Associate, Grants & Communications

Department: City Tech Collaborative
Location: Chicago, IL

Associate, Grants & Communications, City Tech Collaborative, UI LABS

+ Position Overview

City Tech is seeking candidates for Associate, Grants & Communications, reporting to the City Tech Director of Operations & Services.

The Associate is primarily responsible for working with the Director of Operations & Services to 1) execute external communications, including social media, marketing collateral, thought leadership and webinars; 2) source and apply for grant and foundation funding opportunities at the local, state and national levels; 3) assist with additional program operations.

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+ Position Requirements


+ How to Apply

Please apply online at by clicking on the link to the position posting and submitting an application including your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this role and UI LABS.  Tip: Meeting the qualifications is important, but a great cover letter will set you apart!

+ Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

UI LABS is an equal employment opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization.

+ About City Tech Collaborative

City Tech transforms cities into testbeds for new ideas. With partners and people, we remake essential services and infrastructure, from skills to skyscrapers. We then prepare these solutions for other cities, thus increasing the world’s odds of solving big, urban problems. We are currently easing subway congestion during large events; creating a digital map of Chicago’s underground; and launching a digital directory of public health services in Chicago.

City Tech was born from a merger in 2017 between City Digital and the Smart Chicago Collaborative. City Digital was launched in 2015 to leverage Chicago’s commitment to bring essential services and infrastructure into the modern era; Smart Chicago was formed in 2010 to increase people’s access to the Internet and digital tools. As City Tech, we will reimagine cities as places where technology fuels opportunity, inclusion, engagement and innovation.

+ About UI LABS

UI LABS is an innovation accelerator that leverages a network of hundreds of partners from university + industry, along with startups, government, and community groups, to address problems too big for any one organization to solve on its own. Our mission is to transform industries, starting with manufacturing and infrastructure, using digital technologies. We drive value for our partners and help make the U.S. economy and workforce the most productive in the world. UI LABS encompasses the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and City Tech Collaborative.

+ Work with Us

UI LABS is a results-oriented, hard-working, collaborative startup and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are lean, mission-driven, adaptive, and work with a sense of urgency. We hire tech-savvy, committed, self-starters, who can think outside the box, and have a strong capacity to learn, and adapt to the needs of the organization and role. All-star candidates won’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty (figuratively!), are able to be flexible, and love to solve problems, no matter how big or small.

Our state of the art facility, located on Goose Island in Chicago, just north of downtown, features a full manufacturing floor, a smart green infrastructure testbed, and a bustling open-office environment. UI LABS hosts many events for our members and other organizations, so being able to engage with all staff and visitors in a professional, helpful manner is a must.

UI LABS is a 10-minute walk from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, and accessible by a variety of other public transit options; additionally, we have free parking available for employees.

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