BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) is one of the nation's leading gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organizations. Since 1969, BUILD has helped tens of thousands of Chicago’s young people escape gangs and violence to become successful, positive leaders of their communities. BUILD believes every child deserves a chance at a bright future, regardless of circumstances, and serves young people whose stories may include gang- or justice-involvement, child/sexual abuse, deep poverty, substance abuse, and chronic exposure to violence. We prioritize the most vulnerable youth in challenging city neighborhoods, including Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa/Logan Square, and Fuller Park/Grand Boulevard.
In 2016-17, BUILD reached 3,356 promising young people, including 605 high-risk youth who received intensive mentoring, case management and other support from adults who closely reflect their cultures, communities, and experiences. We offer every BUILDer a rich array of opportunities that include mentoring, college/career readiness, athletics, leadership development, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, health & wellness, and the arts.
BUILD, Inc., one of the nation's leading violence prevention, gang intervention, and youth development organizations, is recruiting a communicator with the talent and versatility to produce professional quality content across multiple platforms and formats. This is a writing intensive position that will have a important role on a variety of important projects, such as: grant proposal development, website overhaul, online store, video & podcast production, social media, and advocacy projects.
In addition to strong professional skills, strong candidates will bring a passion for justice and equity, deep belief in the resilience and potential of all youth, and the ability to work collaboratively with a highly diverse team of colleagues, partners, and youth. This is a contract position that requires a 24-30 hour a week commitment, and will be based at BUILD's Austin Campus. The organization is currently in the midst of rapid growth as we scale up to meet the serious challenge of gun violence, reach more youth, prepare for our 50th anniversary in 2019. This position has the potential to grow with the organization for the right candidate.
Bachelors degree and 1-3 years experience
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Background in journalism, marketing, PR, urban studies, or youth development
Understanding of issues facing urban youth and communities
Strong collaboration skills, team mentality, and ability to build strong relationships in an highly diverse work environment.
Skills/experience in digital/social media, video/podcast. Creative Suite preferred
Reliable transportation; able to accept evening/weekend assignments (events, site visits, etc.)
For over 45 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four prior...ity communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.
BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities.