About Us: New America Local works within local communities on issues of economic and racial equity. Our strategies vary based on the needs of each community. Using tools like human-centered research and design, technology and best-practices in community collaboration, our work helps inform policy-making at the local, state, and national levels. We engage the experiences and expertise of people on the ground, particularly those that frequently go unheard.
New America Chicago is a policy innovation lab based at The Chicago Community Trust. We bring together innovators, policymakers, and marginalized communities to find and share solutions to issues of racial and economic equity in the Chicago region. We work to make sure technology and social change work in the interest of everyone. Our strategic priorities include: advocating for an equitable recovery agenda for the Chicago area that is grounded in Black and Brown community experiences; and providing thought-leadership and community-based testing for policy reforms to improve low-income family supports at the city, state, and federal level. We are currently in the process of developing a community policy lab to ensure public policies are designed in a way that meet the needs of marginalized communities. The lab will include new ways of engaging community members in designing and informing public policy such as legislation about government benefits or tax credits for low-income families.
About the Position: New America Chicago seeks an organized Senior Program Associate to coordinate the Chicago office on a part-time basis. This position will be responsible for helping implement the new policy lab initiative developed by the team leads. The Senior Program Associate will coordinate the operations of the community policy lab and support occasional events and communications for the Chicago office. This will include working directly with the community to recruit participants, and schedule and help conduct interviews, polling, and policy design sessions. The team member will be relied upon to engage community members in ways that are respectful of their unique expertise. Previous experience with user experience research, social science research, project management, and/or communications will be useful in this position. The ideal candidate will have a personal experience with poverty, familiarity with Black and Brown communities, and/or the South and West sides of Chicago.
The position will support two user experience research projects over the next year. One focuses on increasing access to the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income Chicagoans. The other focuses on improving access to safer alternatives to predatory lending, short-term loans with interest rates as high as 400 percent, primarily targeted at Black and Brown low-income communities. The position may include some quarterly tasks such as organizing, drafting, and sending out newsletters and occasionally assisting with planning events. This is a one-year position with the opportunity for renewal, contingent upon funding.
About You: You are an organized, worker bee who is committed to making life better for low-income communities. You enjoy organizing and creating systems to put a big idea into action. You are collaborative, very detail-oriented, and good at managing project timelines. You are good at putting people at ease, listening closely, and finding patterns across multiple stories and human experiences. You are sensitive to the challenges facing low-income Americans and culturally sensitive. You have a genuine interest in making sure public laws address the needs of Black and Brown low-income communities. You are a good writer and quick to tackle big projects.
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New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.