Job Description PDF

The Vine is part of New Life Centers’ intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth in the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. There are three target demographics of New Life Centers: gang affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Instructor will work under the direct supervision of the Program Director.  The Instructor position is Part-Time, 25 hours/week, non-exempt and will take place in the Humboldt Park community. The Instructor is responsible for the supervision and mentoring of young people K-8th grade as well as the facilitation of program related activities. The Instructor will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. Daily hours will vary dependent on the school year and summer months including days off during school breaks.

Job Responsibilities:

  • With team, plans and implements group lessons and activities
  • Assures programming begins and ends on time; including set-up, clean-up, and debriefing sessions
  • Assures upkeep and safety of space, supplies and equipment
  • With team, is responsible for planning and logistics of activities and events
  • Assures accurate, timely and complete attendance and youth paperwork
  • Assures safety of all participants at all times
  • Enforces rules and expectations of NLC and off-site locations where NLC may participate
  • Communicates with key staff, volunteers, and Supervisor to address challenges youth may be facing
  • Maintains positive family and community partnerships to best support youth engagement
  • Creates and facilitates daily lessons
  • Supports the social, emotional and spiritual needs of each child
  • Communicates needed materials for daily lessons to Supervisor
  • Maintains a clean cafeteria before, during and after meal service
  • Communicates with volunteers and provides any necessary guidance or direction during daily lessons and activities

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly staff meetings and quarterly all staff meetings
  • Attends required trainings as necessary

 Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check
  • One-year minimum experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Strong classroom management skills with the ability to create a safe space conducive to learning and creativity
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-risk youth
  • Proficient in Microsoft WordMust be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information; minimum one professional and one personal (email and phone included)

 Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “The Vine Instructor ” in the subject line of your email.

 New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Job Description PDF

Job Description PDF

New Life Centers (NLC) provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12+ in the Little Village, Humboldt Park and Midway communities of Chicago. There are two target demographics of programs: gang-involved youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

This project is a collaborative of the Restorative Justice Hubs and the Illinois Youth Center (St. Charles, Illinois). Partners are located in the neighborhoods with the highest rates of violence, and are committed to hyper-local programming, restorative justice practices, trauma-informed approaches, and principles of nonviolence. The School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator IYC-St. Charles operates as a part of an in-facility team that provides a variety of programming activities to the young men residing in IYC St. Charles. This position will focus on providing peace circles and mediations inside the IYC facility’s school and reports directly to the New Life Center’s IYC ST. Charles Project Coordinator.

Position Summary:

The School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator is responsible for establishing and maintaining Restorative Practices for the school community. This position will work closely and build strong relationships with school leaders, teachers, counselors, support staff and students to create a restorative culture. The Coordinator will develop and implement restorative practices protocols and processes within the school, along with assisting with mediations and conflict resolution.

The Coordinator will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, exempt. Salary $41,600 annual. This position includes benefits *please ask. This person will be on site at the facility in St Charles a minimum of 3 times a week, up to 5 times a week. Having reliable transportation is a must. This position will begin ASAP.

 Skills & Responsibilities

  • Provide restorative justice conferences and circles with students, teachers, staff and families as needed.
  • Develop and implement restorative practices protocols and processes within the school culture; Consultation to school leadership and school teams on the development and implementation of systems and structures for Restorative Practices
  • Provide coaching and support to classroom teachers in restorative practice circles.
  • Helps problem-solve difficult situations and strategize about conflict mediations (provide needed guidance and follow-up).
  • Assists in developing action plans to address training needs.
  • Communicates absences to Supervisor and assures appropriate coordination/timely documentation of trained substitutes.
  • Oversees the timely implementation of scheduled activities.
  • Works to build team morale and cohesiveness.
  • Intentionally provides opportunities for IYC staff to engage in services offered to residents where appropriate.
  • Assures all necessary documentation is collected and submitted as requested.
  • Manages the collection/communication/submission of data related items with team and partner agencies to NLC administration as identified.
  • Will communicate with Data Manager on all data needs, reports, submissions, etc. as necessary.
  • Will manage all sign-in submission is accurate, complete, and timely.
  • Attends all NLC mandatory meetings and any meetings relevant to the successful implementation and supervision of the program as determined (may include RJ Hubs, IYC staff, citywide tables, etc.).
  • Meets regularly with the Project Coordinator to discuss progress, challenges, training needs, changes, logistics, etc. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a certified Restorative Justice Peace Circle Keeper
  • High School Diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred or significant experience working with high-risk, system-involved individuals
  • Knowledge of the challenges at-risk youth face and experience navigating those challenges
  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a team of professionals, problem-solve issues, organize events, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with high-risk individuals to resolve conflicts and promote prosocial behaviors.
  • Experience with staff supervision and/or experience managing a team.
  • Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and complete basic work processing tasks as needed.
  • Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, valid insurance, and good driving record
  • Requires some travel

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 professional, Email and Phone number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator (IYC – St. Charles)” in the subject line of your email.

Job Description PDF

Victim Advocate Job Description NLC2021

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-involved youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary: The Victim Advocate works to provide linkages and robust accompaniment to prosocial alternatives including activities, jobs, education, case management, and social services. The Victim Advocate will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Resiliency Services. The Victim Advocate will work with a portfolio of participants who have been directly or secondarily affected by street violence to provide case management, crisis intervention, support and advocacy. The Victim Advocate will work with individuals, families, and friends of victims in coordination with our Outreach team.

Skills & Responsibilities:

• Accomplishes participants’ care by assessing individual needs; providing direct services and engaging in ancillary activities.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with individuals to promote prosocial behaviors.

• Willing to work late nights and on weekends if needed.

• Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and complete basic work processing tasks as needed.

• Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence.

• Provide direct case management and emergency support services to victims of violence and their families.

• Provide support and advocacy to the victims of violence and their families through home visits, phone calls, criminal justice advocacy, and referrals to other support organizations.

• Coordinate and facilitate educational forums, family and group support sessions, trainings and other gatherings.

• Develop relationships with partner organizations and build “warm referral” network for linkage.

• Document participant contacts and services provided and assist program manager with data collection and required reporting.

• Assist victims in accessing resources such as Victim’s Compensation, Short Term Disability, affordable healthcare, and mental health services.

• Work with victims to identify and address safety concerns and create a plan for long term safety and well-being.

• Maintain participant relationship for a minimum of 6 months.

• Attend weekly staff meetings; meet with supervisor as needed

• Document detailed client case notes and other items as assigned

• Participate in all mandatory trainings and undertake any training and professional development as required to ensure effective work

Required Qualifications:

• Must become a Mandated Reporter

• Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases • High School Diploma/GED required

• Knowledge of the community and knowledge of current street conflicts required

• Valid Illinois Driver’s License, insurance, and good driving record

• Bilingual English-Spanish required

• Has a flexible schedule – this position requires some nights and weekends.

• Has at least 1-year experience supporting and working with in-risk youth and street involved youth and developing individualized plans for in-risk youth; awareness of trauma reactions.

• Has at least 1-year experience working with people from various ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds both as colleagues and as participants.

• Has experience documenting case notes.

• Has experience developing and retaining relationships with other service providers.

• Has a high level of interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.

• Has crisis intervention training or knowledge.

• Has knowledge of Chicago and communities with histories of violence.

• Has proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable using computer programs to track participant engagement.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org

• Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

• Resume

• List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional, Email and Phone number included) Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments.

Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “NLC Victim Advocate” in the subject line of your email. New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator IYC StCharles

New Life Centers (NLC) provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12+ in the Little Village, Humboldt Park and Brighton Park communities of Chicago. The target demographics of programs: gang-affiliated youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary:

This project is a collaborative of the Restorative Justice Hubs, community youth programs and the Illinois Youth Center (St. Charles, Illinois). Partners are located in the neighborhoods with the highest rates of violence, and are committed to hyper-local programming, restorative justice practices, trauma-informed approaches, and principles of nonviolence. The Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator IYC-St. Charles reports to the Project Coordinator and partners with IYC St Charles staff in the reentry process, connecting youth with resources in their community. The Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator will partner with IYC St. Charles’ Youth and Family Advocate (YFA) staff, parents, youth and community partners to help youth achieve their goals. The Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt. This project will begin immediately. This position requires daily travel to and from St. Charles and intentional time on site in-facility encouraging a culture of restorative justice. Transportation to and from St. Charles is reimbursed. Per Diem included. Benefits available, please ask.

Skills & Responsibilities

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for reentry partnerships with IYC staff.
  • Will be on-site in-facility regularly to build relationships with young people prior to reentry into the community.
  • Assists young people in identifying their reentry needs.
  • Performs warm referrals and introductions with partner agencies as well as follow-up to referrals to assure youth needs are being met.
  • May help with and assist with youth programming and events in facility.
  • Works closely and collaborates with the Project Coordinator, IYC YFA staff and community resources to prepare re-entry plans and other initiatives to positively enhance a youth’s re-entry experience.
  • Ensures strong alliances in the community with agencies and organizations.
  • Coordinates referrals to community-based organizations that will provide the needed services for youth transitioning into the community.
  • Identifying and contacting potential community resources and programs to help develop and implement strategies to achieve re-entry goals.
  • Assists Project Coordinator with other duties and responsibilities as needed, including onsite IYC facility visits.
  • Manages the collection/communication/submission of data related items with partner agencies to NLC Program Coordinator as requested.
  • Will communicate with Data Manager on all data needs, reports, submissions, etc. as necessary.
  • Attends all NLC mandatory meetings and any meetings relevant to the successful implementation and supervision of the program as determined (may include RJ Hubs, IYC staff, citywide tables, etc.).
  • Meets regularly with the Juvenile Justice and IYC Project team to discuss progress, challenges, training needs, changes, logistics, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter.
  • Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence.
  • High School Diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred or significant experience working with high-risk, system-involved individuals.
  • Knowledge of the challenges at-risk youth face and experience navigating those challenges.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a strong relationship with other community organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with high-risk individuals to resolve conflicts and promote prosocial behaviors.
  • Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and complete basic work processing tasks as needed.
  • Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, valid insurance, and good driving record
  • Requires travel

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of three references with contact information (2 Professional and 1 Personal, Email and Phone number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Accounting Clerk AR

New Life Centers (NLC) provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12+ in the Little Village, Humboldt Park and Brighton Park communities of Chicago. The target demographics of programs: gang-affiliated youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary:

The Accounting Clerk AR for New Life Centers of Chicagoland is responsible for managing accounts receivable, including the finance interface with the contribution management system, revenue merchant accounts, grant vouchering tasks, and account reconciliations in support of the New Life Centers accounting office. This individual will also provide support to the staff and funders of New Life Centers related to accounts receivable. This is a part-time, 20 hours/week, non-exempt position who reports to the Director of Finance.

Accounts Receivable:

Responsible for processing all receivables; including:

• Weekly deposits.

• Verifying the accuracy of GL data from the contribution management system.

• GL booking of merchant account data for various programs.

• GL booking of grant receivables, and AR reporting.

• Perform quarterly reconciliation of the contribution management system.

Grant Invoicing/Vouchering:

• Assist with the gathering of supporting documents for monthly grant vouchers.

• Prepare monthly grant vouchering supporting documentation packages.

• Assist the Grant Accountant in reviewing sub-contractor invoices/vouchers and supporting documentation.

• Assist in maintaining audit-ready grant and sub-contractor voucher files and related supporting documents.

Other Duties:

Provides support for the annual financial audit.

Support the accounts payable functions during peak activity seasons.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in accounting or equivalent practical experience in fund-based accounting and account reconciliation preferred but not required.
  • Proficient in computer skills with emphasis on Microsoft Excel.
  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks or Sage Intacct.
  • Attention to detail and precision in account reconciliation and report generation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to confidentiality regarding all accounting records.
  • Must pass a background check. No pending criminal case.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of three references with contact information (2 Professional and 1 Personal, Email and Phone number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “NL Centers Accounting Clerk AR” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

La Semilla Program Instructor 2021

The La Semilla Program Instructor will work in the La Semilla After-School Program, under the direct supervision of the La Semilla Program Director.

La Semilla is part of New Life Centers’ intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are: gang-affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

 Position Summary

The La Semilla Program Instructor position is Part-Time 25 hours/week, Non-Exempt and will take place in the Little Village community. The Program Instructor is responsible for the supervision of young people K-8th grade as well as the planning and facilitation of program related activities. The Program Instructor will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. The Program Instructor will report to and collaborate with the Program Director in program planning, leading activities, tutoring, and communicating and collaborating with program volunteers and participant families.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • With team, plans and implements group lessons and activities
  • Assures programming begins and ends on time; including set-up, clean-up, and debriefing sessions
  • Assures upkeep and safety of space, supplies and equipment
  • With team, is responsible for planning and logistics of activities and events
  • Assures accurate, timely and complete attendance and youth paperwork
  • Assures safety of all participants at all times
  • Enforces rules and expectations of NLC and off-site locations where NLC may participate
  • Communicates with key staff, volunteers, and Supervisor to address challenges youth may be facing
  • Maintains positive family and community partnerships to best support youth engagement
  • Creates, plans and facilitates daily lessons and activities
  • Communicates needed materials for daily lessons to Supervisor
  • Maintains a clean cafeteria before, during and after meal service
  • Communicates with volunteers and provides any necessary guidance or direction during daily lessons and activities

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly staff meetings and quarterly all staff meetings
  • Attends required trainings and events as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor

 Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check
  • One-year minimum experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Strong classroom management skills with the ability to create a safe space conducive to learning and creativity
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-risk youth
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word. Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
  • Ability to establish cooperative and collaborative relationships with partners

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check
  • Ability to drive a 15 passenger van

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information; minimum two professional (email and phone included)

 Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “La Semilla Program Instructor” in the subject line of your email.

 New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Data Manager

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary: The Data Manager will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, exempt, under the direct supervision of the Director of Program Operations. This person will perform key data management tasks to coordinate collection of data systems, strategically communicate input and outputs through reports and narratives, analyze NLC data to improve the quality of service provided to youth and oversee the NLC data team.

Roles & Responsibilities

• Manage data entry, team oversight, referrals, and timely reporting

• Develop accurate outcome reports as requested

• Be responsible for coordination and organization of data system training for staff, interns, and volunteers

• Maintain accurate and up to date rosters and files; communicate updates with directors as needed

• Attend weekly, quarterly, and all-staff meetings as required

• Perform team member evaluations

• Meet with team members consistently to assure team wellness

• Assist in identifying and implementing best practices of data metrics, collection and analysis

• Integrate data with current research related to juvenile justice, mentoring, restorative justice, at-risk youth and NLC goals

• Interface with research institutes, juvenile justice system partners, and other collaborations to facilitate meaningful data analysis in correlation to positive youth development outcomes

• Assure data is updated regularly in data systems

• Produce timely reports, documents and correspondence regarding activities and progress

• Collaborate with Intake Management Team members to strategically match youth and mentors ensuring appropriate match

• Effectively communicate pro-actively with team members to assure complete and accurate data • Collection and follow-up on assessments and case-file paperwork

Other tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Qualifications:

• A Min. 1 year of experience with data systems and analysis

• Completed relevant coursework/field of study (sociology, psychology, criminology; B.A. Social Work preferred)

• Cross-cultural competence

• Ability to effectively work independently, problem-solve, multi-task, and take initiative

• High organization and detail oriented skill ability

• Flexibility and willingness to take on various tasks

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and other database software

• Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information

• Ability to cooperate in and contribute to program goal-planning

• Ability to create, manage and interpret reports, spreadsheets, and other data collection

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

• Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally

• Ability to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities

• Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred but not necessary

Required Qualifications:

• Must become a Mandated Reporter

• Must pass a background check

• Minimum one-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves data administration/management

• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

• Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

• Resume

• List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional and 1 Personal, Email and Phone number included) Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “NLC Data Manager” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Mentor 2021

Rev. Sept. 2021

New Life Centers provide intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are; gang-affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Mentor will work Part-Time 25 hours per week (non-exempt) or Full-Time 40 hours per week (non-exempt, benefits available). Hours are both in-school and after-school hours and require a flexible schedule. The Mentor is responsible for mentoring one-on-one and in group settings, facilitating high-quality program in/out of school, planning and implementing events/activities that may include sports, and provide youth advocacy such as connections to other social services. The Mentor will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. This position will primarily take place in Little Village.

Job Responsibilities

  • Hosts participant information sessions in collaboration with other staff, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants.
  • Plans and implements outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system.
  • Assists in creation, implementation and monitoring of progress of youth case plans, goals and objectives set with you and family/school.
  • Assist youth and families strengthen relationships with people, organizations, or systems within their community through advocacy, modeling, coaching, and negotiating.
  • Intentionally focuses on a caseload of youth in a one-on-one mentoring capacity. Supervisor will determine the caseload.
  • Administers intake and youth assessments as well as accuracy and completeness of youth files.
  • Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested.
  • Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment).
  • Assists mentors in weekly planning, program facilitation and youth social activities/outings (may include in-school/after-school, small/large groups, and sports).
  • General knowledge of sports.
  • Willingness to coach sports groups and assist in planning of sports activities or other arts-based programming as needed.
  • Maintains and documents required quantity/quality of contacts with youth as requested by Supervisor.
  • Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure the youth’s needs are addressed.
  • Monitors and provides for a safe environment for youth at NLC functions.
  • Utilizes database and other record-keeping procedures to document youth sessions, progress, challenges, etc.
  • Communicates regularly with mentors to assure they are assisting youth to address challenges, celebrate milestones, assist in identifying goals and problem solving.
  • Creates lessons and activities based on life-skills as needed. Assures lessons are relevant and appropriate. Utilizes identified curriculum or curriculum principles to reinforce mentee learning.
  • Participates in an annual evaluation.
  • Maintains accuracy of a budget and spending plan.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attends required trainings and meetings as necessary.
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable).
  • Other tasks as assigned per Supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Must become a Certified Mandated Reporter. Training Provided.
  • Must pass a background check, must not have any pending cases.
  • Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check.
  • Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check.
  • Must have a working phone and phone number.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-promise youth.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth. Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to behaviors.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record, access to a vehicle to transport youth and self to mentoring sessions; subject to driving background check.
  • Pay commensurate with experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field, preferred but not necessary.
  • Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (min. 2 professional references, email and phone included)
  • Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable.

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Mentor” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal

Gems Mentor FT2021

Rev. Sept. 2021

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-affiliated youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary

The GEMS Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, benefits available. The GEMS Mentor is responsible for mentoring young ladies in one-on-one and group settings, high-quality weekly program facilitation in/out of school, events/activities that may include sports, and advocacy such as connections to other social services. The mentor demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. This position will primarily take place in Little Village.

Job Responsibilities

  • Hosts participant information sessions, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants.
  • Plans and implements outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system.
  • Assists in creation, implementation and monitoring of progress of youth case plans, goals and objectives set with you and family/school.
  • Assist youth and families strengthen relationships with people, organizations, or systems within their community through advocacy, modeling, coaching, and negotiating.
  • Intentionally focuses on a caseload of youth in a one-on-one mentoring capacity. Caseload is determined by Supervisor.
  • Administers intake and youth assessments and assists in ensuring accuracy and completeness of youth files.
  • Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested.
  • Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment).
  • Assists in weekly planning, program facilitation and youth social activities/outings (may include in-school/ after-school, small/large groups, and sports or other arts-based programming).
  • Maintains and documents required quantity/quality of contacts with youth as requested by Supervisor.
  • Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure youth needs are addressed.
  • Monitors and provides for a safe environment for youth at NLC functions.
  • Utilizes database and other recordkeeping procedures to document youth sessions, progress, challenges, etc.
  • Communicates regularly with mentees and addresses challenges, celebrates milestones, assists in identifying goals and problem solving.
  • Creates lessons and activities based on life-skills. Assures lessons are relevant and appropriate. Utilizes identified curriculum or curriculum principles to reinforce mentee learning.
  • Participates in an annual evaluation.
  • Maintains accuracy of a budget and spending plan.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attend mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings
  • Attend required trainings as necessary
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable)
  • Other requests per Supervisor

Required Qualifications

  • Must become a Certified Mandated Reporter.
  • Must pass a background check; must not have any pending cases.
  • Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check.
  • Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check.
  • Must have a working phone and phone number.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-promise youth.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth. Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to behaviors.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record, access to a vehicle to transport youth and self to mentoring sessions; subject to driving background check.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible.
  • Pay commensurate with experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field, preferred but not necessary
  • Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings helpful

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of three references with contact information (minimum 2 professional with email and phone included)
  • Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable.

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “GEMS Girls Mentor FT” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Mentor Coordinator 2021

Rev. Sept. 2021

New Life Centers provide intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are; gang-affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Mentor Coordinator will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (non-exempt, benefits available). Hours are both in-school and after-school hours and require a flexible schedule. The Mentor Coordinator is responsible for Supervising a team of mentors who mentor one-on-one and in group settings, facilitate high-quality program in/out of school, plan and implement events/activities that may include sports, and provide youth advocacy such as connections to other social services. The Mentor Coordinator demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. This position will primarily take place in Little Village.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assures youth and staff participation in information sessions in collaboration with other staff, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants.
  • Assures planning and implementation of outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system.
  • Assists in creation, implementation and monitoring of progress of youth case plans, goals and objectives set with you and family/school.
  • Assist youth and families strengthen relationships with people, organizations, or systems within their community through advocacy, modeling, coaching, and negotiating.
  • Assures mentors intentionally focus on a caseload of youth in a one-on-one mentoring capacity. Assists in determining the caseload.
  • Assures the administration of intake and youth assessments as well as accuracy and completeness of youth files.
  • Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested.
  • Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment).
  • Assists mentors in weekly planning, program facilitation and youth social activities/outings (may include in-school/after-school, small/large groups, and sports).
  • General knowledge of sports.
  • Willingness to coach sports groups and assist in planning of sports activities or other arts-based programming as needed.
  • Assures required mentor documentation and accuracy of quantity/quality of contacts with youth.
  • Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure the youth’s needs are addressed.
  • Monitors and provides for a safe environment for youth at NLC functions.
  • Utilizes database and other record-keeping procedures to document youth sessions, progress, challenges, etc.
  • Communicates regularly with mentors to assure they are assisting youth to address challenges, celebrate milestones, assist in identifying goals and problem solving.
  • Assists in the creation of lessons and activities based on life-skills as needed. Assures lessons provided by mentors are relevant and appropriate. Utilizes identified curriculum or curriculum principles to reinforce mentee learning.
  • Monitors and tracks Mentor progress.
  • Supervises a team of mentors including on-site visits, regular check-ins, and break-out planning meetings.
  • Performs annual evaluations and recommends appropriate potential staff increases.
  • Implements performance plans and follow-up as needed.
  • Maintains accuracy of a budget and spending plan.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attends required trainings and meetings as necessary.
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable).
  • Other tasks as assigned per Supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Must become a Certified Mandated Reporter. Training Provided.
  • Must pass a background check, must not have any pending cases.
  • Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check.
  • Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check.
  • Must have a working phone and phone number.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-promise youth.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth. Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to behaviors.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record, access to a vehicle to transport youth and self to mentoring sessions; subject to driving background check.
  • Pay commensurate with experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field, preferred but not necessary.
  • Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (min. 2 professional references, email and phone included)
  • Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable.

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Mentor Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Mentor Director 2021

Rev. Sept. 2021

New Life Centers provide intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are; gang-affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Mentor Director will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (non-exempt, benefits available). Hours are both in-school and after-school hours and require a flexible schedule. The Mentor Director is responsible for Supervising a team of Coordinators and Mentors within the Mentoring Department who mentor one-on-one and in group settings, facilitate high-quality program in/out of school, plan and implement events/activities that may include sports, and provide youth advocacy such as connections to other social services. The Mentor Director demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland and leads their team in the same. This position will primarily take place in Little Village.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assures youth and staff participation in information sessions in collaboration with other staff, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants.
  • Assures planning and implementation of outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed.
  • Delegates tasks as necessary to Coordinators.
  • Clearly communicates goals and objectives to Coordinators for implementation.
  • Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system.
  • Assists in creation, implementation and monitoring of progress of youth case plans, goals and objectives set with youth and family/school.
  • Assures effective coordination of a team of mentors for successful implementation of programming and goal attainment.
  • Is a main contact person in partner communications for the Mentoring department.
  • Assures a platform for youth and team voice in the implementation of program.
  • Assists youth and families in strengthening relationships with people, organizations, or systems within their community through advocacy, modeling, coaching, and negotiating.
  • Assures mentors intentionally focus on a caseload of youth in a one-on-one mentoring capacity. Assists in determining the caseload as needed.
  • Reviews and troubleshoots progress of Coordinators with staff goals-youth case plans, goals and objectives.
  • Assures the administration of intake and youth assessments as well as accuracy and completeness of youth files via quality control audits. Will assist with program and agency audits.
  • Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as necessary for consistent evaluation of program and timely report submittal.
  • Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment)
  • Assures effective weekly planning, program facilitation and youth social activities/outings (may include in-school/after-school, small/large groups, and sports/arts-based programming).
  • General knowledge of sports.
  • Willingness to coach sports groups and assist in planning of sports activities or other arts-based programming as needed.
  • Assures required mentor documentation is submitted in a timely manner. Including accuracy of quantity/quality of contacts with youth. May assist in reporting or narratives to funders.
  • Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure the youth’s needs are addressed.
  • Monitors and provides for a safe environment for youth at NLC functions.
  • Utilizes database and other record-keeping procedures to document youth sessions, progress, challenges, etc.
  • Communicates regularly with mentors to assure they are assisting youth to address challenges, celebrate milestones, assist in identifying goals and problem solving.
  • Assures lessons provided by mentors are relevant and appropriate.
  • Monitors and tracks Coordinator progress.
  • Supervises a team of Coordinators including on-site visits, regular check-ins, and break-out planning meetings.
  • Performs annual evaluations and recommends appropriate potential staff increases.
  • Provides regular follow up with staff as needed to meet goals.
  • May create performance plans with team members to increase positive personal development and training as needed.
  • Holds team members accountable for goals and objectives.
  • Assures safe spaces of youth and team members.
  • Provides plans or substitution for program in team members absence.
  • Maintains accuracy of a budget and spending plan and assures team members maintain accurate budget and spending plan.
  • Assists in annual budget process.
  • Upholds NLC policy and procedures.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attends required trainings and meetings as necessary.
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable).
  • Other tasks as assigned per Supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Must become a Certified Mandated Reporter. Training Provided.
  • Must pass a background check, must not have any pending cases.
  • Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check.
  • Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check.
  • Must have a working phone and phone number.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-promise youth.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth. Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to behaviors.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record, access to; subject to driving background check.
  • Pay commensurate with experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field, preferred but not necessary.
  • Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (min. 2 professional references, email and phone included)
  • Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable.

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Mentor Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Special Events Coordinator 2021

Rev. Sept. 2021

New Life Centers provide intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are; gang-affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Special Events Coordinator will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (non-exempt, benefits available). Hours are both in-school and after-school hours and require a flexible schedule. The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for planning, budgeting, purchasing supplies, and coordinating details of special events for New Life Centers as well as debriefing the successes and challenges of special events. This may include sporting events, community events, holiday events, youth or program events, etc. Location of events may be at any of our Centers locations or other appropriate venues. The Special Events Coordinator will be detail orientated and provide excellent Customer Service to partners, participants, volunteers, etc. The Special Events Coordinator demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

Job Responsibilities

  • General knowledge of sports. Majority of events needing coordination are sports events.
  • Assesses logistics and materials needed for an event and plans budget accordingly.
  • Vets appropriate vendors for event purchases. Utilizing local neighborhood businesses as a priority when able to.
  • Purchases necessary supplies within and under budget.
  • Maintains inventory of event supplies.
  • Coordinates appropriate/safe storage for event supplies.
  • Coordinates the delegation of tasks in order to streamline tasks including set-up and break-down of events.
  • Makes timely requests for invoices, checks, etc.
  • Performs research, including meetings with appropriate staff, in order to gain understanding of different requirements and details of each event.
  • Plans and organizes events in accordance with financial and time restraints.
  • Researches and books appropriate venues.
  • Plans, schedules and organizes time slots and speakers at events when necessary.
  • Negotiates with vendors.
  • Coordinates and oversees all event operations.
  • Tracks overall event expenses regularly.
  • Assists in annual budgeting process for special events.
  • Offers solutions to resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates meetings to analyze and evaluate (debrief) event’s results with appropriate staff.
  • Creates and presents reports as requested.
  • Communicates with Volunteer Coordinator and Supervisors for availability of volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Communicates effectively with key staff, volunteers, participants and community members to assure successful planning and implementation of events.
  • Monitors and provides for a safe environment at NLC functions.
  • With the data team, utilizes database and other record-keeping procedures to document accurate data and data collection.
  • Maintains accuracy of a budget and spending plan.
  • Provides premier customer service to partners/vendors by responding to requests in a timely and professional manner.
  • Communicates and coordinates courteously and effectively in a family friendly manner with participants, staff, sponsors, funders, volunteers and other outside organizations.
  • Represents the organization at meetings and within the community to promote special events.
  • Leads the process for creating promotional materials/plan for promotion and promotes special events. May create promotional materials when needed.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attends required trainings and meetings as necessary.
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable).
  • Other tasks as assigned per Supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Must become a Certified Mandated Reporter. Training Provided.
  • Must pass a background check, must not have any pending cases.
  • Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check.
  • Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check.
  • Must have a working phone and phone number.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-promise youth.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record, access to a vehicle; subject to driving background check.
  • Pay commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (min. 2 professional references, email and phone included)
  • Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable.

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Special Events Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

The Vine FT2021

New Life Centers provide intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are; gang-affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Vine Instructor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (non-exempt, benefits available) under the direct supervision of The Vine Director. This person will perform key program related and office administrative tasks that include creation and coordination of programming lessons, activities and events, maintaining accurate programming schedules and calendars, maintaining program supplies inventory, and supervising and instructing youth small groups. This position will primarily take place in the Humboldt Park community. The Instructor is responsible for the supervision and mentoring of young people K-8th grade as well as the facilitation of program related activities. The Instructor will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. Daily hours will vary dependent on the school year and summer months including days off during school breaks.

Job Responsibilities

Office Administration Tasks

  • Maintains program and office supply inventory and lists.
  • Purchases program and office supplies as needed.
  • Performs some office duties including answering door, phone, and monitoring/securing alarm system.
  • Maintains accurate spending plan and stays within budget.
  • May be responsible for or assist with petty cash requests.
  • Provides programming support where needed including but not limited to lesson facilitation, youth supervision, transportation, event/activity coordination.
  • Manages accurate up to date program agendas and transportation/room reservation calendars.
  • Manages activity ticket distribution to Humboldt Park programs.
  • Responsible for van maintenance.
  • Assists with program updates including pictures and narratives as requested.
  • Responsible for assigned office maintenance and deliveries.

The Vine Instructor Tasks

  • With team, plans and implements group lessons and activities.
  • Assures programming begins and ends on time; including set-up, clean-up, and debriefing sessions.
  • Assures upkeep and safety of space, supplies and equipment.
  • With team, is responsible for planning and logistics of activities and events.
  • Assures accurate, timely and complete attendance and youth paperwork.
  • Assures safety of all participants at all times.
  • Enforces rules and expectations of NLC and off-site locations where NLC may participate.
  • Communicates with key staff, volunteers, and Supervisor to address challenges youth may be facing.
  • Maintains positive family and community partnerships to best support youth engagement.
  • Creates and facilitates daily lessons.
  • Supports the social-emotional needs of each child.
  • Maintains a clean cafeteria before, during and after meal service.
  • Communicates with volunteers and provides any necessary guidance or direction during daily lessons and activities.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attend mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attend required trainings as necessary.
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable).
  • Other tasks as assigned per Supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Must become a Certified Mandated Reporter. Training Provided.
  • Must pass a background check. Must not have any pending cases.
  • Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check.
  • Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check.
  • Minimum one-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves administration and direct engagement with at-promise youth.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Cross-cultural competence.
  • Ability to effectively work independently, problem-solve, multi-task, and take initiative.
  • High organization and detail-oriented skill ability.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on various tasks.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Ability to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred but not required.
  • Produce timely documents and correspondence regarding activities as requested.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth. Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to behaviors.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check.
  • Pay commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional, Email and Phone number included)
  • Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable.

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “The Vine Instructor FT” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.