Director of Leadership Programs

Leadership Greater Chicago

About the organization

Leadership Greater Chicago is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that cultivates Chicago’s business, public and civic leaders through a deeper understanding of the issues facing our community and each other, helping them to build a better Chicago.

Through its Fellows Program, LGC provides a foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement by creating awareness of key issues facing the Chicago region and challenges leaders to bring about positive change in the community.

Each year, the Program brings together a select group of Chicago’s leaders to explore key challenges facing the Chicago region. Each Fellow brings with them a unique perspective and expertise that, combined with others, paints a more complete picture of the issues facing our community and the world.

The 10-month Fellows Program examines complex issues up close, using a series of retreats, seminars and community visits to bring our Fellows face-to-face with the people directly affected by the toughest


The Director of Leadership Programs is a member of the LGC executive team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Director of Leadership Programs is responsible for:
• Ensuring LGC is executing on its mission of developing a pipeline of civic leaders and convening, connecting, and mobilizing these leaders to make positive change in the Chicago region through its fellowships and other leadership programs and activities;
• Providing strategic oversight and leadership direction within the Programs function and sustaining and growing its annual revenue generation of $1.1 million
• Driving ongoing improvement, innovation, and sustainability in program structure, design, planning, delivery, and execution;
• Recruiting and selecting candidates for the Signature Fellows Program and The Daniel Burnham Fellowship
• Leading program development and execution for The Daniel Burnham Fellowship
• Managing program development and execution for the Signature Fellows Program, Leadership Breakfast Series, Leadership Exchanges, and Leadership Fellows Association (LFA) programs
• Serving as primary liaison to both the Convene Committee of the LFA and the Recruitment and Selection Committee of the LGC Board of Directors, and working in tandem with the Chief Operating Office as co-liaison to the Mobilize Committee of the LFA
• Collaborating with the Program Senior Advisor to lead the School of Deans for the Signature Fellows Program


• A skilled functional manager able to build high performance teams and bring out the best in people
• An engaged coach-player able to mentor and develop their people
• A skilled project manager able to keep “all planes in the air” for the program function and able to ensure all “planes land” on schedule and with excellence in delivering the Fellowship experience
• A “Brand Ambassador” able to represent the brand in the marketplace
• A skilled executive able to interact with high level executives either in LGC governance or across the executive spectrum of Fellows.
• A savy executive able to manage relationships and relationship building with Fellows nd volunteers
• A passion for excellence in program delivery
• A bias for action and innovation
• A passion to effect positive change in the community and the world
• Background in adult education, programming, managing outcomes
• Flexible, adaptable, and cool under pressure
• Creative problem-solver; able to “see around corners” for solutions
• Excellent writer, speaker, and communicator
• Organized multi-tasker and efficient at time management and task prioritization
• An able networker, connector, and relationship builder

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