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.

Program Impact Coordinator

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-793682
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: October 13, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Community Impact Coordinator works with team members, budgets, and procedures to ensure the implementation and operational success of the initiatives, relationships and partnerships that execute on the Trust’s priority goals by executing essential organization responsibilities to the team. This position serves as the internal and external operational and administrative liaison for the Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment strategy.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Aids in building relationships with key stakeholders including community leaders, civic leaders, corporations and donors
  • Performs administrative tasks, including meeting coordination, hosting meetings, developing agendas, recording meeting outcomes, and handling scheduling for Sr. Director/Director
  • Supports cross-functional collaboration within the Trust, maintaining close communication with Philanthropic Services, Learning and Impact, Finance, Strategic Communications, Policy and Advocacy, and Trust collaboratives
  • Develops communication pre- and post-meetings, events, conferences, etc.
  • Coordinates the collection, research, tracking and sharing of data, reports, documents, tools, etc. with appropriate parties for various projects
  • Tracks, monitors and supports the execution of contracts
  • Tracks budgets
  • Supports drafting and editing of Requests for Proposals, memos, write-ups, Letters of Intent, grant proposals
  • Supports grant making processes and activities including pre-work, communications, site visits, decisions and grant writing
  • Represents the Trust in external region-wide initiatives that include grant-making and key events or coalition meetings upon request
  • Creates and/or executes presentations to staff, Executive Committee and external stakeholders upon request
  • Provides support in on-boarding team staff members, including task, process, and systems-related one-on-one training to full-time, temporary staff and interns
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • Interpersonal Skills. Listens actively, communications clearly, is professional, comfortable working in a team, able to adapt when working with different types of internal and external stakeholders: performs well in a fast-paced work environment, provides technical skills using Trust IT systems and programs (see below).
  • Intellectual Curiosity. Is curious about the content of the work; comfortable with collecting compiling and reporting information and performing routine research.
  • Problem Solving. Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and develops alternative solutions; works well in group routine research.
  • Coordination and Project Management. Coordinate specific tasks among team members and manage discrete projects and deliverables as assigned.
  • Thought Leadership. Strives to be a thought partner and leader at the Trust and with community through development and learning.

Experience and Skills:

  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office (Outlook, Work, Excel, Power Point) and internet skills.
  • Proficiency with online systems and databases, including Salesforce, Foundation Power, SmartSimple and Concur skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills: proofreading, composing and editing communications; ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks and work independently.
  • Ability to interact effectively with Trust staff and stakeholders.
  • Ability to be flexible in roles representing the Trust
  • Ability to compile and display data.
  • Willingness to work as a team member.
  • Flexibility in work hours. May include occasional evening/weekend hours.

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.