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 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…
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 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…
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 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…
Urban Initiatives is seeking an Innovation Program Manager who will implement and facilitate the organization’s small-scale, early-stage pilot programs over finite periods of time that go beyond the scope of UI’s core programs. This manager will be the primary implementer of new programs with young people and will also support new initiatives with adults, partners, and other stakeholders. They…
Request for Quotation Project Overview Both demands for services and investment in youth social-emotional development is on the rise. Urban Initiatives (UI) seeks support from an experienced business development professional starting in July 2022 for an estimated 40 hours per month to help us in proactively seeking new funding opportunities and engagement of corporate citizens as we aim to…
Urban Initiatives is seeking a driven, enthusiastic, excellent relationship manager for our Director of Board Engagement. This position will work closely with the development team and senior leadership to manage the securement of funds and engagement from Urban Initiatives' Associate Board and Student Board. The position is also responsible for Partners Board and Board of Directors…
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…