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 Coordinator, Elevated Chicago

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-797233
  • Job Location: Chicago (Hybrid), IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: December 21, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator works with team and coalition members, partners, grantees and contractors to ensure the implementation and operational success of the initiatives, relationships and partnerships necessary to execute Elevated Chicago’s workplan priorities and essential organizational responsibilities in support of the Elevated Chicago team. This position serves as the internal and external operational and administrative liaison for Elevated Chicago, in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Program Manager.

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 Executive Director and Manager
  • Supports cross-functional collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust, maintaining close communication with Trust departments, with a focus on Community Impact and Operations
  • Participates in Elevated Chicago’s communications strategy, contributing content to social media channels and website
  • Develops communication pre- and post-meetings, events, conferences, etc.
  • Supports project management and 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, expense reports and stipends
  • Tracks budgets
  • Supports drafting and editing of Requests for Proposals, memos, write-ups, Letters of Intent and Support, grant proposals, and presentations
  • Supports grant making processes and activities including pre-work, communications, site visits, decisions and grant writing
  • Provides support in on-boarding new team members and partners, including task, process, and systems-related one-on-one training to full-time, temporary staff and interns
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree, or equivalent training and work experience.
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent Microsoft Office (Outlook, Work, Excel, Power Point) and internet skills.
  • Proficiency with online systems and databases, such as Grant Central, Salesforce and Concur
  • 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 staff and stakeholders.
  • Ability to be flexible in roles representing Elevated Chicago
  • 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 Chicago Community Trust and Elevated Chicago are committed to creating a diverse work environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on 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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are fundamental to achieving our impact

The Chicago Community Trust’s vision is a Chicago region where equity, opportunity, and prosperity abound. We acknowledge the specific role discrimination and systemic barriers based on race, ethnicity, and other varied identities and differences have played in limiting opportunities for too many.  A commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is at the core of who we are, the decisions we make, and the actions we take in our work to strengthen the communities we serve and advance our strategic focus to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap. Click here to learn more about our strategic plan.

More about Elevated Chicago

Elevated Chicago is a partnership of organizations committed to transforming the half-mile radius around transit stations into hubs of opportunity and connection across our region’s vast transit system. Elevated Chicago views station areas as optimal locations where arts and culture, urban design, social programming and development can converge in order to address the region’s deeply rooted disparities in racial equity, with a focus on public health and climate resiliency outcomes. With support from SPARCC, Elevated Chicago will transform decision-making structures so that low-income residents and people of color strengthen their power and influence, and so equity values are embedded in the urban development process and in its outcomes. Our initial work in four pivotal communities will guide and inform a longer-term commitment to scale this model regionally. Elevated Chicago is a collaborative effort that unlocks the potential of transit stations to serve as hubs that connect people and create equitable centers for climate resilience, health and culture.