Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Youth Program Specialist ensures the accuracy and efficiency of the youth programs enrollment process. The Youth Program Specialist will assist with the implantation of the recruitment plan and represent Gads Hill Center at recruitment and outreach events to help ensure Gads Hill Center programs are fully enrolled.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Implement recruitment plan to reach enrollment goals.
Carry out enrollment and eligibility process including collecting paperwork and submitting child care applications.
Obtain contact information from interested family and provides program eligibility information and requirements.
Ensure all program files are complete and accurate.
Monitor and report attendance and follow documented process for families with poor attendance.
With assistance from the Youth Programs Manager follow up with Junior Building Leaders parents as it relates to the request of documentation for their child care cases from the Child Care Assistance Program.
Collect and enter accurate data and assessments into ETO database for Jr. BL and BL under guidance of Youth Programs Manager.
Ensure enrollment data into ETO database for Junior Building Leaders is entered and accurate under guidance of Youth Programs Manager.
Ensure families and/or participants from ETO database for Junior Building Leaders and BL is entered or terminated under guidance of Youth Programs Manager.
Serve as certified site administrator and food manager.
Support planning and implantation of field trips, parent meetings and family engagement.
Ensure parent fees are collected and recorded as required by program guidelines and conduct follow-up on outstanding balances in coordination with the Finance Department.
Coordinate implantation of engagement and leadership development goals.
Build youth internship program based on relationships with businesses and industry contacts.
Conduct food audits as required by funder guidelines.
Supervise and motivate all Youth Workers and other staff as assigned.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all GHC employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside.
Participate in a robust civic engagement agency initiative including attending networking events and meetings and participating regularly in community committees.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Must be bilingual in English/Spanish.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills required.
One year previous direct service experience with diverse low-income families required.
Experience with the Child Care Assistance Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program preferred.
Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive a 12-passenger van when needed.
Must be able to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $32,000
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail.
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.