Join Our Team!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Big Shoulders Fund Team. Below is a listing of open positions.

Why Big Shoulders Fund

For more than thirty-six years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children achieve their dreams through access to high quality education. We accomplish this by investing more than $30 million annually in scholarship support and enrichment programming for students; operational improvements for schools; cultivation of talent pipelines for school personnel from new teachers through veteran principals; and professional development and support for educators and leaders – all with the goal of not just strengthening schools, but whole communities, while preparing students for life-long success.

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and a brief cover letter expressing your interest in a role to Laura Nalley at Please include the position name in the subject line of your email.

Manager, Volunteerism & Engagement

The Manager, Volunteerism and Engagement is responsible for supporting the Development Team’s efforts in engaging supporters with Big Shoulders Fund’s mission as well as leading all volunteerism and engagement efforts through programs and events. 

Assistant Director, Instructional Coaching

The Assistant Director, Instructional Coaching will plan and implement broad based professional development, as well as work directly with teachers in coaching cycles to support them in implementing rigorous instruction to meet the needs of their students

Manager, Development Communications

The Manager, Development Communications works closely with the Managing Director, Development Operations and Donor Services to support and/or execute an array of writing and design projects that communicate and inspire investment in the Big Shoulders Fund mission.

Assistant Director, Development 

The Assistant Director, Development is a key member of the development team, helping to meet fundraising goals to carry out Big Shoulders Fund’s work in the city of Chicago. The individual in this role is responsible for developing, managing, and growing partnerships and contributing to the overall fundraising efforts and growth of Big Shoulders Fund.