Youth Job Center is currently looking for applicants to fill our open Community Engagement Specialists and Development Associate positions. For more information please see the position descriptions below.

To apply for these positions please email two paragraphs about why you’re interested in the position and what skills you bring, as well as a resume to info@youthjobcenter.org by December 31, 2018. We will continue accepting resumes, however, until the positions are filled.

If you’re interested in any of these positions, we strongly encourage you to apply! We’re open to a wide range of applicants.

If you need any assistance in writing a cover letter or creating a resume, please also email info@youthjobcenter.org.


FOR THIS POSITION, APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS WILL BE HANDLED BY YOUTH JOB CENTER BUT THE POSITION WILL REPORT TO THE JAMES B. MORAN CENTER FOR YOUTH ADVOCACY

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALISTS

The City of Evanston’s Youth & Young Adult Division, Connections for the Homeless, Curt’s Café, Erie Family Health Centers, Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, PEER Services, Youth Job Center, and Youth & Opportunity United (the “Collective”) seeks former patients/clients or young adults deeply connected to the Evanston community to hold conversations with youth, young adults, and caregivers, as well as a front-line social service providers, for the purpose of exploring barriers, strengths, and gaps in youth services, and provide information about how systems of care could be more responsive and accessible to the community’s needs. The Community Engagement Specialists will serve as a team, and as part of the Collective, will come together to create actionable recommendations as to how we, together, might achieve more culturally-attuned, coordinated, and accessible services for youth and their families in Evanston.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work in partnership with the other Community Engagement Specialists and Project Coordinator to develop strategies for surveying and collecting input from community members, as well as front-line providers, regarding Evanston’s youth programming and services;

  • Conduct 1:1, small group, and organizational conversations, as well as regularly meeting with provider agencies to learn and fine-tune the inquiry, and explore ideas for system changes;  

  • Help develop a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of current systems and re-imagine what re-designed systems of support could and should look like as informed by the community surveying;

  • Assist in developing a roadmap for implementing recommendations, including what reorganizations, financial commitments, and public policy reforms will be necessary to achieve our collective long-term goals; and

  • Finalize and present collectively agreed upon recommendations.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Connected and committed to Evanston;

  • Able to work well with a team to achieve collective objectives;

  • Dedicated to social justice and equity;

  • Strong interpersonal communication, listening, and organizational skills;

  • Open-minded and creative;

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and undefined processes; and

  • Reliable.

POSITION PREFERENCES:

  • Between 18-26 years old; and

  • Completed high school or the equivalent.

SALARY:

  • $20 p/hour for approximately 5 hours per week of contractual work with an expected end-date of November 30, 2019.


Development Intern

History and Background of the YJC:

YJC’s mission is success for young people in the workplace and in life.   We believe work has the power to shape futures and change lives.  The Youth Job Center was founded in 1983 to help kids get jobs.  Thirty-five years later, we have evolved into an organization with multiple programs and services, all designed to help youth on the path to career and life success. 

Our Work:

The Youth Job Center provides career exploration, training and education, and access to jobs, internships and career networks. We serve over 2,200 young people ages 14-25 every year at our main office in Evanston and in 6 high schools in Chicago and Evanston. 

Internship Opportunity:

The Youth Job Center seeks an intern for 15-20 hours a week to work as a paid development and communications intern. 

Responsibilities include:

Events:  This position will participate with the development team in planning and executing our spring fundraising event.  This includes procurement of in-kind gifts, working with staff on marketing and promotional materials and administrative duties.  

Communications:  This position would be involved in ongoing agency communications including weekly email blasts to multiple audiences, coordinating social media communications via Facebook and Twitter and other communications.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communications

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and databases

  • Detail oriented

  • Ability to working independently with minimal direction; self-starter and highly motivated

  • Ability to manage multiple and sometimes competing priorities

INTERNSHIP PERKS

The opportunity to shape our work. The YJC is small, and everyone has the opportunity to be heard and have their ideas be implemented. YJC interns are part of our team and are immediately integrated into the organization-attending staff meetings, board meetings, cultivation events, etc. YJC is inclusive, fun and friendly.