JCUA is currently hiring for the following position:

Manager of Community Development


JCUA's Community Investment work is carried out through the Community Ventures Program (CVP). CVP offers no-interest predevelopment loans to mission-driven nonprofits and occasionally for-profits undertaking difficult affordable housing and/or economic development projects. Since its inception in 1991, CVP has supported a range of projects across the city, lending more than $4.6 million to help create or preserve 3,800 units. This program, a core piece of JCUA's overall strategy to address the root causes of discrimination and inequality across the city, is an important demonstration of JCUA's social investment in a more just city.


The Manager of Community Development is a senior level position within the organization. This person will spearhead JCUA's work to grow the impact of JCUA's zero-interest lending portfolio and capacity through the Community Ventures Program. Ideally, the person in this position may also supervise JCUA's leader of Teen Programs, who is responsible for both the teen summer immersion program and the newly-created JCUA fellows program on area college campuses. JCUA is a small dynamic organization where the staff supports each other's work and goals. We are a highly collaborative staff. This position will report to JCUA's Executive Director.


Spearhead and administer strategic growth and day-to-day management and implementation of JCUA's zero interest loan fund, including:

  1. Identifying new capital projects through the building of relationships with leaders in the community development field
  2. In partnership with the Development Manager, raising funds to expand capacity and meet strategic impact targets
  3. Managing JCUA's small portfolio of active loans
  4. Serving as key staff to the JCUA's LLC Advisory Committee, comprised of board members and lay leaders who are committed to seeing the program thrive
  5. Guiding new and potential loans through JCUA's internal review process and ushering them through the approval process as they are approved by JCUA's executive committee
  6. Initiating, monitoring and tracking new loans to mission-driven entities working to create and preserve affordable housing units and jobs


Serve as significant contributor to carrying out JCUA's renewed vision for Jewish social justice community engagement, including:

  1. Supporting fellow staff members in JCUA's work to achieve impact
  2. Contributing to JCUA's communications
  3. Assisting in implementing organization-wide events
  4. Assisting with expanding JCUA's resources through foundation cultivation and donor meetings
  5. Representing JCUA at forums, conferences and events


Because JCUA is a small staff, the staff members have multiple roles within the organization. Depending on the candidate's background, the person in this position may be asked to supervise JCUA's leader of Teen Programs. Please see our website for further information about the JCUA's Teen Programs.


  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Understanding of the root causes of social inequality and social justice through a Jewish lens.
  • Passion for engaging the Jewish community in social justice.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Master's degree from accredited college or university (work experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree).
  • At least 4 years paid professional experience with some community development and/or affordable housing exposure.
  • Some experience working in diverse communities.
  • Strong project management and supervision skills.
  • Resourcefulness and a willingness to take initiative.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Well-organized, ability to multi-task and delegate responsibilities, and comfortable in diverse settings.
  • Current computer skills.
  • Commitment to team-building and effective communication with colleagues.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours—including weeknights and occasional weekends.
  • Working knowledge of online social media platforms.


  • Familiarity with Chicago area neighborhoods and the Chicago Jewish community
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in program implementation.
  • Experience working with volunteer leaders.
  • Comfort and agility with social media platforms.




Over the past fifty years, JCUA has flourished as the Jewish voice for social justice in Chicago. Our longstanding mission, to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities, has been a consistent unifying message and guiding light for our work. 

JCUA aims to provide its interns with meaningful engagement in social justice issues through a Jewish lens. At JCUA interns gain professional experience, as well as tools and skills to excel in an effective and focused non-profit environment. Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Advocacy and Community Organizing
  • Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Program
  • Outreach and Education
  • Community Development
  • Communications (including video production, graphic design, photography, social media, journalism)
  • Fundraising and Event Planning
  • Jewish-Muslim Relations

JCUA accepts interns year-round and will accept undergraduate, graduate students and non-students. JCUA encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious background, sexual orientations and genders.

APPLICATION DEADLINES   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until openings are filled. 
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and desire to work at JCUA, to Hannah Wolod at Please specify any program area in which you have a particular interest. JCUA cannot, however, guarantee an internship in only one program area. Interns will be assigned to specific staff members and the staff is committed to providing substantive, positive learning experiences that emphasize mentoring, skill building, and education.

Need more information?

Please contact Hannah Wolod, Communications Manager, by phone (312-663-0960 x109) or

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