For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measureable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
In the fall of 2013, Christopher House will build on its portfolio of early learning centers and expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school. The school will create unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence.
Christopher House’s Youth Development Department is now looking for a Youth Leadership Manager. This position oversees the college and career readiness program at Christopher House’s Avondale location. We are looking for an innovative and experienced individual with a passion for Youth Development to continue our reputation of excellence in supporting youth, in our out-of school time programs.
In Chicago, less than 8% of students from low-income families graduate college by age 25. At Christopher House, Youth Leaderships students (13-18 years of age) find a path to overcoming these odds through a safe, supportive environment where they can explore their interests, get academic support, and plan for their futures. Young people become goal-oriented, self-sufficient young leaders who succeed in post-secondary education and beyond. We guide students through the transition to high school and prepare them to persist through and excel in college.
We are looking for ambitious individual, committed to their own professional growth in order to maximize their impact on youth development and school readiness, youth in our afterschool programs.
Youth Leadership Manager
Reports to: Associate Director of Youth Development
Responsibilities: Develop and implement innovative programming options to prepare Christopher House youth (13-18) in attaining post-secondary education. Program goals are achieved through college/career exploration, development of soft skills/life skills, exposure to a range of subjects/areas, homework help/ tutoring and support for continued academic growth. Manager is responsible for implementing programming that promotes leadership, community engagement, and high expectations. Collaborates with families to educate and engage parents to effectively support youth leadership participants in preparation for post-secondary success.
Supervise team of Youth Leadership Coordinators to deliver best practice programming. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and mentors to support objectives in youth leadership program. Develop strategic partnerships in the community, with businesses, and schools, colleges, and university’s to achieve program outcomes.
Qualifications: Experience working with low-income families and middle/high school populations of at-risk youth, both male/female, particularly in college/career preparation. Demonstrate organizational and relationship skills. Knowledgeable of young people’s developmental needs and stages of growth. Experience and ability to drive a 15-passenger van on a regular basis (with current driver’s license). Spanish speaking skills preferred.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in education or related field, preferred. Illinois Gateways School Age & Youth Credential is highly desirable.
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.