Careers at Community Renewal Society



Position Description

(for a downloadable PDF description look at the bottom of the page)

The 131 year-old Community Renewal Society is seeking a dynamic and respected person of faith to lead this newly merged organization into its new future, transforming CRS and continuing the work of Protestants for the Common Good - to inspire, inform, and organize a new generation of people of faith towards social justice in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is a time of both great opportunity and great need for a leader to reshape an organization rooted in faith and to catalyze the energies of the church on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised in Illinois. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director’s responsibilities include organizational leadership, strategic planning, external relations, resource development, and organizational management. The organization has an operating budget of $3.1 Million, and a staff of 25.


 Qualifications for the position include the following:

  • Deep personal commitment to and passion for CRS’ mission of empowering people to combat racism and the effects of poverty
  • Strong track record conceptualizing and implementing social justice initiatives through faith communities
  • Successful record of forging partnerships between civic, business, government, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations
  • Clear record of success shaping public policy initiatives, developing related programs, and working with a well-functioning staff
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive experience in nonprofit administration
  • Solid base of understanding and/or experience of Chicago’s history, issues, organizations and people
  • Exceptional and inspirational communication skills; ability to frame social issues and solutions in faith-based and secular terms
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; ordained status in a religious denomination, and/or an advanced degree is a significant advantage.


To Apply

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Candidates are encouraged to apply by Sept. 10, 2013.

For more information, please visit CRS’ website at or contact David Erickson-Pearson at TransitionGuides, 303-703-6165,



Position Description

(for a downloadable PDF description look at the bottom of the page)

Community Renewal Society (CRS) is a faith-based organization that works with people and communities to address racism and poverty. CRS transforms society towards greater justice and compassion through our growing network of diverse congregations that fight for racial and economic justice through powerful, direct action campaigns. The FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) Project is a unique initiative led by people with felony records which organizes to challenge discrimination and systemic barriers faced by people with felony records.


This is a full time position that organizes current and new primarily African-American Community Renewal Society member congregations on the South side of Chicago to create social change on issues of race and poverty. The organizer will also work to expand the FORCE Project issue team, action campaigns, and speakers bureau. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a passion for social justice and experience in organizing and working with faith communities as well as working for criminal justice reform.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Organize new and existing member congregations on the South side of Chicago.
  • Identify, train, and develop leaders in new and existing member congregations.
  • Build core Faith in Action teams in each member congregation.
  • Convene the FORCE Project leadership team and speakers bureau.
  • Do outreach, identify and recruit new FORCE leaders from across the city.
  • Staff criminal justice reform coalition tables.
  • Work with leaders in member congregations to identify social justice issues affecting their communities.
  • Work with leaders in member congregations to develop campaign strategies and execute actions for justice campaigns.
  • Work to ensure high turn out for leaders for campaign actions and organization-wide events.


  • Serve as a trainer for Community Renewal Society’s 3-Day Organizing Training and Confronting Pharaoh Congregational  Training.
  • Recruit leaders and other community residents to participate in trainings.


  • Maintain organizational records
  • Manage online communication and advocacy tools.
  • Attend and staff various CRS events.



  • A passion for social justice, criminal justice reform and for working with faith based institutions
  •  Motivation and drive
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • 2 years of organizing experience
  •  Experience working with clergy and congregations and people with felony records
  •  Valid IL drivers license and regular access to a vehicle (frequent local/in-state travel required)
  •   Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends


Salary commensurate with experience          Alex Wiesendanger 

Excellent benefits package                             Community Renewal Society

Send or fax resume and cover letter to:        111 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 820    

The position will remain open until filled        Chicago, IL 60604

      312.427.6130 (fax)


     CRS is an equal opportunity employer

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