• Chicago Urban League

    The Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. The organization is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.  Founded in 1916 by an interracial group of community leaders, the Urban League was formed to help rural African Americans migrating from the south adjust to northern urban living. As one of the major civil rights organizations in Chicago, and one of the 98 affiliates of the National Urban League, the CUL is committed to supporting and advocating for economic, educational, and social equality for African Americans.


    Career Development Specialist








    Workforce Development



    Primary Function

    Under the direction of the Director of Workforce Development, the Career Development Specialist provide coaching and guidance to participants looking for a career, whether they are just entering the workforce or making a switch. The Career Development Specialist facilitates Success Strategies (Job Readiness Training) and help participants in every aspect of career decisions, from occupational skills training to resume writing to choosing a career path. He/she would work closely with Workforce Development staff and reports directly to the Workforce Development Director.

    Duties and Responsibilities


    • Facilitate Success Strategies (Job Readiness Training) by using a curriculum provided by the Chicago Urban League
    • Administer pre and post assessment tests to participants as a way to determine several factors, job readiness, financial and digital literacy, barriers assessment, interviewing, and others tests recommended by the Director
    • Assist participants with finding academic or vocational training programs
    • Teach clients about finding jobs, including how to write resumes, locate potential employers, and conduct interviews
    • Help participants improve their communication and conflict management abilities
    • Ensure accurate collection of data and timely documentation in a record keeping system
    • Plan, organize and implement a range of learning activities that will increase their post-assessment outcomes
    • Recommend additional services/activities for participants needing more prep time
    • Ensure quality improvement by monitoring and evaluating program achievement against target goals, and recommending modifications that respond to participants needs and interests
    • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work environment
    • Maintain an inventory of all program equipment and supplies
    • Assist with marketing and public relations initiatives to promote Success Strategies
    • Report outcomes on a weekly basis and provide at least one success story each month
    • Helps participants access community resources and other types of support services
    • Assist in or handle special assignments as directed


    Perform other duties as assigned.


    This position requires the individual to work closely with the Workforce Development staff and while taking direction from the Department Director. He/she must possess great attention to detail and have strong organizational skills. This individual must understand, maintain, and uphold the mission and vision of the Chicago Urban League.

    Knowledge and Skills

    • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years’ experience in workforce development.
    • Experience in any/all of the following: Supervision, teaching, training and development.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to establish/maintain excellent community relations.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Strong organization and time management skills.
    • The ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
    • Provide own transportation and adequate insurance.
    • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and clear driving record.

    Reports to

    Director, Workforce Development