Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
The Coordinator-Post Secondary Options and Career Resources focuses on the educational and vocational goals of the Youth in assigned program(s), represents the Agency at school, post-secondary development programs and employers; to support the day to day operations of Dream, Believe, Achieve!; to support the vocational development of youth, to support administrative procedures and processes for the program; to maintain the professional data and program materials.
The Coordinator-Post Secondary Options and Career Resources is a full-time position, typically working three days per week 9am-5:30pm and two days per week workings until about 7:30pm.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Develop, implement, manage and monitor all operational, administrative and programmatic processes and activities related to post-secondary education and vocational planning for youth in assigned program.
Update and maintain resources on post-secondary process and career resources for assigned youth.
Be responsible for the post-high school educational assessment of youth and the case plan related to their individual needs for post-secondary planning.
Be responsible for the career resources assessment of youth and the case plan related to their individual needs for career planning.
Serve as a coach and teacher with youth in the realm of post-secondary planning and career resources.
Work collaboratively with Youth Programs, Academy and Aftercare staff.
Be responsible for the educational and vocational assessment and progress of Youth seeking placement in assigned homes.
Maintain educational and vocational records for each assigned youth, including use of BluePrint database for school records.
Continually assess Youth’s educational and vocational records and to ensure that resources are available and/or being requested to meet Youth needs
Collate and collaborate on information, data and statistics as it relates to QI and The Academy.
Work directly with Youth in seeking on campus, part time, and full time employment.
Be responsible for external job placement monitoring and serve as liaison with employers.
Implement the Job Preparation Program with each youth.
Research, understand and communicate summer employment and internship opportunities for youth.
Be the point person for youth’s JP2 and Financial Literacy progress in assigned home.
Coordinate drivers education for assigned home.
Plan, execute, and attend post-secondary and career program exposure visits.
Attend weekly Program staff meetings to maintain clear and direct communication for Youth’s educational and vocational needs.
Complete proper Agency forms and education/vocational reports as necessary.
Interpret transcripts, grade reports and behavioral/attendance reports.
Ensure direct communication with the Academy team and Program staff for timely daily notification of a youth’s availability for academic or vocational tutoring.
Maintain confidentiality of Youth when working with tutors.
Work two evenings a week to assist during tutoring and/or Job Lab.
Be aware of the education and job market climate, in Chicago, and how it affects Youth in program.
Employ all aspects of de-escalation and behavior management techniques as outlined in CPI protocol.
Learn, align with, and execute the treatment philosophies, modalities and practices of the Agency
Bachelor’s degree required, ideally with a major in education, social work, business or related field.
Keen understanding of, and passion for, the importance of post-high school education and workforce development opportunities, particularly for Mercy Home’s youth population.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Experience working with adolescents and young adults.
Ability to conduct trainings with the youth on relevant topics.
Ability to seek and schedule guest speakers and special courses for youth.
Ability to research and network with educational workforce development programs.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to become proficient in other software packages and programs.
Comfortable with record keeping, numbers and performing simple statistical analysis.
A valid Illinois driver’s license, ability to drive a van, maintain a clear driving record, and retain driving approval through the Department of Children and Family Services.
Ability to attend required Agency trainings and maintain necessary training compliance. Flexibility to attend daytime trainings or sessions outside of regularly scheduled hours.
Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the Agency.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed when youth are in program.