Our Program Coordinator, Jess LeMaster, is both sad and excited to announce that she’ll be leaving Girls Rock! Chicago in early October for a new position. She feels so grateful to have been able to spend the last 5 years with such a wonderful group of campers, parents, volunteers, organizers, and many other constituents. She is so appreciative of the values and skills she’s learned from Girls Rock! and its talented, caring, and hard-working community.

That being said, GR!C is accepting applications through October 5th, 2018 for her position:

Girls Rock! Chicago is hiring a Program Coordinator to oversee Girls Rock! Chicago programming, including researching and creating new programming opportunities, activities, and curriculum. The Programming Coordinator will organize workshops, overseeing and collaborating with instructors, band coaches, and other volunteers, and providing a liaison for Camp Organizers during, before and after camp season. Outside of camp season, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing year-round programming including GR!C’s adult rock camp, Let’s Rock! Chicago, drop-in style workshops, after-school programs, the youth action initiative, and more. The Program Coordinator will report to the Operations Manager and will collaborate with Camp Organizers for training and support.

The job description is as follows:


Camp Preparation (January – May)
-Updates all camp acceptance process documents and applications
-Manages camp acceptance process, including tracking application status, updating and organizing camper data, updating instrument availability
-Maintains regular communication with parents/guardians regarding acceptance status
-Prepares materials and documents needed for camp, collaborating with Operations Manager, -Outreach Director, and Gear Coordinator to ensure that all items are accounted for

During Camp (June – August)
-Enhances GR!C curriculum, especially for advanced students
-Organizes workshops and assists with recruiting volunteers for workshops
-Collaborates with instructors and band coaches to provide support and assistance as needed
-Visits classrooms to assist with teaching, band practice, and classroom management
-Collaborates with Volunteer and Gear Coordinators to address gear needs

After Camp (September – December)
-Researches and plans for additional programming, including Let’s Rock Camp, after-school, year-round programming and year-round workshop opportunities
-Recruits volunteers and former campers to assist with programming enhancements
-Leads and coordinates youth initiatives including the GR!C Youth Committee
-Collaborates with Gear Coordinator and Operations Manager for gear needs related to programming
-Assists with grant writing to support all programming


-Flexible evening and weekend for meetings, tabling, special events, preparation, and staffing
-During the week before camp sessions and camp weeks, must be available full-time to work on workshops, camp-week curriculum, and camper acceptance/assignments. Is able to be at camp a minimum of eight hours each day.
-Before and after prep and camp weeks: Is able to work 15-20 hours per week.


-Passionate about Girls Rock! Chicago’s mission and impact
-1-2 years experience in a nonprofit organization, foundation, or government agencies
-1-2 years experience with programming for youth or other youth-focused work
-Highly intelligent, creative, and excellent communicator
-Track record delivering superior results, assuming leadership roles, and collaborating with a team.
-Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
-Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
-Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people
-Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering
-Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
-Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational and professional settings
-Self-starter, self-disciplined
-Spark, imagination, creativity
-Remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, meets deadlines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations,

$13.00 – $16.00 per hour with a maximum of 20 hours a week.

50 hours of Paid Time Off
20 hours of Paid Sick Leave

Please complete our web application: When complete, please send a cover letter and resume to

People of color, women, transgender people (regardless of identity), and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply.

No phone calls, please.

Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) is an equal opportunity employer. GR!C does not discriminate on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Girls Rock! Chicago complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Girls Rock! Chicago expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Girls Rock! Chicago’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

YOU'RE INVITED! Autumn Auction

Please join us for Girls Rock! Chicago’s Ninth Annual Autumn Auction on Thursday, November 8th at the beautiful Chicago Athletic Association Hotel from 6 – 9 PM. We’ll be serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with plenty of unique items and experiences for you to bid on. We hope that you’ll join us for this signature event and help us bring 2018 to a successful close. Stay tuned for details and updates!

ADVANCE TICKETS ($50): Available here

All tickets will be held at the door with our guest list, and there is no need to bring a receipt. All proceeds to benefit Girls Rock! Chicago.

A sample of our bidding table:

Tuition to Let’s Rock Camp 2019 + GR!C swag + first choice instrument! / Tuition to Girls Rock Camp 2019 + GR!C swag + first choice instrument! / Weekend retreat at a Door County lake house / professional makeup from Kryolan / cut and color at Nomobo Salon / a VERY rare Three Floyds Dark Lord Brewery 4 year vertical / Vichcraft gift basket / Artwork by Derek Erdman / climbing package with First Ascent Chicago / Expanded set from Cards Against Humanity / Chicago Theatre package including House Theatre tickets / Facials & Laser Hair Removal at Enfuse Medical Spa / Shure headphones / curated record set from Numero Records / Field Notes gift box / Artwork by Chris Hefner / 1 hour massage at Body Align Therapeutics / & SO MUCH MORE!

2018 was an incredible camp season!


We couldn’t have pulled off this amazing summer without the support of our local community and sponsors.

Thank you to our volunteers, our band coaches and roadies, our campers and families, our board, advisory board and staff for contributing each of your talents!

Thank you to our donors for your contributions and in-kind donations! We appreciate you providing the fuel and tools needed to help run camp: Aloha Eats, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Giordano’s, Gogo squeeZ, Handlebar, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Jay’s Beef, Kind, Mad Love, NYC Bagel Deli, Piece Pizza, Reggie’s, Reverb, Revolution Brewing & Skinnypop.

And finally, thank you to the folks at Suder Montessori, Tribeca Flashpoint Recording Studio, and Thalia Hall, for hosting us and sharing your spaces! We’re endlessly grateful for your continued support!

VOLUNTEER: Camp Week Load-In 2018!

CALLING ALL ROADIES! Rock camp cannot happen without gear, and with over 30 guitars, 20 basses, 20 drum kits, 8 keyboards, and 4 turntables, this is no small task!

On Saturday July 7th, we will undertake the task of moving our gear from our storage space (East Bank Storage: 429 W. Ohio) to our host school (Suder Montessori: 2022 W. Washington Blvd.). We have an enormous truck, so now all we need are roughly 25 sets of helping hands! We’ll also need help setting up the gear in classrooms on Sunday July 8th! Special shout out to any camper dads/cis-male supporters who’ve been wanting to get involved but are unable to participate within the camp setting: this is the perfect opportunity for you. Each shift will require a minimum of 15 volunteers:

DAY ONE – Saturday July 7th
SHIFT 1: 8am – 12pm | East Bank Storage |429 W. Ohio | Chicago IL
SHIFT 2: 12pm – 6pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL

DAY TWO – Sunday July 8th

SHIFT 3: 9am – 12pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL
SHIFT 4: 12pm – 6pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL

If you’re available to help that day for one or both shifts (YOU ROCK!), please email

Thank you for your continued support! Let’s tackle load-in together!

PLEASE WELCOME: Ryan Cameron, Operations Manager

We’re excited to have Ryan join us as the newest member of the GR!C team!

Ryan grew up in Jupiter, Florida, surrounded by their mother’s extensive record collection, which sparked their love of music. They graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in History and Political Science in 2009, and later continued on in the Gender & Cultural Studies program. During their undergraduate years Ryan translated their passion into a radio show, and they’ve been cultivating their music collection ever since.

They’ve spent the last decade working in Higher Education and Nonprofit Management, most recently for the preservation organization Save Our Cemeteries in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have a particular affinity for organizations which aim to empower women, transgender and gendernonconforming youth. Ryan spends their free time at the Montrose Dog Beach with their pups Willow and Sookie, exploring the local cemeteries, and riding their scooter.

Email Ryan with any questions you may have OR simply to welcome them to the team: