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Available Positions

Community Outreach Worker

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;

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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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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.

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;

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Director of 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.

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Community Outreach Worker

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 organizations, and local authorities;

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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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Employment Specialist

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.

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SSCRC Community Researcher

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

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