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 Working at 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

Associate Vice President, Corporate Engagement



The Associate Vice President is responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive relationship management strategies and the achievement of assigned growth, retention, participation, and revenue goals for the companies and prospects within the Corporate Team’s portfolio, valued in excess of $40 million. Manages and directs teams of Relationship Managers, ensuring the execution of tailored initiatives necessary to establish and preserve the United Way as the primary philanthropic conduit between companies, their employees, and the communities in which they operate. Ensures the delivery of a year-round engaging experience for all donors and volunteers. This position reports to the Chief Development Officer.

Electronic Campaign Specialist



The Electronic Campaigns Specialist is accountable for enhancing the United Way’s ability to support electronic campaign pledging strategies by assisting with the successful implementation and management of online pledging sites for company fundraising campaigns. In addition, the Specialist will help maintain the integrity of the donor data, produce campaign reports, and provide ad-hoc technical support related to the pledging sites.

Major Gifts Officer



The Major Gifts Officer coordinates and manages the qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual donors currently at the Leadership Giving Level ($1,000+) and Tocqueville Giving Level ($10,000+) and prospects in workplace and non-workplace sectors, as assigned, and collaborates with the Resource Development Team to grow a portfolio of gifts at $100K+. Strategically engage and cultivate a portfolio of 75-125 Major Gifts prospects to ultimately solicit for a Major Gift. Will be expected to strategically engage president, campaign leadership, organizational senior leadership, the corporate relations team, and the Volunteer Services team as collaborative partners. Works directly with volunteers to ensure donor growth and retention.

Manager, Corporate Engagement



The Corporate Engagement Manager is accountable for managing and engaging an assigned portfolio of accounts of major partner corporations/organizations year-round to maximize relationships. Develops and implements workplace campaign strategies tailored to individual companies and designed to position United Way as the philanthropic partner of choice in community change. Ensures the delivery of a year-round engaging experience for all donors and volunteers. In addition, the Corporate Engagement Manager will be customer-focused, data-driven, innovative and results-oriented.

Manager, Prospect Research



The Manager of Prospect Research is accountable for managing United Way’s Major Gifts prospect research program, including portfolio management and maintaining constituent data standards within the database of record.

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