After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and in Belmont Cragin at our new Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
Summary of Position:
The Post-Secondary Program Specialist’s primary responsibility is to facilitate and monitor the day to day logistics of After School Matters post-secondary programming. Based on research and careful planning the Post-Secondary Program Specialist will contribute to the development and expansion of After School Matters post-secondary programing. While managing a portfolio of programs, the Post-Secondary Program Specialist will conduct site visits, observations and provide recommendations regarding program quality, safety, compliance, instruction, program attendance, enrollment and retention and other critical issues. Acting as the liaison between After School Matters, the program providers, and community partners, the Post-Secondary Program Specialist will communicate requirements, policy changes, and other relevant information to ensure successful implementation of the program, payment to teens, and instructors. Using observations, site visits and other relevant data, the Post-Secondary Program Specialist will provide coaching to ensure improvement in areas identified.
The ideal candidate will have a knowledge of and experience with youth development and post-secondary programming, specifically as it relates to college and career. This candidate must be willing to collaborate with internal and external partners to create college exploration opportunities, career exploration pathways, and gap year programming. They will: be self-directed, manage responsibilities efficiently and with a high-level of detail, and make decisions using evidenced based research.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Design, implement, and support ASM’s college programming. This programming includes (but is not limited to):
After School Matters University
After School Matters Junior University
After School Matters Senior University
College Pathway at the Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters
Support the planning and development of Gap Year programing;
Support internship programing including the development of career pathways.
Develop and maintain relationships with program partners, universities, colleges, instructors, and teens;
In partnership with the Program Supports team, recruit and select Instructors and program providers;
Conduct regular program site visits of each program in his or her portfolio and assigned Youth Program Quality Assessments;
Provide coaching, and where, appropriate request professional development opportunities for instructors;
Act as a trouble shooter in the areas of program implementation, youth support, logistics, and data collection;
Collaborate and work with instructors on a daily basis to maintain a safe, engaging, and positive environment for program participants
Enter data into Cityspan;
Identify program needs, considering budgetary constraints and make recommendations and submit to Program Manager for approval;
Secure the appropriate tools and supplies for each program and work with the warehouse department to ensure delivery;
Act as a liaison between Program Operations and program providers;
Troubleshoot teen application and other systems errors;
Ensure that all required data, i.e. attendance, enrollment, program verifications, surveys, etc. are entered into the database system;
Work with the Program Quality team, Program Operations and Contracting, to ensure that all assigned programs are in compliance with After School Matters policies and procedures;
Attend program closings and demonstrations of learning;
Working with the regional teams, identify public media opportunities and share with the Program Supports Director and the Communications department;
Working with the Program Manager, approve instructor timesheets and trouble shoot systems errors with instructors;
Other duties as assigned.
Independent instructors and program providers
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.
Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to establish and maintain relationships with universities, colleges, and college access programs
Demonstrated experience with delivering college access and career exploration programming to youth
Excellent organizational skills and problem solving abilities
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent Microsoft Office skills
Ability to collect and maintain information as needed
Demonstrated experience in project management
Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
Ability to work in a fast paced, high energy environment
Respect for all levels of the organization and outside partners
Energetic team player who works well in collaborative situations
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred in Education or related field
Valid Driver’s License, insured transportation, and driving record that satisfies our Motor Vehicle Policy required 
Cook County residency required
Experience in using Cityspan database a plus
Knowledge of post-secondary youth programming required
Evenings and weekends required
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume at http://afterschoolmatters.applytojob.com/apply
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
Internal Number: 3127028972
About After School Matters
After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, STEM and sports. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts downtown.