Girls Inc. a national organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls and address the systemic barriers that impede girls’ success, particularly girls in low-income communities and girls of color.
Girls Inc. of Chicago has an exciting opportunity for a Full-Time Lead Program Facilitator. The Lead Program Facilitators foundational charge is to build trusting relationships with girls, acting as a friend, mentor and role model, to help with whole girl development including their social and emotional needs. They are responsible for implementing and adapting a wide variety of enrichment activities for youth in grades K-12, at multiple school-sites - during both in and after-school program settings. The Lead Program Facilitator will be responsible for conducting curriculum-based activities and discussions designed to increase knowledge, strengthen self-confidence, and cultivate communication and other pro-social skills. The Facilitator will be responsible for overseeing part-time staff, the daily implementation of school-based activities, and cultivating relationships with school staff – aligned to supporting girls.
Create, prepare for, and facilitate daily hands-on and intentional activities within our Core Essential Services (Healthy Living, Academic Enrichment and Support, Life Skills);
Collaborate, and be in regular communication, with school-staff to determine ongoing girl needs, and opportunities to align activities to academic goals.
Provide direction to part-time program facilitators/aides including but not limited to scheduling and feedback on performance
Develop relationships with girls & their families and provide individual support ensuring their ability to effectively engage in the program;
Ensure girls’ safety both physically and emotionally through active supervision, as they engage in program activities;
Effectively track each girls’ progress in the program, using a comprehensive tracking database in support of program evaluation;
Support with the planning and implementation of special events/projects, in and out of the school(s);
Conduct essential tasks to ensure the maintenance of program equipment and materials;
Attend regular staff meetings, training's and work in collaboration with staff at the partner school(s);
Provide feedback on impact of the programming to the Program Manager;
Work occasional evenings and weekends for events with program participants and their families
Perform other duties as assigned
Required Knowledge and Skills
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of girl growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning and knowledge of equity issues facing girls of color
Must have experience delivering culturally sensitive community and healthy sexuality programs to middle and high school girls
Must be punctual, prepared, have a positive attitude and is at ease with, (and adept at) using a variety of lively program techniques (brainstorming, role-playing, etc.)
Must be self-directed, detail oriented with proven written and oral communication skills, as well as group facilitation skills
Must be a high-energy, caring, self-starter, innovative and have high level of competency in cultural diversity
Ability to effectively maintain information for recording purposes and standards of record keeping
Proficient in Word and excel.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate effectively and work collaboratively with youth, families and professionals
Must be CPR and First Aide certified
Proven experience working with diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
Must have a valid driver license, reliable and consistent transportation and the ability, to work and travel daily, between the hours of 8am-6pm to multiple school sites including, but not limited to, the following Chicago neighborhoods: Hegewisch and Riverdale.
Education & Experience
Achieved a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, Youth Development, Human Development Social Work, or related discipline;
A minimum of 2-year prior experience working with youth as a Program Facilitator and experience cultivating partnership with community-based and/or school leaders.
Bilingual with advanced fluency in English/Spanish (verbal and written).
Reliable and able to work the entire school year. Girls develop meaningful relationships with their facilitators, and it is difficult for girls when they transition, in the middle of the school year;
Candidates must pass a criminal history records check, and drug screening, in addition to other Chicago Public Schools safety requirements
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
This position requires the ability to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment, and the physical ability to perform light lifting. This person must be able to communicate effectively with program participants. Work is generally performed in an office or classroom setting, and may involve standing, stooping, bending, and walking. Girls Inc. will make accommodations when necessary. This person may be required to travel to various locations throughout Chicago. Generally, the working conditions have little or no exposure to extremes in safety hazards or hazardous materials.
GIRLS INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
About Girls Inc of Chicago
Girls Inc. of Chicago provides after school programming that focuses on the development of the whole girl. The combination of long lasting mentoring relationships, a pro girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers to grow up healthy, educated and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.
We encourage girls to believe in their fullest potential through the Girls Inc. Bill of Rights.
Girls Inc. Girls' Bill of Rights:
•Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
•Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
•Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
•Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
•Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
•Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.