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Executive Director

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless  has begun a search for an executive director to succeed Ed Shurna upon his retirement this fall. The Board of Directors is working with Noetic Search, LLC. Pending the release of a position posting, inquiries can be forwarded to .

Policy Specialist – Entry Level

Posted July 30, 2015

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 35-year old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders within the homeless population to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives.

Job Responsibilities:
 Researches and develops policy proposals
 Regularly attends legislative session days in Springfield to advocate for policy initiatives
 Staffs CCH program committees and helps shape and direct committee initiatives. Develops leadership among committee participants, recruits new members and leaders for committee.
 Does research to gather credible data and information necessary to develop and implement campaigns.
 Researches and writes a variety of materials including reports, fact sheets and letters to support both short and longer-term efforts.
 Responds to press and community requests for information.
 Represents CCH in efforts initiated by other organizations
 Develops campaign strategies with organizers
 Works with organizing staff, develops organizing skills as they relate to policy work

Bachelor of Arts degree in related field
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience working on state legislative and state budget issues
Experience working with coalitions and community organizers
Experience with housing, youth, criminal justice, or homelessness issues preferred
Commitment to social justice
Must be willing to travel frequently

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Julie Dworkin, 70 E. Lake St., Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60601, or email to

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age. People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Unpaid Internships

If interested in an unpaid internship at CCH, please email the director or staff member who oversees the area in which you would like to intern.

CCH places more than 20 interns a year with its public policy, community organizing, legal and development staffs.

Most interns are college and graduate students earning academic credit. Most internships run through the academic year or during the summer.