COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Early Childhood Services Department will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of overall outreach targeting families and children of highest need in the Willowbrook community. The Community Outreach Specialist foremost responsibility is to demonstrate expertise in engaging diverse stakeholders in the community. They will be responsible for conducting and training on the ASQ Ages & Stages developmental screenings and connecting children and families to high quality early education opportunities.
The Community Outreach Specialist is a part-time, non-exempt position, reporting directly to the Manager of Child Care Resource and Referral Services, located at YWCA’s Patterson & McDaniel Family Center, 2055 W. Army Trail Road, Suite 140, Addison, IL 60101.
This is a compelling opportunity for someone who wants to fulfill on their purpose, make a meaningful difference for others, and join an enterprise that is transforming from a 140-year old social services agency to a 21st century, business-savvy social enterprise, dedicated to its mission of “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.” All employees can count on a full range of generous benefits, along with a flexible schedule and leaders who are confident, authentic and agile in deciding and acting so that everyone is able to unleash their purpose and potential to fulfill on the YWCA’s vision and mission.
Assist in facilitation of Willowbrook Corner Coalition Early Childhood Subcommittee meetings
Assist in development of an overall outreach strategy to increase enrollment of families in greatest need to all quality early childhood programming; including Head Start, Preschool for All, home visiting through Prevention Initiative, Project Help and Teen Parent Connection.
Participate in existing activities to reach families in the Willowbrook community.
Connect families to the Child Care Assistance Program to increase viability of parents securing employment by engaging in quality child care options.
Administer the ASQ Ages & Stages Developmental screening tool in conjunction with preschool screening.
Conduct ASQ Ages & Stages Developmental training for providers and community partners who interface with children.
Promote and educate community and parents on ExceleRate Quality Rating Scale
Partner with YWCA’s CCR&R Manager and Database Specialist as well as the DuPage Early Childhood Collaboration( DECC) to track progress using statistical data
Provide monthly liaison reports detailing enrollment status of early childhood programs, completed ASQ Ages & Stages Developmental Screenings, and number of children participating in home visiting program.
An Associate’s degree in a relevant discipline such as, community development, psychology, community health, or social work.
Minimum of one year of experience in Early Childhood Care and Education, Community Development or related field
Program management experience preferred.
Marketing and collaborative experience in community outreach
Highly developed presentation skills, including listening and persuasive abilities
Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative skills, culturally competent, comfortable working with diverse cultural backgrounds
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, to be confident in their choices and to make valuable contributions to their communities.