Program Officer - Women’s Leadership Development

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is a public foundation working to advance gender equity, which we believe to be inherently interconnected with racial, economic, and health equity. CFW envisions a world in which all women and girls, transgender, and gender nonbinary people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just, and healthy communities. We celebrate the spectrum of identities and experiences of women and girls, uplift their leadership and center the voices of the community to achieve true equity. To support our philanthropy, the Foundation promotes increased investment in women and girls, raises awareness about their issues and potential, and develops them as leaders and philanthropists. Since 1985, the Foundation has awarded over $45 million to hundreds of organizations that help achieve its mission of gender equity across the Chicago region.


CFW looks at the broad spectrum of needs of all women. We support the areas of freedom from violence, economic security, and access to health, which we see as integrally related and are paths forward toward an equitable society. 

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. The Foundation is in the midst of change, from an institution that tolerates racial and identity differences to one that excites these differences as powerful tools for systemic, anti-racist change. CFW is committed to engaging in continual analysis and essential restructuring to ensure the Foundation’s way of being is one that wields a shared power and holds itself accountable to racially oppressed groups to achieve its gender equity goal.



The Program Officer (PO) provides facilitation, coordination and community building for the Women’s Leadership Development programs of the Foundation. Chicago Foundation for Women believes that in order to achieve gender equity, The Foundation must also address all other intersections of identity, including race, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, and ethnicity.  Further, this portfolio has a unique opportunity to help inform organizational awareness of the complex issues impacting women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals of color and to apply these lessons throughout the fabric of The Foundation.


The Program Officer is responsible for the Willie’s Warriors Black Women’s Leadership program, Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership program and Board Member Boot Camp and Boot Camp Express. The successful candidate will build connections in the community to promote a shared understanding of community needs in order to equip participants as leaders in embedding equity in their social groups and institutions city-wide. This position includes working closely with other program staff to identify and build relationships and enhance the leadership development programs with community and participant input.  Additional program activities include ongoing evaluation and building collaborative initiatives. 






Click here for more information or to apply. Interested applicants should email a cover letter articulating how their skills and experience meet the responsibilities noted above with a resume to [email protected].

o Subject line should read: Your Name + Program Officer - Women’s Leadership Development

o Please, no phone calls


CFW seeks to fill this position as soon as possible and will work actively to build a    diverse pool of candidates.


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-08-07 11:06:52 -0400