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Course dates: January 3-June 12, 2020
Application deadline October 1, 2019.

Application checklist

All application materials are available online during the application period.

  • Completed online application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Supervisor nomination

Candidate should:

  • Be a full-time employee of a Chicago 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 one additional letter 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.

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“I think at the core I'm still the same, but the character, the mask that I put on is different and sharper and something that my supervisor said was that I've become more confident in my leadership and who I am. I think it's always been my core and that hasn't changed, but I've become more comfortable and confident with that. ”