GRANT ACCOUNTANT

Job Description PDF

REPORTS TO: Director of Finance

TYPE: Full-time, exempt.

START DATE: January 2021

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Grant Accountant is responsible for the grant management and grant accounting for the various government, corporate and private foundation grants supporting the work of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Grant Management:

· Grant management duties include award and post-award fiscal grant management, including working with program staff to ensure fiscal compliance with state, federal, and private grant requirements.

· Manage the grant disbursement process and reconciliations of grant and program fund balances to the general ledger.

· Manage sub-grantee awards and fiscal compliance, including sub-grantee/sub-contractor grant vouchering activities.

· Assist the Director of Finance in the preparation of grant budgets and grant reporting, including supplying copies of audit and regulatory documentation to the appropriate requestor.

Grant Invoicing/Vouchering:

· Responsible for the processing of monthly grant vouchers including gathering and maintaining supporting documents.

· Prepare monthly grant vouchers with supporting documentation and submit to funders.

· Collect and review monthly sub-contractor invoices/vouchers and supporting documentation

· Maintain audit-ready grant and sub-contractor invoice/voucher files and related supporting documents.

Other Duties –

· Perform general accounting activities, including reconciliations, assisting the Director of Finance during audits, and journal entries during the month/quarter and year end close.

· Assist in the generation of monthly financial reports, spreadsheets, and files.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

· Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent practical experience in fund-based accounting and account reconciliation.

· Proficient in computer skills with emphasis on Microsoft Excel, and specific fund-based accounting software.

· Working knowledge of QuickBooks, and preferably in the context of a non-profit or fund-accounting organization.

· Attention to detail and precision in account reconciliation and report generation.

· Strong written and verbal communication skills.

· Commitment to confidentiality regarding all accounting records.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at victoriaa@nullnewlifechicago.org:

· Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

· Resume

· List of two to three references with contact information (email and phone included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “NL Grant Accountant” 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 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-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 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 Data Administrator will work with the NLC Data team under the direct supervision of the Data Manager. The Data Administrator will work 40 hours per week (full-time, non-exempt), and is responsible for performing key administrative tasks to support effectiveness of programming and improve the quality of service provided to youth and families by our team. The Data Administrator demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Intake Management Team members to strategically match/exit youth and Outreach mentors ensuring appropriate matching and ensure ongoing monitoring of relationships. Inform, collect and follow-up with Data Manager and team for assessments and other casefile paperwork as well as missing data necessary for casefiles
  • Enter data from attendance sheets on a daily/weekly basis for all programming, events, and trainings.
  • Maintain and stock all appropriate sign-in sheets and paperwork.
  • Monthly entry of programming and mentoring hours to support surveys.
  • Monthly entry of data on mentoring contacts and other information in support of required documents.
  • Enter grade information on mentored youth.
  • Enter new youth into Grant Roster List and database.
  • Administer, enter, and report assessment and survey information into appropriate databases as needed.
  • Enter all other required data into database.
  • Assist in reporting and analyzing data.
  • Assist Data Manager with other required tasks.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attend assigned weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attend required trainings as necessary.
  • Must be comfortable and willing to perform home visits and interviews/sessions with participants as needed to collect data.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter.
  • Must pass a background check, no pending criminal cases.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth.
  • Minimum 1-year experience with data entry or data analysis.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to cooperate in and contribute to program goal attainment.
  • Ability to create, manage and interpret reports, spreadsheets, and other data collection as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability and desire of a minimum 1-year commitment.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in the Little Village, Brighton Park, Pilsen, Humboldt Park communities.

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, email and phone included)
  • Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments.
  • Include all attachments in a single email.
  • Please include, “Data Administrator” in the subject line of your email.
  • Please include the name of any current employee referring you to the position in the subject line.

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 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-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 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 the recruitment, hiring and onboarding, retention process of NLC employees and 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:

  • Consult with employer to identify needs and preferred qualifications.
  • Filter through applicants for appropriate candidates.
  • Contact and Coordinate with candidates for interviews.
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education and skills.
  • Follow up with/inform candidates of the status of their application.
  • Contact references and perform background checks.
  • Inform applicants about job details such as benefits and conditions.
  • Refer qualified candidates.
  • Coordinate interviews with appropriate Directors.
  • Consult with employer for needed employee trainings.
  • Research and Coordinate needed employee trainings.
  • Process paperwork.
  • Keep accurate employee files with up to date employee information.
  • Manage confidentiality of employee files.
  • Manage and Collect updated insurance info, training certificates, etc.
  • Assist in planning and coordinating the workforce to best use employees’ talents.
  • Assist in resolving issues between management and employees.
  • Advise managers on policies like equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment.
  • Direct disciplinary procedures.
  • Assure employer is following employment laws in its hiring, termination, and policy implementation.
  • Enhances the organization’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices.
  • Maintains the work structure by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
  • Supports organization staff by establishing a recruiting, testing, and interviewing program; counseling managers on candidate selection; conducting and analyzing exit interviews; and recommending changes.
  • Prepares employees for assignments by establishing and conducting orientation and training programs.
  • Manages a pay plan by conducting periodic pay surveys; scheduling and conducting job evaluations; preparing pay budgets; monitoring and scheduling individual pay actions; and recommending, planning, and implementing pay structure revisions.
  • Ensures planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers to coach employees; scheduling management conferences with employees; hearing and resolving employee grievances; and counseling employees and supervisors.
  • Implements employee benefits programs and informs employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs and trends; recommending benefit programs to management; directing the processing of benefit claims; obtaining and evaluating benefit contract bids; awarding benefit contracts; and designing and conducting educational programs on benefit programs.
  • Ensures legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements, conducting investigations, maintaining records, and representing the organization at hearings.
  • Enforces management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and procedures.
  • Retains historical human resource records by designing/managing a filing and retrieval system and keeping past and current records.
  • Cultivates professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and participating in professional societies, ie. COVID-19 info sessions.
  • Completes human resource operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees and following up on work results.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Assists with space-sharing agreements.
  • Assists with annual and program audits.
  • Support all personnel and business legal and tax matters. Work with outside legal counsel and tax entities as necessary.
  • Work with building and liability insurance brokers to obtain insurance policies for NLC locations. Direct the evaluation of insurance needs of NLC.
  • Assists in collection, and management of partner documentation.
  • Assists in collection of volunteer documentation and updates as needed.
  • Oversight and management of the Time and Attendance System, including the coordination of the semi-monthly approval of timecards.
  • Payroll processing.
  • Assist the finance department with redacted grant-specific payroll registers as needed for grant management from the payroll system.
  • Assist the finance department with updates to the labor cost distributions in the payroll system.

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.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and 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.

Job Description PDF

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

MentorJobDescriptionupdatedDec2020

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

Position Summary

The Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (Non-Exempt). Hours are mainly after-school hours with some flexibility. The mentor is responsible for youth one-on-one and group mentoring and advocacy, sports coordination, as well as high-quality program facilitation during after-school hours. Mentoring hours will vary. The mentor demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. Job

Responsibilities:

• Hosts participant information sessions in collaboration with other staff, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants

• With team, plans and implements outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed

• Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system

• Implements and monitors progress of youth case plans, goals and objectives

• Intentionally focuses on a caseload of approximately 10-15 youth in a one-on-one mentoring capacity

• Administers intake and youth assessments, and assists in ensuring accuracy and completeness of youth files

• Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested by Supervisor

• Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment)

• Assists in weekly planning and program facilitation and youth social activities/outings; (May include In-School small groups, Neighborhood sports leagues, Summer sports/activities nights, etc.)

• General knowledge of sports

• Willingness to coach sports groups

• Maintains and documents required quantity/quality of contacts with all youth as requested by Supervisor

• Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure the youth’s needs are addressed Other Duties as Assigned

• Attends mandatory weekly and Quarterly staff meetings

• Attends required trainings and meetings as necessary

Required Qualifications:

• Must become a Mandated Reporter

• Must pass a standard background check

• Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check

• Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check

• Must have a working phone and phone number

• One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-promise youth

• Cross-cultural competency

• Some knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth; Some knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to juvenile delinquency and maladjustment

• Good listening and communication skills

• Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching

• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

• Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties

• Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

• Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth

• Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally

• Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible

• Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record, access to a vehicle to transport youth and self to mentoring sessions; subject to driving background check

Desired Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field

• Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings

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

• Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

• Resume

• List of two to three references with contact information (min. 2 professional references, email and phone included)

• Please mention the name of any New Life Centers staff who referred the position to you in your email if applicable. Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Mentor” in the subject line of your email.

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

MentorJobDescriptionupdatedDec2020

Victim Advocate Job Description

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 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 Victim Advocate (2 positions available) 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 Director of Street Outreach. 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

 Requirements

  • 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 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, “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.

Victim Advocate Job Description