Good News!!! The Smart Chicago team is moving and now will be co-located with the City Digital Team at UI Labs. As such, our individual emails will be changing to:

Kyla Williams 

Sonja Marziano

Denise Linn     

Leslie Durr       

Our new mailing address is 1415 N. Cherry Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 and general phone number is 312.281.6900.

Please check our website at or follow us on twitter @smartchicago for more updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Help Wanted: Health Navigators

Smart Health Center LogoThe Smart Chicago Collaborative seeks to immediately contract with 2 Health Navigators to work in our Smart Health Centers program. The Health Navigator will provide assistance to patients/participants in Smart Health Centers to connect to their own medical records and in finding reliable information about their own health conditions utilizing the internet or other technology tools. This position requires a high level of teamwork, flexibility, and customer focus; the ability to interact with youth, adults, and the general public in an appropriate manner is required.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in community health with great writing and documentation skills. All candidates must be proficient with using basic technology hardware and software, familiarity with social media and comfortable providing health-related information in a creative manner. An added plus would be experience in using lightweight tools such as video, photos, and screencasts to provide feedback to the Smart Health team.

Full details on the position and how to apply can be found here.

Help Wanted: Administrative Assistant at Smart Chicago Collaborative

The Smart Chicago Collaborative is hiring an administrative assistant to help us support our work.

The Administrative Assistant will help us with coordinating schedules, requests for information, meetings, and events that surround our work. This may sound simple, but as a collaborative organization we work with a ton of consultantspartners, and funders to get everything done. Throughout the course of our work, we try to keep everything documented and are looking for additional help to do that.

We’re looking for somebody that  has at least two years of experience and great web, writing, and communication skills. As a technology outfit, our ideal candidate would be somebody who is interested in technology and not afraid to try out new tools.

More importantly, we’re looking for somebody who is community service oriented. Our work centers around using technology to create an impact in our communities and we’re looking for somebody who wants in the game.

Full details on the job posting can be found here!

Join the City of Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology

The City of Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology is hiring a Senior Database Analyst to help coordinate the operationalization of their data research.

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City Hall, Photo by Chris Smith

We talked with Chief Data Officer Tom Schenk Jr to learn more about the work of the Department of Innovation and Technology and the position he’s hiring for.

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Help Wanted: Data Designers for the Chicago Health Atlas

Chicago Health Atlas Logo 150pxThe Chicago Health Atlas is a place where you can view citywide information about health trends and take action near you to improve your own health.

We display large amounts of data from sources like the City of Chicago and local hospitals so you can get big-picture views of health outcomes in Chicago. For example, you can browse data for neighborhood and zip code-level illustrations on health conditions (births, chronic diseases, Environmental Health, etc.), Health Insurance, Hospital Information and other categories of health-related information. Our goal is to be a trusted health resource to the public and display affordable community resources (healthy eating classes, specialty care clinics, community services, etc.) that can improve health conditions. This way, we can be better informed about health in our city and take greater control of our own health, right in our own neighborhoods.

The Smart Chicago Collaborative is looking for data design partners that can offer technical assistance on the project to include the following components:

  • Participate on Chicago Atlas Project Team
  • Maintain the current Chicago Atlas system (front end and back end) using this current technology:
    • Rails 3.2
    • Ruby 1.9.3
    • Haml
    • Heroku
    • Twitter Bootstrap
    • Leaflet
  • Import backlog of data into existing design platform
  • Import new data sets as it is received in a timely fashion (Minimum of 2 new data sets visualized monthly)
  • Manage technical GitHub items/issues for Project 
  • Create a more thoughtful interface around the data as the Atlas grows more complex
  • Suggestions for other health data sets to include on Atlas

This position is a contractor/consultancy positions, with the opportunity to extend into a longer agreement.  The consultant will be expected to provide written updates on project deliverables and participate in status meetings as well as other meetings designated by Project Director.

If you’re interested in applying, please email Kyla Williams at