CARA Program Manager


The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer.

With a growing membership exceeding 10,000, CARA is the nation’s third-largest running club. CARA offers a wide range of programming and events, totaling over 1,300 dates per year.

Primary Duties:

  • Serve as lead manager of assigned program/events, including, but not limited to:
    • CARA ‘Go Run Program
    • CARA Runners Choice Circuit
    • CARA Race Certification Program
    • CARA Weekday Group Run Program
  • Provide support for other programs and events as assigned


    CARA seeks candidate who fit the following characteristics:

  • Has a passion and commitment to the Chicago Area Runners Association’s mission and the running community
  • Is creative, enterprising, and inventive, with the ability to take ideas from concept to market
  • Is a high energy ‘people person’ with excellent public speaking and written communication skills
  • Has an attention to detail, organized, reliable, punctual, appetite for learning
  • Has strong computer skills, with the ability to quickly learn membership and participant management programs
  • Is professional, able to collaborate in a team environment, and ability to remain calm under pressure and stress
  • Is able to support load-in and load-out process for events, including lifting items up to 40 pounds
  • Has access to reliable personal transportation and possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record over the past 10 years with no history of DUI conviction
  • Has a strong understanding of, and experience participating in, the Chicago running community is a plus
  • Ideally has at least two years of career experience, ideally in a related role such as grassroots marketing, running specialty, running industry, or events management
  • The ideal candidate has an interested in growing their career within the CARA organization, particularly in the area of event and race direction


General: This role reports directly to the Executive Director. The position will be based out of CARA’s office in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. This is a full-time salaried position ($45,000) and includes CARA’s standard benefit package which includes health and dental insurance. CARA offers its staff an opportunity for a flexible work schedule. Due to the nature and timing of running events this person should expect to regularly work outside of standard business hours, including mornings, evenings and/or weekends.


To apply, e-mail cover letter, resume, and list of three references to No phone calls or in-person delivery of applications please. Cover letter should reflect your passion for and understanding of the role.