BUILD engages at-risk youth in the school and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety, and well-being of our communities. Since 1969, BUILD has worked in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods giving at-risk youth alternatives to the violence that takes away their potential. BUILD’s nationally recognized model of positive youth development redirects risky behavior and helps youth lead fulfilling, successful, and productive lives.
BUILD Inc. is actively seeking candidates to join our BUILDing Futures team as a College Access and Persistence (CAP)Coordinator. The CAP Coordinator is focused on helping students access and complete post-secondary education. The CAP Coordinator serves as a key support person to each student entering the BUILD College Access and Persistence Academy as a high school junior with the goal of coaching them through to timely graduation from the post-secondary institution of their choice. In addition, this person will champion the persistence of existing BUILD scholarship recipients by equipping and connecting them with the necessary resources and support to successfully graduate with a degree.
Youth Work/Youth Development
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
Manage participant behavior by establishing guidelines, expectations, mutual respect, and mutual accountability.
Identify and recruit participants for the core group; generate and maintain intakes and assessments for each core group member.
Provide mentoring and related support services.
Provide life-skills and health awareness workshops.
Operate professionally in the field on a flexible schedule, which may include late evenings and weekends.
Collaborate with other programs within the agency.
Exemplify the mission, vision, and values of the agency.
Documentation and Compliance:
Recruit and maintain a caseload for a core group of youth participants.
Collect baseline and year-end data on academic, interpersonal and social behaviors.
Submit lesson plans, statistics and reports to the Program Manager on a bi-weekly basis and as needed.
Maintain information database (ETO) and filing system that tracks program activities and participant records.
Follows up with college youth to ensure youth have appropriate resources to continue on path to graduation through email, telephone, and on-site visits.
Manage the BUILD Scholarship including ensuring that applications are complete and organized for reviewers, track results, maintain scholarship site, communicate the process with all staff, report out updates on current and past recipients and process tuition payment requests.
Communication and Relationship Management:
Encourage family relationships and positive interaction
Maintain relationships with various partners including, but not limited to, schools, universities, government agencies, and community-based organizations.
Represent the agency to various publics to broaden community awareness and support.
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.
Maintains knowledge current on agency’s theories, methodologies, and best practices.
Participate in agency-wide fundraising events
Participates in agency-wide fundraising events.
Encourages participant/community participation in agency-wide fundraising events.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Education, or related field experience, Masters preferred.
2-4 years of professional experience in teaching, counseling, social work or related field.
1-3 years of teaching or administrative experience at the high school or college level.
Experience working with a diverse student population.
Ability to work independently
Ability to plan, implement and document lesson and workshop plans.
Familiarity with social-emotional learning, restorative justice, and trauma-informed approaches to youth development preferred, but not required.
Must be driven to succeed, proactive, innovative, responsible, assertive and possess integrity and the ability to motivate others.
Highly organized with excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, agency staff and the various publics of the agency, demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial, social and economic backgrounds.
Access to a reliable automobile with insurance and a valid driver’s license.
Proficient with technology systems with the ability to integrate technology into daily program operations.
Able to speak in front of large groups of students, and collaborate with a team.
Willingness to communicate via text/phone with students at night and on weekends
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Must pass extensive background check screening.
Work Schedule: 40 hrs per week
Flexible weekday, weekends and evenings
Required travel 30%
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.
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.