Hiring:  Community Outreach Coordinator

Full Time Status: 1.0 FTE
Report to: Executive Director
Salary: $38,000.00 – $45,000.00, negotiable, based on experience

Position Summary

The position of Community Outreach Coordinator will provide consistent community organizing and engagement to ensure that community voices are central to the development of the future of the urban American Indian community.  This individual must be highly organized and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of and working experience in the American Indian community is essential.

About American Indian Center of Chicago

The American Indian Center of Chicago (AIC) has a long history of serving American Indians. Established in 1953, this Center is the first Urban Indian Center in the country. Federal policies such as termination and the Indian Relocation program of the 1950s brought thousands of American Indians from all over the country to metropolitan Chicago. Because of this influx of reservation Indians, AIC was organized to help Native families cope with the transition from reservation to urban life. Today, the American Indian Center serves as a gathering place for the Native community in Chicago. Programs provided by the Center all have a focus on culture as a tool for healing and community engagement as well as providing the necessary visibility for the American Indian community in a city that ignores them all too frequently.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a community organizing strategy to connect with American Indian community members, build relationships, and connect energy and projects for collective action.
  • Serve as a representative of AIC at requested public events and forums and create a system to track various engagements 
  • Organize, promote, and facilitate group engagement
  • Develop and maintain a system of tracking participants, topics, and evaluations.
  • Build relationships with native and non-native community members and organizations, tribal governments, and other organizations by attending meetings, phone contacts, zoom meetings, and direct person-to-person interaction and create a system to track these engagements.  
  • Collaborate with community organizations, as well as Programs Director and Arts & Culture Director, to ensure community participation at community gatherings and civic participation activities 
  • Organize, manage, track participants, and report on AIC’s campaigns and various policy work.
  • Provide communication and liaison assistance between community members and other stakeholders.
  • Foster collaborative projects within the Native American community and organizations in the development of culturally engaging and motivating media (print, presentations, video, etc.) and web-based content that engages and informs Native American community members, particularly young people, about community-centered development
  • Assist with fundraising activities including writing grants, grant research, budgets, and reporting outcomes to the Executive Director
  • Present to partners, funders, and community members (public speaking required).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of the urban Native American and tribal communities
  • Excellent meeting, planning, and facilitation skills.
  • Computer literacy with strong proficiency in database management, web-based communications, and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Proven ability to work well as a team member and to coordinate/assist diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated capacity to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks 
  • Excellent personal accountability, self-motivation, and job execution
  • Experience organizing events and forums
  • Knowledge and experience with various advocacy and organizing approaches, the public policy making process, issue campaigns, and urban development issues 
  • Attention to detail with strong editing skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, equivalent experience will be considered with verified letters of reference
  • 2-4 years of experience working in community organizing and/or public affairs.
  • Must have experience effectively working with tribes, tribal communities, schools, and nonprofits.
  • Must have personal transportation available for use, ability and willingness to travel as needed.
  • Must pass criminal background check 

All offers of regular, and/or full-time staff employment are contingent upon satisfactory results of a drug test/background check.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) letters of recommendation or references from professional

Please address all resumes to: 

Melodi Serna, Executive Director at melodi@aicchicago.org


Mail to:

American Indian Center
Attn: Melodi Serna, Executive Director 
3401 W. Ainslie St.
Chicago, IL 60625

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