Director Community Impact


World Business Chicago (WBC) is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

WBC supports Chicago communities and neighborhoods and works to drive inclusive economic growth with impact and investment in all Chicago’s neighborhoods. The Community Impact team supports equitable economic growth and strives to implement the recommendations of Chicago’s Recovery Task Force (RTF) including INVEST South/West (ISW). INVEST South/West is one of the existing strategies that the RTF recommends for acceleration and scalability within Chicago’s disinvested neighborhoods.  ISW is a community improvement initiative to marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations, and corporate partners toward 10 initial neighborhoods and 12 targeted commercial corridors on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

The Director of the Community Impact is a full-time position that reports to the Vice President of Community Impact.

Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Assist in moving forward the strategy for the Community Impact team
  • Collaborate across all WBC units (Innovation and Venture Strategy, Workforce, Business Development, Global Strategic Initiatives, Marketing and Communications, WBC Research Center, Human Resources) to ensure that WBC’s mission of diversity and inclusion is embedded in all aspects of WBC’s work
  • Use or develop Chicago neighborhood relationships and partnerships to implement scalable initiatives that increase economic growth and vitality for the residents of Chicago
  • Identify and manage private-public partnerships, particularly with financial incentives team
  • Responsible for developing, engaging and maintaining key relationships on investable opportunities with Chicago’s neighborhood leaders, community organizations, nonprofits, investors, philanthropy and businesses within the 10 ISW neighborhoods and 12 commercial corridors
  • Create and manage neighborhood roundtables to convene key community organizations, aldermen, city departments, local residents and business owners with the objectives of providing input on public investment and creating visibility on neighborhood plans and priorities and ongoing development and investable opportunities
  • Assist in aligning City resources across departments and sister agencies to target public dollars toward meaningful investments in the 10 neighborhoods and to create better collaboration and a more efficient use of resources across departments
  • Design, facilitate, and support the development of projects in alignment with RTF and ISW
  • Responsible for tracking, analyzing, and communicating key metrics for suggested solutions to senior management on ISW projects
  • Support and collaborate with the WBC Business Development Team on attraction, retention and expansion of companies using an equitable lens
  • Work with WBC’s Talent and Workforce Strategy team to help identify partners to assist with training and job placement

 Skills and Experience

  • Advanced project management skills and ability to develop strategy to drive progress against goals;
  • Deep understanding of Chicago’s neighborhoods with established relationships in the South and West sides of Chicago preferred;
  • Experience in public communication, analysis driven strategies, leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated experience building effective private, public, civic partnerships; especially within local economic development partners and low-to-moderate income neighborhoods;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to address all levels of management;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload to meet changing or tight deadlines;
  • Familiarity with how local and regional economies function
  • A good sense of diplomacy in dealing with confidential information

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate has a minimum of 7 years of experience in community and neighborhood economic development or similar work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required with a focus on social sciences, public administration or urban planning and development

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:

HR@WorldBusinessChicago.com

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