youth leadership coordinator

Christopher House is a catalyst for strengthening and empowering low-income children and their families.  Our integrated continuum of services helps build thriving families by equipping them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and progress in their social, emotional, educational and economic development. We place a high value on program excellence as evidenced by our dynamic and innovative programs. Each of our employees plays an important role in creating an environment where children and families feel safe, valued and respected, and our culture encourages continuous personal growth.  We believe this helps children and their families become happy and healthy, and it helps communities become stronger.  In addition, our Youth Leadership Program strives to facilitate positive youth development, create an academically-enriching and leadership-building after school environment, and empower 7th-12th grade youth to engage in their communities and become advocates for their own success

Our Youth Leadership program seeks a Youth Leadership Coordinator who has: a passion for developing youths' interests and skills; a proven ability to inspire and engage youth of varying abilities and levels; consistent expectations for youth; ability to handle conflict in a restorative manner; commitment to continual personal growth; and an aptitude for balancing multiple projects and priorities. Candidates for this position must be bilingual (English/Spanish) and possess a strong commitment to helping low-income youth and families reach their full potential. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and implement activities that build young people’s personal and academic perseverance and leadership skills.
  • Prepare youth for post secondary opportunities through daily tutoring, ACT prep, college visits, and college-readiness workshops
  • Develop career-readiness among youth by leading a 6-week apprenticeship or internship program that employs 30 teens
  • Create a network of support for the program by facilitating an advisory council of students, parents, community members, and representatives from higher education
  • Plan and implement parent workshops that address the needs of families and respond to parent concerns
  • Collect data on youth academic and personal growth and utilize data to improve program services and outcomes

Qualifications: 
At least three years of experience working with youth grades 7-12. Ability to tutor in multiple subjects and assist youth with college applications and resume writing. Understanding of the obstacles to college enrollment faced by low-income and first-generation youth, and a commitment to supporting youth to overcome these obstacles. Experience with Chicago Public Schools and awareness of the high school application process. Cross-cultural sensitivity required. Ability to design and derive meaning from experiential learning and community service. Willingness to participate in and facilitate outdoor education activities. A valid Illinois Driver’s License and good driving record are required, as well as a willingness to drive youth in a 15-passenger agency van.  Ability to work flexible hours, staffing an after school program that is open until 7  p.m., with frequent weekend field trips. Experience engaging parents and community members to support youth. 

Education: 
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Education, Sociology, human services, or related field.  Coursework related to youth development, education, psychology or social work required. 

Submit cover letter and resume to: 
Shana Rubenstein, Manager of Youth Leadership Programs at youthjobs@christopherhouse.org

Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

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