Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development (BUILD, Inc.) is seeking a committed, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional to join the BUILDing Futures team in the role of Education Outreach Specialist (EOS). Since 1969, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods giving at-risk youth alternatives to the violence that takes away their positive potential. Applying our model of positive youth development, BUILD seeks to redirect the behavior of gang-affiliated youth and potential gang recruits to improve their chances of leading fulfilling lives and to increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside.
Vision: Grow Hope. Save Lives. BUILD Futures.
This position is grant funded through the Department of Education TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program. The EOS must possess a compendium of skills including time management, college and career readiness expertise, conflict resolution, youth development and event planning. Duties include, but are not limited to serving as liaison between the program, Chicago Public Schools, community partners and parents and/or guardians, program implementation, curriculum development, youth recruitment according to program guidelines, working alongside other project leaders in the successful completion of the grant project through data collection and input, evaluation and reporting practice and interdepartmental collaboration.
The Education Outreach Specialist reports directly to the Manager of Education Support Services.
Exemplify the mission, vision and values of the agency.
Contribute to the development of strategic goals for student programming.
Participate in the implementation and planning of core student college and career services according to grant specifications.
Coordinate collegiate and career opportunities such as college tours, fairs/conferences, internships, job shadowing and workshops/information sessions for youth and parents.
Gather and provide academic and post-secondary resources such as tutoring, standardize testing preparation mentoring and scholarships and other financial aid services.
Deliver unbiased professional assistance to students and parents with the CPS high school and/or college selection and application processes.
Recruit and effectively manage caseload of 100+ youth meeting service requirements.
Advise student on educational and career endeavors regarding course selection, goal setting, academic improvement and exposure to STEM and other career opportunities. Collaborate with school counselors.
Empower youth to self-advocate by teaching them effective communication skills and how to research and access resources and opportunities.
Create an environment fostering holistic youth development through exposure of cultural and enrichment programs.
Documentation and Competencies:
Collection of all required student documentation prior to acceptance into program in addition to maintaining files as required and compliance with ETO and BOT.
Conduct student surveys and assessments for academic and programmatic evaluation purposes.
Work alongside other project leaders in the successful completion of the grant project through data collection, evaluation and reporting practices, interdepartmental collaboration, report and data collection.
Keep accurate records regarding student services and program outcomes.
Screen applicants according to program guidelines.
Research and incorporate best practices into our program to ensure the effectiveness of youth programming.
Communication and relationship management:
Represents the agency to broaden community awareness and support.
Models appropriate communication skills and tools matched to the needs of various audiences and purposes.
BUILD strong, working relationships with BUILD stakeholders and community partners.
Orient participants and parents on BUILD and ETS services and programs.
Collaborate with target area school personnel and community partners for referrals and coordination of project activities.
Identify and obtain partnerships and opportunities that will improve program services and implementation.
Collaborate with other staff members and departments.
Development and Training
Trained and certified in CPR and 1st Aid.
Attends departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events, as required.
Maintains knowledge current in the field including but not limited to, participation in coursework, seminars and workshops.
Participates in various meetings, workshops, trainings, seminars and other activities, as directed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Some evening and weekend hours required
Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Human Services, Counseling or a field having direct relationship to coursework focusing on college and career preparation.
Highly organized with excellent interpersonal, verbal and communication skills.
Proficiency with technology integration into daily program operations and evaluation systems.
Automobile with insurance and valid driver’s license.
One or more years of TRIO experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of TRIO regulations.
Familiarity with NAVIANCE, ETO and Blumen Online for TRIO.
Knowledge of and experience with target population/communities from diverse backgrounds.
This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience and skill level.
About BUILD, Inc
For over 45 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.
BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities.