Position: Community Engagement Manager
Location: Temporarily remote; Eventual in-person at 228 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL
Start Date: Between January 15 and February 1, 2022
Salary: Minimum $55,000 (final salary to be set based on experience)
Job Type: Full-time salary with generous benefits package, including paid BCBS HMO
Reports to: Executive Director

Summary of Position:
Housing Choice Partners (HCP) seeks a talented civil rights advocate to fill the role of Community Engagement Manager. This is a management-level position that reports directly to the Executive Director and works close with other program managers. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and community-led advocacy, as well as a grounded understanding of the concept of housing as a human right. Some local travel will be required for community events.

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience/skills:

 

  • Program management and staff supervision

  • Managing federal (Fair Housing Initiatives Program) grants

  • Grant writing

  • Public speaking and organizing/delivering educational workshops to a wide variety of audiences

  • Building external relationships

  • Community organizing and meeting facilitation

  • Federal, state, and local housing policy analysis

  • Familiarity with federal, Illinois, Cook County, and Chicago fair housing laws

  • Familiarity with subsidized housing policy (especially policies related to the Housing Choice Voucher Program)

  • Emotional intelligence and ability to create and contribute to an empathetic work environment

  • Clear written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Creative and critical thinking skills

  • Resourceful in overcoming challenge

  • Able to work with people of diverse backgrounds

  • Dependable and able to work independently and in team settings

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and/or Google Workspace

COVID-19 Policy: Since March 2020, HCP has been working remotely with some staff voluntarily coming into the office throughout the week. We will be reevaluating this policy in 2022 and expect that there will be a shift back to a more frequent in-office presence. All staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Essential Functions:
 

  • Manage the coordination, execution, and completion of all assigned tasks associated with HCP’s federal Fair Housing (FH) education and outreach program, including: creation and evaluation of an annual FH education plan that responds to community and organizational needs and grant requirements; creation and coordination of community education projects; development and delivery of fair housing trainings and materials for a variety of audiences; the ability to meet all requirements as stipulated by federal grants and contracts, including reporting on all project outcomes

  • Support HCP’s Communication Coordinator with relevant, timely, and forward-thinking communications that reach a wide variety of audiences, including drafting of website and social media content, quarterly e-newsletters, and other tasks, as assigned

  • Organize and host Fair Housing Month conference with organizational partners

  • Research public and private market housing law, regulations, and federal guidance to help develop policy briefs and contribute informed considerations with policy advocacy partners

  • Present recommendations to decision makers, including government staff and elected officials

  • Provide written and oral testimony at public hearings, as needed

  • Stay up-to-date on emerging housing issues, particularly those impacting Housing Choice Voucher program participants

  • Build and maintain new and existing partnerships with organizations and agencies working on issues facing HCP clients

  • Represent HCP in coalitions and collaborative work with partners

  • Attend community meetings and other public events to build relationships, raise HCP’s profile, and gather information about issues that impact HCP clients, programs, and mission

  • Solicit input and feedback from community members, partner organizations, and clients to inform HCP’s work

  • Assist in the planning of events to promote all programs within HCP and in accordance with relevant grant requirements

  • Assist Executive Director and Senior Management Team with strategic program evaluation and data analysis to drive organizational growth, new engagement of staff in outreach and education efforts, and overall furthering of HCP’s mission

  • Support on-going development efforts by identifying new funders, partners, and supporters, and assisting with grant writing and fundraising efforts

  • Take on other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director and Deputy Director

  • Supervise community outreach staff and interns, as assigned

To Apply:

Email a copy of your resume AND cover letter to resumes@hcp-chicago.org. All resumes and cover letters must be received by 1/15/21. Start date will be as soon as possible with the right candidate.

No in-person applications or phone calls regarding the position will be accepted. Direct any questions to the email addresses listed above.

Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, family status, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other protected status. HCP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants.