Program Associate

Location: Chicago, IL

BPI, a highly regarded and impactful public interest law and policy center, seeks a Program Associate to enhance its team effectiveness, support its program and operations, and work on special projects.


BPI is a public interest law and policy center that has been at the front lines of social justice in the Chicago region for over 50 years. Known for its innovative and effective advocacy for racial and economic equity, today BPI is deeply engaged in advancing systemic change in policing, the criminal justice system, housing and community building, and early childhood learning. Most of BPI’s work is carried out in partnership with community-based organizations that directly engage people impacted by racial and economic injustice.

The organization’s lawyers and policy specialists employ a combination of legal and policy research, organizing, advocacy, and litigation, in collaboration with community organizations and advocates, and other partners. A collaborative and stimulating workplace, BPI is committed to offering opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully to work that advances a just society.

The Position

The Program Associate will provide critical support to BPI’s programs and operations. This position will interact with staff across the organization and with external stakeholders to grow organizational effectiveness and efficiency. The Program Associate will be a resourceful and creative problem solver who possesses a positive attitude, has a high attention to detail, and is extremely organized.


The Program Associate will have the following primary responsibilities:

• Provide organizational and administrative support for BPI programs and operations;
• Create, maintain, and manage data sets in BPI’s program areas, operations and fundraising work;
• Create and update documents using Word, Excel, Canva, and PowerPoint;
• Schedule, coordinate, and organize meetings including calendaring, attendance, communications, logistics, and materials;
• Conduct non-legal research;
• Support the administrator of BPI’s internship and fellowship programs, including recruitment, hiring, and program administration;
• Provide technical support to staff and during virtual events;
• Maintain communications, reminders, resource sharing, create surveys and correspondence;
• File, organize, and maintain records and documents;
• Greet and assist visitors to BPI’s office; answer incoming calls; receive and distribute mail and deliveries;
• Contribute to the team effort in a cooperative and collaborative manner; and
• Complete other duties and special projects as assigned


The ideal Program Associate will bring most of the following qualifications:

• Solid commitment to the mission and vision of BPI, including the principles of equity, inclusion, and share power and values of collaboration, determination, effectiveness, and integrity;
• At least 3 years of relevant experience;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills interacting with a culturally and racially diverse set of internal and external partners;
• Strong computer skills, including experience working with Customer Relationship Management Systems (Little Green Light CRM preferred), videoconferencing, Microsoft office (SharePoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Canva;
• Ability to take initiative, work independently, meet deadlines, and handle multiple projects in a rapidly changing environment – including interruptions and adjustments to priorities;
• Excellent written, oral, and listening communication skills;
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable;
• High attention to detail;
• Bilingual English/ Spanish skills would be an advantage; and
• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field

To Apply

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest and qualification for this position, resume, and a writing sample, to BPI Hiring. If your candidacy advances to the final round, you will be asked to provide a list of four professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

BPI is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experiences of poverty, and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process.  Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Salary is commensurate with experience with a likely range between $45,000 and $60,000.

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