Advocacy/Lobbying, Education/Teaching/Training, Program Management
4 Year Degree
Job Title: BRAVE Site Coordinator (Half-time) The BRAVE Project/Study is a partnership with Loyola University SSW, in which three different ethnic agencies working with at-risk neighborhood youth ages 12-16 for four years. The project goal is to increase the capacity of ethnic minority youth and their families to access public health services, to reduce their risk of exposure to violence and crime, and to improve their health and well-being by strengthening resilience and empowerment factors by incorporating public health and community-oriented policing approaches. Centro Romero’s BRAVE project offers our students’ academic support, weekly check-ins, group activities and socio-emotional support from a cadre of interns and staff who are trained by the Loyola SSW in case management practices. This position works under the supervision of the Resource Developer and the Youth Program Director.
Job Duties: Overall responsibilities for this half-time position include the site coordination and implementation of case management in the BRAVE program. Serve as principal liaison between the university project coordinator and agency target youth. Oversee interns and volunteers. Deliver service to target youth.
Specific duties include:
Assess, screen, and recruit for the BRAVE program minority youth ages 12-15, who have been exposed, experienced, or directly involved in violence
Collaborate with partner schools to obtain target youth’s unidentified academic records, behaviors, disciplinary actions, school interventions
Provide individually tailored case management services with support of social work interns
Refer high-risk youth/family to public mental health clinics for psychiatric evaluation, individual and/or family counseling services
Provide/coordinate academic tutoring services for four hours a week
Provide/coordinate after-school programming including diverse cultural, social, and recreational, programs
Implement and support youth journaling
Organize mentorship training, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and leadership development services to target youth
Collaborate with other BRAVE partner agencies and attend monthly overall project team meetings
Collaborate with law enforcement to implement community violence prevention services
Collaborate with court personnel to accept referred youths
Coordinate/provide field instruction and ensure supervision to MSW interns, youth workers, and volunteer tutors
Oversees outreach, recruitment, and retention of BRAVE program youth, youth workers and volunteers.
Daily Entry and Reporting
Attends meetings with other BRAVE partner agencies
Collects and ensures the maintenance of BRAVE program service data
Prepares programmatic reports for program funder
Agency and Department Participation
Connects the goals and activities of the program to organizational goals and activities
Coordinates with other management staff to ensure organizational synergy and program implementation
Participate as needed in staff meetings and the annual staff retreat
Represents the organization in advocacy efforts undertaken by Centro Romero
Performs other duties as assigned
This position requires a bachelor’s degree and some experience in working with youth.
Bilingual/bicultural Spanish preferred.
Supervisory experience with community staff and community volunteers preferred.
Computer literacy mandatory.
About Centro Romero
Centro Romero is a community-based not-for-profit organization that serves the communities of Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown on the northeast side of Chicago. From volunteer efforts of Salvadoran immigrants arriving in the city in the early 1980s, Centro Romero was founded in 1984 to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing Latino immigrant and refugee populations. The mission of Centro Romero is to provide opportunities for those community residents with the fewest options. Through education, advocacy, and service, Centro Romero emphasizes the development of the whole family unit, the creation of community leadership, and self-reliance. The agency realizes its mission with programs that provide essential supportive services for the healthy personal and social development of participants and their families. In 2013, with the help of 368 volunteers who provided 15,573 service hours, we served 15,086 persons in three programs and a cross-program project. These are Adult Education, Legal Services and Family Services.