Community School's Initiative Resource Coordinator

Job Description

Community School's Initiative Resource Coordinator 

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 over 16,000 students in grades K-12 throughout Chicago

Community Schools Initiative (CSI) Overview

CSI is a federally funded program that utilizes a year-round approach to impact youth, families, and the broader community with comprehensive support in the out of school time (OST) space.

Position Summary

The Resource Coordinator (RC) is responsible for managing and expanding out of school time (OST) programming for Community School's Initiative (CSI) by recruiting student participants, coordinating developmentally appropriate activities, engaging family and community members in programming opportunities, and overseeing staff members at one partner school. The RC is also responsible for maintaining accurate financial and attendance records, working with community members and organizations to offer programs and services that meet the needs of students and their families, and marketing the program for growth and sustainability. The RC manages relationships with school administrators and staff, as well as recruits and sustains relationships with community vendors through the support of their program manager and the 21st Century Learning Grant. 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of OST coordination at a CPS school. This includes:

    • Program Implementation:

      • Planning and making recommendations for the implementation of high quality program activities that meet the mission and vision of program, align to the schools goals, and provide diverse learning opportunities.

      • Meet program requirements in partnership with CSI and 21st century grant requirements; maintain accurate record-keeping and monitoring of policies and procedures

    • Staffing and Training: 

      • Supervise and participate in the recruitment of OST program staff

      • Negotiate vendor and independent contractor agreements on behalf of the program with agencies and individuals who provide services

    • Budget Management 

      • Tracking and maintenance of expenditures within the budget

      • Provide direct service to youth and/or parent participants.

    • Stakeholder Engagement

      • Organize and manage an Advisory Committee that is responsible for general oversight of the out-of-school-time program.

      • Seek input from administration, teachers, school staff, LSC members, parents, and students to determine ongoing needs of community

    • Evaluation

      • Assure that site-based reporting and evaluation components are completed and delivered.

  • Attend Annual UI Fundraising Events: Soccer Ball and Work to Play Cup

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Passion for Urban Initiatives' mission

  • Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace

  • Commitment 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 budget management knowledge

  • 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) 

Compensation Package

  • Base salary of $35,500

  • 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 of PTO (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