Position: ENVSC Fellow

Department: Elks National Veterans Service Commission | Location: Chicago, IL

Position Description

Reports to:     Director, Elks National Veterans Service Commission

Purpose:        To help ensure the success of the Elks Welcome Home program in Chicago and across the nation, and to help end veteran homelessness.

Term:              June 1, 2020 through July 6, 2022

Requirements: Must be an Elks scholar alum willing and able to relocate to Chicago for the entire term of the position. Four-year degree; self-starter with the ability to work independently on multiple projects, with excellent follow-through; strong organization and communications skills; proficiency in the Microsoft Office applications; ability to work well with individuals experiencing poverty; comfortable in hospital settings; and strong attention to detail.

Position requires weekly travel to VA Medical Center and its partner facilities, as well as quarterly travel to program cities and/or Scholar Service Trip locations, and to the Elks National Convention (up to one week) annually.


1.  Facilitate and process requests for the Emergency Assistance Fund and Welcome Home Kit grants.

2. Tell veterans’ and volunteers’ stories through a variety of media, including social media channels, the Elks website, electronic newsletters, and print publications.

3. Promote the Elks Welcome Home program and cultivate relationships with VA employees and veterans service providers within the city of Chicago and nationwide.

4. Field inquiries from Elks, veterans, partners and the general public regarding the Elks Welcome Home program.

5. Serve at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and its partners two days a week to assist homeless veterans seeking services.

6. Connect veterans in need with resources; including researching regional grants and directing them to external organizations and funds.

7. Stay abreast of best practices in related program fields, including community service/volunteerism, outcomes, and alumni relations.

8. Ensure program goals and objectives are met; demonstrate ability to keep projects moving and on schedule.

9. Take a proactive role in problem solving; communicate issues and problems to Director in a timely manner.

10. Serve as a member of the ENVSC team and perform other related duties as assigned.

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  • Entry-level introduction to working in the non-profit sector.
  • Opportunities to provide direct service and gain experience in career field of interest.
  • Training, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities.
  • Competitive annual compensation aligned with an entry-level nonprofit salary.
  • Generous benefits package.

This application requires a resume, cover letter, and the completion of an online assessment that will take approximately 15 minutes.