Youth Program Specialist

Erie Neighborhood House, a community-building agency empowering Chicago’s low-income and immigrant families, and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society is seeking an experienced, bilingual professional to serve as Youth Program Specialist in Little Village. Reporting to the Community and Youth Program Coordinator the basic functions are to support a team of professional providers serving immigrants in the Little Village area of Chicago. Proyecto Cuídate provides individual, group and family services to support, inform and educate the community on topics that strengthen the individual and family unit.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support with the development and design of the Little Village Youth Teams (LVYT) in addition to Restorative Justice (RJ) programming with partnering schools.
  • Facilitate RJ programming at partnering schools. This includes peace class facilitation, teacher and parent RJ workshop support; facilitate restorative practices, student accompaniment, case management and support.
  • Support in the facilitation of LVYT programming.
  • Coordinate field trips, partner collaborations and presenters.
  • Support with mentorship programming by actively engaging and mentoring youth. In addition to providing mentor support when needed.
  • Maintains necessary records, including: program sign out sheets, attendance sheets, updating educational files, anecdotal notes, etc.
  • Complete funder required documentation for participants/families served (e.g. collecting and organizing surveys, data entry and other program support).
  • Attend walk-ins, when necessary, and facilitate participant intake assessments or make appropriate referrals; Maintain follow-up with participants.
  • Assist with evaluation of RJ and LVYT programming.
  • Be well-informed of community resources and events in order to best assist participants.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings, supervision meetings, special workshops and training sessions, including funder sponsored workshops to increase professional knowledge.
  • Represent the agency and program at various events, agencies, and schools.
  • Work collaboratively, foster and maintain relationships with CPS school system, other key government and community partners, and collaboratives.
  • Participate in regular Erie Neighborhood House staff meetings, curriculum meetings, and events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Child Development, or related field, currently in school obtaining such degree, or equivalent work experience.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working in direct service to the community, particularly youth and immigrant families.
  • Experience in Restorative Justice Work in school system, especially peace circle exchanges.
  • English/Spanish fluency.
  • Familiarity with domestic violence, child abuse, emotional and mental health issues.
  • Commitment to social justice and sensitivity to the assets and challenges of a diverse group of participants.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Be self-motivated, self-directed, creative, reliable and dependable.
  • Exhibit sincere interest in working with youth and families.
  • Completion of fingerprint background check.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and travel to off-site locations.
  • Superior communication, word processing, and management skills.

Erie Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Accredited by NAEYC & National Afterschool Association; recognized by Board of Appeals (BIA)*
United Way Member


The Basics


Adult Programs

Reports to:

Community and Youth Program Coordinator


$15/hour, 32 hours/week; plus Excellent Benefits Package

To Apply

Please forward resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references by Friday, July 21, 2017, to:

Rosa Sanchez
Program Manager
Erie Neighborhood House


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