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Available Positions

Criminal Justice Coordinator

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Exempt

Under the direction of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the Criminal Justice Coordinator is responsible for educating and providing resources to address legal challenges faced by many Chicago Black residents. This position will work with juveniles, young and emerging adults, and the general population. The initiative will focus on providing services for those that are: in police custody, facing criminal charges, on probation or parole, formerly incarcerated, returning citizens; and any person or organization that advocates on behalf of this population. The Criminal Justice Coordinator will be a critical part of a team developing and advising strategies to assure goals are met.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Utilize social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to promote the program.
  • Collaborate with partner agencies, community and faith-based organizations, local government and non-government entities, and schools to provide “Know Your Rights” workshops and information sessions.
  • Assign staff to canvass targeted neighborhoods, stores, and community centers. In teams of twos or threes, staff will utilize strategies such as walking through the neighborhood, engaging youth and adults in conversation about the program, as well as distributing brief, easy-to-read, colorful flyers or brochures.

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Supply Chain Management Trainer

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Contractor

Under the direction of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the Supply Chain Management Trainer is responsible for delivering supply chain training that results in obtaining an industry-recognized credential, maintaining accurate records of all activity, and fostering an encouraging learning environment.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design courses to meet learning outcomes, and promote participants’ active participation in their own learning.
  • Create an effective learning environment that fosters participants’ intellectual curiosity that helps participants to problem solve using discipline-specific thinking strategies.
  • Employ a variety of formative and summative assessments to ensure that classroom instruction leads to the attainment of the participant learning outcomes.
  • Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, i.e., role-playing, simulations, team exercise, group discussions, and videos

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CDL Trainer

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Contractor

Under the direction of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the CDL Trainer is responsible for delivering driver training in compliance with federal and state regulations, maintaining accurate records of all activity, and fostering an encouraging learning environment.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct driver facing training in classroom, one-on-one, and virtually if necessary
  • Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, i.e., role-playing, simulations, team exercise, group discussions, and videos
  • Maintain accurate records of attendance, class completions, evaluations, and coaching sessions in the appropriate systems
  • Perform safety-related functions including, but not limited to, accident reviews and skills and behavior assessments

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IT Career Development Specialist

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Exempt

Under the direction of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the Information Technology Career Specialist is the primary point of contact and support for targeted IT employers. This role requires traveling throughout Cook County to meet with IT business contacts to educate and promote the Urban Tech Jobs Program (UTJP) priorities, which include industry sector strategies and IT credentialing. The person will be a critical part of a team developing and advising strategies to assure goals are met.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as primary point of contact and support for local businesses in the IT sector
  • Develop working relationships with employers, IT training schools, specialized IT networking groups, and representatives from other community-based organizations
  • Promote the activities of the Urban Tech Jobs Program (UTJP) to the business community, economic development organizations, educators, and the general public via a branded marketing campaign

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Career Development Manager

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: W9 Contractor

Under supervision from the Department Vice-President, the Career Development Manager assumes responsibility for day-to-day management and leadership of assigned program(s), including implementing and evaluating program policies, procedures, and standards; determining program service levels and enhancements; monitoring program budgets; providing supervision to assigned program staff; and performing related work as required.

 

Key Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify and develop partnerships with American Jobs Centers and other workforce collaborations around the Chicagoland area.
  • Conduct outreach to academic and vocational training institutions; identify appropriate job matching/training opportunities for clients; maintain understanding of local job market and opportunities to assist in providing guidance to clients.
  • Assist in the creation of career development training materials and resources for clients and partners.

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Training & Development Coordinator

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Exempt

Develops and implements Success Strategies (Job Readiness) training programs for participants in keeping with the most current job trends and labor market needs to better serve participants in finding employment. The Training and Development Coordinator is responsible for managing, designing, developing, coordinating and conducting all training programs.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides comprehensive assessment of employment and training needs and barriers to employment. Assesses participant skills by interviewing, testing and other methods.
  • Ensures that all participants adhere to all WFD and CUL guidelines and regulations.
  • Facilitate 3, 5 and 10 days Success Strategies training and maintain all attendance logs and any other required documentation.
  • Develops and implement curriculum to provide a positive learning experience for WFD participants.
  • Conduct workshops for participant including Leadership, Digital Literacy, Resume, and Financial Literacy.

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Intake Coordinator

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Exempt

Under the direction of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the Intake Specialist helps the re-entry population become economically self-sufficient through intensive case management, job search assistance and retention. He/she would work closely with the Workforce Development staff.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement strategies for reaching disadvantaged/low-income adults, disconnected youth and families.
  • Facilitate WFD Intake/Orientation and information sessions
  • Disseminate information to program staff and participants
  • Provide relevant information to participants regarding programs and services offered
  • Assist Community Organizer in coordinating interaction between the agency and partnering with service provider and also the community
  • Assist program and employment staff in providing additional follow up to participants and their families

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Administrative Assistant

Department: Workforce Development Center

FLSA: Exempt

Under the direction of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the position is primarily responsible for providing administrative support for all Workforce Development programs as assigned.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Vice-President of Workforce Development
  • Act as the first point of contact for client interaction and referrals to WFD programs and counselors
  • Manage the WFD general email and voicemail boxes
  • Record all WFD activity including client information, interactions, workshop and event attendance in order to accurately track services provided and associated outcomes
  • Provide administrative support to the WFD program staff and counselors including creating and maintaining client files, distributing program correspondence, following up on client surveys, mass emails, workshop registration follow-up, filing, and copying

 

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Program Advocate

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.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Intake and enroll candidates in the UYC (Urban Youth Connection), GIFT (Growing in Fortitude Together), PR (Project Ready) or OW (Opportunity Works) program.
  • Maintain a minimum caseload of 40 youth participants.
  • Actively facilitate the Case Management Process. This includes completing all necessary client intake documents, complete programmatic assessments (three times a year); develop and revise service plans every 90 days with each participant assigned.

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Building Engineer

The Building Engineer is responsible for assisting the Facilities Supervisor in maintaining the Chicago Urban League’s building and employee parking lot. This position is accountable for all repairs (electrical, mechanical and structural), general cleaning, and maintenance of the office building.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Adjusting air and/or heating settings and zones and thermostats for optimal employee comfort
  • Checking all light sources in the building and parking lot and replace bulbs as needed
  • Coordinating service calls from outside contractors and vendors
  • Set up and breakdown for meetings and events
  • Responsible for cleaning of restrooms and common spaces throughout the building
  • Responsible for emptying trash bins and replacing trash bags throughout the building
  • Preparing and maintaining maintenance logs and records

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Employment Specialist

Title:      Employment Specialist

Reports To:      Director of Workforce Development

Under the direction of the Director of Workforce Development, the Employment Specialist will assist clients in achieving employment goals by providing individual employment counseling. He/She would work closely with the Workforce Development staff and reports to the Workforce Development Director. 

Essential

  • Provides professional advice to help each participant decide the best services for her.
  • Provides job search guidance and placement
  • Assures that participant understands the next step in receiving services from Workforce Development or other community resource

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Director of Development

Title:      Director of Development

Reports To:      Chief Development Officer

The Chicago Urban League is seeking a full-time Director of Development to expand the efforts and capacity of the Development Team, ultimately leading to increased revenue for programs, initiatives, and the organization at large. The Director will help oversee and build relationships with institutional and individual donors and prospects to maximize financial contributions and help the Chicago Urban League achieve its strategic and organizational goals.

  • Team Expansion & Management
    • Provide oversight and direction to current grants consultant, ensuring grant deliverables (e.g. reports and applications) are submitted in a timely manner 
    • Work with Chief Development Officer and HR to recruit, interview, hire, and onboard additional team members 
    • Coach, mentor, and develop staff to help empower the team and foster a spirit of teamwork
    • Develop and regularly monitor goals to ensure team success and effectiveness 

 

  • Portfolio Oversight
    • Maintain personal portfolio of mid-level individual and institutional funders
    • Conduct regular prospect research to grow portfolio
    • Liaise across departments and boards to identify, cultivate, and solicit funding prospects
    • Collaborate with Chief Development Officer on future major gift strategy
    • Development and implement an annual fund strategy to increase individual giving

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VP/Ex. Dir., Research & Policy Ctr.

Reporting to the President and CEO and serving as a member of the executive management team, the Vice President and Executive Director of the Chicago Urban League’s Research & Policy Center is responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s mission-aligned advocacy and research agendas, program development and strategic project activities. This role enhances the work of the organization as a whole by deepening and broadening its impact through research, partnership, thought leadership and strategic planning support.

Because of its research focus, this position requires graduate-level credentials, which may include a PhD with 3-5 years post-graduate professional experience or a Master’s, J.D. or comparable degree with 10+ years post-graduate professional experience.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic counsel to President/CEO and the executive team on policy and legislative issues at the city, county and state levels;
  • Inform the President/CEO and the executive team of research, trends and issues that will impact the work of the organization;
  • Oversee the development and execution of program development and internal evaluation research and activities designed to monitor and assess the impact of our programs and services
  • Supervise the Director of Advocacy, the Director of Learning and Evaluation, and the Director of Research.

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Intake Specialist

Title:      Intake Specialist

Reports To:      Vice President Housing and Financial Empowerment

This position operates 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 vening hours, usually 6-9:30pm and are 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 a record of calls using tracking in the Client Management System. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Vice President, Foreclosure Manager, Financial Coaches and Database Administrator with operations in the housing department
  • Generate monthly reporting from Client Management Systems Counselor Max (CMAX), Enterprise Case Management (ECM), HUD as well as spreadsheets for NFMC (bi-monthly)
  • Prepare 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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Career Development Specialist

The Career Development Specialist helps program participants become economically self-sufficient through intensive job readiness training, job search assistance and placement, and retention activities. He/she works closely with Workforce Development staff and reports directly to the Vice President of Workforce Development or his/her designee.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Intake, assess and document the enrollment process, and ensure accurate record keeping in the client management system.
  • Submit documentation to data entry consultant within 48 hours from the time of participant engagement.
  • Plan, organize, and guide service delivery, in joint effort with participants, from beginning to closeout.

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Career Readiness Coach

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.

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

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Community Navigator

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.

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Senior Grants Administrator

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.

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