Vice President 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 Vice President of the Community Impact team is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Vice President of Strategy, Legal and Operations.

Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Lead the strategy for the Community Impact team and ensure alignment with CEO, EVP of Strategy, Legal and Operations, ISW, and WBC values and priorities
  • Collaborate across all WBC units (Innovation and Venture Strategy, Talent and 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 deep 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 and maintaining key relationships with Chicago’s neighborhood leaders, community organizations, businesses throughout Chicago but specifically in the South and West sides of Chicago
  • 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
  • Align City resources across departments and sister agencies to target public dollars toward meaningful investments in the 10 ISW neighborhoods and to create better collaboration and more efficient use of resources across departments
  • Proactive engagement of the private and nonprofit sectors, including corporations, investors, and philanthropy, on investable opportunities across Chicago, as well as in the 10 neighborhoods and 12 commercial corridors of ISW
  • 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
  • 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
  • Provide support to small businesses and entrepreneurs by developing and executing scalable strategic programs that enable trackable growth opportunities for neighborhood-based businesses and under-resourced entrepreneurs
  • Create a plan to include, integrate, and interact with international communities within the neighborhoods and help connect them to City initiatives and other international initiatives
  • Manage and support team members, execute performance reviews and work with EVP on setting and managing budget

Skills and Experience

  • Deep understanding of Chicago’s neighborhoods with established relationships in the South and West sides of Chicago;
  • Advanced project management skills and ability to develop strategy to drive progress against goals;
  • 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


  • The ideal candidate has a minimum of 10 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: