The Chicago Community Trust is hiring a Program Manager for its
Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment strategy. Catalyzing Neighborhood
Investment is one of the Trust’s strategies designed explicitly for
achieving a 10-year goal to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap.
The focus areas of the Program Manager position are real estate
development, development finance and neighborhood investment public
In 2020, the Trust launched the Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment
strategy. Working at the organizational and institutional levels, the
strategy builds the capacity of majority Black and Latinx communities
to attract, retain and own local investments. The strategy is
organized around three themes - Build the Foundation, Take Collective
Action, Change Systems - and includes eight "interventions"
representing discrete components of the neighborhood investment
ecosystem. Together, these interventions create an enabling
environment for investment - particularly, private investment. The
strategy places strong emphasis on improving the physical conditions
of communities through built environment solutions.
The Program Manager will use the tools, resources, and relationships
of The Chicago Community Trust, and specifically the Catalyzing
Neighborhood Investment team, to make it easier for majority Black and
Latinx communities to develop their districts, corridors, and blocks
in a manner that algins with place-based plans and builds community
wealth. Important aspects of the job are internal and external
collaboration, thought leadership, field building, community
partnerships, and grantmaking. The Program Manager will be a part of a
highly collaborative team led by the Trust’s Senior Director in
Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment.
- Develop, lead and manage projects and initiatives that align with
real estate development, development finance and neighborhood
investment policy objectives of the Catalyzing Neighborhood
- Cultivate internal and external relationships to advance the
strategy, including working with and through the Trust’s other
strategy teams and programmatic affiliates (i.e., Community Desk
Chicago, Elevated Chicago, 3C Chicago).
- Lead and manage catalytic and strategic grantmaking for built
- Cultivate funding opportunities with Trust donors and other
philanthropic sources to support built environment solutions.
- Work with Trust Policy team to develop and implement a policy
agenda for neighborhood investment strategy.
- Identify, lead and manage research opportunities for built
- Refine, track and report on outcomes and measures for real estate,
development finance and policy interventions.
- Hire and manage vendors, including consultants and interns.
- Manage and track strategy budget.
- Conduct other duties as assigned by the Senior Director.
- Demonstrated experience and background in real estate development,
business finance, economics, urban planning with a specialization in
development finance, or related field. Master's degree preferred but
welcome all candidates regardless of education background.
- Minimum of 5 years of related work experience; 7 years is preferred.
- Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the Trust’s goal of
closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap; Understanding of racial
equity practices and frameworks is required.
- Understanding of the real estate development ecosystem, including
project financing and deal flow; Knowledge about the role of private
capital is required.
- Ability to work collaboratively and build relationships across the
Trust’s internal strategies and externally across organizations,
geographies, and sectors.
- Ability to build relationships and speak proficiently about the
real estate development ecosystem with developers, financial
institutions, aligned philanthropies, traditional investors, and
impact investors; Strong quantitative skill set is important.
- Ability to manage complex problems and generate enthusiasm for
proposed solutions; Coordination skills are paramount to success in
- Experience in project management, with the ability to assess and
resolve implementation issues and to establish best practices.
- Effective listening skills and business acumen to support the
priorities of many stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills and comfort with cross-cultural
communication; Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
- Knowledge of the Chicago region, including its people, cultures,
communities, and economy.
- Propensity for self-starting and approaching the role in the
spirit of creativity and growth.
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 email@example.com if you require a reasonable
accommodation to complete this application.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are fundamental to achieving
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.
History of The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to
advancing metropolitan Chicago and improving the lives of the people
who call it home. The Trust serves as a philanthropic partner,
connecting the generosity of donors with community needs. Today,
following the creation of a new strategic plan in 2018, the Trust
stands committed to addressing Chicago’s legacy of systemic inequity
and closing the racial wealth gap. With assets of approximately $3
billion, the Trust in partnership with its donors distributes more
than $400 million in grants each year. Our unwavering mission is to
mobilize resources, people, organizations and ideas in support of this
vision for a truly equitable, connected and thriving community.
The Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert Harris, father and
son duo of the Harris (now BMO Harris) bank family. The Chicago
Community Trust was the fourth community foundation ever created.
There are now 750 community foundations across Canada and the US.
Since 1915, the Trust has been part of nearly every major civic
milestone of the Chicago region. From the creation of Millennium Park
and Chicago’s Harris Theater to Leadership Greater Chicago and Chicago
Urban League, the Trust has worked to support the people and
organizations that have made Chicago a world class city.
The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors,
grantees, residents and community leader that continue to work
tirelessly to make this City one where all have the opportunity to
realize their dreams.
The Trust is also changing the way we operate from a traditional
grantmaker to a transformative changemaker. As such, all aspects of
the organization are moving towards advancing change through a range
of approaches, including supporting programs, conducting and analyzing
research, driving collaboration, engaging funders, advancing policy,
and moving markets and investments towards social change. This work is
grounded in principles of equity and informed by individuals
disproportionately impacted by systemic racism.