2019 Communications & Development VISTA

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is seeking a Communications and Development VISTA to spend a year of national service beginning March 18, 2019 to build tools and capacity to support the external outreach, communications, development and fundraising operations of the organization.

VISTA members receive a stipend of $14,136, a monthly CTA transit pass, and they can choose to receive either an education award or cash award at the completion of their service. You can find out more about the requirements and benefits of the VISTA program here.

As the Communications and Development VISTA, your primary responsibility will be to strengthen the organization’s communications and fundraising capacity. Your tasks will include: maintaining and posting content to our web site, creating and sending newsletters about our work, designing and promoting flyers for our events, posting to our social media accounts, managing our donor and volunteer database, assisting with planning and executing major events, conducting foundation and major donor research, preparing materials and meetings for funders, and creating fundraising content on our public platforms.

This is a 40-hour per week, full-time position that will report to the Communications Manager and Development Director. 

Education level: College graduate

Desired skills:

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Interest in storytelling in a variety of mediums

  • Proficiency with social media (Facebook and Twitter)

  • Facility with SquareSpace and Mailchimp (or similar web site/email systems)

  • Database management skills

  • Aptitude for designing event flyers and images

  • Interest in designing infographics

  • Careful and consistent attention to detail, including spelling and grammar rules

  • Goal oriented and results driven

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Professional presence

  • Ability to interact with a diverse audience

  • Able to organize, prioritize, and manage a variety of projects

  • Can work independently and as part of a team

  • Passion for civil rights and racial equity

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and 1-3 writing samples to Timna Axel at taxel@clccrul.org. The writing samples can be journalism stories, newsletter items, opinion pieces, or less ideally short academic papers. Audio or video samples also accepted. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2019.

Seeking Spring 2019 semester interns and externs to join us in advancing racial equity and economic opportunity!

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking Legal Interns (law student interns), Legal Externs (receiving credit from their law school), and Legal Fellows (recent law school graduates) for a semester position. We value candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourage candidates to share the unique perspectives they can bring to our work.

These positions are unpaid, but funding might be available through law schools, universities, and other sources. Legal Interns, Externs and Fellows are encouraged to research funding opportunities before applying.

To apply, please send a cover letter specifying the potential area(s) and projects of interest, resume, and writing sample to opportunities@clccrul.org.

Summer 2019 Internships and Fellowships

First-year law students who are interested in applying for a Summer 2019 internship with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights should submit application materials including a cover letter, resume, and references to opportunities@clccrul.org. All spots for 2L students have been filled.