It’s more than a job, it’s a purpose.

Heartland Alliance—the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest— believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for nearly one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. Our multicultural staff are passionate about our mission and make Heartland Alliance a dynamic and exciting place to develop your career.

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All individuals interested in employment with Heartland Alliance must apply online. We currently have more than 930 staff and 1200 volunteers with expertise in areas such as community development, property management, medical care, mental health, dentistry, social work, law, education, and public policy. Many of our positions are part of a collective bargaining unit (union). These positions are represented by United Human Services Workers – a unit of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW), UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO. These positions have pre-determined salary ranges as indicated on the postings. Click here to start your search.

Featured Positions:

Senior Director SAFEty, Heartland Human Care Services

This role will provide programming vision and leadership to Heartland Human Care Services and serves as a strategic advisor and advocate regarding safety as a core component of mitigating poverty. This role will assist in the direction, planning, implementation, and maintenance of the SAFEty programs. Key priorities include developing annual plans that incorporate maintaining high quality and fiscally sound programming, developing strong funder relationships and seeking growth opportunities that are aligned with the mission of HHCS. The Senior Director will ensure that SAFEty programs are professionally managed and fiscally viable relative to meeting the needs of participants and the community, and is responsible for the overall budget for the department. The Senior Director is responsible for leading and managing the SAFEty administrative and programming teams, and for working with the Heartland Alliance Business Services (HABS) functional areas to ensure that Human Resources, Finance, Compliance, Risk Management and IT are integrated and supporting the work of the entire SAFEty team. 

To apply for this position, please click here.

Resident Engagement Coordinator VISTA, Heartland Housing

Heartland Housing provides quality, affordable housing to people throughout Chicago, IL, and Madison and Milwaukee, WI. We believe that stable, affordable housing is foundational to the development of both people and communities. The Resident Engagement Coordinator VISTA works with Heartland Housing’s Resident Services Department in two affordable housing buildings on the north side of Chicago. 

To apply for this position, please click here.

Check out these open positions that are looking to hire immediately:

Family Reunification Specialist

Youth Care Worker 1

Youth Care Worker 2

Residential Instructor

Mental Health Clinical Practitioner

Catering Chef

You’ve applied online, now what happens next?

You can check back anytime on our website! Click here to log in and check on the status of your application. As much as we’d like to personalize this process, we are limited by time and resources and the fact that there is much work to do in advancing human rights. Our recruiting process is decentralized and your application is sent directly to the hiring manager; hiring mangers will contact candidates as they move forward in the selection process.

Employee benefits

Heartland Alliance offers a very generous benefits programs to eligible employees. Employees working as little as 20 hours per week are eligible for most benefits. Eligible employees working overseas also benefit from our international benefits programs.

Service opportunities

You can also support our mission by becoming a volunteer or intern at Heartland Alliance. We make every attempt to match interested individuals with appropriate programs or departments.

Freelance opportunities for language interpreters – CHICAGO ONLY

Cross-Cultural Interpreting Services of Heartland Alliance is looking for language interpreters for Chicago-based assignments. All of our interpreter work is offered through an independent contractor arrangement.

If you are interested in being a language on-site interpreter, we require proof of medical interpreter training of at least 40 hours. Send a copy of your training certificate and resume to  If you have not completed this level of training, we offer this service. For more information about our interpreter training program, visit their website.

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Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization’s AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.