The Retention Coach will implement READI (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative) Chicago, a collaborative intervention on Chicago’s South and West Sides that will engage individuals at the highest risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of gun violence in an 18-month wage-subsidized transitional job (TJ) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program, followed by up to six months of follow-up case management and coaching support. The goals of READI Chicago are to: decrease shootings and homicides among those at highest risk of gun violence; create new opportunities for these same individuals to change their life trajectory and decrease their involvement with the criminal justice system; and help build an infrastructure at the community level to promote long-term safety and opportunity in Chicago’s most impoverished communities.
Coaches are responsible for providing job coaching and case management support to participants and adhering to all READI Chicago implementation requirements. Coaches will be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive team members who positively and productively support high-risk participants.
Manage a caseload of READI Chicago participants:
Conduct one-on-one coaching sessions with participants and facilitate the development of individual success plans
Review daily performance reports from Crew Chiefs and address any issues that emerge,
Become trained as a facilitator for cognitive-behavioral group work, and co-facilitate weekly cognitive-behavioral group sessions
Perform assessments for participant career interests and aptitudes in order to match them with subsidized employment tasks, unsubsidized employment opportunities, and appropriate training
Lead work-readiness and job search skills instruction, including “soft skills,” resume preparation, interviewing skills, job search techniques, and related topics
Act as an intermediary between workers and employers when issues arise in the workplace
Complete and submit all necessary paperwork, data entry, and reporting in a timely fashion
Bachelor’s Degree in human services related filed including social work, psychology, etc.
Computer skills and able to document information in database systems such as Sales Force and NowPow
Valid driver’s license
Some prior management experience preferred
What we offer PPO Medical Coverage Plan, Vision and Dental Options, 12 Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Sick, and PTO, and 401k Plan with company match
To Apply Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing, please place ‘Coach’ on the subject line.
About The North Lawndale Employment Network
The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) assists North Lawndale residents through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life. NLEN was founded in 1999 through an 18-month community planning effort led by the Steans Family Foundation to serve the unmet employment needs of the North Lawndale community. In 2004, we launched Sweet Beginnings, a social enterprise and wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network.
NLEN continually updates its services to meet the employment needs of clients and the community at large. NLEN’s approach to addressing the extremely high rates of unemployment and underemployment in North Lawndale is to offer employment services and transitional jobs to North Lawndale residents, many of whom are formerly incarcerated persons and others with significant barriers to employment.