Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Youth Education Specialist develops educational strategies to build analytical thinking and social awareness to support academic, social-emotional, and civic engagement goals. The ideal candidate will be creative, resourceful, and committed to youth development and empowerment. This position ensures the students receive a culturally responsive approach that supports a multi-faceted curriculum.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop a culturally inclusive and holistic curriculum for students ages 5-18 in an urban environment to advance education goals.
Implement STEAM curriculum and train youth workers and volunteers.
Develop academic and social emotional goals for each youth following logic model.
Implement family and parent engagement activities.
Participate in a robust civic engagement agency initiative including attending networking events and meetings and participating regularly in community committees.
Assist with classroom coverage as needed based on program staffing.
Assist with Junior Building Leaders student pick-ups from school as needed based on program staffing.
Ensure that daily attendance is collected and entered into database and that recording procedures are in accordance to attendance policy with the assistance of Youth Programs Manager.
Spearhead enrichment programming, including robotics, cooking, and other programs
Recruit and maintain a robust volunteer pool for enrichment modules on art, science, and sports.
Develop relationships with universities and organize field trips for students and parents.
Develop and maintain college scholarship directory to inform and assist students and parents.
Organize college applications and FAFSA workshops for students and parents.
Serve as certified site administrator and food manager.
Collect and check monthly meal and sign-in sheets for Building Leaders to ensure that attendance, sign-in sheets and meal numbers are accurate.
Lead Digital Literacy Lab to close the intergenerational digital divide.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all GHC employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside.
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in education.
Demonstrated experience with curriculum development, teaching experience, and developing after-school enrichment programs.
Bilingual in English/Spanish recommended.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
One year previous direct service experience with diverse low-income families required.
Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive a 12-passenger van when needed.
Must be able to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $31,000-35,000
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton and 2653 W. Ogden
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment InsuranceFree Short Term Disability InsuranceFree Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.