Nearly 50% of Chicago’s West side teens never finish high school.
Bring the vision. Keep the hope. Be the change.
About the West Town Academy: The West Town Academy (WTA) is a highly effective, state-recognized diploma-granting high school for students who have dropped out of Chicago Public Schools and wish to complete their secondary education. 60% of our students are African-American, and 40% are Latino. Students range in age from 17-21 years of age. Most WTA students are from low-income families, and approximately 15% are DCFS wards.
The WTA plays a critical role in the lives of both our students and their communities. The WTA strives to demonstrate and model a highly successful strategy for re-engaging, teaching and graduating our community’s many dropout youth. Additionally, the WTA serves as a model for civic and government leaders to encourage the creation and expansion of resources and programs that effectively address the needs of our community’s many at-risk and dropout youth.
Summary: Candidates will be responsible for identifying local business throughout Chicago with hiring needs in order to create opportunities for job-seekers. Candidates with demonstrated 3-5 years of job placement, workforce development, recruiting, and customer relations experience will be given priority consideration.
Position Responsibilities: - Assess employment and educational needs of low-income community residents - Assist job seekers in finding career opportunities and prepare them for interview process - Specialize in maintaining a portfolio of current business partners and identify new business throughout Chicago - Facilitate a youth job readiness curriculum to support client’s employment needs - Maintain and update case files, program documentation, and external data tracking systems - Network with community agencies to provide access to supportive services for their clients - Facilitate work-based learning experiences and internship opportunities for youth
(2) Demonstrated commitment to community service and previous experience working with low-income populations through prior professional and/ or volunteer experience
(3) B.A. or equivalent skills
(4) Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
(5) Basic computer proficiency including use of online database search and record keeping systems
(7) Prior experience with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) very helpful
(8) Prior experience working with youth/ young adults
(9) Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
Salary and Benefits: This is a full time, permanent, career position. The salary is commensurate with experience. The agency benefit package includes health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plan, and bonus program.
To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a detailed cover letter and resume demonstrating how he or she meets or exceeds each minimum qualification and describing, generally, their relevant special knowledge, skills, and abilities. Please submit application materials electronically or mail directly to: email@example.com
West Town Academy: Human Resources West Town Academy 500 N. Sacramento Blvd Chicago, IL 60612
NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits: This is a full time, permanent, career position. The salary is commensurate with experience. The agency benefit package includes health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plan, and bonus program.
Internal Number: 01052019
About Greater West Town Community Development Project
Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to expanding educational and employment opportunities in Chicago’s low-income communities. GWTP is a pro-active and effective advocate for unemployed community residents and at-risk and dropout youth in Chicago’s economically distressed neighborhoods. We provide practical, on-the-ground solutions to our communities’ complex challenges through hands-on vocational skills training, comprehensive job placement, and our West Town Academy Alternative High School that re-enrolls high-school dropouts. For over 25 years, GWTP has successfully linked expanded educational and employment service for community residents to community development initiatives and the needs of small-mid-size local employers. For more information, visit us at www.gwtp.org or www.gwtp.edu.