Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
About Gads Hill Center:
Established in 1898 as a settlement house serving the Pilsen community, Gads Hill Center has expanded to serve children, youth and families from sites in North Lawndale, Brighton Park, Pilsen and Chicago Lawn, as well as multiple school-based locations. Our formal programs serve over 4,000 families annually, and include early childhood education, comprehensive family support, academic and social-emotional support, school-based mental health, and community nutrition education. In addition, the agency reaches over 15,000 individuals annually through one-time community health and fitness events.
The Community Programs Specialist is responsible for conducting outreach, recruitment and management of the agency’s health and PlayStreets initiatives. The Community Programs Specialist also ensures that Gads Hill Center’s programs are fulfilling the mission of our health initiatives as required by funders and that deliverables are on target. Additionally, the position helps oversee and implement all components of our Healthy Moves program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Health Initiative Management
Train and supervise a network of adult health promoters recruited from agency programs, partner schools, and other collaborative partners.
Support health promoters in identifying outreach opportunities, workshops and cohort meetings.
Ensure workshops adhere to the program logic model; plan and implement training for health promoters as needed and required by funders to meet deliverables.
Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of health and parent training initiatives to ensure health education program goals are met.
Lead workshops and outreach opportunities as needed to fill in for absent contracted health promoters.
Observe and monitor workshops at random to ensure adherence to program logic model.
Provide support to contracted health promoters to identify outreach opportunities, workshops, and cohort meetings, and ensure outreach targets are met as stated by deliverables.
Monitor collection of evaluation and assessment data, and enter data into ETO database to measure and analyze effectiveness of deliverables.
Maintain inventory of project materials and distribute to contracted health promoters and program staff as needed.
Attend Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and other health related trainings as needed.
Support in creation, modification, and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum for health related programs in nutrition, mental wellness, and civic engagement.
Identify issues that affect community health outcomes and create materials to engage health promoters in organizing and advocacy.
Event Planning and Implementation
Coordinate with CBO subcontractors to plan 75 PlayStreets events in target communities. Maintain an accurate schedule of all events. Ensure that any weather-postponed events are rescheduled.
Conduct training with CBOs on PlayStreets model and implementation plan.
Schedule aerobics, Zumba and/or fitness instructors for events based on community preferences and confirm in advance of event. Resolve any cancellations or scheduling changes.
Secure all resources for events, including bouncehouse, music and materials. Transport materials to and from events and maintain an inventory of all materials/supplies.
Collaborate with CBOs to obtain permits for street closure, post “no parking” signs and provide barricades.
Attend all PlayStreets events to ensure subcontractor adherence to contract and PlayStreets model. Provide troubleshooting and problem solving assistance as required. Obtain photographs of each event.
Communicate with Chicago Department of Public Health on a consistent basis to ensure compliance and notify the department of any changes in schedule.
Outreach and Evaluation
Develop flyers/ materials for all Health initiatives with all required elements.
Communicate event schedule to local stakeholders, including aldermen, police departments and schools.
Collaborate with agency communications staff to secure media placement for PlayStreets events and maintain regular exposure on agency social media.
Ensure that each CBO has a clear plan to meet outreach goals and monitor each PlayStreets event to provide feedback to CBOs following events. Document observations and address any non-compliance with supervisor.
Ensure that evaluation data is collected by CBO staff/volunteers accurately, enter into database, and provide data to funder as requested.
Collect accurate participation data at each event. Complete regular participation reports and share with funder.
Engage with potential community partners to enhance events through all available resources.
Participate in Gads Hill Center’s civic engagement initiative including attending networking events and meetings and participating regularly in community committees/coalitions.
Bilingual Spanish/English highly required.
Associates degree required with a minimum one year of experience with community health. Bachelors degree preferred.
Ability to multitask and adhere to strict timelines.
Strong oral and written communication skills (writing sample required).
Demonstrate ability to build and leverage effective relationships with key stakeholders.
A track record of leading successful community organizing.
Proven ability to work effectively with diverse people and groups.
Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and willingness to develop additional skills as needed.
Excellent organizational skills to set priorities and meet deadlines.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Experience in a nonprofit environment preferred.
Must have valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally.
Entry Salary Range: Low 30’s
Schedule: Full-time (40 hours / week)
Status: Permanent /salary
Location: 1919 W Cullerton St. Chicago
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by email.
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STE...M-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.