The mission of New Moms is to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives. New Moms is a 34 year old nonprofit organization, with a budget of $3.1 million and a staff of about 40, focused on serving young moms in Chicago. New Moms’ model provides a comprehensive range of services to young moms and their children including supportive transitional housing, workforce development, and early childhood services. New Moms’ headquarters is located on the west side of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood. Our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, which provides paid transitional jobs for young moms, is located nearby in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. We also have another location in Oak Park.
About the Job:
This position is responsible for leading the classroom based work of our job training program that integrates career exploration, job readiness skills, financial literacy, and paid transitional work to prepare young moms for advanced education, employment and job retention; This training teaching a contextualized literacy and numeracy and a financial literacy curriculum in addition to the standard 3 week classroom. This position will also manage a small caseload of the participants for individualized case management and coaching to young moms in the Job Training program. He/she is works as part of a larger team to ensure the success of participants so they can maximize the training, coaching, and job placement and retention supports available. This position is Full-Time located at our main office in the Austin neighborhood and will involve travel to our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, in the Garfield Park neighborhood. Salary: 38,000-40,000 depending on experience.
New Moms’ Benefits: We offer a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees including health, dental, disability, and life insurance; matching on retirement savings up to 3%; 16 paid holidays; and generous paid time off. We also offer several unique benefits to New Moms: discounts on Bright Endeavors products, free spiritual direction services, and half days on Fridays in the summer.
TRAINING AND CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION (70%):
Facilitates weekly classroom instruction, teaching professional development and life skills to participants of varying ages, experiences, and academic backgrounds to help them prepare to obtain and maintain unsubsidized employment and further educational opportunities;
Administer evidence-based career assessments and work readiness checklists that inform curriculum planning and assist staff with developing appropriate individualized participant plans;
Using ADDIE curriculum development techniques, develop, evaluate, and modify a comprehensive, best practices-informed Workforce Development curriculum that is adaptable to varying class sizes and education levels and integrated closely with New Moms’ social enterprise, Bright Endeavors;
Administer TABE tests and use the results to implement contextualized literacy training on-site at our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, to increase participants’ math and reading skills;
Facilitates financial literacy curriculum to participants;
Provide individual coaching and guidance related to performance improvement and higher education, including frequent participant evaluations;
Plan and facilitate participant orientation to Workforce Development on an ongoing basis
Collaborates with workforce team to address participant performance issues, barriers to success, and celebrate achievement.
Administer incentive programs and recognition awards.
Document participant records, including class attendance, student test data, and case notes, and other required documentation is completed in a timely and accurate manner in agency and various funder databases and paper files.
Represents New Moms in a positive and constructive manner in all dealings with participants, staff, and in all public forums;
Regularly participates in agency and program staff meetings, as well as professional group seminars or conferences to enhance professional knowledge and job skills;
Other duties as assigned.
PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY CASE MANAGEMENT FOR YOUNG MOMS (25%)
Provides individualized and group case management to a caseload of young moms with various service intensity level based on program phrase and FTE allocated to role.
Through a strengths-based approach, conducts thorough assessments of families, utilizing prescribed assessment tools on established schedule; service planning which identifies individualized career and education plan with goals, tasks and timelines that support the achievement of permanent employment of each participant.
Leads participant transitions between all phases of programming from the classroom, transitional employment, job search and employment retention. Service intensity is based on program phase and needs, and includes follow-up retention support for a minimum of one year after program exit.
Performs crisis prevention and intervention as needed.
Compiles statistical information and completes internal reports to track program progress.
EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP COORDINATION (5%):
Participates in agency and program staff meetings and external seminars or trainings to enhance professional development.
Recruit, build and maintain relationships with external organizations and volunteers to secure educational partners
Supervises WD interns/volunteers, as determined by supervisor.
The successful candidate will posses:
Enthusiasm for mission-driven work and interest in work with young moms at the time of pregnant and early parenting.
Commitment to and passion for the mission of New Moms.
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in education, special education, social work, or related field required.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and in writing to engage with and effectively teach adolescent women.
Two years teaching/training experience with adults or youth required.
Preference given to those with 1-2 years of case management experience in Workforce Development programming.
Preference given to those with familiarity and experience working with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA, formerly WIA) or CDBG funding programs.
Endorses a Family-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based practice model that integrates harm reduction, motivational interviewing, executive skills coaching and positive youth development practices in working with young moms and their children required.
High attention to detail and results-oriented approach to work.
Sound professional judgment and analytical ability, as well as the desire to work in a socially- and psychologically-pressured environment.
Experience in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, projects, and deadlines concurrently.
Dynamic relationship-building skills to create and sustain fruitful relationships internally and externally.
Valid driver’s license, with safe driving record and valid insurance.
Position requires utmost integrity; ethical behavior and appropriate business practices are expected.
Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
A functional car with valid insurance, along with a valid driver’s license.