Posted April 17, 2023 

Job Description: The Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns is responsible for CCH’s city-level strategic organizing campaigns. This position will support and co-develop Chicago organizing staff and potential interns, help craft overall strategy, as well as lead a planning process with our members and allied organizations that advance our housing public policy goals.  

Initially, this work will focus on an initiative that brings together key stakeholders to change policies and laws to create a dedicated stream of revenue for affordable housing and services for those experiencing homelessness. This position provides leadership on CCH’s organizing team and works in close collaboration with CCH’s policy and legal departments. This position will also work to advance racial equity. 

About CCH: 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 43-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 who have experienced homelessness 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. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose. 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Work in close collaboration with the Director of Organizing and the policy department on the 
    development and execution of CCH’s organizing and advocacy campaigns; 
  • provide strategic leadership on C4 activities. 
  • Promote and facilitate relationships with key current and potential partners; 
  • Staff and provide leadership on campaign coalitions 
  • Plan and execute direct actions and other tactics, including the coordination of neighborhood level field work such as canvassing and door knocking. 
  • Supervise and mentor organizing staff, interns, and grassroots leaders to deepen skills and analysis. 
  • Co-lead the development of a core group of leaders, increasing engagement in campaign strategy and decision making. 
  • Assist with CCH’s community organizing training, working to build skills and knowledge of our base members and stakeholders. 
  • Works in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization. 

Qualifications/Skills: This is a mid-level staff organizing position.  

  • Experience leading grassroots organizing or political campaigns; 
  • Coalition experience and skills at navigating organizational relationships; 
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of organizing tactics and strategies; 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead direct actions and events; 
  • Experience supervising organizers; 
  • Experience working with diverse populations; 
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills along with the ability to communicate effectively with staff and grassroots leaders; 
  • Demonstrated ability to stay on task and meet deadlines and goals; 
  • Detail oriented and the ability to work independently and in a team environment; 
  • Commitment to racial, economic, gender and social justice; 
  • Experience working with diverse populations; 
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and work to advance racial equity 
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and VAN; 
  • Spanish Language skills are a plus; 

Salary range: $ 75,000 – $77,000 based on experience, highly competitive benefits package.

Benefits for full-time employees include:

  • Healthcare – Employer pays 90% of the monthly health premium and offers the employee options of HMO or PPO.  Employer pays 100% of dental premium.
  • 401K – After 6 months, employee is eligible for pension benefits.  Employer contributes up to 5% of the employee’s salary annually to the plan. 
  • PTO – 10 Sick Days, 20 Vacation Days per calendar year 
  • 15 Paid Holidays
  • Parental Leave – 6 weeks at full salary and up to 6 weeks at 60% salary for pregnancy related medical leave.
  • Paid Sabbatical time every five years in addition to all other PTO.
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance Plan
  • Hybrid Work Schedule – providing a flexible work environment to allow people to do their best work, includes partial reimbursement for home internet and cell phones

All employees should be up to date on vaccination series as indicted by the CDC.  The currently approved vaccines under this policy are: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. No vaccine shall be designated unless and until it is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.   Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final shot in the required timing and dosage (one shot for Johnson & Johnson, two shots for Moderna with 28 days between shots, and two shots for Pfizer with 21 days between shots). 

Prospective employees will be expected to comply with this policy within two months of accepting their offer of employment. 
Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:  

The 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, gender identity, age or any other legally protected status.