Job Opportunity


Managing Director

Job Description 

Local First Chicago is a nonprofit organization that strengthens Chicago's neighborhood economies by promoting the benefits of locally owned, independent businesses.  Local First Chicago seeks a dedicated self-starter to serve its active board of directors in management of all aspects of organization activities.


  • Program Management:
    • Coordinate all aspects of the holiday Shop Local campaign, collaborating with partner organizations and funders (seasonal)
    • Write campaign report, communicating program results with the public, partner organizations and funders (seasonal)
    • Maintain directory of local, independent businesses through web-platform
    • Work continually to make directory relevant and robust
  • Fund Development:
    • Manage grants, completing and submitting reports as necessary
    • Apply for grants as directed by the board of directors
    • Implement individual donor development plan
    • Communicate regularly and appropriately with friends and donors to keep them informed, call them to action, and thank them for their contributions
  • Communications:
    • Promote the benefits of supporting independent businesses through Shop Local marketing, maintaining website and social media accounts in keeping with programs, goals and mission
    • Write and distribute regular e-newsletters to constituent groups
    • Work as point person between board of directors and web developer 
  • Administration:
    • Schedule board and committee meetings
    • Ensure reports are completed and submitted in a timely manner
    • Maintain electronic files 

A successful candidate will understand organizational development and exhibit deep commitment to local living economies strengthened by local, independent businesses. 

This is a part-time contract position.  20 hours a week average, 30 hours a week during seasonal campaigns. 

 Please submit cover letter and resume to Megan Kruis,