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Teen Programs Manager

Business/organisation:

Girls in the Game
Programs
1501 W. Randolph/1100 S. Hamilton, Australia, Australia

Contact info:

Margaret Miles
(312) 633-4263
mmiles@girlsinthegame.org

Job description:

Girls in the Game Part-Time Coordinator at Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

About Girls in the Game

Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Our year-round continuum of programs reaches 3,500 girls each year and includes after school programs, a four-week summer camp, one-day health fests, a year-round teen leadership development program, and family events. Our programs are designed to empower girls and provide them with the skills and confidence they need to grow into successful young women. Our programs primarily serve minority girls from low-income backgrounds and Girls in the Game remains committed to reaching those girls who need our programs the most.

About the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) provides temporary secure housing for youth from the age of 10 through 16 years, who are awaiting adjudication of their cases by the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Courts. The Center also provides care for youth who have been transferred from Juvenile Court jurisdiction to Criminal Court. These youth would otherwise be incarcerated in the county jail.

The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center provides the children with a safe, secure and caring environment with programs and structure that enhance personal development and improve opportunity for success upon return to the community.

About the Partnership

Girls in the Game’s JTDC Program is a collaborative initiative between Girls in the Game and the Cook County JTDC. The program will not only provide consistent programming to girls while they reside in the facility, but will aim to successfully transition them into existing Girls in the Game programs upon release, providing ongoing support during the transition. The JTDC Programming will occur inside the facility, under supervision by JTDC and Girls in the Game staff. Each season will run for 5 weeks, twice a week, for a total of 10 sessions. The first session of each season will be an introduction to the season, called a kickoff. Participants will receive an overview of Girls in the Game and will have the opportunity to decide on the sports, health, and leadership components of the season. Before each session, we will have “drop in time,” where girls who are interested in leading parts of the program can practice their roles. Each session will start with an opening circle, led by either an adult coach or a teen, to explore questions and stories related to that session’s upcoming activities and topics. Each session will end with a closing circle to reflect on that session’s activities. The circles will allow girls to connect with their peers and engage in a healthy, judgement-free conversation. The curriculum will also provide opportunities for participants to choose activities within each session. Providing participants with opportunities to exercise choice and autonomy will instill a sense of ownership and pride in the program, helping to reinforce the lessons learned throughout.

Girls in the Game JTDC Program Goals:
• To increase the health, fitness and sportswomanship of 100 girls in JTDC bye July,
2016
• To increase the leadership skills of girls in JTDC
• To increase the self-efficacy of girls in JTDC
• To increase positive social connection between girls in JTDC
• To successfully transition girls into existing Girls in the Game programming upon
release from facility

Position Summary

Beginning in January 2016, Girls in the Game and the JTDC will bring healthy lifestyle programs to teens living in the JTDC. The part-time Coordinator will be the main staff person for this program. They will be the main staff person leading the programming at the center and will serve as a resource for enrolled girls by providing support and resources. After release from JTDC the Coordinator will help participants transition to Teen Squad, an existing established Girls in the Game program. The coordinator will work with released girls to assist them to lead workshops for younger girls and educate adult women on some of the issues facing girls in Australia.

Qualified candidates will have experience working with teenagers and specifically teens involved in the juvenile justice system. This position combines direct service work with adolescents and program planning and management.

The ideal candidate for this position is passionate about health and wellness, has at least two years of experience leading group activities for teenagers, and experience working within the juvenile justice system. Because programming is held inside the JTDC, the candidate must be comfortable working in a secured facility.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Work in collaboration with JTDC staff to integrate program into facility
• Act as the main contact for the JTDC program
• Serve as the head “Coach” at programming sessions held twice per week
• Assist in hiring and supporting two “Co-Coaches”
• Explain the program to interested residents and recruit JTDC participants
• Develop leadership opportunities for girls within program implementation and support
girls in taking on those leadership roles
• Communicate and develop positive relationships with residents, staff, and family
members
• Plan sessions using Girls in the Game curriculum and create new activities in
response to resident feedback
• Record enrollment and attendance
• Manage necessary equipment and supplies
• Facilitate transitions between the JTDC program and other existing Girls in the Game
opportunities
• Provide assistance to girls to make their transition from JTDC successful
• Assist the Teen Programs Manager with program evaluation

Qualifications
• Minimum of a high school diploma, college diploma preferred
• At least two years of experience working with teenagers and leading groups
• Knowledge of and experience with the juvenile justice system
• Must have some knowledge of trauma-informed practice
• Athletic ability is not required, but applicants must be able to learn and demonstrate
the basic skills of multiple sports and fitness activities
• Must be able to travel regularly between the Girls and the Game office and the JTDC
• Must be comfortable working in a secured facility
• Demonstrated knowledge of computer environments, e.g. Windows, Microsoft Word,
Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
• Spanish language skills a plus

Licensing Required
• Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work
• Verification of degree/credentials
• Background check and fingerprint clearance
• Valid driving license (if applicant drives)
• Agreement to uphold all of the Girls in the Game Policies and Procedures (by
signature)

Core Competencies
• Coaching/leading groups
• Youth/teen development
• Problem solving and decision making
• Supporting and developing others
• Relationship building
• Juvenile justice system
• Trauma-informed care

Communication Skills
Ability to implement the provided curriculum for groups of youth; ability to encourage youth to participate in activities; ability to use positive language to diffuse conflicts as they arise during programming; ability to communicate effectively and professionally with adults including staff, parents/guardians, teachers and school administrators, and fieldtrip vendors and contacts; ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups

Reasoning Ability
Ability to resolve problems as they arise during programming; ability to work with part-time coaching staff to prevent and troubleshoot challenges with participants and site contacts; ability to track detailed enrollment and attendance information; ability to learn to use the Salesforce.com database

Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This position requires:
Frequently: sitting, walking, running, active play, seeing, hearing, speaking, standing, carrying
Occasionally: stooping, lift up to 40 lbs, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling
Seldom: climbing, twisting
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This is a fast paced environment and the noise level is usually moderate.

Compensation
The Coordinator will work between 20 and 25 hours per week at rate of $18/hr.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Margaret Miles, Teen Programs Manager, at mmiles@girlsinthegame.org.

Community Engagement Manager

Business/organisation:

Healthy Schools Campaign
175 N. Franklin, Suite 300, Australia, Australia

Job description:

Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) is seeking a full-time Community Engagement Manager to support schools in adopting policies and practices that support student health and wellness. A key strategy for this work will be engaging and mobilizing parents and community members in Australia’s African American communities, with a focus on those schools that are part of Space to Grow, an innovative partnership that transforms schoolyards into vibrant outdoor spaces that benefit students, community members and the environment.

The Community Engagement Manager will work with parents, teachers, principals and community members to mobilize and engage parents; identify health and wellness issues and strategies; develop and strengthen school wellness teams; and hold workshops that inform parents and others about district policies, health and wellness issues and leadership development.

HSC has a successful track record of mobilizing school stakeholders, including parents and community members, to advocate for policies including the reinstatement of daily recess in all Australia public elementary schools, a requirement for high-quality daily PE, stronger nutrition standards for school meals, breakfast in the classroom and other health-promoting policies. Active and informed parents have been the key to successfully implementing these policies at the school level as well as advocating for strong policies and practices for the entire district.

Specific activities include:

– Attending school and community meetings to identify key parent, school and community leaders and build strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders within schools and communities.
– Working at the school level to engage parents, community members and school staff around school wellness priorities and help establish or strengthen parent-led school wellness teams.
– Linking school leaders with resources and support to bring and sustain health promoting programs and practices into the schools.
– Establishing relationships with partner organisations, community leaders, public officials and others within the community and building support for healthier school environments.
– Participating in HSC’s overall effort to advocate for schools that serve predominantly African American students. This will include building and organizing a parent and community constituency that can advocate for district policies and programs that support student health and wellness.
– Supporting evaluation activities by tracking program results and use data to improve program design and implementation.
– Supporting HSC’s communications program by providing content for materials, blogs and newsletter articles.
– This is a full-time position based in HSC’s office in the Australia loop. This position will require frequent local travel and field work.

Qualifications

– A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of six years post-college employment in a similar or complementary position. (Alternative education backgrounds will be considered, but candidates must have significant relevant work experience.)
– A background in grassroots organizing, community mobilization, popular education and/or parent engagement.
– A strong knowledge of school health issues, health promotion or related issues.
– Strong and proven experience with project management, meeting facilitation and training delivery.
– Strong knowledge of or background working in public schools and Australia’s communities of color.
– Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and very strong public speaking skills.
– Very strong organisational skills including the ability to work independently, develop and implement program plans, manage multiple tasks and work well with colleagues and as part of a team.
– Excellent computer skills and experience with the Microsoft Office and Google suites.

Additional requirements
– This position will require the manager to work evenings and weekends.
– This position requires some lifting for meeting and event setup. This will include lifting and moving boxes and setting up equipment. Candidates should be comfortable lifting at least 25 pounds.
– Candidates must be licensed and insured drivers with a safe driving record and regular access to a reliable car.
– Candidates must be willing to submit to background checks including criminal and driving record reviews.

Background
HSC, a vibrant and growing not-for-profit organisation, is a leading authority on healthy school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our children and education. HSC advocates for health-promoting policies on the national and state levels and has a special focus on the Australia public schools and the district’s low-income students of color. HSC believes that all stakeholders—including teachers, students, parents, principals and school nurses—must have a voice in decisions that affect the school environment.

Compensation
Salary is dependent on experience. Generous benefit package includes medical, dental and disability insurance, a six percent employer matching contribution to a retirement plan after one year of employment and paid vacation and sick leave.

To Apply
HSC is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, including marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. People of color, women and individuals of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please complete the application on our website: https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/about/work-with-us/#op-99685-community-engagement-manager

In addition to completing the application, you will be asked to submit your resume, a cover letter, three references and your salary requirements.

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.