Education/Teaching/Training, Operations/Project Management, Program Management
4 Year Degree
YOUTH OUTREACH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COORDINATOR
Title: Youth Outreach and Entrepreneurship Coordinator
Department: Good Neighbor Campaign
Full Time or Part Time: Part-Time (20-30 hours per week)
Programs: Village Fellows Entrepreneurship, Mobile Unit Outreach, Community Canvassing, Youth Advocacy, Community Organizing
Reports To: Director of Adult Human Services
Population Reached: 18-29 year old youth
The Youth Outreach and Entrepreneurship Coordinator (YOE Coordinator) is a vital part of Westside Health Authority’s Good Neighbor Campaign. The Good Neighbor Campaign forges meaningful relationships with citizens in Chicago’s Austin community to empower, organize, and unleash the untapped potential in each individual. Collectively, we create unique approaches to changing our community through mobilization of local talent and gifts. This approach looks to the people first for answers and then creates opportunities for meaningful solutions. In this way, we build the capacity of individuals as well as the community with something that is sustainable and not a temporary fix.
We are looking for an energetic, outgoing, organized, creative, high-integrity, social media-savvy, and compassionate person to work with our Youth between the ages of 18 to 29 years old from traditional and non-traditional settings (such as juvenile justice involved, dropouts, or unemployed).
You will recruit, organize, and lead multiple cohorts of 8-12 Youth in entrepreneurial and community engagement activities over a twelve week period throughout the year. One cohort in each twelve week cycle must have a focus on entrepreneurship and economic development with a finished concept (or, preferably, concepts) ready to launch at the end. Your entrepreneurship cohort will be called Village Fellows. Other cohorts will focus on issues such as helping youth access resources, employment, education, intergenerational engagement, community organizing, youth advocacy, safety, voter’s registration, health, food security, mental health, family counseling, drug treatment, homelessness, and affordable housing.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Know and understand the mission of Westside Health Authority.
Create and/or update the vision for the Village Fellows and Intergenerational Youth Community Engagement.
Evaluate effectiveness of all activities. Suggest changes, replacements, or enhancements.
Collaborate with outside agencies. Have signed and updated Linkage Agreements or Memorandum of Understandings on file.
Seek to expand programming through local volunteers, expanded funding, or agency collaborations.
Attend relevant meetings and update students on pending legislative and local changes.
Human Resources (HR)
Recruit motivated and responsible youth 18-29 years old.
Interview prospective youth, take thorough notes, and prepare recommendations for next steps in the interview process.
Perform performance reviews
The YOE Coordinator will work with HR to keep updated files on paid Village Fellows relative to:
Awards and letters of appreciation
Student, staff, and parent complaints
Discipline (warnings, suspensions, terminations)
Seek outside funding opportunities such as grants, donations, or scholarships.
Work with Director of Adult Human Services or C.O.O. on budgeting
Grant Management and Program Outcomes:
Master knowledge of each grant obtained for your program
Track outcomes throughout the timeline for any grant obtained. Set benchmarks to evaluate at different intervals and make adjustments as needed.
Maintain reporting requirements for each funder. Record and track due-dates for monthly, quarterly, or annual reports that are due.
Prepare bi-weekly and monthly reports detailing attendance, goals met, expenses, barriers to success, and strategies to address these barriers.
Create and maintain assessment forms/tracking forms for staff to use for documenting student progress.
Coordinate the collection of program data to complete all reports from private and public funders.
Chain Of Command:
1. Meet as needed with the Director of Adult Human Services for planning and fiscal accountability.
Represent WHA at community meetings or meetings with donors.
Host community meetings with local business and entrepreneurs
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Economic Development or a related field from an accredited college. You must have 3 or more years of relevant experience and/or training in an urban nonprofit setting. Combinations of education and experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You must demonstrate from your past experiences knowledge of successfully moving young people forward, a business plan, a strong sense of community, and program management experience. Experience with trauma-informed care in an underserved community is a plus.
Proven ability to develop and manage projects related to entrepreneurship and community organizing wellness and economic development.
Strong human relations skills.
Excellent verbal, written communications and presentation skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals and groups.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and responsibilities.
A demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others.
Ability to learn independently, take initiative and produce accurate, high quality work with minimum supervision.
Strong community orientation.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Youth Outreach and Entrepreneurship Coordinator must have the ability to read, interpret, articulate, and apply the essential elements of written materials related to his/her job. He/she must also have the ability to write assessments, reports, and letters using proper grammar and Standard English. In addition, he/she must be able to speak effectively before stakeholders such as families, administrators, and funders. Familiarity with the West side and West side communities a plus.
The Youth Outreach and Entrepreneurship Coordinator must have a working knowledge of computer hardware and software. He/she must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in particular). The YOE Coordinator must be capable of training others in basic computer knowledge as it applies to their jobs.
The Youth Outreach and Entrepreneurship Coordinator must have some flexibility for weekend and evening hours to allow for community meetings and other events.
About Westside Health Authority
Westside Health Authority is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit community based organization whose mission is to use the capacity of community residents to improve the health and well-being of the Austin and surrounding community. For WHA, "health" is defined broadly to include the social and physical environment which contributes to the mental, physical, and spiritual well being of a person. It also includes relationships with family, friends, and neighbors and the ability to find stable employment.