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Available Positions

Program Advocate

Under the direction of the Vice President of Youth & Family Services, the position is primarily responsible for providing mentoring, case management, one-on-one intervention, group programming, recreation and SEL training to youth aged 13-21.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Intake and enroll candidates in the UYC (Urban Youth Connection), GIFT (Growing in Fortitude Together), PR (Project Ready) or OW (Opportunity Works) program.
  • Maintain a minimum caseload of 40 youth participants.
  • Actively facilitate the Case Management Process. This includes completing all necessary client intake documents, complete programmatic assessments (three times a year); develop and revise service plans every 90 days with each participant assigned.


Building Engineer

The Building Engineer is responsible for assisting the Facilities Supervisor in maintaining the Chicago Urban League’s building and employee parking lot. This position is accountable for all repairs (electrical, mechanical and structural), general cleaning, and maintenance of the office building.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Adjusting air and/or heating settings and zones and thermostats for optimal employee comfort
  • Checking all light sources in the building and parking lot and replace bulbs as needed
  • Coordinating service calls from outside contractors and vendors
  • Set up and breakdown for meetings and events
  • Responsible for cleaning of restrooms and common spaces throughout the building
  • Responsible for emptying trash bins and replacing trash bags throughout the building
  • Preparing and maintaining maintenance logs and records


Employment Specialist

Title:      Employment Specialist

Reports To:      Director of Workforce Development

Under the direction of the Director of Workforce Development, the Employment Specialist will assist clients in achieving employment goals by providing individual employment counseling. He/She would work closely with the Workforce Development staff and reports to the Workforce Development Director. 


  • Provides professional advice to help each participant decide the best services for her.
  • Provides job search guidance and placement
  • Assures that participant understands the next step in receiving services from Workforce Development or other community resource



Director of Development

Title:      Director of Development

Reports To:      Chief Development Officer

The Chicago Urban League is seeking a full-time Director of Development to expand the efforts and capacity of the Development Team, ultimately leading to increased revenue for programs, initiatives, and the organization at large. The Director will help oversee and build relationships with institutional and individual donors and prospects to maximize financial contributions and help the Chicago Urban League achieve its strategic and organizational goals.

  • Team Expansion & Management
    • Provide oversight and direction to current grants consultant, ensuring grant deliverables (e.g. reports and applications) are submitted in a timely manner 
    • Work with Chief Development Officer and HR to recruit, interview, hire, and onboard additional team members 
    • Coach, mentor, and develop staff to help empower the team and foster a spirit of teamwork
    • Develop and regularly monitor goals to ensure team success and effectiveness 


  • Portfolio Oversight
    • Maintain personal portfolio of mid-level individual and institutional funders
    • Conduct regular prospect research to grow portfolio
    • Liaise across departments and boards to identify, cultivate, and solicit funding prospects
    • Collaborate with Chief Development Officer on future major gift strategy
    • Development and implement an annual fund strategy to increase individual giving


VP/Ex. Dir., Research & Policy Ctr.

Reporting to the President and CEO and serving as a member of the executive management team, the Vice President and Executive Director of the Chicago Urban League’s Research & Policy Center is responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s mission-aligned advocacy and research agendas, program development and strategic project activities. This role enhances the work of the organization as a whole by deepening and broadening its impact through research, partnership, thought leadership and strategic planning support.

Because of its research focus, this position requires graduate-level credentials, which may include a PhD with 3-5 years post-graduate professional experience or a Master’s, J.D. or comparable degree with 10+ years post-graduate professional experience.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic counsel to President/CEO and the executive team on policy and legislative issues at the city, county and state levels;
  • Inform the President/CEO and the executive team of research, trends and issues that will impact the work of the organization;
  • Oversee the development and execution of program development and internal evaluation research and activities designed to monitor and assess the impact of our programs and services
  • Supervise the Director of Advocacy, the Director of Learning and Evaluation, and the Director of Research.


Intake Specialist

Title:      Intake Specialist

Reports To:      Vice President Housing and Financial Empowerment

This position operates in a very fast-paced environment.  From time to time, the employee works special events with various funders and may be required to work outside the headquarters. The employee is occasionally needed to process intakes from clients during Seminars, Workshops and one-on-one counseling sessions.  Seminars and Workshops are held during vening hours, usually 6-9:30pm and are currently being offered twice a month.

This position is key to the success of the department’s monthly reporting.  It is therefore required to maintain a record of calls using tracking in the Client Management System. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Vice President, Foreclosure Manager, Financial Coaches and Database Administrator with operations in the housing department
  • Generate monthly reporting from Client Management Systems Counselor Max (CMAX), Enterprise Case Management (ECM), HUD as well as spreadsheets for NFMC (bi-monthly)
  • Prepare educational workshop packets for the following Workshops/Seminars and Housing Fairs:
    • Financial Empowerment (FEC)
    • Foreclosure
    • First time homebuyer
    • Outreach and special events, such as events hosted by various funders.
  • Intake clients that attend workshops and input their data into CounselorMax (CMAX) and Enterprise Case Management (ECM)


Career Development Specialist

The Career Development Specialist helps program participants become economically self-sufficient through intensive job readiness training, job search assistance and placement, and retention activities. He/she works closely with Workforce Development staff and reports directly to the Vice President of Workforce Development or his/her designee.


  • Intake, assess and document the enrollment process, and ensure accurate record keeping in the client management system.
  • Submit documentation to data entry consultant within 48 hours from the time of participant engagement.
  • Plan, organize, and guide service delivery, in joint effort with participants, from beginning to closeout.


Career Readiness Coach

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the position is primarily responsible for helping clients identify and realize career goals through personal consultation, and group workshops. The job coach will be responsible for assisting an individual with job skills, long-term workforce success strategies, educational options, communication and social skills.


  • Intake and enroll candidates in the Career Readiness Program
  • Facilitate group sessions, including, but not limited to: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Groups, Academic Support/Tutoring Groups, and Work Force Development as outlined in workforce curriculum
  • Conduct one-on-one sessions with participants in an effort to assist them in achieving goals outlined in the Service Plan


Community Navigator

Under the direction of the Director of Workforce Development, the Community Navigator will provide information about legal services, mitigate collateral consequences of incarceration, provide practical supports, assists in filling out forms and advocate for justice involved individuals. They will also foster social supports by connecting individuals to community resources to increase their social connections.

Essential Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reach and train 100 community members on legal literacy authorized curriculum.
  • Refer 35 community members for ILA2J legal services.
  • Accompany 20 community members to court and legal proceedings.


Senior Grants Administrator

The Senior Grants Administrator will work to increase revenue by expanding institutional fundraising efforts. A key member of our Development Team, this person will be responsible for researching, vetting, writing and submitting corporate, foundational, individual, and governmental grants that support research and policy, programing and initiatives.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and expand support for programs by overseeing execution of grants portfolio including research and prospecting, proposal and report writing, and stewardship activities
  • Initiate ongoing communication with key staff to analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities
  • Research, identify and qualify funding opportunities from corporate, foundation, and government sources.