Executive Director

Chicago, Illinois


About the Foundation

Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) offers grants and professional development opportunities to Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers. For more than 30 years, CFE initiatives have supported the teachers of CPS by enhancing teacher expertise, developing their leadership capacity, and creating learning communities.
CFE currently offers five grant‐based programs and a teacher workshop to encourage curricular innovation and the replication of effective instruction.  These include:


  • Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop
  • Small Grants
  • Study Group Team Member Grants
  • Study Group Coach Grants
  • Action Research Leadership Institute (ARLI) Fellowships
  • Fund for Teachers (FFT) Fellowships

CFE also offers Character Education Grants to fund the integration of teaching practices that encourage responsible decision‐making and emphasize the need for teamwork, respect, and tolerance in the classroom. Outreach efforts include Teacher Liaison and Teacher‐to‐Teacher initiatives.
During the past fiscal year, CFE funded more than 516 individual grants and worked with 734 teachers across 363 schools. The annual budget of the foundation approaches $1 million. More than 75% of that total budget is committed to active programs in these areas. CFE employs 5 salaried staff and is supported by more than 200 volunteers.


CFE’s next Executive Director will aim to grow the organization to a multiple of 2 to 5 times the current size. This will require fundraising of $5m annually. This objective will require the team to leverage, cultivate, and expand the current solid funder network while expanding the contributor base to new supporters.


The Executive Director will also drive increased visibility and presence of CFE within the educational community. CFE’s Executive Director will practice strong leadership skills and this leadership will be recognized by staff, the volunteers, and by our teacher community. 



The board of CFE seeks to recruit a new Executive Director for the organization. This person will provide both tactical and strategic leadership for the organization. The person will have offices located at CFE’s headquarters in Chicago’s loop.


The Executive Director reports directly to the board. This person will replace the previous Executive Director who is relocating outside the Chicago area. Specifically, the board seeks a candidate for this role who possesses the following attributes:


  • Development experience: This person will be a charismatic and experienced fundraiser who can be successful at raising up to $5m annually with a strong Chicago-based funding network. This will require a person who has exceptional presentation and communications skills. We seek a person who can employ all contemporary fund raising techniques including social media, corporate and governmental grants, and individual contributions.
  • Leadership: The person we seek will have previous leadership experience at a not for profit organization with approximately the same scale.  Because the volunteer group is essential to the success of CFE, this person must also have demonstrated expertise working with a large group of volunteers, both in developing and in directing their activities.
  • Program knowledge: Educational experience and knowledge of the Chicago Public Schools are desired characteristics.  
  • Administrative skills: The successful candidate must have strong administrative skills and should have experience building and executing an annual budget and implementing structured programs in a disciplined and timely manner. This person will also have experience directing and developing a small professional staff.
  • Character and integrity: The successful candidate will possess pristine personal integrity and character. The CFE board includes prominent individuals from around the Chicago area and the executive director represents this group in the community.


In short, we seek an energetic, innovative, and accomplished leader for this successful foundation. Please submit resumes or enquiries to