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.

Project Specialist, Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-791635
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: September 28, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

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.

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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

Experience and Skills:

Position Qualifications

  • 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 collaborative planning.
  • Technical skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access)
  • 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 this role.
  • 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 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.