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Chicago Urban Debate League

Chicago Debates (CD) is searching for talented, engaging and enthusiastic external coaches to support the head coaches at one of the 75+ schools we support. Those who work in this role will assist us in achieving our mission of advancing the educational achievement, community contributions, and life success of Chicago’s youth through the transformative power of academic debate. There are numerous positions available at all different skill and grade levels. If you want to inspire and train the next generation of urban debaters, CD wants you! Responsibilities are flexible and determined by school need and community coach availability.


  • Policy debate knowledge. We’re not looking for someone who was the most competitively successful. The ideal candidate understands policy debate and knows how to effectively communicate and teach its concepts to an audience unfamiliar with debate.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle for work is preferred but not required as many of our schools are located on the west and south sides of Chicago.
  • Legal clearance to work with minors. Must pass a background check, TB test, and any others required by Chicago Public Schools (potentially including a drug test).
  • Strong ethics, maturity, and appropriate boundaries for adult interactions with minors, including compliance with all Chicago Public Schools HR and reporting requirements.

Typical Responsibilities (flexible based on school and coach need):

  • Tournaments: Attend Chicago Debate League tournaments to coach and judge. Each school typically attends 5-6 tournaments throughout the season. The number of required tournament days will be determined by each coach and their team’s needs. Schools do not attend tournament more than once a month.
  • Practice: Attend after school practices at least 2x/month. Schedule to be agreed upon between coach and community coach.
  • Coach support: Work with the head coach to determine need, goals, team structure, etc.

Pay is $1,500 for the season (October – March/April). Sound interesting to you? We are actively hiring community coaches now! Email Lauren Hince, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, with any questions about this role.

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