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Program Specialist, Youth
Working closely with the Manager of Youth Opportunities, the Youth Program Specialist will help to define and execute CHA’s youth strategy and ensure that a positive youth development framework is incorporated into Resident Services’ programs and practices. In addition, the Youth Program Specialist will improve connections for our youngest residents to Early Head Start, Head Start, pre-K, childcare programs and elementary school through City partners, expand out-of-school time engagement for school-age youth, and support our emerging adult residents to gain access to education and alternative career pathways. This position does not work directly with youth, but with CHA’s contracted organizations and partners who serve youth.
• Design, manage and evaluate opportunities for approximately 2K youth and emerging adults, ages 13-24, annually to be exposed to employment and career pathways through workshops, summer jobs and other immersive learning experiences.
• Collaborate with community stakeholders to promote early learning initiatives for the development of youth, ages 0-8, and remain current with the trends in the field of early childhood education and professional learning.
• Connect school age youth, 6-21, to a wide range of quality out-of-school time (OST) opportunities with emphasis on academic achievement and 21st century skill building.
• Develop relationships with youth residents to build trust and confidence, recruit them to participate in opportunities and activities and increase program engagement and retention.
• Communicate regularly, both verbally and in writing, with internal and external audiences to promote CHA opportunities and activities.
• Lead monthly Youth Opportunities meetings and professional development trainings for CHA’s contracted FamilyWorks providers and other partners.
• Develop new partnerships and leverage existing relationships, as well evidence-based practices, to fill gaps in programming and identify areas of improvement.
• Collaborate with Education team, CHA’s Family Centered Coaching program and other divisions in Resident Services Department to bring out-of-school time resources to families.
• Manage and maintain documentation, data, and paperwork, as required by CHA, as well as monthly calendars and progress reports for all activities.
• Mentor and model positive behaviors that encourage growth and development for youth and emerging adults, through supportive and encouraging interactions.
• Support overall CHA’s Strategic Plan to foster resilient families and celebrate residents who make progress toward economic independence.
• Participate in weekly staff meetings and trainings and managing multiple projects and/or opportunities simultaneously.
• Other duties as assigned.
• This position requires working outside of CHA’s established hours of 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday.
• This position has the option of working remotely up to two days per week following successful probationary period.
  • Academic Level: Bachelors
  • Industry Experience: Other industries not listed
A Bachelor’s degree is required with a minimum of three (3) years of experience working directly with youth or emerging adults, ideally at a community-based organization serving youth from low-income communities. Minimum of three (3) years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating youth workforce development programs or OST enrichment opportunities that support youth academic achievement and social-emotional development. Experience in public speaking, providing technical assistance and professional development to employers and youth-serving organizations, and/or building and managing relationships with families and community partners. Strong written and verbal communication skills, with ability to present to large audiences and communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders. Team player willing to take on multiple tasks at once, but also, an independent worker who requires minimal supervision. Ability to prioritize and exercise good judgment. Creative and good problem solver when confronted with obstacles. Computer proficiency required, including Microsoft Office, Teams and Zoom. Position requires a valid driver’s license.

Salary Range: $55,000 – 60,000
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