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.

Sr. Director, Community Impact - Growing Household Wealth

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-803532
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Masters Degree
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: January 10, 2022
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Senior Director oversees the next phase of the Growing Household Wealth ("GHW") portfolio, including active oversight, assessment and refinement of the current strategies and initiatives that advance the Trust’s ultimate goal to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region, as well as building on the organizational knowledge, relationships, partnerships and the GHW team to execute on this strategic goal. GHW strategies and initiatives overall aim to build income and assets and reduce debt for Black and Latinx families in the region. This high-level position serves as the Trust’s subject matter expert and is the stakeholder interface and spokesperson for GHW, including with donors, community residents, and private, institutional and public sector partners. The Senior Director ensures internal collaboration and close communication across four other Trust strategic goal teams and across critical Trust functions, including Philanthropic Services, Learning & Impact, and Strategic Communications.The Senior Director also works with operations, including finance and IT to assure efficient administration of GHW discretionary grant investments.


  • Develops and manages the strategic growth and development of the GHW portfolio, creating and refining strategies, leading related initiatives and overall managing the success of the work
  • Directs budget and resources related to area of responsibility
  • Manages, coaches and supports development of GHW Program Managers and Impact Coordinators
  • Collaborates generally with other Community Impact strategic goal teams to enhance the integration of the work, and cross-functionally within the Trust with Philanthropic Services, Learning & Impact, and Strategic Communications teams, to:
    • Increase donor engagement and giving to the Trust’s strategic goals
    • Define and articulate the impact of the integrated strategic priorities
    • Communicate the story of the work across the entire range of Trust stakeholders
  • Works cooperatively with Trust operations functions, including finance and IT to assure efficient administration of discretionary grants investments

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is preferred although we welcome all candidates regardless of educational background
  • Minimum of 10 years of related work experience
  • Proven work experience as a team leader or supervisor
  • Prominence and demonstrated thought leadership in the economic development sector, particularly in the network of local and national actors, agencies and organizations dedicated to mitigating the economic development challenges of large urban communities
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with residents and local leaders to strengthen community and economic development
  • Experience working with racially and ethnically diverse and low-income urban communities on economic development challenges
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to effect change and in promoting and contributing to a strong learning culture
  • 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 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).

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.

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.

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 launched the focus of our discretionary spending over the next decade to 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.