Mission: The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (CCLC) helps Chicago’s adult education organizations secure resources and training so that underserved adult learners can become economically successful. www.chicagocitywideliteracy.org
CCLC is recruiting a Navigator to staff the South Side Career Pathways Collaborative (Collaborative). This is an exciting new position. Nearly 250,000 adults on Chicago’s South Side would benefit from adult education services. Managed by CCLC, the Collaborative is a group of institutions, adult education providers and workforce development organizations dedicated to meeting individual needs with systematic solutions. The work is designed to create educational equity on Chicago’s South Side by building opportunities for community residents.
The Navigator will be responsible for implementing the Collaborative’s agenda which includes: maintaining a current asset scan of resources, engaging community voices to build systems that meet residents’ needs, connecting programs to each other to create a coordinated career pathway system, creating a well-connected resource system of support to improve education and family-sustaining career outcomes for adult learners on the south side, marketing and recruiting for program and services.
The Navigator will be responsible for ensuring that Collaborative members are strongly marketed so that more low-scoring adults will be aware of and utilize adult education services. This full-time staff position will be housed at the Mid-South American Job Center, 4314 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Second Floor Chicago, Illinois 60653. The Navigator will refer interested candidates to training providers that best match their needs in terms of programs offered, location and schedule.
The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of adult education, workforce development, and higher education systems, as well as a general understanding of the social and supportive services that are available in the area.
Outreach, marketing and referrals
Create and execute a marketing plan with Collaborative
Conduct regular outreach and orientation activities.
Refer individuals to the Collaborative’s career pathway programs and services.
Skills and supportive services needs assessment
Assist individuals in assessing their current skills and support service needs.
Assist individuals in accessing training that leads to attainment of industry-recognized credentials, diplomas, and degrees through stackable credentials.
Form strong relationships with Collaborative members to ensure accurate and timely referrals. Become familiar with the student profiles appropriate to each program for accurate referrals.
In collaboration with Collaborative members, determine metrics and manage data for evaluation of the referral system.
Work collaboratively with CCLC and Collaborative members to identify additional resources to support the development of local career pathways.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and experience in adult education, career counseling, human services, or related field required. Master’s Degree in Social Work or Education preferred.
Familiarity with adult literacy services (ABE, ESOL, GED, NEDP, etc.), providers in the region.
Familiarity with the TABE, BEST and other assessments related to literacy, career exploration, job training, and higher education.
Ability to approach work with an equity and systematic lens.
Ability to travel among the Collaborative members and other stakeholders.
Ability to read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communications.
Strong organizational, interpersonal, planning, and follow-up skills.
Ability to work independently, plan meetings, maintain own schedule.
Ability to lead discussions, facilitate meetings, and work collaboratively with a dynamic group of colleagues.
Case management, counseling, coaching, or advising with individuals
Counseling, coaching, or advising in group sessions
Use of a variety of technology and software applications for multiple purposes
Research and writing
Oral communication and public presentation
Strong technology skills
Effective communication with a diverse group of clients
Creative problem solving
Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Networking, outreach, and team building
Multiple systems, such as higher education, human service, workforce development, adult basic education
Multiple funding streams, such as Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Transitional Assistance for Needy Families, dislocated worker programs, Pell and other sources of financial aid
Barriers that nontraditional students may encounter
Education and training requirement, occupational profiles, and labor market projections for the targeted educational career pathway
Career planning and employment search processes, tools, and resources
Process for helping students identify realistic career and educational goals
Additional Salary Information: Company health care plan available after 30 days.
About Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
CCLC was incorporated as a 501(C)3 in 2003 as a forum for representatives from the Hispanic Literacy Council and the North, South and West Side Literacy Coalitions to convene and share common interests in the promotion and delivery of literacy services in Chicago.