Executive Fellow


IMAN is seeking a strong candidate for its Executive Fellowship program. The Fellow will work directly with IMAN’s Executive Associate and will support the operations of the Executive Office while gaining valuable experience in the world of non-profit administration and management, community organizing and advocacy, donor cultivation, fundraising, and more. The Executive Fellowship is a competitive, part-time position that offers a stipend to the successful candidate.

The IMAN Executive Fellowship Program offers:

Visibility & Networking: The Fellow will be exposed to a rich network of colleagues, leaders, mentors, and other experienced professionals.  In addition, the fellowship will provide multiple opportunities for increased visibility in Chicago’s nonprofit community.

Skills Development: The Fellow will engage in intensive skill-building projects designed to fast track their functional understanding in several of the following areas: board management, finance and administration, fundraising, grants management, communications, organizing and advocacy.  It will also provide the opportunity to research, evaluate and recommend best practices to improve IMAN’s services.

Executive Associate Modeling: The Fellow will have the opportunity to have candid conversations with the Executive Associate and Director, as well as participate in meetings and collaboration sessions with key stakeholders and area leaders. S/he will gain an in-depth understanding of the operation of the Executive Office and will support the Executive Associate in meeting departmental goals and deadlines.

Issue-Area Competency: The Fellow will report directly to the Executive Associate and therefore will have first-hand exposure to the issues and policy work that make up the bulk of IMAN’s organizing and advocacy framework. S/he will glean an intimate understanding of various local and national organizations and how IMAN interfaces with them around diverse issues. The Fellow will also have broad exposure to 3-4 organizational departments and the opportunity to collaborate with these departments on various assignments.

Stretch Assignment: The capstone of the Fellowship is a research assignment that will offer the Fellow an insider’s understanding of IMAN’s history and approach, and access to some of the people and entities that have made the organization what it is today. The Fellow will be involved in crafting messaging and marketing ideas with the Executive Office and the Department of Development and in creating an outline and research process for the IMAN Chicago Story with interviews, review of historical data, photos, footage, etc.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to manage tasks independently and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new environments quickly.
  • Some familiarity with Chicago non-profits a plus.
  • Willingness to jump into new situations and take initiative.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Willingness to take on administrative duties as needed.
  • Intimate familiarity with diverse Muslim communities preferred.
  • The passion and diligence to aid the organization in fulfilling its mission and goals.