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.
Culture and Climate Overview
The Culture and Climate department oversees two programs: Play with Potential (PWP) and Community School’s Initiative (CSI). PWP is a structured recess program that maximizes the fun, physical activity, and learning opportunities of recess time. CSI is a federally funded program that utilizes a year-round approach to impacts youth, families, and the broader community with comprehensive supports in the out of school time (afterschool) space.
The REC Coordinator (RC) position is dedicated to implementing recess that is safe, active and engaging at one school-based site. The RC works with recess support staff and administrators to organize recess that maximizes social and emotional learning and physical activity during recess. This is achieved at recess every day as well as through regular meetings with administrators and support staff to implement positive youth development strategies that continually improve recess (indoor and outdoor). Beyond Recess, the RC works with school administrators, deans, and culture and climate, and health and wellness teams to impact the social and emotional development of students
Oversee the day-to-day operation of Play with Potential at one partner school. This includes:
Staffing: Support the recruitment of recess facilitator(s) and participate in biannual RF training sessions.
Training: Attend week long training for school based staff, August 19-23, as well as, periodic training sessions during the year.
Communication: Lead conversations with UI staff, youth, families, coaches and external stakeholders; advocate for recess and student outcomes with school administration and community stakeholders; deliver feedback regularly to RF
Completion of annual implementation plan.
Ensure collection of pre- and post-year surveys from principals, teachers, and students.
Implement the UIC/UI supervisory manual (ie: weekly reflections and attend bi-weekly meetings with Program Manager)
Additionally, the RC will:
Act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the community and youth served
Attend monthly Professional Learning Community meetings (PLCs) with other school based staff members.
Attend the following Annual UI Fundraising Events: Soccer Ball and Work to Play Cup
Base salary of $21,000 (approximately $19.50 an hour, 30 hours a week) with a $1,000 retention and performance bonus to be paid out on your last paycheck of the school year. Note that your first check may be prorated based on your start date.
36 hours (6 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)
Requirements and Qualifications
Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
Committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
Ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders including other staff members, youth, coaches, families, partner organizations and funders through a variety of different mediums.
At least two years experience working in the youth development field (experience in a supervisor role preferred)
Superior communication skills, both spoken and written
Strong presentation and group facilitation skills (demonstrated experience preferred)
Quick learner and problem solver, experience in managing conflicts
Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment
Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high quality of work
Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods
Willingness to travel locally as needed
Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
CPR certification (training provided)
Negative TB test (required)
Additional Salary Information: Base salary of $21,000 (approximately $19.50 an hour, 30 hours a week, during the school year) with a $1,000 retention and performance bonus to be paid out on your last paycheck of the school year.
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.