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Teen Program Specialist
Title:Teen Program Specialist
Gary Comer Youth Center is currently recruiting for talented employees to contribute to our successful track record of improving the lives of youth. Having opened its doors in June 2006, the state-of-the-art Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) offers positive extracurricular alternatives in a welcoming and safe environment. 

The mission is to provide the support for all center members to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. Located on Chicago’s South Side, the Gary Comer Youth Center draws its primary membership from the youth residing on the South Side of Chicago with a focus on Grand Crossing Residents, Gary Comer College Prep High School, the South Shore Drill Team, Paul Revere School and Gary Comer Middle School.  For more information: and

Position Summary 
The Teen Programs Specialist serves as leadership, liaison and primary instructor for programming, activities and initiatives devoted to members in grades 9-12. This includes life skills education, college and career readiness initiatives, character education, financial literacy and gender specific programming. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Designs, implements and oversees high quality youth development programing for members in 9th-12th grade.
• Responsible for youth supervision, classroom management and managing conduct issues/incidents under the direction of organizational leadership.
• Responsible for grant compliance for 21st CCLC, Teen Reach & United Way Excelon grants under the direction of the Grants Manager.  This includes accurate reporting, accomplishment of all grant deliverables and statistical data related to grant compliance.
• Creates and maintains an active recruitment and marketing plan for programming. 
• Attends all required staff meetings and trainings.  This includes representing the organization at external meetings.
• Required to develop program plans; complete program evaluations and all other necessary reporting.
• Assists the Youth Employment Manager with the recruitment and processing for summer employment for teens and alumni.
• Serves on the committee to implement youth events – specifically teen employment showcases, Civic Engagement Spring Break (leadership), Comer Awards Ceremony, various holiday parties and teen conferences.
• Lunch room coverage for dinner service (school year) & lunch service (summer).
• Supports the mission of GCYC.
• Works collaboratively in a team setting serving the needs of youth.
• Is committed to the safety and development of all GCYC members.
• Takes on other duties as needed or as assigned.
• Serves as a role model for youth and community. 
• Abides by the employee handbook and established GCYC policies and procedures.
Education/Work Experience
• College degree required.  Graduate degree preferred.
• At least two years providing instruction to youth in an urban setting.
• Previous youth development experience in an out of school time setting is preferred.

Qualifications and Requirements
• Classroom management skills that are engaging and age appropriate.
• Strong project management and organizational skills.
• Must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently when needed.
• Able to communicate effectively with students, co-workers, stakeholders and families.
• Demonstrates strong accuracy in writing reports and communication.
• Demonstrated understanding of youth development/programming principles.
• Demonstrate an understanding of guidance and discipline principles as well as conflict resolution strategies.
• Must demonstrate cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care.
• Competency in MS office applications specifically Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

Physical Work Requirements & Work Environment:
• Ability to do light lifting.
• Ability to walk and be physically active throughout the day.
• When not instructing, administrative work is completed in a group shared office space.
• Standing and movement with youth during programs, field trips and special events throughout the day
• 45-hour work week; during school year hours are 11:30am-8:30pm 3 days a week and 10:30-7:30pm two days a week.
• Expected to work at least one Saturday a month to serve as a chaperone for teen intern internship with Exelon.
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