Be a part of our mission
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 20 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.
The Program Coordinator supports the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Urban Warriors program through accountability for supporting veteran recruitment, screening and retention and supporting program implementation and tracking. This position is tied to YSVP’s broader effort to provide trauma informed mentoring to youth who have experienced interpersonal and community violence. This includes implementing veteran recruitment strategies, ensuring veteran volunteer participation in programming as well as collaborating with YSVP site-level program staff to ensure veteran retention and successful program outcomes.
Scope of Responsibilities
- Recruit, interview, screen and select potential veteran volunteer candidates utilizing a specialized intake process
- Establish and maintain constructive, positive relationships with veteran volunteers to enhance recruitment and retention
- Assist in advocacy for veteran volunteers as it pertains to housing, employment, health care in addition to mental health and legal system and creating safe spaces and conversations for veterans and other diverse stakeholders
- Schedule and implement structured service and recreational activities for veteran volunteers utilizing facilities such as the YMCA membership centers and other neighborhood facilities
- Complete program documentation assigned including management of volunteer intake and support documentation. Prepares and submit reports per contract or as requested by supervisor
- Support the growth of YSVP’s external support network for veteran volunteers
- Refer and connect veterans to services and support their connection to external resources as needed
- Support veterans during program preparation and debriefing in order to assist veterans to facilitate curriculum in a manner that encourages story telling and sharing. Provides informal coaching and troubleshooting with veterans as needed.
- Assists in coordinating veteran training sessions.
- Positively represents the Urban Warriors program to external stakeholders as needed and in alignment with YSVP values
- Provide transportation when needed for program activities using YMCA vehicles while adhering to YMCA policies and guidelines
- Support the mission and vision of the YMCA and YSVP as assigned.
Child Abuse Prevention:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
Commitment to Inclusion:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.
- Associates degree or equivalent college coursework in social service field (social work, psychology, sociology, etc) or related. Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience is preferred
- Military service or experience recruiting, interacting with or engaging veterans strongly preferred along with knowledge of Chicago community resources and services
- Ability to learn and implement best practices in trauma-informed care and demonstrate cultural competence
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and establish credibility with internal and external stakeholders, program participants and volunteers
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including afternoons, evenings and Saturdays Valid driver’s license with clear driving record and the ability to meet necessary requirements to drive a YMCA vehicle.
- Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Leader competencies in previous experience or practice.
- Meets physical qualifications required as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.