Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) is a community-based, non-profit organization serving a low-income working class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side.
Under the general supervision of the Director of Community Partnerships, the Economic Development Program Manager will manage the development and implementation of a workforce development model in Brighton Park, and provide leadership to the neighborhood coalition’s work to increase the financial stability of Brighton Park families. The Program Manager will work with community members to conduct a comprehensive workforce needs assessment in the community which will result in the development of a workforce development model that meets the needs of community members. Candidates should be passionate about working in a community setting, and working with members of our neighborhood coalition to expand economic development strategies that address the long-term financial stability of community members.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Recruit, train and supervise 3-5 community members to develop and implement a comprehensive workforce development needs assessment. 2. Review and analyze all workforce and economic data about the region and community, and conduct and assessment of employers in the neighborhood and region. 3. Work with partners to create a workforce development model that: 1) connects low-income community members to existing workforce development programs, 2) removes barriers to successful completion of programs, and 3) brings new place-base or sector-based workforce opportunities to the community. 4. Support the implementation of the workforce development model. 5. Cultivate and expand collaborative relationships with workforce stakeholders and community partners, and coordinate all meetings, seminars and committees related to the neighborhood coalition’s economic development/ financial stability work. 6. Coordinate all meetings, seminars and committees related to the neighborhood coalition’s economic development/ financial stability work. 7. Work with members of our coalition to coordinate financial services and workforce opportunities in the community. 8. Assist in the development of a pilot program that supports 10-15 community members in developing and expanding their business plans. 9. Prepare and write monthly, year-end, and other reports as required. 10. Perform other duties as needed.
A bachelor’s degree in Education, Business, or a social services related field.
Bi-lingual, Spanish/English required.
Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in one of the following areas: Career Building, Workforce Development Programs, Financial Literacy. Familiarity with issues facing immigrant community.
Experience in community-level research practices.
Experience in program reporting.
Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and access to a car.
Displays sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present in the community.
Supervisory experience is desirable.
Must be highly organized, self-motivated and comfortable working independently
Ability to creatively and flexibly support a trauma-informed work environment within the organization and the school setting
Ability to pass a routine background check
Documentation of U.S. citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S.
Upon offer of employment, applicants must complete all forms related to hiring, including BPNC’s application and if required a background check. BPNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected under Federal and state law as outlined in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations.
About BPNC (Brighton Park Community Council)
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving a low-income working class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. BPNC’s mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants’ rights, promote gender equity, and fight all forms of violence. Founded in 1997, BPNC unites individuals and neighborhood institutions to organize campaigns to win essential resources for one of Chicago’s most under served communities, improve public policy and address the root causes of poverty and inequality.
BPNC organizes campaigns to address the following issues: Education Justice, Housing and Economic Justice, Community Safety, Youth Development, and Immigrant Rights. In each of these core issue areas, BPNC assists community leaders in organizing their own resources and capacity to affect substantial and meaningful change. BPNC also provides a series of social services to affect positive change in the same issue areas, and maintains Full-Service Community School (FSCS) partnerships with five local schools (Burroughs Elementary, Davis Eleme...ntary, Shields Elementary, 'Shields Middle, and Kelly High School). These partnerships have increased our ability to not only sustain and increase our impact in the community, but has also assisted us in obtaining successful outcomes for all of our initiatives and services.