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Director of Tutoring and Summer Day

Lead our academic and social programs for students through one-to-one mentoring, innovative educational and enrichment resources, and career development opportunities.

Tutoring partners with children and youth in grades one through twelve and promotes long-term academic and social success while striving to build self-esteem among participants through positive one-to-one relationships, innovative educational and enrichment resources, and career development opportunities.

Summer Day is a six-week initiative that combats summer learning loss and offers students the opportunity to sharpen their academic skills while engaging creatively in art, music, drama, and dance activities. 

The Director of Tutoring and Summer Day is a full-time position responsible for the operational success of the Chicago Lights Tutoring and Summer Day programs ensuring seamless program delivery, team management and development, fiscal oversight, and quality control and evaluation. The Director will represent Tutoring and Summer Day in the community, maintaining positive relationships within and beyond Chicago Lights and Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Program Delivery

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership of Tutoring and Summer Day by being actively involved in all programs and services.

  • Execute the vision for the Tutoring and Summer Day programs and ensure that all activities operate consistently within the mission of Chicago Lights. The major year-round initiatives of the programs include: education, mentoring, arts and enrichment, and youth development.

  • Specifically oversee ongoing programmatic excellence in the following areas: One to one tutoring and mentoring; recruitment, orientation, training, and retention of participants; education, arts, and enrichment programming; Career Development and Career Prep; high school and college awareness and preparation initiatives; scholarship and Ferguson Fellows

  • Uphold an organization-wide trauma-informed care plan, ensuring that program environments are safe, inviting, and demonstrate best practice. Ensure that all staff are implementing care regularly and appropriately.

  • Implement the strategic goals as outlined in the current Chicago Lights Strategic Plan.

  • Manage the measurement and continuous improvement plan. Oversee the use of evaluation as a tool in accomplishing program objectives and ensure that data is collected accurately, analyzed appropriately, and adapted as needed. Stay informed on research-based best practices and data driven outcomes to ensure that the programs are serving students in the most effective way.

  • Oversee the management of the Apricot database. Ensure that all staff are trained on usage of the database, the database is current and user-friendly, and data is being entered by staff regularly.

  • Effectively communicate program success, goals, needs, and challenges within Chicago Lights and Fourth Presbyterian Church and externally with funders, donors, and partners. Work with the Chicago Lights Communications team to implement communication strategies that will broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact.

  • Use the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights.

    Team Management

  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performing team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, engagement, and performance.

  • Supervise key Tutoring and Summer Day team members, including the Youth Programs Manager, the Program Manager and Coordinator, and the Reading Specialist. Develop staffing plans that meet the changing needs of the program. Facilitate professional development opportunities and goal development and attainment for staff.

  • Manage the process of evaluation, raises, and termination in compliance with Fourth Presbyterian Church’s personnel policies and the Chicago Lights annual budget. Work with the Executive Programs Director and the Human Resources Department in dealing with all personnel issues.

    Internal and External Partnerships

  • Actively participate in all Chicago Lights directors’ meetings and activities to enhance and uphold the vision and mission of the organization. Explore collaboration with all Chicago Lights programs.

  • Communicate as needed with the Board of Directors, including development of an annual plan, responding to the Board’s strategic plan with an implementation plan, and participating in an annual Board/Staff Retreat if requested.

  • Collaborate with other organizations/collectives and form meaningful partnerships that leverage information and resources that promote youth development, education, arts, and mentoring.

    Development and Fiscal Oversight

  • Work with the Executive Programs Director to develop accurate and visionary annual budgets for submission to the Chicago Lights Board of Directors.

  • Work with the Chicago Lights Foundations Relations Officer to increase program revenue through collaboration on compelling grant proposals and post-grant activity reports to foundation/corporate funders. Cultivate and retain donors by collaborating on stewardship efforts.

  • Manage budget adherence for Tutoring and Summer Day, including the various projects.



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.

  • At least six years of experience in youth development, education, social work, nonprofit management, or related programming field with three of those years in a team management role.

  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth.

  • Proven ability and experience in nonprofit programming and managing budgets.

  • Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance.

  • Experience having worked with a high-performing, collaborative, and constructive peer group.

  • Ability and preference to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and thrive in a diverse, multicultural environment.

  • Ability to both lead the programs and participate within the Chicago Lights Management Team.

  • Deep understanding of and commitment to providing trauma-informed care.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.

  • Strong work ethic, solid judgment, and apparent leadership skills.

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Chicago Lights’ mission.

  • Comfortable working in a faith-based and diverse work environment.


October–May: 11:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

May–June and August–September: Hours are flexible to needs of the program and organization

June–August: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


This is a full-time position which includes our robust benefits package:

  • Medical (church pays 85% of employee monthly premium (75% of eligible dependents), zero ($0) deductible, $10 office co-pay)
  • Optional dental and visions plans
  • Generous PTO plus eleven holidays
  • 403b retirement plan (employer contributions after one year of employment)
  • FSA for unreimbursed medical and dependent daycare expenses
  • Mass transit and commuter parking benefits
  • Life and short term disability insurances, optional life insurance and long term disability plans


Please send cover letters and resumes to No phone calls, please.

Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights are committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status or familial status, veteran status, military status, source of income, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.