Stand For Children

Illinois Operations Coordinator

# of Openings
Regular Full-Time

The Organization

Stand for Children is a nonprofit advocacy group fighting to ensure that every child at the bottom of the economic ladder in America receives the high-quality education he or she needs to rise. A good education is at the core of the American dream -- it is the bedrock of jobs, security and the pursuit of a better life. Yet the life chances of too many children are wasted because their family’s income or neighborhood does not enable them to attend a strong school. Our whole country pays the price of their squandered potential.


Stand for Children is fighting to change the odds. We believe all students who work hard have the right to receive an education that will prepare them for college, career, and a secure future. We advocate boldly alongside families and teachers for policies and candidates that will make that vision a reality. For over 20 years, we have celebrated successes such as expanding access to quality pre-K, improving 3rdgrade reading proficiency, increasing graduation rates, strengthening academic standards, supporting teachers, increasing the number of safe, quality schools, expanding access to career and technical education and college level classes, and fighting for sufficient funding that is spent wisely.


Stand for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace in which our differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences, and contribute to our collective strength. People of color, members of underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic populations, and bilingual/multi-lingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.


Stand for Children strives to be an employer of choice. We offer a competitive salary structure, excellent health and dental benefits, a 401k plan with a match, and generous paid time off. We build robust teams with dynamic and collaborative cultures, engaging employees in challenging work that provides opportunity for ongoing growth and skills development.

The Position

Stand for Children seeks a motivated, driven professional to be the State Operations Coordinator for the Illinois affiliate. 




Executive Support:

  • Maintaining the Illinois Executive Director’s schedule, coordinating team calendars, and scheduling meetings and calls among staff and with funders, coalition partners, elected officials, and others;
  • Helping with meeting preparation and follow-up;
  • Supporting development efforts;
  • Receiving and promptly processing media inquiries;
  • Making sure team timesheets are submitted on time;
  • Preparing accurate and timely expense reports for several members of the Illinois team;
  • Managing travel logistics; and
  • Providing other project and administrative support as needed.


Operations and Office Management:

  • Creating, implementing and managing office systems;
  • Providing responsive customer service to the public by greeting visitors, answering phones, and managing general inquiry e-mail account;
  • Coordinating all office purchasing and supplies and ensuring they are within budget;
  • Managing relationships with vendors;
  • Managing technology systems at the local level, including copier, phone system, and database;
  • Working with off-site technology staff to coordinate equipment and technology troubleshooting;
  • Coordinating with the other Stand teams on onboarding of new staff and managing office layout and resources; and
  • Planning and overseeing office outings and activities.


Event and Project Management:

  • Playing a key role in planning a wide variety of high-stakes and impactful activities such as working with the family engagement and organizing staff on summer literacy and member events on the south and west sides of Chicago, assisting the communications team with press events across the state, helping the government affairs team with mobilizations at the state Capitol, and occasional support on canvassing and phone banks.


Cohort Participation:

  • Participating in monthly cohort calls for professional development, job-specific training, and shared services discussions; and
  • Facilitating the sharing of information across states, and general support of others in role.


The State Operations Coordinator will be based in Chicago, Illinois and will report to the Illinois Executive Director.


  • Minimum of two years of professional administrative/executive support experience;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Comfort with technology and willingness to learn internal time sheet, expense reporting, finance, and conferencing systems;
  • Adept at Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word;
  • Exceptional organizational skills, keen attention to detail, proactive problem-solving skills, and exemplary customer-service orientation;
  • Ability to gracefully manage multiple tasks and projects under pressure and on deadline;
  • Comfort with following through on commitments to others and accepting and incorporating direct feedback;
  • Strong aptitude and desire to implement office operations and systems, identifying inefficiencies and system improvements as needed; and
  • Strong commitment to and alignment with Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center’s shared mission vital.
  • Fluency in Spanish is beneficial.
  • Experience with and voter files is helpful.
  • A flexible schedule for the exceptional candidate will be considered. At the same time, the occasional weekend or early/late hour commitment will be required, but advance notice will be provided.

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