Director of Community Development Initiatives

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-17
Req: JR04698
Department70680 VP For Civic Engagement

About the UnitThe Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) serves as both a champion and steward of University civic engagement activities, providing leadership, coordination, and support, as needed. OCE was created in 2008 to incorporate the Office of Community Affairs and the functions of local and state government relations, while simultaneously expanding the University's intellectual, economic, and cultural engagement with the city of Chicago. In 2012, the University’s Office of Federal Relations shifted under the OCE umbrella, and the Civic Knowledge Project and the University Community Service Center were added in 2016. In 2017, OCE was restructured into OCE & External Affairs with the addition of Corporate Relations, Business Diversity, and Commercial Real Estate Operations.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Director of Community Development Initiatives will work with the Executive Director of Community Development to advance OCE’s economic development efforts, including the UChicago Local Initiative and its “Buy, Live, and Hire Local” programs.

The Director of Community Development Initiatives will support all aspects of that portfolio, and lead on some of the relevant initiatives and relationships.  The role includes leading internal and external working groups, analyzing and presenting employment, purchasing and housing data and working closely with departments throughout the University to enhance opportunities for businesses and job-seekers at the institution.  Key areas of work include managing events, performing research and writing projects, supervising staff and consultants and developing marketing materials.


  • Manage key internal and external partnerships to help achieve program goals
  • Support development of new programs and policies within community development portfolio, including relevant research and writing concept papers and program memos
  • Maintain accountability for local purchasing, hiring and housing programs, including regular data coordination and analysis
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to share stories of impact, highlight case studies, and raise visibility of anchor strategy
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and Program Evaluation to identify funding sources for program area and supporting the development of funding proposals and final reports


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
  • Flexibility and ability to meet deadlines and conduct highly effective, complex research under short time constraints.  Must be able to take on new assignments as required.
  • Maintain confidentiality and always exert the highest level of judgment and ethics. 
  • Ability to problem solve, and synthesize and vet emerging opportunities.
  • Act as a liaison between the OCE and external partners as well as donors with whom the Office of Civic Engagement may collaborate.
  • Ability to work effectively with the broader community of the University, including students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to interact with senior-level administration and faculty on complex issues.
  • Ability to work with civic organizations.
  • Familiarity with Chicago’s civic community, foundations, and philanthropic sector a plus. 
  • Evening and weekend work may be required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree preferred


  • Minimum of 5-7 years of proven effectiveness in community development fields, including small business support, workforce development and housing.  Some experience across all areas preferred.

  • Demonstrated track record of assuming increasing responsibility within an institution, building partnerships, and working with a team to design and implement programming.

  • Experience working with Chicago’s civic community required. Familiarity with South Side community-based organizations preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs required.  GIS proficiency preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Office Environment
  • Travel between Campus and Community Locations
  • Some evenings/weekends for events

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference list

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit EligibilityYes

Pay Frequency

Pay RangeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5


Job is Exempt?Yes

Drug Test Required?No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?No

Health Screen Required?No

Posting Date2019-04-17-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-10-17-07:00

Posting Statement:The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 4/19/2019
Application Due: 6/29/2019
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