Event Management, Marketing/Outreach/PR, Program Management
2 Year Degree
Community Programs Specialist
Reports to Director of Youth and Mental Health Services
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.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Community Programs Specialist is responsible for conducting outreach, recruitment and management of the agency’s health and PlayStreets initiatives. The Community Programs Specialist also ensures that Gads Hill Center’s programs are in alignment with the mission of our health initiatives, as required by funders, and that deliverables are on-target. Additionally, the position helps to oversee and implement all components of Gads Hill Center’s Healthy Moves program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Health Initiative Management
Trains and supervises a network of adult health promoters.
Ensures that workshops adhere to the program logic model; plans and implements trainings for health promoters, as needed, and required by funders to meet deliverables.
Assists in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health and parent training initiatives to ensure health education program goals are met.
Leads workshops and outreach opportunities as needed to substitute for absent contracted health promoters.
Observes and monitors workshops, at random, to ensure adherence to program logic model.
Provides support to contracted health promoters to identify outreach opportunities, workshops, and cohort meetings, and ensures outreach targets are met, as stated by deliverables.
Monitors collection of evaluation and assessment data and enters data into database to measure and analyze effectiveness of deliverables.
Maintains an inventory of project materials and distributes to contracted health promoters, as needed.
Attends the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and other health related trainings.
Supports in the creation, modification, and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum for health-related programs in nutrition, mental wellness, and civic engagement.
Identifies issues that affect community health outcomes and creates materials to engage health promoters in organizing and advocacy.
PlayStreets Management: Event Planning and Implementation
Coordinates with CBO subcontractors to plan 150 PlayStreets events in target communities.
Maintains an accurate schedule of all events and ensures that any postponed events are rescheduled.
Conducts trainings with CBOs on PlayStreets model and implementation plan.
Schedules fitness instructors for events based on community preferences and resolves any scheduling conflicts.
Secures all resources for events and maintains an inventory of all materials/supplies.
Collaborates with CBOs to obtain permits for street closure, posts “no parking” signs and provides barricades.
Attends PlayStreets events to ensure subcontractor adherence to contract and provides problem-solving assistance.
Communicates with Chicago Department of Public Health to ensure compliance of grant deliverables.
Outreach and Evaluation
Develops flyers/materials for all health initiatives.
Communicates event schedule to local stakeholders (i.e. aldermen, police departments, schools, etc.).
Collaborates with agency communications staff to maintain regular exposure on agency social media.
Ensures that each CBO has a clear plan for meeting outreach goals.
Monitors each PlayStreets event and documents observations to provide feedback to CBOs following events.
Ensures that evaluation data is collected by CBO staff accurately, enters the data into Salesforce, and provides data as requested.
Engages with potential CBO’s to enhance events by bringing in resources to meet the community’s needs.
Participates in GHC civic engagement initiative by participating in community committees and/or coalitions
Trains frontline staff to conduct basic financial coaching to clients and then refers them to community resources.
Attends local and national trainings pertaining to financial literacy and economic mobility opportunities.
Monitors agency-wide outreach efforts and reports monthly outreach data to UnidosUS.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center 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 (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties, as assigned.
Demonstrated success navigating complex organizational structures; using influence and soft skills to move ideas to implementation; comfort with ambiguity; adapting to change; and managing under different circumstances.
Strong oral and written communication skills (writing sample required).
Experience working successfully in a multi-site organization with demonstrated success integrating into new work environments
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and willingness to develop additional skills as needed.
Excellent organizational skills to set priorities and meet deadlines.
Bilingual Spanish/English required.
Associates degree required with a minimum one year of experience with community health. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Must have valid driver’s license and be willing to travel nationally and locally.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Entry Salary Range: Low 30’s
Schedule: Full-time (40 hours / week)
Status: Permanent /salary
Location: 1919 W Cullerton St. Chicago
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment InsuranceFree Short Term Disability InsuranceFree Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
10 paid Holidays
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.