Centers – HR Specialist Job Description

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 Human Resource Specialist will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, exempt, benefits available. The Human Resource Specialist is responsible for generalist HR duties including the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and retention of NLC employees as well as some employee/partner business-related tasks. The HR Specialist demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

Job Responsibilities

• Responsible for staff recruiting to include the following duties:

  • Work with leadership to identify staffing needs and qualifications; develop job descriptions.
  • Post jobs and filter applications; conduct initial interviews to assess experience and qualifications.
  • Coordinate additional interviews needed with hiring managers and leadership.
  • Assist managers with the development of interview questions and protocols.
  • Make recommendations to hiring managers.
  • Keep candidates informed of the status of their application throughout the process.
  • Conduct reference checks and perform background screenings.
  • Notify applicants of final outcomes.
  • Make employment offers providing all pay and benefit details.
  • Manage all hiring paperwork.
  • Maintain employee records in compliance with labor laws, HIPAA, and document retention policies.
  • Ensure that necessary program certifications are kept current.
  • Coordinate onboarding and training needs with hiring managers.
  • Maintain handbook on policies and procedures in accordance with State, Federal, and grantor requirements as well as New Life Centers policies.
  • Advise management on employment policies in order to maintain compliance; provide annual training on sexual harassment.
  • Facilitate the annual staff review process; incorporate an annual review of staff job descriptions and qualifications.
  • Serve as liaison between management and staff by handling questions, administering personnel policies, and helping to resolve work-related and disciplinary issues.
  • Assist in researching and recommending annual coaching opportunities for leadership staff to develop their management skills.
  • Conduct a bi-annual review of wages/salary structures, personnel practices, and benefits, and make change recommendations to the leadership team.
  • Manage staff benefits administration to include annual evaluations of carriers, negotiations of policies for cost-effectiveness, support in claims resolution, reporting staff changes to benefit carries, approving invoices for payment, and communicating benefit information to staff.
  • Conduct exit interviews and make recommendations to leadership for improvements.
  • Manage collection of timecard information and process payroll. Support all payroll-related matters. Provide payroll reporting as needed for grant requests and labor cost distributions.
  • Provide assistance with annual and program audits as needed.
  • Develop and meet measurable goals for HR. Routinely evaluate department goals, objectives, and systems for improvements.

Other Duties as Assigned 

  • Attend mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attend required trainings as necessary.
  • Some local travel may be required (reimbursable). Required Qualifications:
  • Must become a Mandated Reporter. • Must pass a background check; must not have any pending cases.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years working in the Human Resources field.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. ADP experience a plus.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and employee information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred but not necessary
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check
  • Access to a vehicle

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 submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “HR Specialist” in the subject line of your email. Please include the name of any employees who referred you to the position.

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

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.