Policy Specialist

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a policy specialist to work on criminal justice reform and re-entry in Springfield as well as work for and against other legislative initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with the legislature in Springfield, experience working with coalitions and a deep commitment to social justice.

About CCH:

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 37-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. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality.

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.
  • Supervises policy interns
  • Does research and produces written materials necessary to develop and implement campaigns.
  • Represents CCH in coalitions related to criminal justice reform
  • Develops campaign strategies with organizers
  • Works with organizing staff, develops organizing skills as they relate to policy work

Qualifications:

We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze material, think strategically, and get work done in the face of obstacles
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working with coalitions and community organizers
  • Commitment to social justice and advancing racial equity
  • Must be willing to travel frequently

Prior experience in a legislative environment is a plus but not a requirement.

Salary Range:

$47,000 – $52,000 based on experience.

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample by September 29, 2017 to: Julie Dworkin, 70 E. Lake St., Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60601 or email to cchpolicyjob@gmail.com.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength, and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 



State Legislative Director

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a policy staff person to lead our state budget work in Springfield as well as work for and against other legislative initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with the legislature in Springfield, experience working with coalitions and a deep commitment to social justice.

About CCH:

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 37-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. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Researches and develops policy proposals
  • Regularly attends legislative session days in Springfield to advocate for policy initiatives
  • Supervises policy interns and/or staff
  • 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 and produces written materials necessary to develop and implement campaigns
  • 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
  • Serve on CCH’s management team

Qualifications:

We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze material, think strategically, and get work done in the face of obstacles
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Four to five years’ experience working on state legislative and state budget issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working with coalitions and community organizers
  • Commitment to social justice and advancing racial equity
  • Must be willing to travel frequently

Salary Range:

$55,000 – $59,000 based on experience.

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample by September 29, 2017 to: Julie Dworkin, 70 E. Lake St., Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60601 or email to cchpolicyjob@gmail.com.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength, and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 



Senior Attorney

Job Description: The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a new Senior Attorney to provide legal representation and advocacy for individuals, children and families experiencing homeless through both litigation and policy work.

Organized in 1980, CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to advocating for and with people who experience homelessness. Staffed by community organizers, public policy specialists, and legal aid attorneys, our advocacy is done in partnership with the people who benefit by our work: Homeless students, unaccompanied youth, parents, ex-offenders, and low-wage workers work with CCH staff and community volunteers. Together, we advocate to develop affordable housing, preserve a shelter safety net, and protect access to public schools and school services, health care, fair wage jobs, and basic human rights and services. CCH creates opportunities where people who have coped with homelessness are shown that their voice matters.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct legal representation to homeless children and families in education-related disputes, street-based individuals in civil rights claims, and homeless or at-risk persons in other civil legal matters through litigation or administrative processes. This can also include impact or class litigation.
  • Outreach to homeless individuals living on the street and in shelter.
  • Develop and implement policy strategies to address systemic civil rights issues impacting homeless persons, including access to housing, education and alternative court models.
  • Participate in local and state-level coalitions and campaigns to promote policies and laws that impact the civil and human rights of homeless individuals and families.
  • Assist Law Project Director and Associate Director with supervision of staff, litigation and other projects as needed.
  • Develop and conduct trainings for attorneys and other professionals on the legal rights of homeless persons.
  • Assist in monitoring and implementing various consent decrees.
  • Collaborate with other staff of the Law Project and CCH.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree and licensed to practice law in Illinois
  • 5-10 years of experience in public interest law, including litigation and administrative hearing experience
  • A working knowledge of public assistance programs
  • A demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Experience working in high-poverty communities
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Supervisory experience preferred

Salary Range:

$55,000 to $65,000, depending on experience, highly competitive benefits package

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to chomeless7@gmail.com. Please put “Senior Attorney” in the subject line.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, 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. 



Job listings at other non-profits are available at websites such as NPO.net and Idealist.org



Unpaid Internships

If interested in an unpaid internship at CCH, please contact:

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

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