Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns

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 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 Purpose:

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 help craft overall strategy, as well as lead a planning process with our grassroot base and allied organizations that advance our housing public policy goals. This position also will work to advance racial equity.
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. The Associate Director will also play a leadership role in establishing and operating a new 501(c)4 companion organization. This position provides leadership on CCH’s organizing team and works in close collaboration with CCH’s policy and legal departments.

Duties Include:

  • 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 501(c)4 activities, including, but not limited to:
    • Helping lead c4 eligible work,
    • Providing strategic guidance on 501(c)4 allowable activities,
    • Training staff and grassroots leadership on 501(c)4 work,
    • And, in conjunction with CCH’s administrative department, ensuring compliance with relevant rules and regulations.
  • Staff and provide leadership in campaign coalitions.
  • Plan and execute campaign strategy in partnership with other key staff and coalition partners.
  • Promote and facilitate relationships with key current and potential partners.
  • Plan and execute direct actions and other tactics, including the coordination of neighborhood-level
    fieldwork such as canvassing and door knocking.
  • Supervise and mentor staff organizers and grassroots leaders to deepen advocacy skills and political analysis.
  • Help to design and conduct workshops and presentations that prepare base members to lead
    elements of our campaigns.
  • Co-lead the development of a core group of leaders’ engagement in campaign strategy and decision making.
  • Assist with CCH’s community organizing training, which also helps build skills and knowledge of our
    base members and stakeholders.

We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building and collaboration, who are results-oriented, strong strategic thinkers, who want to build power, and who have strong project management skills.

  • 5 or more years prior experience leading grassroots organizing or political campaigns
  • Ability to formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term campaign-building goals.
  • Coalition experience and skills in navigating organizational relationships.
  • Experience leading work within a 501(c)4 environment and a strong understanding of related
    rules and regulations.
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of organizing tactics and strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead direct actions and events.
  • Experience supervising organizers.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to establish and
    cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to create and facilitate trainings and workshops.
  • 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.
  • Appreciation for work-life balance.
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and VAN.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

Salary range: $76,125 -$79,125

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 of paid vacation, and a sabbatical program.

Please send a resume and cover letter to: with the subject line “Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns”
Deadline to apply is November 20th.

As of July 1, 2022, 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, Johnson & Johnson and boosters. No vaccine shall be designated unless and until itis fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization. Employees are in compliance with the vaccine mandate two weeks after receiving the last vaccination required to be up-to-date in the series. Timing and dosage (one shot for Johnson & Johnson, two shots for Moderna with 28 days between shots, two shots for Pfizer with 21 days between shots and boosters as they become eligible).

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 “Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns” can be found on our “Jobs & Internships” website page.

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