What’s it like to work here?

Every function of the United Way team—from data collection to event management, and from administrative assisting to fundraising—contributes to our vision of stronger neighborhoods for a stronger Chicago. We count on our employees to bring a spirit of inclusivity and creativity to everything they do. We lean on our diverse backgrounds to broaden our perspectives and increase our impact.

The United Way culture

Who we are

We’re committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for every employee, and we believe each person has something valuable to contribute. By establishing a culture focused on integrity, respect, teamwork / collaboration, diversity and fun, we create a dynamic workplace where employees can grow personally and professionally while bringing their best selves and ideas to the work we do.


We interact honestly, ethically and respectfully, regardless of position or department. Likewise, the personal information, countless volunteer hours and millions of dollars entrusted to us deserve our utmost reverence.


We empower employees to own and drive their function in pursuit of community impact. By recognizing each individual’s experience and expertise, we create a culture of vitality that carries our organization forward.

Teamwork / Collaboration

We work together to create solutions and exchange our personal need to be right with the need to identify outcomes that benefit the long-term health and vitality of United Way and the community.


We support a diverse workplace. Our varied backgrounds, perspectives and talents create a synergetic foundation of innovation, growth and sustained success for our organization.


We create an atmosphere of celebration and connectedness. Through quarterly staff rallies, visits to communities we serve and all-staff get-togethers, we value the hard work all employees do and recognize everyone’s contribution.

Benefits of United Way

Health and wellness

Competitive medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as wellness benefits, are offered to all full-time and eligible part-time employees.

Work / life flexibility

Generous paid time off, family medical leave and flexible scheduling options allow you to maintain and enjoy life outside of work.

Personal / family assistance

Disability coverage, paid parental leave, paid family leave and a comprehensive employee assistance program are just a few of the personal benefits offered to United Way employees.

Financial well-being

Life insurance, transit reimbursements, 401k contributions, and health savings and flexible spending accounts help you to plan a strong financial future for you and your family.

Open Positions

Chief Financial Officer



The Chief Financial Officer will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team and have overarching financial and operational support responsibilities. As a trusted advisor to the CEO, the senior management team and the Board, the CFO will play an instrumental role in the future growth and continued financial health of the organization by developing and implementing strategies and best practices. The CFO’s responsibilities include the strategic and tactical management of the areas of financial accounting, donor / grant accounting, audit, tax, investments, information technology, legal, risk management, facilities and relationships with all financial and technology service providers.

Senior Manager, Community Engagement



The Senior Manager, Community Engagement is accountable for managing United Way’s Neighborhood Network strategy in 4-5 selected communities throughout the Chicago region. The Senior Manager, Community Engagement position is a community facing role and will collaborate closely with the Community Impact, Partner Engagement, Resource Development, and Marketing & Communication teams. This role will also collaborate with Community Impact colleagues and other organizations across the region to direct additional resources into Neighborhood Networks through capacity building, including grant resources, pro-bono assistance, corporate and community volunteers, government resources and advocacy efforts.

Spring 2019 Photography Intern



United Way is seeking a current College Photography or Photojournalism Major in their Junior or Senior year to provide photography support for the Marketing and Communications department. We are looking for someone to focus on covering stories that illustrate United Way’s impact and showcase the clients and communities that we serve throughout the Chicago region. The intern will accompany Communications team members to off-site assignments throughout the region to photograph people, programs, events and neighborhoods. These photos will then be used to elevate original content posted on the United Way blog and shared through social media channels, positioning United Way as a resource for information on issue areas (such as health or education), philanthropy and Chicago’s neighborhoods. Interns will also learn and have exposure to the overall daily operation of the Marketing and Communications department and the organization as a whole, and will be provided a well-rounded, hands-on experience in the non-profit environment. United Way internships are unpaid and must be school-sponsored with specific requirements for completing a certain number of hours, as required by the course of study and college. Credit approval from the college must be arranged by the student.

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Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.


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Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.