Apply now for 2018
Course dates: January 11-June 22, 2018
Application deadline October 10, 2017.

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Application checklist

All application materials are available online during the application period.

  • Completed online application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two leadership capstone project proposals
  • Supervisor nomination
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Leadership Capstone

Select a leadership skill you would like to advance during the CLA and provide two examples of opportunities to exercise that skill in your current work.

Candidate should:

  • Be a full-time employee of a nonprofit organization, the City of Chicago, or Cook County
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of leadership, innovation, and high performance
  • Have a minimum of five years of work experience in the civic sector
  • Be nominated by a supervisor and provide two additional letters of recommendation

Who should apply?

Successful Civic Leadership Academy fellows are intellectually curious, reflective, ambitious and innovative, collaborative, and committed to positive change.

Job titles for nonprofit candidates could include chief executive officer, chief operating officer, executive director, deputy director, senior program manager, and regional director.

Job titles for government candidates could include deputy commissioner, assistant commissioner, director, budget director, and chief of staff.

Application criteria Apply now

“I think the India practicum was important for all the CLA fellows to be out of their comfort zone and to be in a place where we can’t possibly know the answers. It forced us to think about how we collect information, how we process our thoughts, how we form new relationships, and how we move to action. ”