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Community Engagement Specialist

Company: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Location: Addison
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to unleash your purpose and potential? Come join our dynamic social service enterprise as we help over 200,000 individuals across the Chicagoland area. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is the oldest and largest women's organization in the region, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. To learn more about the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, please visit our website at The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of overall recruitment efforts of child care providers and support services for new family and center based child care providers in DuPage, Kane, and Lake counties. The responsibility ranges from data analysis to marketing, outreach, and collaborations. The Community Engagement Specialist is active in the promotion of synergy across YWCA programs and in Racial Justice work. *Note: This position description also is valid for a bilingual Community Engagement Specialist. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Operations: Develop, administer and evaluate the overall child care provider recruitment plan in DuPage, Kane and Lake Counties. Analyze trends based on database statistics, community development and census data. Utilize the action plan created by the Director of Civic Engagement and engagement teamto leverage information and statistics to increase the supply of child care in identified areas of need through a racial equity lens. Collaborate with external sources including local and state IDHS and DCFS agencies, family child care and early childhood associations, in order to evaluate child care recruitment needs. Assist in the identification of community needs; work to remove barriers and develop programs and to address needs.Administer and evaluate training services for new providers, including on-going orientation sessions to expand their current knowledge. Follow-up with training attendees to offer Technical Assistance and additional support as needed. Provide welcome visits to child care providers to explain the services of CCR & R and offer education on operating a child care business. Direct and participate in community outreach activities. Monitor and evaluate outreach and follow up activities under supervision of the CCR & R Assistant Manager. Promote and market QRIS with providers and community and provide technical assistance as needed. Marketing: Partner with the Director of Civic Engagement and database team to develop a marketing plan to support and ensure the success of the recruitment plan and CCAP enrollment plan. Develop data reports, spreadsheets and other documentation for the program on a regular basis to track work progress. Participate in advocacy efforts related to child care through active involvement in professional organizations. Community & Association Collaborations: Participate in and assist in the development of FCC (Family Child Care) Associations and networks in DuPage, Kane and Lake Counties. Maintain constant contact with each association leader to ensure leaders and/or group members understand the role of the CCR & R in child care. Assess the need and direction of each association/network and provide support as needed. Collaborate with FCC associations to promote the services of the CCR & R. Professional Development: Maintain current knowledge of the ECS programs and recent developments in the field through participation in required continuing education and attendance at seminars and conferences, professional publications and research with updated technology. QUALIFICATIONS: : At least one year of experience in Early Childhood Care and Education, or a related field, and child care experience is required; greater experience up to three years is preferred. Program management experience is required. Marketing and collaborative experience in community outreach is highly preferred. The position requires skill in effective presentation of information and response to questions from groups of managers, representatives of community groups, members, etc. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. Knowledge of the local service area in DuPage and Kane counties is advantageous.Strong interpersonal, group dynamic and collaborative skills are required. The Community Engagement Specialist must have demonstrated listening, persuasive and collaborative skills relevant to community engagement work. As a YWCA member representative to community groups, the Community Engagement Specialist must represent the YWCA professionally. Professional Training Required: A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of professional training related to Early Childhood and/or to the responsibilities of the position is required annually.*Note: A bilingual Community Engagement Specialist who works with a foreign language speaking community must demonstrate cultural competency with that community and fluency in both English and the community's language (oral and written).EDUCATION REQUIRED: At minimum, an Associate's degree, from an accredited college or university with a major area of study in Child Development, Education, Social Work or a related field, is required.WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment includes offices; members and visitors may visit with children. The noise level is usually moderate. Movement requirements include walking, stooping or kneeling. There may be a need to reach, lift or move objects, such as packages, supplies and computers. Normal (or corrected) vision range; ability to see color and to distinguish letters, numbers and symbols are necessary to the work, which may require close viewing. Occasionally may need to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Communication needs include seeing, hearing and speaking. While in the office, there will be periods of sitting, holding a telephone and using computers. Reasonable accommodations may be made for an incumbent to meet the essential responsibilities of the position.WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. This position may require work on some evenings and weekends. Schedule can vary depending on the needs of the agency.Pay Range: $43,000 - $45,000BENEFITS OVERVIEW: Generous amount of PTO & Sick Leave,12 Observed holidays, & Floating Holidays Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short & Long Term Disability Insurance, & 401(k) Flexible Benefits - employee, dependent, commuter & HSA Employee Assistance Program (24/7) YWCA Retirement Fund (after completion of 2 years of service) Pet Insurance 37.5 hour work weekMANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY DISCLOSURE: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago requires all staff to be "fully vaccinated" against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. An individual is considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after receipt of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks after receipt of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Candidates who are offered a position must provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. Individuals in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief, or as otherwise required by law, must submit a completed Request for Accommodation form to HR. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.***This job description is not intended to represent a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.***

Keywords: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Naperville , Community Engagement Specialist, Other , Addison, Illinois

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