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Executive Director

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Stories Matter Foundation | Chicago, IL
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Stories Matter Foundation


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Published 25 days ago

Start Date

July 22, 2019

Application Deadline

July 15, 2019

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Title: Executive Director of Stories Matter Foundation

Our mission: We build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story.

Stories Matter Foundation is an original concept: a foundation that manages a creative writing school, a literary magazine, a writing/editing festival, and unique outreach programs.

The Stories Matter Foundation (SMF) is the umbrella organization for:

• StoryStudio Chicago creative writing school

• StoryStudio Writers Festival

Chicago Review of Books

• Chicago Stories Project, Lit Squads, and other community-facing projects.

The Executive Director must be a unique combination of leader, visionary, fundraiser, collaborator, as well as someone who appreciates the literary arts. This position will report to the Board of Directors.

Future Thinking and Organizational Growth

As a young organization, SMF is designing its future. We are focused on continually improving our existing programs while creating outreach efforts to meet real community needs.

Our Executive Director should be able to work with big ideas—and the myriad skills necessary to parse, prioritize, pay for, and turn those ideas into programs that serve the organization and our stakeholders. This includes:

• Leading a small, productive, and determined staff

• Creating a development/fundraising program

• Collaborating with Board, staff, and stakeholders to design a strategic plan

• Knowing where to put focus, and when to put ideas on hold

• Using strong relationship building skills to position SMF as a significant collaborator & leader in Chicago arts & outreach

People. Our focus is on training exceptional and successful creative writers, as well as developing confident storytellers prepared to take on the challenges they face in their own communities. Executive Director must be a strong communicator, and:

• Be an exceptional leader who will manage and develop our staff

• Collaborate with the Board of Directors

• Create and manage relationships with other literary arts organizations, community groups, and city leaders

Fundraising. The Executive Director has a wonderful opportunity to build development and fundraising to support existing programs, provide scholarships and power the Chicago Stories Project. This will be a priority project for the Executive Director as the organization is ready to grow.

Programs and Outreach. Our creative writing school has the been the heart of our community and a leader in Chicago’s literary arts for 16 years. This mature program is run by an adept staff and led by our Artistic Director. The Executive Director must manage these operations and become intimate with the challenges and opportunities the school provides.

The Executive Director will be expected to focus time on building the Chicago Stories Project into a significant and important program to reach underserved communities in need of communications, storytelling, and advocacy skills. The Chicago Stories Project will train people to agitate for the change they need on a small or large scale.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelors Degree

• Experience leading nonprofit programs

• Leadership, managerial, and staff development skills

• Emphasis on development and fundraising successes

• Marketing and public relations experience

This position is permanent, approximately 32 hours per week. We anticipate that as the organization grows, so too will this position. Health insurance and other benefits available.

To apply: please send your CV, desired salary range, and a letter telling us why you're perfect for this job by July 15, 2019 to: info@storystudiochicago.org.

Stories Matter Foundation believes in equality and in the rich stories that come from a diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other captivating characteristics that make our voices louder together. 


Title: Executive Director of Stories Matter Foundation

Our mission: We build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story.

Stories Matter Foundation is an original…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial

Benefits

Health insurance, discount on classes, vacation

Health insurance, discount on classes, vacation

Level of Language Proficiency

English

English

How To Apply

To apply: please send your CV, desired salary range, and a letter telling us why you're perfect for this job by July 15, 2019 to: info@storystudiochicago.org.

Stories Matter Foundation believes in equality and in the rich stories that come from a diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other captivating characteristics that make our voices louder together. 


To apply: please send your CV, desired salary range, and a letter telling us why you're perfect for this job by July 15, 2019 to: info@storystudiochicago.org.

Stories Matter Foundation…

Location

4043 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613

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