Careers

Want to play an essential role in empowering Chicago’s youths through sports and play? We’d love to have you on our team

Current Openings 

  • Resource Coordinator

    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 and federally funded program in Chicago. 

  • Adult Learning and Development Director

    Urban Initiatives is seeking an experienced adult learning instructor to design, develop, and implement coaching support services across UI’s adult services and youth programs. This leader will support coaching practice development for internal staff while also leading the logistics of outreach and implementation for external training events. They will supervise, train, and engage facilitators and support the alignment of all training materials across the organization grounded in UI’s sport- and play-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) methodology, emphasizing practical application in youth programs. This position will collaborate closely with a team of learning leaders to support the design and development of the organization’s learning programs.

  • Recess Coach

    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 environment. Recess schedules include but are not limited to, structured play, transitions, and lunchroom support. 

  • Substitute Coach

    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 being a proactive team member within their school environment. 

Why Work At Urban Initiatives

We Use the Power of Sport and Play to Empower Chicago’s Youth

Want to work at a mission-driven organization enabling lasting change in the city? Join the Urban Initiatives team. We value collaboration.

Great Mission

The Urban Initiatives way allows kids to learn, practice, and succeed. It’s an incredibly worthwhile mission for kids and the people who support them.

Great Impact

We’re helping kids who might not otherwise have an opportunity like this. UI participants come from families who qualify as low income.

Great Perks

We offer a variety of perks to support you in your personal and professional development. See below for a listing of things we provide.

Great Diversity

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion and encourage everyone at Urban Initiatives to bring their whole selves to work every day. 

Invest in quality coaches

Invest in quality coaches

Invest in quality coaches

Invest in quality coaches

Invest in quality coaches

Enlist support from diverse networks of families, schools, and community members

Enlist support from diverse networks of families, schools, and community members

Enlist support from diverse networks of families, schools, and community members

Develop social-emotional learning through play

Develop social-emotional learning through play

Develop social-emotional learning through play

Use our network to help students build social capital

Use our network to help students build social capital

Use our network to help students build social capital

Company Benefits

A Great Mission and a Great Place to Work

Urban Initiatives is preparing to scale program operations to have a significantly greater impact across Chicago. Our programs support social-emotional learning (SEL) and demand for these services is greater than ever.

Working at Urban Initiatives puts YOU in the middle of making an impact that will shape generations of Chicago youth. We are coaches by trade and we bring this expertise into our work environment. You can expect us to deliver ample learning opportunities, growth mindsets, a culture of feedback and transparency, and fun as a core value. Are you ready to put passion into action to build a stronger Chicago?

We offer these benefits.

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums are paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
  • Life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
  • Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
  • Flexible schedule and work-from-home environment
  • 120 hours of paid time off (PTO), accrued monthly (PTO may be prorated based on start date.)
  • Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
  • Comp time

Empowering Youth

Urban Initiatives uses the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Our work is in its 20th year of changing lives.

Making an Impact

We believe that play has the power to make Chicago safer, more equitable, and more connected. See students, coaches, and parents share why they think play is serious. We’re growing to meet needs for more of the city’s youth.