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Careers @ CHAT

CHAT is the only nonprofit in the greater Chicago area exclusively dedicated to speech and language services. We seek clinicians and staff who are inspired by our mission and passionate about providing the gold standard of care. At CHAT, we don’t just provide cutting-edge therapy. We teach our clients to advocate for themselves, and advocate in the community for more awareness of and equity in addressing communication challenges. We hire strong clinicians who are as positive and dedicated to change as they are talented therapists. Our non-clinical team members come from diverse professional settings, united by their dedication to helping underserved children and communities.

Most of our clinicians spend the school year working in charter and therapeutic day school partner locations, day cares, and providing teletherapy. Some split their time in our clinics providing individual therapy. In the summer, our clinicians work in our clinics and across our community delivering specialized literacy and social communication programs, and providing individual therapy.

All CHAT team members embrace our core values of collaboration, empathy, passion, flexibility, and positivity. If we sound like a good match for you, please write us at careers@chatwithus.org.

Staff Testimonials

"I joined the CHAT team four years ago as a summer program aide when I was a sophomore in college. When I started, I was looking for a hands-on experience in the field of speech-language pathology. The interpersonal relationships I gained from working with SLPs and students, the gratification from helping children with communication disorders and their families, and the cutting-edge summer programs kept me coming back year after year. I just joined CHAT as a full-time SLP and could not recommend this organization more highly."

 

Jackie Ryer

Former Part-Time Aide, New CHAT SLP

"I feel so lucky to work with an amazing leadership team who makes it possible for my students to receive services while I'm away for my wedding and honeymoon. Knowing my schools will meet compliance and my students won’t miss critical services makes such a difference to my peace of mind. CHAT truly cares about both our clients and our team!"

Jordan Felkey

CHAT SLP

“I couldn’t be more thankful to work for a place like CHAT that not only values me as an employee, but invests in me and listens to what I have to say. At CHAT, everyone has a voice, we’re provided with numerous opportunities, and our leadership team works hard to maintain consistency in our staff, with our clients, and our schools.  Our leaders don’t just address my professional strengths, weaknesses, and goals, they want to know what matters to me personally, to help me succeed and be happy. I don’t think that’s something you find often. CHAT is truly a special place.”

Hannah Koronkiewicz

CHAT SLP

Student, Volunteer and Observing Opportunities

We welcome students, volunteers and individuals interested in observing our services.

Program Volunteer:

  • Participating as an aide in our Literacy or Social programs is an amazing hands-on experience for any SLP student.
  • Time participating can count towards required observation hours.
  • Provides an exciting work experience enhancing your knowledge and your resume!
  • An aide’s first year working with CHAT in the literacy or social program is volunteer. However, there is the potential to be asked to return for future programs in a paid position!
  • Please contact Sara at sara@chatwithus.org for more information.
  • Will require a background check.

Observations:

  • Observe ASHA certified speech-language pathologists.
  • Counts towards fulfilling the 25-hour observation requirements for your university.
  • Please contact Katie at katie@chatwithus.org for more information.

Clinic Volunteer:

  • Help make materials.
  • Familiarize yourself with materials needed for therapy sessions.
  • Please contact Katie at katie@chatwithus.org for more information.

Graduate Program Placement:

  • Unique opportunity to see the school and clinic setting in one placement.
  • Primarily work with pre-school and school-age children.
  • Must be arranged through your college or university.
  • Ask your university director to contact Sara Tamborski at sara@chatwithus.org
Volunteer Testimonials

"I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given with all of you at CHAT. My knowledge and clinical skills grew more than I could have ever imagined. You are all such amazing speech language pathologists and I cannot thank you enough for letting me work with all of you. This program is so helpful and I wish there were more opportunities such as this one. Thank you so much for everything and I hope to maybe see all of you again next summer!!"

Brook Janeczek

Lombard, Summer 2019

"Words cannot express how happy I am with my experience this summer. At the end of program, I was sad I had to leave and return to school. I would 100% want to continue this experience into next summer. I would highly recommend working for CHAT. Anyone who is given this opportunity in the future is truly honored.”

Lauren Anthony

Lombard, Summer 2019

"Volunteering at CSLD’s LEAP into Literacy program this past summer is an experience for which I am extremely grateful! Not only did I have a blast working with the children as we sang songs, read stories, and practiced rhymes every day, but I also loved working alongside two passionate and creative speech-language pathologists. The knowledge I gained from these clinicians helped me tremendously with my transition from undergraduate to graduate school."

Gemma Skokna

VCA Summer 2018 Aide

"Being a summer program aide for CSLD is what fortified my desire to be an SLP. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from such passionate and knowledgeable SLPs. This experience also helped me grow professionally. It proved to me how rewarding it is to work with children with such immense potential and the eagerness to learn. The CSLD is filled with great people who instill the most supportive environment and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!"

Alex Nowak

Chicago Summer 2017 Aide & Distinctive School Summer 2018 Aide