Program Asst Fellowship


Program Assistant Fellowship

ABOUT WORLD SPORT CHICAGO:  World Sport Chicago is an independent, 501c(3) non-profit organization founded as the living legacy of the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid.  In this role, WSC promotes the awareness of and involvement in Olympic and Paralympic sports to the youth of Chicago.  The organization provides national and local resources, on-going expertise, networking and financial support to grow and enhance sport opportunities in some of Chicago’s most at risk communities.  WSC partners with some of the leading sport service providers to enhance their reach and effectiveness in these communities and works with academic institutions to promote learning opportunities and research around urban sport engagement.  WSC seeks to grow a passion for sport and help Chicago children find the sport that will help their dreams grow. 

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The World Sport Chicago Fellowship is a one year program in which Fellows participate in the operations of World Sport Chicago. The Fellowship emphasizes leadership and professional development through hands-on experience in planning and executing programs and events that improve the lives of youth in Chicago’s under-served communities.  Primary responsibilities include leading the Athlete Ambassadors program, participating in the planning and execution of the PLAYS program, assisting with tracking and analysis of program performance data and overseeing the WSC volunteer program.

Primary responsibilities will include:   

Program Coordination: 

- Athlete Ambassadors:  The Athlete Ambassador Program leverages the power of elite athletes to motivate and mentor elementary students.  The program matches local Olympians, Paralympians, elite and college student-athletes with Chicago elementary schools.  Athlete Ambassadors visit their partner elementary school three times throughout the school year to meet with students about the importance of physical fitness, academics and life skills like goal setting and respect.  The Fellow will coordinate schedules between schools and athletes, create and distribute materials to the athletes and participate in on-site visits.

- P.L.A.Y.S.:   The P.L.A.Y.S. (Participate, Learn, and Achieve Youth Soccer) Program is a soccer program that, through the sport, teaches 3rd-5th grade Chicago students core values that are tied to success in the classroom.  Students participate in a 10 week soccer program that teaches soccer drills combined with social and emotional learning activities.  The Fellow will assist with survey planning and administration of the program along with the program director.  Engagement will include planning and coordination with elementary schools, data collection and analysis and marketing of the program.

Data Collection:  World Sport Chicago focuses on having a tangible impact on improving the lives and the communities of youth in Chicago’s most under-resourced communities.  Demonstrating this impact requires the capture and collection of information about the variety of World Sport Chicago’s programs.  The Fellow will play a key role in managing the collection and analysis of program performance data.  This engagement in performance data will require the Fellow to have a working insight into all World Sport Chicago programs and events develop both analytical insights as well as insights into individual and community development factors that are addressed by our programs.

Volunteer Program Management:   WSC relies on the commitment and dedication of volunteers who donate their time and energy to provide support at WSC events and programs.  The Program Assistant Fellow will be responsible for overall management of the WSC volunteer program.  Specific responsibilities will include planning for volunteer needs for WSC events and programs (such as Valor Games, Spin to Break the Cycle, Wrestling Festival, Summer Track Program); overseeing volunteers during events and programs (this includes providing a training/orientation for volunteers); posting volunteer opportunities and answering general questions from volunteers about upcoming opportunities.

Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to assisting with office management and participating in social media campaigns.  


  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Strong leadership abilities and a self starter; able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organization; ability to work well under tight deadlines and on several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends for events and programs
  • Must demonstrate previous leadership experience
  • Creative “outside the box” thinker
  • Knowledge of Chicago and Chicago communities preferred
  • Candidates must have access to reliable transportation

TIME COMMITMENT: The Program Assistant Fellowship is a one year commitment.  Specific start and end dates will be based on WSC requirements and individual considerations.  Fellows will work full-time each week both in-office and on-site at schools.  Fellow s may be required to work additional non-traditional hours (nights and weekends) from time to time.

FINANCIAL COMPENSATION and BENEFITS:  Fellows fulfilling the entire one-year commitment will receive a $24,000 stipend payable in bi-monthly installments during their fellowship.  Fellows will have seasonal breaks and be eligible for regular sick leave or personal time off. Fellows are not eligible for World Sport Chicago’s employee health, medical or other benefit plans.

HOW TO APPLY:  The application deadline is Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  Applicants must submit an application at

  • Letter of interest (cover letter) highlighting career objectives, experience, and overall interest in the Program Assistant Fellowship at World Sport Chicago
  • Résumé
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer or another supervisor

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