Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
The Economic Empowerment Specialist contributes to making our community a place where women and girls can thrive and achieve their dreams, through access to education, referrals, and resources. Our Specialist identifies and supports the housing and employment needs of our domestic violence and community program participants through case management and the development and delivery of housing and employment trainings. This essential member of the LEAP team, contributes to creating a warm and welcoming space for women and children, with an ongoing commitment to providing high quality, trauma-informed services for clients of YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
Formally assesses the needs of program participants through the intake process and develops individualized strength-based action plans.
Fosters safe and supportive relationships with clients and works collaboratively with domestic violence advocates to deepen support for participants.
Keeps proper documentation and records of participant work including but not limited to reporting documentation, including written narratives on all interactions with clients.
Advises and coaches participants individually and in small groups on housing and employment strategies.
Compiles and refers resources to clients based on identified needs including but not limited to affordable housing, housing programs, employment readiness and placement services.
Provides individualized support for workforce training participants related to job placement, job retention, and post-secondary education referrals.
Program Development & Training
Assists in developing employment and housing curricula aligned with current trends and best practices.
Delivers engaging trainings on housing and employment for domestic violence program participants and community members.
Collaborates with financial empowerment program to include housing and employment resources through our financial education classes.
Develops effective informational tools to share with clients.
Contributes to the development of program outcomes, benchmarks, and indicators.
Implements evaluation plan including but not limited to collecting data from clients, entering data into proper technology, and reporting out on data as directed
Submits monthly activity reports in timely fashion.
Reports on goals and objectives identified in government grants and foundations as appropriate.
Identifies, cultivates, and maintains strategic community partnerships that could contribute to and enrich housing and employment support services and advocates within those organizations for the benefit our clients.
Through active community outreach supports participant recruitment goals.
Housing Occupancy Coordination
Maintains high occupancy level for 15 unit permanent supportive housing facility (Bridges) funded by Housing Authority of Cook County project-based vouchers with an emphasis on homeless women, their children and survivors of domestic violence.
Responsible for processing all eligible clients from initial application to admission into housing program including but not limited to managing waiting list, contacting and interviewing eligible clients, and certifying eligibility.
Briefs eligible applicants on housing program requirements, regulations, and responsibilities.
Provides ongoing support to Bridges residents in regards to tenant needs such as rental assistance resources, energy assistance, and provides bi-annual check-in to assess progress and readiness for tenant based voucher and lease renewal.
Oversees annual recertification process for tenants and assists tenants in housing relocation as they exit the program.
Liaison with the Housing Authority of Cook County and ensures compliance with HACC regulations and reporting requirements.
Other Marginal Duties
Attends weekly case review meetings.
Provides and attends staff trainings and participates in agency committees.
Pursues professional development
Understands and adheres to all of YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as YWCA Employee Handbook.
Performs other job related duties as assigned by management.
Bachelor’s Degree in social work preferred or Bachelor’s Degree in related field will be considered
Minimum 2 years coordinating housing occupancy, affordable housing, and/or employment support services for an increasing case load of clients. Current on trends in workforce, affordable housing, and/or financial wellness.
Strong facilitation skills. Proven success with job development, job placement and job retention. Experience working with survivors of domestic violence preferred.
Computer Skills: Computer literacy in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Power Point.
Certificates and Licenses:
Valid Driver’s License, proof of insurance and reliable personal transportation required for off-site meetings and trainings
IL 40 hour domestic violence training certification desired
About YWCA Evanston North Shore
YWCA is on a mission! YWCA is a social justice organization whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. YWCA has three overlapping focus areas: health and safety for women and girls; economic empowerment of women; racial justice and civil rights. Through a combination of direct services, education and training, and advocacy, YWCA Evanston North Shore improves the lives of women and families throughout the northeast metropolitan Chicago area. Headquartered in Evanston, we are minutes from the lakefront and easily accessible by public transportation.
YWCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are proud of our commitment to our diverse workforce. YWCA Evanston North Shore encourages work/life balance, offers a competitive benefits package and generous paid time off programs. Learn more at www.ywca.org/evanston.