released having performed satisfactorily, the candidate may still be eligible for participation in the Program. However, this eligibility does not guarantee selection or placement   

To apply: Send resume and cover letter via email to James Nicklas at No phone calls please.  

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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