Job Description:

This position is responsible for base building and relationship building among people with lived experience of homelessness and organizations who serve people experiencing homelessness. This position primarily focuses on community outreach to sheltered populations. This position supports organizational campaigns and focuses on strong leadership development, as well as mobilization and 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:

  • Identify and develop leadership among people with lived experience of homelessness.
  • Guide and develop leaders to gain the skills and knowledge to lead and win campaigns.
  • Develop and maintain a core group of grassroots leaders who are sheltered.
  • Plan, conduct, and execute direct actions.
  • Work as a team member and do work in support of general CCH activities, as requested.
  • Assist with training base members in organizing principles and tactics.
  • Attending all staff and program meetings, as required.
  • Support the growth and training of entry level organizers.
  • 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 position):

  • Build and maintain a regular schedule of outreach to shelters.
  • Identify and develop leadership among people with lived experience of homelessness.
  • Guide and develop leaders to gain the skills and knowledge to lead and win campaigns.
  • Develop and maintain a core group of grassroots leaders who are sheltered.
  • Plan, conduct, and execute direct actions.
  • Work as a team member and do work in support of general CCH activities, as requested.
  • Assist with training base members in organizing principles and tactics.
  • Attending all staff and program meetings, as required.
  • Support the growth and training of entry level organizers.
  • 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.
  • Experience working political campaigns and/or in a 501(c)4 structure preferred.

Salary range: $66,528-$69,528

Salary above the base salary is available if the candidate meets one or more of the following criteria – demonstrated second language proficiency ($1,000), lived experience of homelessness ($1,000), certification in racial equity work ($1,000).

Excellent benefits, including health, four weeks paid vacation, and a sabbatical program.

All employees should be up to date on vaccination series as indicated 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).

Please send a resume and cover letter to: organizerpositions@chicagohomeless.org with the subject line “Senior Organizer Position.”

Prospective employees will be expected to comply with this policy within two months of accepting their offer of employment.

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.

More job opportunities beyond “Senior Field Organizer” can be found on our “Jobs & Internships” website page.