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Thank you for your interest in joining the Chicago Center team!

We are currently hiring for the following position/s:

Program Coordinator & Apprentice

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Program Coordinator & Apprentice
Position Guide


About the Chicago Center

The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture has been a leader in off-campus study and urban education since its founding more than 50 years ago. We partner with community leaders throughout Chicago to deliver high-impact, transformative experiences to college students from across the US through three key programs in education, social work, and internships.

Based in Hyde Park, the Chicago Center prepares students for greater success in life both personally and professionally. Our programs provide students with preparation for the work they want to do after graduation and to be lifelong learners and global citizens. Our organization is collaborative, student-centered, and data-driven in our work and we are looking for the right team member to join us as program coordinator & apprentice (PCA), as our organization enters an exciting time of growth.

About the Role

The program coordinator & apprentice (PCA) plays a vital role in supporting our Program and Student Life teams and delivering the highest quality experience for our students. More than a job, it offers opportunities for learning and skill development in a supportive urban learning community.  The apprenticeship grew out of the mutual interests of alumni to prolong their contact with Chicago Center and the Center's interest in strengthening its staff and program. Now in its 32nd year, it has exceeded expectations in both arenas. The PCA is a one-year, live-in position at our student housing facility in Hyde Park. 

Program Responsibilities

  • Supports and executes Chicago Center student life programming, such as orientation, move-in, residential life programs, and wrap-up.

  • Serves as the class assistant to directors of each program. Responsibilities include attendance at all seminars, regular communication with students regarding class via email and Google Classrooms, submitting check requests, scheduling resources, booking travel arrangements, purchasing books and supplies, and preparation of paperwork and other materials.

  • Provides Chicago Center leadership with regular updates on student experiences.

  • Assists with tours and hosting of prospective students. 


Residence Life Responsibilities

  • Serves as the main point of contact for Chicago Center students for all housing, maintenance, and interpersonal issues and submits prompt requests to maintenance and updates to the leadership team as needed.

  • Facilitates weekly housing meetings for each floor.

  • Supports the maintenance of the Boulevard and prepares floors for each new group of students.

  • Tracks food budgets for each floor of students.

  • Develops, plans, and executes regular activities for students, including O-Week and other activities.

Ideal Candidate

Our next PCA will have studied with the Chicago Center during one of our semester programs and be committed to student learning and success. Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Open to growth as no two days will be the same;

  • Ready to pivot and adapt to new and emerging priorities;

  • Willing to join a team-based culture with a strong emphasis on collaboration and communication;

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;

  • Experience as a resident assistant or orientation leader is a major plus!

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information, exercise discretion, and maintain confidentiality


Application Process

All program alumni interested in participating in the apprenticeship program should submit a letter of interest and resume and written responses to the preliminary interview questions to Program Manager Ally Franz at by Wednesday, November 10.

Compensation and Terms

Chicago Center apprentices receive a $1000 stipend each month (before taxes) along with a furnished room on the Boulevard. Housing compensation includes all utilities, including wireless internet, cable, and unlimited use of public transportation.