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Illinois Access to Justice Program Coordinator

Westside Justice Center
Chicago, IL
  • Posted: 11 days ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Illinois Access to Justice Program Coordinator

The Westside Justice Center is a holistic Legal Aid clinic dedicated to eradicating barriers to justice, mitigating the consequences of criminalized communities and uplifting authentic community leadership. Founded in 2015, by a group of attorneys, community leaders and legal advocates, the Westside Justice Center (WJC) seeks to empower and re-power individuals and communities to demand and attain accountability and greater access to systems of justice.

Our staff collaboratively mitigate the consequences of incarceration on criminalized communities by

  • Facilitating legal literacy to reduce recidivism
  • Providing legal and quasi- legal assistance to individuals
  • Establishing and nurturing community trust through participatory deliberations and restorative justice practices

We are seeking a likeminded individual to join us as the Illinois Access to Justice Program Coordinator

The Illinois Access to Justice (ILA2J) Program Coordinator is responsible for program implementation, training, outreach, monitoring, reporting and convening partner organizations.  

(ILA2J) Program Coordinator essential duties/responsibilities include

Contract administration, including program work plans, financial and budget requirements, and assisting with the review of (RFP’s)

  • Supports the selection process: 
    • Conducts background research and due diligence, prepares grant recommendations for administrative and Board consideration
    • Recruits, trains and coordinates the work of ILA2J external review committee
    • Reviews and evaluates proposals
  • Monitoring and evaluation:
    • Maintains all relevant data for use in tracking, analyzing and reporting
    • Performs site-visits to evaluate and support partner performance; provides technical assistance and training
    • Responsible for accurate submission of programmatic reports to funders
  • Subrecipients Support
    • Coordinates and leads monthly program and/or regional meetings with partners
    • Gathers and distributes resources for and from subgrantees
    • Provide needed support for success
  • Program Responsibilities:
    • Participates in the design, implementation, refinement, and adaptation of grantmaking strategies and in planning future program strategies
    • Assists in the design of new initiatives
    • Identifies and works with prospective grantees to develop programs that advance grantmaking strategies
  • Relationship Management 
    • Builds and sustains relationships with colleague, community leaders and relevant organizations
    • Represents the Westside Justice Center at conferences and other public events

(ILA2J) Program Coordinator Successful Candidates will possess

  • (3) years of experience in nonprofit management, operations, or development/fundraising
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Proven ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Experience in organizational development, strategic planning, capacity building, and/or financial management of nonprofit organizations
  • Experience in training and community outreach preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking and organizational skills
  • Strong organizational skills and proven attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently as well as a member of a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, self-directed environment
  • Cultural Competency
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Reliable transportation
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Benefits while working with us


  • Community impact
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

Work Environment


The work environment described here is representative of that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers
  • Ability to communicate verbally
  • Ability to spend extended time working on a computer
  • Occasional need for local travel
  • WJC supports all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this role. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties, requirements, or responsibilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

The Westside Justice Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Westside Justice Center


Chicago, IL
60612 USA



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