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

To apply for the Assistant Career Advisor position please click here to complete and submit an application.

To apply for the Development Associate position, please click here to complete and submit an application.

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

Assistant career advisor

basic function:

Responsibilities include training, facilitation, employment counseling, placement and ongoing support to high school students ages 14-18. Work closely with school leaders, teachers, employers and community partners. Provide postsecondary planning support to students, develop employment plans and provide case management services to job seekers. Conduct job training workshops, and job retention tracking and follow-up.


  • Provide career planning, case management and job placement support to a small caseload of students to develop individualized employment and goal plans for participants, assisting them to achieve career and employment goals related to their skills, interests and abilities

  • Support High School Partner Programs Manager in preparing youth for job-readiness and employment skills workshops

  • Support or independently facilitate job-readiness and employment skills workshops in the classroom, at lunch periods, and after school

  • Support and recruit youth for This Way Ahead (Gap, Inc.) Program as well as follow up with students throughout the summer

  • Maintain current and accurate case notes, narratives, assessments, reports, follow-ups and file maintenance for client caseload, including providing detailed documentation of services and referrals in the YJC Client Management System database, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)

  • With School staff, identify students who can benefit from YJC support and proactively work to engage them in programs.

  • Participate in outreach activities to area agencies and schools

  • Work with students during flexible hours and at multiple sites

  • Other duties as assigned

PREFERRED education and work experience

  • Postsecondary degree or credential preferred

  • Experience working with youth programs

  • Understanding of employment training or workforce development-based programs is preferred

Specific Technical/Job-Related Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to balance support and accountability for participants in program

  • Strong time management skills, deadline and outcomes driven

  • Proficiency with computer technology, including database management

  • Ability to multi-task with multiple assignments and competing priorities

  • Flexibility with evening and weekend hours required

  • Reliable transportation. Local travel required.

To apply for the Assistant Career Advisor 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 click here to complete and submit an application.