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Community Outreach Worker

POSITION:               Community Outreach Worker

DEPARTMENT:      Youth Services Center

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:    Senior Program Manager

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Vice President of Youth & Family Services

 

ROLE:

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the community outreach worker is a team member for the Chicago Urban League. The Community Outreach Worker is responsible for acting as bridge between the community, the League and other community service providers. This person is a trained and trusted worker who is respected by the people they serve and applies their own unique understanding of the experience, socio-economic needs, language, and/or culture of the communities served.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Working as part of a team to support and sustain community-led action around issues related to youth services;
  • Working as part of a team to organize and hold events that draw in and involve local residents and partners;
  • Recruiting and supporting local people to become volunteers and active leaders in their community, and ensuring that they remain engaged and involved Working as part of a team to design and deliver a range of innovative community outreach and engagement activities throughout the Chicagoland area including the South Suburban areas;
  • Developing and sustaining positive relationships with a range of people, including residents, community leaders, local groups and organizations, and local authorities;
  • Supporting face-to-face, and online activities;
  • Supporting the delivery and analysis of community-based qualitative action research;
  • Attending meetings and working as part of the CUL, R3 and Chicago Connected project team;
  • Working in different environments (both office-based and on the ground), at times best suited to the community (including some evenings and weekends).Maintain case notes and participant files and ensure that all reporting requirements are adhered to as outlined by the funder and program for every client interaction
  • Work collaboratively with community partners and other CUL Departments/Staff in linking clients with needed services.
  • Performs other duties/special projects as assigned.

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Career Readiness Coach

DEPARTMENT:                    Youth Services

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:    Program Manager of Career Readiness and Development

ACCOUNTABLE TO:          Vice President of Youth and Family Services

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the position is primarily responsible for helping clients identify and realize career goals through personal consultation, and group workshops. The job coach will be responsible for assisting an individual with job skills, long-term workforce success strategies, educational options, communication and social skills.

The successful candidate will work one-on-one and directly within the participant’s community in a variety of community settings. The coach is also responsible for ongoing coaching and guidance with individuals to ensure they are able to complete training and retain employment. They will provide connections to resources and financial assistance that may be necessary.

In this role the Coach will work closely with CUL Program Advocates and the Program Manager to ensure youth are focused and receiving the necessary tools to stay employed long-term.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Intake and enroll candidates in the Career Readiness Program
  • Facilitate group sessions, including, but not limited to: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Groups, Academic Support/Tutoring Groups, and Work Force Development as outlined in workforce curriculum
  • Conduct one-on-one sessions with participants in an effort to assist them in achieving goals outlined in the Service Plan
  • Use knowledge of community resources to help participants achieved the goals outlined in their Service Plans.
  • Maintain case notes, participant files and ensure that all reporting function is adhered to as it is outlined by the funder and program for every client interaction.
  • Work collaboratively with community partners and other CUL Departments/Staff in linking clients with needed services.
  • Performs other duties/special projects as assigned.

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Program Advocate

DEPARTMENT:      Youth Services

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:    Senior Program Manager

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Vice President of Youth & Family Services

ROLE:

Under the direction of the Vice President of Youth & Family Services, the position is primarily responsible for providing mentoring, case management, one-on-one intervention, group programming, recreation and SEL training to youth aged 13-21.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires the individual to have an understanding of the characteristics, problems, needs and interests of at risk youth; good knowledge of community resources and facilities available to youth; a solid understanding of youth programming; a high level of integrity, ability to establish trust and maintain support with youth; ability to plan, organize, implement, coordinate and evaluate a client issues and any program needs of youth; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals and community organizations or agencies; ability to make accurate and objective observations; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to work independently; ability to use computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail and database software; one must possess initiative; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position. This individual must understand, maintain, and uphold the mission and vision of the Chicago Urban League.

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Director of External Affairs

REPORTS TO: Executive Vice President of External Affairs & Programs

FLSA: Exempt

DEPARTMENT: External Affairs

The Director of External Affairs serves as a vital member of the External Affairs team. Along with the EVP, the Director is responsible for outward-facing communications and managing the Chicago Urban League’s brand.  The Director works closely with senior staff to advance strategic priorities, anticipate issues, respond to opportunities, identify project needs, build strong relationships with stakeholders, and manage deadlines. The Director also helps to plan, coordinate and implement special events.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Produce weekly email newsletter
  • Provide strategic communications counsel to program department leads
  • In collaboration with departmental leads, coordinate internal and external communications to promote the visibility of events and manage the production of print materials.
  • Demonstrate extremely creative thinking and bring to all events, new and exciting ideas and concepts to enhance event appeal, attract media/press and public interest, increase stakeholder and community engagement, and set the League apart from other event offerings in and around the Chicago metropolitan area

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Community Outreach Worker

POSITION:               Community Outreach Worker

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:    Senior Program Manager of Youth Services

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Senior Director of Youth Services

ROLE:

Under the direction of the Senior Program Manager, the community outreach worker is a contractual team member for the Chicago Urban League. The Community Outreach Worker is responsible for acting as bridge between the community, the League and other community service providers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruiting and supporting local people to become volunteers and active leaders in their community, and ensuring that they remain engaged and involved Working as part of a team to design and deliver a range of innovative community outreach and engagement activities in the South Suburban community;
  • Developing and sustaining positive relationships with a range of people, including residents, community leaders, local groups and organisations, and local authorities;

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Intake Specialist

Title:      Intake Specialist

Reports To:      Vice President Housing and Financial Empowerment

This position operates is in a very fast-paced environment.  From time to time the employee works special events with various funders and may be required to work outside the Headquarters. The employee is occasionally needed to process intakes from clients during Seminars, Workshops and one –on-one counseling sessions.  Seminars and Workshops are held during the evening hours, usually 6-9:30pm, this is currently being offered twice a month.

This position is key to the success of the Department’s monthly reporting.  It is therefore required to maintain record of calls using tracking in the Client Management Systems. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Vice President, Foreclosure Manager, Financial Coaches and Database Administrator with operations in the housing department.
  • Generates monthly reporting from Client Management Systems Counselor Max (CMAX), Enterprise Case Management (ECM)
  • HUD as well as spreadsheets for NFMC (bi-monthly)
  • Prepares educational workshop packets for the following Workshops/Seminars and Housing Fairs:
    • Financial Empowerment (FEC)
    • Foreclosure
    • First time homebuyer
    • Outreach and special events, such as events hosted by various funders.
  • Intake clients that attend workshops and input their data into CounselorMax (CMAX) and Enterprise Case Management (ECM)

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Community Navigator

Title:      Community Navigator

Reports To:      Program Manager- Social Justice Initiatives

Position Details:    Project-based Stipend Position

Under the direction of the Director of Workforce Development, the Community Navigator will provide information about legal services, mitigate collateral consequences of incarceration, provide practical supports, assists in filling out forms and advocate for justice involved individuals. They will also foster social supports by connecting individuals to community resources to increase their social connections.

Essential Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reach and train 100 community members on legal literacy authorized curriculum.
  • Refer 35 community members for ILA2J legal services.
  • Accompany 20 community members to court and legal proceedings.
  • Provide information on social justice initiatives and legal support services.
  • Provide “Know Your Rights” educational workshops via various channels (virtual, in-person, events, and educational/vocational settings.
  • Outreach to individuals at risk of recidivating to offer help with education and employment and other support services as needed.
  • Assist with logistics, facilitation, and follow-up to ensure effective social justice training and workshops.

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Senior Grants Administrator

Title: Senior Grants Administrator

Reports To: Chief Development and Innovation Officer

Department: Development

FLSA: Exempt     Salary: $75,000 – $90,000

The Senior Grants Administrator will work to increase revenue by expanding institutional fundraising efforts. A key member of our Development Team, this person will be responsible for researching, vetting, writing and submitting corporate, foundational, individual, and governmental grants that support research and policy, programing and initiatives.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and expand support for programs by overseeing execution of grants portfolio including research and prospecting, proposal and report writing, and stewardship activities
  • Initiate ongoing communication with key staff to analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities
  • Research, identify and qualify funding opportunities from corporate, foundation, and government sources.
  • Manage efficient operational system to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders; oversee grants calendar and maintain up-to-date database records for all institutional donors.
  • Collect and synthesize information as needed to make strongest case for support
  • Develop a deep understanding of program content to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing
  • Lead proposal generation process including; coordinating with key staff to produce and submit compelling high-quality proposals

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Employment Specialist

FLSA:   Exempt

Department:   Workforce Development Center

Under the Director of Workforce Development’s direction, the Employment Specialist will assist clients in achieving employment goals by providing individual employment counseling. He/she works closely with the Workforce Development staff and reports to the Workforce Development Director or his/her designee.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop employer relationships and secure job opportunities for program participants.
  • Provide professional advice and help participants decide employment and training options.
  • Document all engagement activities with program participants and communications on behalf of the participant, and file in the client management system.
  • Provide additional career support a weekly listing of job leads, industry information and resources, and direct referrals to employers.
  • Maintain a categorized electronic resume bank.

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SSCRC Community Researcher

DEPARTMENT:                    Research and Policy Center

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:    Director of Research and Policy

The Chicago Urban League seeks three (3) Community Researchers to plan and perform research and public education activities on our 10-month, grant-funded project: The South Side Community Reparations Coalition (SSCRC). SSCRC is a community-based participatory assessment and planning project that seeks to help local residents understand, recommend and prioritize community-based reparations strategies to repair and restore Black communities on the South Side of Chicago.

Community Researcher Responsibilities:

  • Attending in-house research and reparations workshops and teach-ins to develop community participatory research skills
  • Hosting Community Teach-ins
  • Recruiting and connecting with community partners and organizations
  • Attending all Planning Committee and community meetings
  • Performing research-related activities, including: interviews, surveys creation and dissemination, community mapping, literature reviews, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Assisting with the SSCRC plan draft

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