Youth Job Center is currently looking for applicants to fill our open Career Partnership Manager - Postsecondary and Development Associate positions. For more information please see the position descriptions below.

To apply for the Career Partnership Manager - Postsecondary position please click here to complete and submit an application.

To apply for the Development Associate position, please send a resume and cover letter to

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

Career partnership manager - postsecondary

Youth Job Center, Evanston Township High School, and the Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council (MEAC) seek an individual to work across agencies to develop sustainable career pathways directly into Evanston area career opportunities. The position will focus on opportunities for Evanston Township High School (ETHS) students, particularly those who seek options other than an immediate transition to college, as well as recent graduates ages 18-25. This role will work with ETHS to modify structure and systems to support successful transitions into employment, apprenticeships and short-term training programs. He/she will work with employers to provide information and access to young adults, focusing on industry career pathways with training, ongoing learning/education and advancement opportunities. This role will serve as an ambassador for young people to our communities, and will promote understanding of their strengths and potential.


  • EVanston township high school:

    • Collaborate with ETHS Leadership to integrate the concept of multiple pathways to post-high school success into ETHS guidance curriculum, culture and communications

    • Work in partnership with ETHS counselors and staff to support the full and robust implementation of educational and career plans for students

    • Develop and implement information channels about career opportunities and market segments for students and parents starting in freshman year

    • Widely share and promote information about, and provide access to individual employer pathways programs that lead to careers for students and young adults ages 18-25

    • Increase parent/guardian awareness about career industry pathways for youth

    • Schedule in-school opportunities to provide students with workplace readiness skills training with ETHS staff and partners

    • Work with ETHS College & Career Services staff to organize and promote career options events and field trips

    • Implement and promote job shadowing, internship and apprenticeship opportunities for students, families and school staff

    • Coordinate with Special Education staff to support job placement and supported work programs for SPED/Special Needs students

  • Evanston Area EmployerS:

    • Cultivate and build trusting relationships with the existing Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council (MEAC) employers and cultivate new employers representing new market segments

    • Work with employers to identify workforce needs, hiring requirements and internal industry career paths that lead to living wage careers

    • Develop a methodology for best practices in career pathways development, including cohort training, hiring practices and orientation with employer partners

    • Increase awareness about employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities through communications, internships, job shadows and more

    • Support an employer community of practice, building capacity and replicating best practices for quality jobs across employer sites in partnership with MEAC

  • OTHER:

    • Through multi-agency partnerships, develop, implement and maintain processes and practices to support the transition of 18-25-year-old candidates into developed industry career pathways

    • Identify agencies that can provide additional support for students in the transition, aligning with ETHS and onsite partner staff

    • Develop and document process, ensuring the sustainability of practices

    • Develop and maintain database showing program success

    • Capture success stories and promote employer best practices

    • Other relevant job duties as assigned

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Five years in a successful position, preferably in workforce planning or human resources

  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills

  • Project management skills to facilitate the completion of tasks

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Ability to balance competing for internal and external demands and pressures

  • Entrepreneurial instincts, ability to navigate through ambiguity

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills using innovative approaches

  • Demonstrated ability to form and maintain highly effective relationships and networks with individuals and groups inside and outside an organization

  • Self-starter, demonstrating a proactive and innovative approach with a high level of passion and initiative

  • Experience working with high school students and young people ages 18-25 a plus

  • Degree or relevant experience in a related field

  • Bi-lingual preferred


  • Understanding of business strategy, workforce development and youth development practices

  • Familiarity with National Career Cluster Framework and Career Pathways

To apply for the Career Partnership Manager - Postsecondary position please click here to complete and submit an application.

Development associate

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. 


The Youth Job Center seeks a part-time Development Associate for 15-20 hours a week to work on development and communications.

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.


  • 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

To apply for the Development Associate position, please send a resume and cover letter to