In partnership with local foundations, The Chicago Community Trust
manages the community-led, grassroots strategy of the Partnership for
Safe & Peaceful Communities, which includes the Chicago Fund for
Safe & Peaceful Communities. The Chicago Fund for Safe &
Peaceful Communities supports neighborhood-based organizations to
build social cohesion and promote peace in communities
disproportionately impacted by gun violence. The Specialist will
execute on the strategy set by the co-chairs of the funds by executing
grant agreements and ongoing reporting to funders and key
stakeholders, managing the budget, building relationships with grant
recipients, funders, partners and vendors, overseeing the grant
process (from RFP release, info sessions, grant selection process,
generate checks to grant close out), and collecting data and working
with team on data analysis and reporting.
The Specialist must be able to prioritize multiple tasks, be a strong
communicator, able to engage diverse audiences from community
organizations interested in funding, donors and philanthropic partners.
- Contributes to creating plans in identifying community, civic, and
policy organizations and actors to influence change
- Executes on the designed grant making strategy and facilitates the
grant making process.
- Submit grant proposals, grant agreements and ongoing reporting to
funders and stakeholders
- Informs the content for regular convenings with cross sector
partners and executes on all components in holding both in-person
and virtual convenings.
- Provides technical assistance to grassroots community partners
throughout grantmaking cycle.
- Engages key stakeholders including community leaders, civic
leaders and donors to inform strategy and resulting in plans of action.
- Regularly communicates program updates to key stakeholders
- Organizes and facilitates meetings, capacity building
opportunities and events towards advancing initiatives and strategies.
- Supports engagement and education of donors and stakeholders.
- Supports cross functional collaboration within the Trust,
maintaining close communication with team members from Philanthropic
Service, Learning & Impact, Strategic Communications, Finance
& Administration, and Policy & Advocacy.
- Manage administrative budgets including overseeing vendor
agreements and payments.
- Other duties as assigned by Senior Director of Community Impact
and Co-Chairs of the Chicago Fund for Safe & Peaceful Communities
- 3-5 years of work experience in a project/program management role
or a fundraising / development role
- Ability to commit to the work for the next two years to provide
continuity for the Partnership
- Experience working across multiple stakeholders in a complex
environment while achieving results
- Familiarity with Chicago’s philanthropic and public sector
landscapes (understanding the State of Illinois, and/or the federal
government funding streams would be a plus).
- Experience in project development and management
- Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including
the ability to listen well, convey thoughts clearly, speak in public
and to a wide variety of audiences, and work effectively as a member
of a team
- Demonstrated skills in facilitation, relationship building, and
- Technical skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point,
- Entrepreneurial propensity for self-starting and approaching the
role in the spirit of creativity and growth.
- Ability to manage complex problems and generate enthusiasm for
proposed solutions; coordination skills are paramount to success in
- Strong quantitative skill set to apply to project feasibility analyses.
- Experience in project management, with the ability to assess and
resolve implementation issues and to establish best practices.
- Strong interpersonal skills, written communication, and comfort
with cross-cultural communication.
- Cultural competency.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a reasonable
accommodation to complete this application.
History of The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert
Harris, father and son duo of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank (now
BMO Harris Bank). The Trust was the fourth community foundation ever
created. There are now 750 community foundations in Canada and the U.S.
As our region’s community foundation, the Trust unites generous
donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to effect lasting
change that moves our entire region forward. Our approach centers on
tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root causes
of deep-seated issues to realize a more prosperous future for all who
call metropolitan Chicago home.
For more than 100 years, donors have entrusted their philanthropic
resources and visions to our stewardship. Guided by our deep knowledge
of the community, we fund, lead, convene and collaborate to address
the greatest and most critical needs facing the Chicago region. From
the $22 million raised to help with unemployment relief in the Great
Depression to spearheading an effort to help people keep their homes
during the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession to $35 million
raised for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which
supported nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors, Chicagoans
have put their trust in us.
In 2019, we announced we would focus our discretionary spending over
the next decade on working to close Chicago’s growing racial and
ethnic wealth gap. The Trust envisions a Chicago region that’s
stronger and more prosperous because everyone—regardless of race,
ethnicity, or zip code—has equitable access to the opportunities and
resources they need to succeed and live a fulfilling life.
With assets of more than $3.7 billion, the Trust, in partnership with
its donors, distributes more than $600 million in grants each year.
The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors,
grant recipients, residents, and community leaders that continue to
work tirelessly to make the Chicago region one where all have the
opportunity to realize their dreams.