Position: Programs Associate

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

Position Description

Work for a dynamic organization in the heart of Lincoln Park whose national programs teach youth lifelong skills, inspire the pursuit of knowledge, serve veterans, and transform local communities into healthier and safer places to live.

The Elks National Veterans Service Commission has an opening for a Programs Associate at its headquarters in Chicago. The Programs Associate is responsible for programs to help end veteran homelessness.

Start date: January 15, 2021

Responsibilities include:      

1.Promote, review, and evaluate applications and reports focused on serving veterans in need in communities across the country.

2.Partner directly with Elks members and nonprofit partners to provide supplies and support to veterans in need.

3.Cultivate relationships with Elks members and potential volunteers across the country.

4.Assist with providing ongoing grant reports regarding program statistics and successes.

5.Field inquiries from Elks, veterans, partners, and the general public regarding the Elks programs for veterans.

6.Stay abreast of best practices in related program fields, including veterans service, volunteerism, and outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness.

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

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

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

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

Requirements: Four-year degree; 1 or more years of experience in the non-profit sector; self-starter with the ability to work independently on multiple projects; excellent people skills; ability to work well with individuals experiencing poverty; and strong attention to detail.

Preferred: Familiarity with veterans’ issues; volunteer management experience; preference given to veteran candidates.

Position requires occasional travel to VA Medical Centers and its partner facilities, and to the Elks National Convention (up to one week) annually.


  • Opportunities to provide direct service to veterans
  • Competitive compensation
  • Generous benefits package

Applying: A cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Accepted file formats are: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. Candidates are encouraged to follow the Elks National Veterans Service Commission on our social medial accounts. The application process includes completing a pre-employment test. Please allow approximately 20-30 minutes of time when applying.

Equal Opportunity Employer



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