Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.
Urban Initiatives Overview
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing
opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the City of Chicago.
Our Continuum of Programming prepares and supports youth as they navigate elementary, middle, high school, and beyond. Through three successive program models, our participants progress from Player to Captain to Coach. Teamwork, peer mentorship, and the imperative to “pay it forward” to other students and community members are key to our approach. As participants reach middle and high school, they pass on the lessons they have learned to the next generation.
The Program Coordinator dedicates their time to implementing and supporting Urban Initiatives’ Work to Play (WTP) and Take the Lead (TTL) programs in a cluster of schools (4-5 schools). They are responsible for maintaining consistent, high program quality and ensuring the WTP and TTL outputs are delivered as planned. Program Coordinators will also have responsibilities in the Coach for Success program through relationship building and occasional implementation support. They work in collaboration with the Continuum team, which consists of two Continuum Program Directors, five Program Managers, and six Program Coordinators to coordinate key areas of program operation. The Program Coordinator will report to a Program Manager.
This position is a good fit for someone with a strong interest in the nonprofit sector, specifically within the field of youth development, and gaining experience in program coordination in a collaborative environment. The Continuum Department at Urban Initiatives seeks a team member who is eager to contribute in a fast-paced environment and takes initiative to build positive relationships with youth, ensure smooth program operation, and high program quality.
Work to Play: provide weekly visits to partner schools in cluster to support the school-based staff and serve as an Assistant Coach at sessions; ensure that each partner school and coach has the equipment and training they need to be effective in meeting program goals and that they are following the program curriculum; ensure that all evaluation and data collection needs are met and enter data by set deadlines; implement the family engagement strategy including contacting individual families to invite them to events and update them on their children’s progress in the program; facilitate game days on an ongoing basis throughout the season
Take the Lead: foster Team Captain engagement and development through co-leading monthly, small group Huddles, supporting bi-monthly Retreats, and facilitating student academic and behavioral action plans; collect student-level data for participants in order to implement individualized action plans; ensure that all evaluation and data collection needs are met and enter data by set deadlines; implement the family engagement strategy including contacting individual families to invite them to events and update them on their children’s progress in the program
Requirements and Qualifications
Fluency in Spanish and English required
Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
Experience building strong relationships with youth, preferably in a sport or play-based environment, and collaborating with other adults to support groups of youth
Committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
Ability to manage time effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment, with a demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on an ongoing basis
Ability to work on several tasks at once and prioritize projects using sound judgment
Superb attention to detail and follow through with an emphasis on both accuracy and efficiency
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Excellent organization skills and demonstrated ability to coordinate numerous schedules and partners, particularly transportation partners/vendors
Proficient computer and data-entry skills (experience with Salesforce a plus)
Demonstrated strategic problem-solving skills
Ability to work both independently and as a team player
Ability to travel to partner schools across the city
Additional Salary Information: Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
120 hours (15 days) paid time off per year, with increases available for the number of years with Urban Initiatives (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
Comp time for salaried employees
About Urban Initiatives
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. We drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 13,000 students from 37 underserved communities with our continuum of programming.