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.

Arise Mentor FT Job Description

Following the model of New Life Centers, “life together makes a difference,” Arise Creations is a program that believes that walking alongside the girls in our community can change the direction of our youth. Since 2009, the program has served middle and high school youth in the neighborhood of Humboldt Park on Chicago’s west side. Arise Creations is a youth-fueled, creative business that seeks to empower, encourage and educate youth through the vehicles of entrepreneurship and discipleship [mentorship]. Our hope is to see the youth achieve these goals through creating and selling handmade jewelry. Each one of the youth that enter the program learn, create and sell their pieces, equipping them with job skills while giving them a safe space to express themselves and grow. Each day the girls are equipped and empowered to be agents of change in their community. In addition to this, participants also engage in community craft fairs, home parties, and sell at other events and venues.

Position Summary: New Life Centers is seeking a Full-Time Mentor to work with our Arise Creations program. This position is 40 hours/week and will primarily take place at our Humboldt Park location. The Arise Creations Mentor is responsible for facilitating Arise classes. This includes lesson planning, facilitating, and assisting with selling events for 5th -12th graders. The Arise mentor will also be responsible for assisting with some media and marketing that may include photography, video, writing and promotions. They will demonstrate a commitment to servant-leadership, teamwork, and excellence as well as to the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland and Arise Creations. Role and

Responsibilities:

– Classroom Prep and Clean Up

– Development and implementation of faith-based/business lessons connected to jewelry making

– Maintain a consistent program schedule

– Encourage a platform for youth voice and choice in programming and event decisions

– Lead progress for target product/business goals

– Contribute to product line conversations and engage youth in the product line development process

– Communicate with leadership proactively to address program situations needing additional support

– Maintain a caseload of approximately 6-10 youth

– Assuring a safe learning environment

– Submitting all daily attendance and intake paperwork as requested

– Dispersing youth stipends to youth as schedule

– Helping other Arise team members with various studio and event tasks

– Assist with preparations for events

– Cooperate with all NLC Directors and staff

– Reinforce New Life Centers’ values in student’s interactions with one another

– Apply New Life Centers’ procedures and policies

– Work with program leadership to report goals and data – Participate in weekly meetings and all required staff meetings as they occur

Qualifications:

– One year minimum experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth

– Mentoring experience or similar experience

– Cross-cultural competency

– Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-risk youth

– Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Must be willing to be trained in systems/databases.

– Experience working with jewelry a plus but not required. Must be willing to be trained

– Business experience a plus but not required

– Must keep confidentiality of records and participant personal information

– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

– Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally

– Ability to travel locally with youth

– Minimum High School Diploma or GED

– 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 necessary

Other Qualifications include but are not limited to:

– An understanding of basic business skills

– A balance between being independent and self-motivated, as well as being able to work cooperatively and collaboratively.

– Bachelor’s degree in education or business preferred but not necessary

– Must complete the Mandated Reporter training and complete a 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. A minimum of two professional. (Please include email and phone info.)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include “Arise Creations FT 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, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Street Outreach Mentor

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 include; justice-involved youth, gang-affiliated youth, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and communities. 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.

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) is a citywide collaborative of community-based agencies across Chicago working together to reduce rates of community violence. CP4P agencies and their 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 Street Outreach Mentor operates as a part of a Neighborhood Safety Team that includes other outreach workers, case-managers, and community engagement/safe spaces staff.

Position Summary:

The Street Outreach Mentor works to gain trust of the community and the highest risk individuals to help prevent shootings and retaliatory violence, and to provide linkages and robust accompaniment to prosocial alternatives including activities, jobs, education, case management, and social services. As a member of a team, the Street Outreach Mentor is responsible for reaching out to the highest risk individuals in the community and working with them to prevent violence by mediating conflicts, modeling prosocial behaviors, engaging them in positive activities and accompaniment through the case management process. The Street Outreach Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, under the direct supervision of the Street Outreach Director. Some weekends and some on-call in response to crisis situations will be required. Focus neighborhoods include Little Village, Pilsen, and Brighton Park.

Skills & Responsibilities

  • • Firsthand knowledge of the Little Village, Pilsen, and/or Brighton Park community and knowledge of current street conflicts
  • • 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
  • • Willingness to work on the street and in other unstructured situations
  • • Willing to work late nights and on weekends; the nature of crisis situations may require “on-call” response
  • 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
  • • Experience with or training in crisis intervention, principles in nonviolence, restorative justice practices, or trauma-informed practice
  • Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence

Client Outreach:

  • • Work with outreach colleagues and supervisor to identify potential participants who are the highest risk individuals, and the people who know them
  • • Carry a caseload of 10-15 high-risk clients
  • • Develop and maintain supportive and effective relationships with client caseload
  • • Work to intervene in circumstances in which violence is likely, including possible retaliation
  • • Work to understand why a shooting happened, including developing strategies to be better informed to help prevent future escalation of conflicts
  • • Work as a member of a team, communicating all relevant information to team members and supervisors instantly
  • • Ensure that information about potential participants is clearly identified and communicated to relevant staff and Program Director
  • • Develop and deliver one-to-one support sessions and facilitate circles with clients to support participants in resolving conflicts and adopting prosocial behaviors
  • • Provide linkages and support for individuals to enhance their use of opportunities and programs in the community (job programs, GED, drug treatment, mentoring, etc.)
  • • Provide client accompaniment to court, social services, etc.

Violence Prevention Services/Shooting Responses:

  • • Participate, as necessary, in organizing responses to shootings and increasing visibility when shootings/killings take place (developing networks with other outreach programs to coordinate an inclusive and strategic response)
  • • Investigate causes of shootings/killings to assist in mediating situations and preventing retaliation between individuals and groups and provide documentation
  • • Identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence (conducting line of sight surveys with residents and key stakeholders to identify areas frequented by high-risk clients) and provide documentation
  • • Strategize with outreach team and supervisor to develop ongoing strategy to respond to conflicts and violence, noting important anniversary dates or other key events

Community Outreach:

  • Outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups
  • Work closely with referring partners and any other stakeholders to ensure that goals are met
  • • Maintain positive relationships with stakeholders
  • • Respond to shootings in other communities, when necessary, working with relevant outreach programs

Meetings & Documentation:

  • Attend weekly staff meetings; meet with supervisor as needed
  • Document shootings and other acts of violence prevented, and conflicts mediated
  • • Document all shootings and retaliations
  • • 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 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, street-involved individuals
  • • Firsthand knowledge of the specific the Little Village, Pilsen, and/or the Brighton Park community area and knowledge of current street conflicts
  • • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, insurance, and good driving record
  • • Access to a vehicle

Qualifications:

  • • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • • Excellent verbal communication skills, and ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • • Experience or training in crisis intervention preferred
  • Willingness to learn and commit to the principles of nonviolence, restorative justice and trauma-informed practices
  • • Experience working on a team

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 Street Outreach 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, 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.

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.

 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

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.

Accounting Clerk III

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:

The Accounting Clerk III for New Life Centers of Chicagoland is responsible for managing accounts payable, the corporate credit card system and for grant vouchering tasks in support of the New Life Centers accounting office. This individual will also provide customer service support to the staff and funders of New Life Centers. This position is full-time, non-exempt and reports to the Director of Finance.

 Responsibilities:

Accounts Payable:

  • Review invoices for appropriate documentation and approval prior to payments; process for payment.
  • Post invoices into the accounting system.
  • Generate expense and reimbursement payments.
  • Act as liaison between the New Life Centers locations on accounts payable activities; respond to AP inquiries.
  • Research vendor statements and respond to vendor inquiries and resolve discrepancies.
  • Responsible for monthly reconciliation of petty cash.
  • Generate year-end 1099s.

Corporate Credit Card System:

  • Responsible for the monthly corporate cardholder data-gathering workflow.
  • Prepares and executes monthly credit card system imports into the accounting system.
  • Reviews monthly cardholder data to verify supporting document submissions.
  • Adds/removes cardholders, administrates card replacement, performs system maintenance.
  • Performs monthly reconciliation of the credit card system to the GL.

Grant Invoicing/Vouchering:

  • Responsible for the gathering of supporting documents for monthly grant vouchers.
  • Prepare monthly grant vouchering supporting documentation packages.
  • Assist the Grant Accountant in review sub-contractor invoices/vouchers and supporting documentation.
  • Maintain audit-ready grant and sub-contractor invoice/voucher files and related supporting documents.

Other Duties:

  • Assists in human resources and payroll administration.
  • Provides support for the annual financial audit.
  • Supports the accounts receivable and account payable functions during peak activity seasons.

 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 cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence.
  • Must embrace and fully agree with the mission and statements of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

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, “Accounting Clerk III” 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.

Associate Director of Partner Engagement

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:

The Associate Director of Partner Engagement is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing New Life Centers’ Partner Engagement department’s special events, donor database management, new grant fundraising efforts, and supporting the Director of Partner Engagement in all fundraising and communication efforts. This position is full-time, exempt and reports to the Director of Partner Engagement.

 Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Partner Engagement and New Life Centers’ staff to create and execute communications and fundraising strategies for New Life Centers.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Partner Engagement.
  • To realize the annual fundraising program including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
  • In the creation of communication pieces, publications, and materials to support fundraising activities and partner involvement.
  • To strengthen donor prospecting, stewardship, cultivation, and gift recognition.
  • To establish a tiered marketing, donor, and involvement program for qualification and donation amounts and resources.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team and Volunteer Coordinator in aligning external engagement for overall communication implementation and partner engagement.
  • Support efforts for partner engagement special events. Evaluate the success of fundraising events and use analysis to recommend adjustments as needed to improve future efforts.
  • Develop relationships and meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis (average of at least 4 connections per month) to establish effective communications with them and cultivate ongoing relationships, involvement, and support.
  • Conduct public appearances and speaking engagements to share information about New Life Centers with the community and partners.
  • Incorporate community-centric fundraising into fundraising approach.
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems, evaluating data-based opportunities for prospecting and cultivation.
  • Execute and help strengthen systems to track donor experience and engagement.
  • Oversee all new grant fundraising efforts for New Life Centers.
  • Provide regular reports of progress, involvement of the donors and volunteers, participation level, and pipeline status.
  • Ensure that all legal reporting requirements are satisfied.
  • Assist with the long-term partner and fundraising development and strategy.
  • Continue to investigate new ideas and methods for personal professional growth as well as partner engagement goals.

 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.
  • Must embrace and fully agree with the mission and statements of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.
  • A work-style approach and commitment to maintaining amiable relations with staff, ministry leaders and the New Life Center’s community of partners, helping to create a warm, safe, and hospitable culture.
  • Bilingual preferred: Spanish & English
  • GED or higher; with demonstrated experience in communications and/or development.
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and listen to others.
  • Demonstrated strength in writing and organizational skills.
  • Team player, cooperative, and able to receive criticism in a loving way to improve processes and ministry.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a mature and restorative manner.
  • Growing knowledge of volunteer and leadership development and encouragement.
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
  • Be self-driven and proactive to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls; exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
  • Able to manage and adhere to confidential information and policies.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.
  • Basic level of skill set to use computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and Outlook), Apple based application and computing skills and Google Software Suite.
  • Comfortable in creating presentations and providing direction for creation of videos and communication materials.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, valid insurance, and good driving record. May require 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, “Associate Director of Partner Engagement” 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.

Communications and Marketing Director

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:

The Communications and Marketing Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing New Life Centers’ communications strategies and materials. Responsible for the development of promotional materials and increasing awareness of Centers’ work, goals, opportunities, and financial needs through its multiple communication platforms. This position is full-time, exempt and reports to the Director of Partner Engagement.

 Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute communication strategies for New Life Centers to support Centers’ messaging for its multiple audiences.                                             This includes: printed and digital communication pieces, publications, merchandise, and materials; website and social media platforms; relevant newsletters, statements, and letters; and grant application content.
  • Collaborate with the Partner Engagement Department and New Life Centers’ staff to align external engagement for overall communication implementation and partner engagement.
  • Incorporate community-centric communications strategy in alignment with New Life Centers values and goals, including implementing bilingual communication across all relevant platforms.
  • Support communication efforts for special events and partner engagement initiatives.
  • Edit and review content for grammar, punctuation, and tone.
  • Direct and coordinate purposeful communication internships.
  • Develop relationships with partners to align communications with New Life Centers varied audiences and cultivate ongoing relationships, involvement, and support.
  • Conduct public appearances and speaking engagements as needed to share information about New Life Centers with the community and partners.
  • Evaluate the success of communication methods for events and use analysis to recommend adjustments as needed to improve future efforts.
  • Continue to investigate new ideas and methods for personal professional growth as well as partner engagement and communication goals.
  • Ensure that all legal communications requirements are satisfied.

 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.
  • Must embrace and fully agree with the mission and statements of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.
  • A work-style approach and commitment to maintaining amiable relations with staff, ministry leaders and the New Life Center’s community of partners, helping to create a warm, safe, and hospitable culture.
  • Bilingual preferred: Spanish & English
  • GED or higher; with demonstrated experience in communications and/or development.
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and listen to others.
  • Demonstrated strength in writing and organizational skills.
  • Team player, cooperative, and able to receive criticism in a loving way to improve processes and ministry.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a mature and restorative manner.
  • Growing knowledge of volunteer and leadership development and encouragement.
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
  • Be self-driven and proactive to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls; exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
  • Able to manage and adhere to confidential information and policies.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.
  • Basic level of skill set to use computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and Outlook), Apple based application and computing skills and Google Software Suite.
  • Comfortable in creating presentations and providing direction for creation of videos and communication materials.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, valid insurance, and good driving record. May require 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, “Communications and Marketing Director” 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.