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Description of mission, vision and culture.

Work Culture

Our Mission

The mission of the Federal Reserve System is to foster the efficiency of the nation's monetary, financial and payment systems in order to promote a strong and stable economy.

To support this mission, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago:

  • Participates in the formulation and implementation of national monetary policy.
  • Supervises and regulates state member banks, bank holding companies and foreign bank branches.
  • Provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.

Our success depends on the skills and talents of many people from different backgrounds. Here is a sample of the types of careers we offer. These include central bank activities, financial services, support services, and positions in special hiring programs.

Our Vision

We serve the public interest by fostering a strong economy and promoting financial stability. We accomplish this with talented and innovative people working within a collaborative and inclusive culture.

Our Work Environment

If you join our team, you will be a part of an environment that helps you grow and develop personally and professionally. We offer employees:

  • A diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment
  • Opportunities to develop and grow
  • A workplace grounded in core values of integrity, respect, responsibility and excellence

In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is committed to open communication between employees and their department management. This helps foster an environment where employees can make positive contributions to our success.

Diversity and Inclusion

We support a diverse and inclusive work environment where employees are respected, treated fairly and given equal opportunities to perform to their fullest potential. We nurture this environment through our policies, vision and values as well as through our professional and diversity network groups.

At the Chicago Fed, valuing diversity is not only recognizing and respecting differences, it is embracing our similarities so that we work together toward common goals.

Our Core Values

Our values represent what is most important to us as an organization. They guide us in our daily work and provide a framework for evaluating success.


We're dedicated to and accountable for the highest standard of integrity. It's the foundation upon which our other core values are based and should be reflected in all of our actions.


We recognize and accept our different strengths and weaknesses and base all relationships on mutual respect, fairness and teamwork.


We're responsible individually and collectively for meeting our commitments to the public, to the financial community, and to one another and for preserving the integrity of the Federal Reserve System.


We're committed to setting the standard for excellence in the Federal Reserve System. We continuously strive to achieve the optimal balance among quality, efficiency, reliability, and innovation.

Professional & Diversity Network Groups

The Bank's professional and diversity network groups share and promote common interests. Some celebrate their particular history or heritage month. Others offer support for continuing education and professional development. All provide great opportunities for networking and leadership.

Professional Network Groups:

  • Graduate Leadership Council
  • Higher Education Resource Organization
  • Support Professionals & Administrative Assistants Network
  • Toastmasters Club

Diversity Network Groups:

  • African-American Association for Personal and Professional Growth
  • Asian-American Affinity Group
  • Latino Resource Association
  • Seventh District Friends of Lesbians & Gays
  • Women's Impact Network

EEO Statement

It is the policy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to fill each position with the individual who is the best qualified for the requirements of that position, to provide equal opportunity in employment for all persons, and to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender or gender-identity, national origin, age, disability, military status, sexual orientation or genetic information.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we ensure that our work environment provides equal opportunity and is free of discriminatory practices for all staff. We also work hard to attract, develop and retain the best available talent.