Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates from historically minoritized identities including people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.

Urban Initiatives Overview
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves over 16,000 students in grades K-12 throughout Chicago.

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Career Opportunities

Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting? Our Recess Coach position may be PERFECT for you! The Recess Coach is responsible for implementing the recess schedule for all K-8 school-age youth, expanding SEL knowledge school-wide, and being a proactive team member within their school…
Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting? Our Substitute Coach position may be PERFECT for you! The Substitute Coach is responsible for providing substitute coverage for our recess and out-of-school time programming for K-8th grade youth, expanding SEL knowledge school-wide, and…
POSITION SUMMARY Urban Initiatives seeks a Lead Director of System Design to lead the organization’s partnership strategies across Chicago and within local communities. This leader oversees all partnership strategy and engagement across the organization grounded in UI’s sport- and play-based SEL methodology and suite of youth programs and adult services. They lead a team of one or more…
POSITION SUMMARY Urban Initiatives seeks a Director of Innovation to lead innovation processes and small-scale, early-stage pilot initiatives that pursue opportunities to expand sport- and play-based SEL through Chicago. This leader will support the effectiveness of UI’s Innovation + Learning teams through robust project management and facilitation of ongoing collaboration. They will lead…
POSITION SUMMARY Urban Initiatives is seeking a Community Design Manager who will implement and facilitate the organization’s effort to deepen the potential power of sport and play within individual communities and across Chicago over time. This manager will help cultivate trust-based relationships with a wide variety of stakeholder groups in concentrated communities. They will lead through…
Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with middle school students? Do you enjoy working in a school setting? The Program Manager position may be PERFECT for you! Take The Lead (TTL) Program Overview Take the Lead is a leadership development and high school readiness program that provides middle school students the opportunity to serve…
The Lead Program Manager dedicates their time to managing an estimated five full-time direct reports at their partner schools. The Lead Program Manager's primary role is to support the day-to-day responsibilities of each of their direct reports, or Resource Coordinators, to ensure organization goals, grant deliverables, and performance standards are met. The Lead Program Manager also…
Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting? Our Program Manager, Soccer position may be PERFECT for you! Soccer Program Overview: The Soccer Program uses sport and a team environment to provide social-emotional learning (SEL) to elementary youth. This school-based program builds…
Are you passionate about community development? Have a knack for administrative and analytical job tasks? Do you enjoy coaching others on how to be successful in their roles? Our Resource Coordinator position may be PERFECT for you! The Resource Coordinator is responsible for managing and expanding out-of-school-time programming for Community School’s Initiative, a nationally recognized…