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Corliss Garner invites you to an event hosted by The African American Legacy of The Chicago Community Trust. Many of you are involved in organizations doing great work to impact the African American community in Chicago. This FREE training session is designed to sharpen the skills of individuals leading these organizations and provide collaboration and networking opportunities. Please sign up to attend the session and spread the word to those who will benefit. Our community needs strong organizations to effect change. Click HERE to register.
Current Career Opportunities
Members please share this link with persons in your network qualified for and interested in a Chief Information Officer position. I would ask that you let me know if a referral is successful in getting an interview and of course the position.
Pace is always in the market for people with procurement/buying experience and or a desire to start a career in procurement. Please contact Karen Riley for contact information.
Position Title: Inclusion Consulting and Training Coordinator
Department: Advocacy and External Affairs
Access Living seeks a Training and Inclusion Consulting Coordinator. The coordinator will develop and
implement a business inclusion consulting program. This fee for service program will give Chicagoland
businesses expert guidance on access, accommodations and inclusion. This will include supporting a
Business Consulting Advisory Committee. The coordinator will also develop and evaluate training
programs across a variety of Access Living Departments. Focused on disability, access, and disability
awareness, trainings will be program specific or organization wide. The coordinator will be part of
building the trainings, organizing the trainings, monitoring the trainings, evaluating the trainings, archiving
the trainings, and conducting the trainings. The coordinator will work closely with, and will be supervised
by, the Manager of Public Affairs. Specific duties include:
• Construct a fee for service Business Inclusion Consultation Program
• Implement Business Inclusion Consultation Program
• Construct database of Chicagoland institutions to be offered trainings
• Coordinate logistics and support for offsite and onsite trainings, and the cataloging of trainings.
• Work with Access Living staff to integrate a fee for service component into training program
• Develop awareness curriculum focused on employment of people with disabilities for non-profit
and corporate Human Resources Professionals
• Outreach to schools and other entities in Chicago and surrounding area
• Work with individual staff and departments to develop internal and external disability training
curriculums across multiple subject areas
• Marketing to Chicagoland Businesses
• Other support duties as assigned
Qualified candidates should have a majority of the following qualifications:
• Undergraduate Degree is required;
• Experience (personal or professional) working with people with disabilities is preferable;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills to connect with a range of individuals, companies
• Knowledge and familiarity with the disability rights movement and independent living movement
• Experience creating public presentations and evaluating their effectiveness;
• Familiarity with social media platforms;
• Ability to travel throughout Illinois;
• Valid driver’s license or identification is required;
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment under deadline.
Equipment: Computers, Lync system, fax, copier, online data web applications, Microsoft Office suite,
and software experience, including power point and design, required.
Physical Demands: Ability to operate phones and computer, and travel mainly within Cook County.
People with disabilities, members of other minority communities, and those with personal experience with
disability are highly encouraged to apply. Access Living offers excellent benefits, vacation, sick leave,
and holiday schedules. Resumes accepted until position is filled. Interested candidates should email,
mail or fax a resume and cover letter to:
C/O: Human Resources
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
The Greater Chatham Initiative
Position Description – Executive Director
Position Summary: Under the direction and guidance of the Leadership Committee (LC), the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI). The Executive Director will establish and achieve major goals and objectives in alignment with the Comprehensive Plan for Economic Growth and Neighborhood Vitality; communicate regularly with the LC, Implementation Committees and Implementation Partners; fundraise and manage GCI’s financial resources; execute administrative functions efficiently; and positively represent GCI to regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the general public.
The Greater Chatham Initiative
The Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI) is a comprehensive, innovative and ambitious effort to align the growth trajectory of the Greater Chatham community with that of the broader metropolitan Chicago region, for the mutual benefit of both. It aims to enhance Greater Chatham’s status as a community of opportunity – one that connects its residents, businesses and other assets to regional markets, as development and deployment of these assets are critical to the growth of the regional economy. It also aims to strengthen the community’s position as a community of choice – augmenting its ability to attract and retain the core of its historic population: middle-class African-American families. GCI’s Comprehensive Plan for Economic Growth and Neighborhood Vitality (“GCI Plan”) articulates 16 strategies to realize this vision. The current draft of the Plan is available at: www.rw-ventures.com/GCI/GCI%20Draft%208.01c%20SL.pdf.
This novel and transformative effort requires the creation of an equally innovative organizational infrastructure for effective implementation of the GCI Plan. A preliminary organizational chart (see attached) illustrates the “distributed work” model envisioned for the organization, with the Executive Director at its center. The Executive Director will play a critical role in implementing the GCI Plan and creating a new, replicable model for neighborhood development throughout the City of Chicago and beyond.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Program Development and Management
Direct and oversee short- and long-term implementation of the GCI Plan
Collaborate with Implementation Committees and Implementation Partners to develop realistic, but aggressive, work plans, budgets and timetables for designing, launching and growing specific initiatives that advance implementation of the Plan’s strategies
Develop, recommend for the LC’s approval and track metrics to assess ongoing progress in achieving the Plan’s vision for Greater Chatham Operations and Administration
Establish annual objectives and an operating plan that support the implementation of the GCI Plan and optimize partner capacity and funding resources
Ensure the appropriate protocols, systems and structures are in place to guide day-to-day operations, including staffing, equipment and other resource needs, and administrative plans, policies and procedures
Submit information, reports and records as requested or required by law to appropriate government officials or the LC
Secure funding for initiatives developed, launched and operated by GCI’s Implementation Partners from local, regional and national sources in the public, private and non-profit/philanthropic sectors
Develop and manage GCI’s annual operating budget (approved by the LC)
Ensure the accuracy, integrity and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting
Leadership and Communication
Act as the spokesperson for GCI
Engage regularly with the LC to provide appropriate and timely information for decision-making; organize and participate in periodic LC meetings to keep them informed and garner input and approval on GCI policies and activities
Manage and engage with each of the Implementation Committees and their respective co-chairs on a regular basis, to ensure that initiatives are being identified, designed and moved toward implementation
Engage with the Public Officials Committee to inform them of GCI activities, garner their support and coordinate and align on resource development
Develop and maintain community contacts, focusing on individuals, organizations and networks relevant to GCI’s mission and vision
Maintain political awareness and connections relevant to achieving GCI’s mission and vision
As needed, surface potential candidates for membership in the LC and Implementation Committees, and surface potential Implementation Partners
The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to GCI’s vision, and possess deep knowledge of the Greater Chatham area’s history, institutional environment, assets and challenges. Residents of Greater Chatham are encouraged to apply.
Candidates with a variety of educational and professional experience may be qualified for the Executive Director position. Relevant qualifications could include a combination (or equivalent) of:
Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., public policy, economic development, urban planning, non-profit management, etc.)
Five or more years of executive-level experience in an administrative/management role
Knowledge and experience working in the fields of economic development, community/neighborhood development, housing, small business development, etc.
Successful candidates will demonstrate high integrity, superior leadership skills and deep experience in managing boards, finances, organizational operations, program development, performance measurement and a diverse array of external partner relationships. The Executive Director will possess a “start-up mentality” – entrepreneurial, flexible and innovative in his/her approach to shaping and growing a new organization in order to achieve GCI’s goals. In addition to strengths in planning and management, the ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, thoughtful and timely decision-maker and effective communicator.
Compensation: Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Competitive benefits package.
Location: Chicago, Illinois. Office location to be identified in one of the four community areas comprising the GCI footprint – Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing.
Position Type: Full Time
Application Process: Please send cover letter, résumé (not to exceed 5 pages) and full contact information to GCILeadership@rw-ventures.com. All information will be kept confidential.