Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website STOPchicago Southside Together Organizing for Power

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) is a community organizing organization based in the Woodlawn neighborhood which has been at the cutting edge of transformational racial justice organizing on the south side of Chicago for 15 years. We co-led the campaign for a $40M south side trauma center and stopped the displacement of 504 units of subsidized housing, ensuring their redevelopment without displacement. We have also co-led the fight for the recently passed CBA Housing ordinance to stop displacement around the Obama Center and the campaign to reopen the closed public mental health clinics. STOP’s mission is to advance economic and social human rights by organizing and developing leadership among people most affected by economic and racial oppression. STOP’s programs engage in direct action organizing and leadership development, action research and popular education, and alliance building. We have three main programs that organize around: housing, mental health, and youth.


JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director will work full time building the strength and power of STOP. The ED will be responsible for strengthening our staff and Board of Directors, and provide direction and leadership to fulfill our mission. This job requires a person who relates well to a variety of people, has experience in and respect for grassroots organizing and leadership development, and is comfortable representing the organization. This person will oversee the development and implementation of strategic planning processes for the organization and campaigns. Specific duties include: fundraising (with the help of our Development Associate), lead organizing, staff supervision, strategic planning, and board development. The ED will supervise a staff of 4 organizers and a Development Associate. The Executive Director is supervised by, evaluated by, and reports to the Board of Directors.







Strategic Planning and Organizational Development

Help plan and facilitate strategic planning retreats with staff and campaigns.
Coordinate implementation of organizational plans including yearly leadership development, base building, and organizational development plans.

Coordinate Leadership Teams

Plan and facilitate regular staff meetings
Support staff development and hold staff accountable: Regularly hold staff check-ins, review and evaluate work plans, engage in annual staff evaluations.
Actively cultivate an organizational culture that is restorative, supportive, accountable, centers our mission and promotes learning and leadership development.
Lead evaluations and reflection activities
Board development, including: supporting a majority grassroots Board in building its capacity to govern and fundraise for the organization.


Work with Development Associate to apply for and report on foundation grants.
Work with Development Associate, Board, and staff to cultivate and engage individual donors.
Work with Development Associate, Board, and staff to support coordination of grassroots fundraisers.
Maintain relationships with funders while seeking new funding relationships

Lead Organizing

Develop and support implementation of campaign plans including: cutting issues, base-building, power analysis, direct action planning, research, alliance building, messaging, media, etc.
Occasionally participate in canvassing and outreach activities (STOP is a small organization where everyone knocks on doors and makes phone calls).
Support staff in working with members to prepare agendas/facilitate meetings.
Hold one-on-one meetings and ensure staff hold one-on-one meetings to build relationships that advance our campaign, organization, and movement work.

Leadership Development

Coordinate staff team in running, tailoring, and evolving our leadership development training series to meet the needs of our leaders
Support staff in implementing and evaluating day-to-day leadership development practice

Develop and Broaden STOP’s Alliances

Provide leadership at some coalition tables that STOP is part of
Build and maintain relationships with allies and potential allies

Develop Communications Capacity

Support/coordinate staff in maintaining STOP’s presence on social media
Develop communications plan and build personnel capacity to implement it

Systems and Administrative

Engage with bookkeeper and accountant to ensure accurate financial reporting
Work with Board treasurer on implementing financial controls
Develop annual budgets and ensure we are following them
Oversee office operations, update insurance, pay bills, contract cleaning, etc.
Oversee data systems with support of Development Associatie, including: EveryAction, website, etc.


Commitment to STOP’s issues and values including economic and racial justice, gender equity, and human rights
Minimum 5 years experience in grassroots organizing, including outreach, leadership development, campaign planning, and direct action.
Minimum 2-3 years supervisory experience, 5 years preferred
Familiarity with issues STOP works on
Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds
Knowledge of or commitment to learn about Woodlawn, Kenwood, Southshore, other southside communities
Familiarity with or commitment to learn about other community organizations in Chicago
Awareness of community resources and ability to network to build community relationships
Strong grant writing and speaking skills, including large group presentations
Self motivated, independent problem-solver and works well as part of a team
Commitment to fostering a work environment and organizing campaigns that challenge and undo racist, classist, sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant and other forms of prejudice and oppression
Good personal organization skills, ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize and use time effectively
Proficiency with word-processing, Google docs and spreadsheets, e-mail, databases, and internet.
Willingness to work regularly on evenings and some weekend hours
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Compensation and Benefits:  Salary range: $50-60K plus health care benefits and generous paid time off.

How to apply: send cover letter and resume to Marcus Gill at: jobs@stopchicago.org.

Southside Together Organizing for Power is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factors. STOP is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from under-represented group members. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@stopchicago.org