The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

We are privileged to serve our community and invite those who connect with our mission, vision, and values to explore employment opportunities with the Trust. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

The Chicago Community Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-788492
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: September 03, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

Position Summary

As a member of the Legal team, the Paralegal will support fast-paced, mission-focused work related to legal research, legal document review, board governance, government compliance, and board and operational support on a wide range of legal issues. The Paralegal will assist with the drafting and editing of legal documents and will help triage legal inquiries and contract requests. Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Paralegal will also assist in the organizational management of legal documents, ensuring that the team has an effective system for storing and sourcing important information, and will be responsible for the management of the organization’s procurement process. Incumbent will also assist General Counsel with board management.

Position Responsibilities

  • Draft and/or edit legal documents as directed by manager for department as needed
  • Review, analyze, and organize complex factual material and other substantive legal documents
  • Perform legal research as directed by manager for department as needed
  • Monitor system for legal inquiries, responding or escalating to manager as needed
  • Manage contract management process with an eye towards improving the system with input from business users and other stakeholders at the Trust
  • Support General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in managing board meetings, preparing minutes, drafting resolutions, appointment and reappointment process, and managing board policies and electronic board portal.
  • Draft or amend governing documents, agreements and other legal documents for review.
  • Review and draft standard gift agreements, grant agreements fund documents
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, presentations, forms, etc., often of a confidential nature and requiring individual judgment, without significant instruction or review;
  • Coordinate and liaison with staff, outside counsel and government agencies regarding corporate registrations, annual reports, filings and records.
  • Coordinate and monitor litigation matters in consultation with in-house and outside counsel and maintain
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • Concise explanations of legal research findings
  • Organized Legal Team file system containing the Trust’s contracts, legal documents and board materials
  • Legal inquiries from Trust partners are triaged, and all inquiries are responded to or sent to the appropriate manager within 48 hours
  • A well-managed contracting system that implements feedback from Trust partners, vendors, and contractors, and is responsive to the needs of the leadership team

Experience and Skills:

Position Qualifications

  • Experience working in corporate or non-profit organization preferred
  • Experience with the following transactional functions:
    • Drafting policies and procedures
    • Reviewing contracts
    • Preparing corporate minutes
  • Excellent writing ability, research skills, and analytical thinking, with confidence to apply research results to fact patterns to propose conclusions or prescriptions
  • Highly organized, with a track record of meeting short- and long-term responsibilities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, high volume organization
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Previous paralegal or other legal experience a plus but not required
  • Committed to our mission closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in Chicago

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Trust is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.