Provide leadership to grow Chicago Commons’ workforce development and career pathways initiatives. Recruit participants and coordinate the Pathways for Parents* program. Provide employment coaching and job readiness at four Chicago Commons family centers.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
(These include but are not limited to the following. The company reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.)
Oversee weekly Pathways evening class taught by City Colleges instructor
Ensure supports are in place (childcare, meals, transportation) for Pathways cohort weekly class
Oversee and schedule supplemental class instruction in ESL, Digital Literacy, Financial Wellness
Work closely with Community Colleges liaison and Steering Committee to review progress of Pathways students, undertake planning, and address obstacles
- Communicate with family center staff to recruit interested parents; attend Parent Meetings
Create and maintain community partnerships with different organizations; recruit community members to upcoming Pathways cohorts
Coach Pathways students one-one to help them overcome barriers to success
Coach Chicago Commons parents to build job-readiness skills, set career goals, and overcome barriers to success
Meet with parents to assess Pathways program eligibility; assist with registration?; and connect them to City Colleges intake processes
Hold orientation for new Pathways participants?
Maintain data collection and tracking of clients?
Meet with funders to discuss programs as needed
Manage vendors; submit check requests in a timely manner
(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.)
Familiarity and knowledge of the City Colleges system
Familiarity and knowledge of early childhood education career pathways
Familiarity and knowledge of Bridge Programs, and other Chicago workforce initiatives
Experience as an Employment Coach and in Workforce Development field
Experience working with diverse populations
Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
Bachelor in Social Science preferred
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Associate (A.A.) or Bachelor (B.A.) degree in Social Science or Human Development preferred.
3+ years’ administrative experience in an office setting
Knowledge of basic Math, computation and accounting skills.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Must be highly organized with keen attention to detail.
Positive attitude in tackling the unexpected and shifting priorities.
Ability to work with minimal direction, frequent interruptions and in a high traffic work setting.
Flexible and able to adapt easily to new situations and evolving workloads.
Ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize work commitments.
Proficient verbal and written communication skills with the Spanish language is highly desired.
Type a minimum of 40 words per minute.
3+ years of related administrative skills and general office procedures.
Familiarity with word processing programs and computer spreadsheets.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with sensitive information.
Uses supervision effectively.
Participates in staff development opportunities within and outside of the agency.
Shares information and communicates ideas effectively.
Ability to work in a collaborative, team setting with all staff, consultants, and external partners and customers.
Serves as an advocate for children and families.
(The unavoidable, externally imposed conditions under which the work must be performed and which create hardship for the incumbent including the frequency and duration of occurrence of physical demands, environmental conditions, demands on one’s senses and metal demands.)
There are no unusual environmental conditions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak English, specifically, to communicate both in person and over the telephone. The employee must regularly be able to read English proficiently. The employee must regularly operate a word-processing system and therefore must be able to read, produce and transmit data on such a system. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision requirements include the ability to see at close range.
CHICAGO COMMONS OFFERS ITS EMPLOYEES COMPETITIVE SALARIES AND BENEFITS:
Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance
Paid vacation, holidays and sick days
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with employer match
About Chicago Commons Association
Chicago Commons is a premier social service organization that has made a difference in the Chicago land area for over 120 years. Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination, and isolation. We are a neighborhood-focused nonprofit dedicated to improving the well-being of thousands of children, adults, seniors, and families. Our programs are designed to provide the necessary tools to help strengthen skills and develop self-sufficiency. Since 1894, we have operated in neighborhoods where children, seniors and families are most at risk for poverty, violence and educational disadvantage including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Grand Boulevard.