Youth Job Center is currently looking for applicants to fill our open Director of Individual Giving and Manager of Training positions. For more information please see the position descriptions below. To apply for the positions please complete the employment application which can be accessed through the links above.


Title: Director of Individual Giving
Reports to:  Executive Director

Basic Function:

The Youth Job Center (YJC) is a dynamic and growing organization that serves youth and young adults in the greater Chicago Area. The agency provides job readiness training, youth development and advising to position youth and young adults for success in the workplace. Founded in Evanston in 1983, the YJC has expanded into Chicago providing services to nearly 2500 youth in area high schools.

The Director’s primary responsibility is to provide strategic and tactical support to the Executive Director in all matters related to individual giving. The position will be responsible for cultivating a portfolio of individual donors with a goal of moving them to major donors, planning and managing YJC”s direct mail program, managing the donor stewardship program and developing and implementing strategies for expanding YJC’s pool of individual donors.

The Director of Individual Giving will work closely with the Manager of Grants and Communications to ensure consistent messaging, branding and strategic grant work. The Director of Individual Giving will also work with the YJC Board of Directors and staff.

Education/Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience required

  • 5-7 years of experience in development/advancement

  • Experience in individual giving strategies

  • Experience in event planning and implementation

  • Experience in nonprofit communications and social media strategies

  • Understanding of public sector and government grants and contracts

Primary Duties:

  • Individual Giving and Major gifts program strategy and management

  • Donor relations

  • Utilizing data in strategy and direction

  • Annual campaign(s)

  • Cultivation and stewardship events

  • Supporting the Executive Director in fundraising activities

Secondary Duties:

  • Coordinate with Manager of Grants and Communication

  • Liaise with Board of Directors

  • Serve on the management team

  • Work with program staff to identify development and cultivation opportunities

  • Work with volunteers in support of events, programs and activities

Specific Technical/Job-Related Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Experience in strategy

  • Experience in budget and goal-setting.

  • Ability to communicate and interact with a wide range of diverse audiences, including Board members, corporate donors, local and federal government agencies, youth served, community organizations, civic leaders, and potential donor organizations and individuals.

  • Ability to support department needs at all levels

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and set priorities.This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions as associated with a job.  While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties from particular jobs and to assign other duties as necessary.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of donor and prospect research techniques.

  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising database programs.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Some weekend and evening work required.

This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions as associated with a job.  While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties from particular jobs and to assign other duties as necessary.


Title: Manager of Training
Reports to: Director of Programs

Basic Function:

This position is responsible for the delivery and preparation for all work-readiness and customized trainings for all YJC programs. This includes job skills preparation, life skills, basic computer skills, basic education, and industry customized training. The trainer is responsible for conducting pre and post training assessments, participant resume, portfolio development. This position will train staff and volunteers in the curriculum and method and work with and inform all aspects of the YJC service delivery model; ensuring client and employer engagement, including managing outreach efforts to specific community organizations. This position will supervise training staff, ensuring successful management and implementation of training services for the agency.

Primary Duties:

  • Design and oversee work-readiness training (WRT): Conduct employment skills workshops for YJC programs.

  • Manage the ongoing design, review, revision and delivery of high quality, cost-effective training programs across all YJC programs.

  • Establish performance measures for service delivery and monitor results

  • Develop customized WRT for In-school youth (ISY) programs, partnerships, and other agencies seeking WRT support

  • Develop and Oversee literacy training programs in partnership with Oakton Community College and City Colleges of Chicago

  • Develop and train staff and volunteer corps to assist in teaching WRT modules and workshops

  • Identify, oversee and implement work-readiness tools and assessments used in the field of workforce development

  • Oversee and supervise training processes and implementation across the agency. Ensure all staff are cross-trained and continuously update training to include best practices in workforce development

  • Supervise designated training staff

  • Work closely with YJC Volunteer Coordinator to identify and schedule volunteers to conduct life skills workshops (i.e. budgeting, conflict-resolution, domestic violence, self-esteem, etc.)

  • In partnership with the Employer Manager, work with YJC employer partners to develop strong job-readiness and skills-based training programs and to enhance employer engagement

  • Conduct outreach activities to area agencies and schools to recruit and serve participants

Specific Technical/Job-Related Skills:

  • Strong technology/computer software and hardware knowledge and must be comfortable teaching basic computer skills

  • Well-developed communication and presentation skills required for the facilitation of large and small group trainings

  • Ability to adapt training to appropriate levels, depending on client capabilities

Education/Work Experience:

  • B.S./B.A. or equivalent experience required; Master’s preferred.

  • Previous teaching and training experience (work-readiness, soft and hard skills, computer skills training).

  • 4+ years’ experience in training and facilitating large groups (corporate or nonprofit), curriculum/instructional design and/or job skills training for at-risk youth and adults in a classroom environment

  • Advanced level computer technology skills

  • Strong knowledge of troubleshooting technology issues

The Youth Job Center is an equal opportunity employer. It is the established policy of the Agency to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons and to administer all aspects and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, military or veteran status, marital status, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or family medical history, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.