Careers at NLEN

NLEN is Hiring Up to Scale Up and Increase Impact! 

The North Lawndale Employment Network has been preparing for this moment. Over the past several years, the board, in partnership with executive leadership, has strengthened our culture of accountability. We have done this by recruiting and retaining board members that understand the inseparable link between money and mission. We have intentionally raised the capacity of staff to craft effective strategy and execute with a sense of urgency, discipline, a focus on learning, continuous improvement, and shared accountability.

Now, through strategic community partnerships with LISC and Heartland Alliance, the North Lawndale Employment Network is pleased and prepared to scale our work and advance our mission of improving the quality of life through innovative initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life by hiring dynamic professionals, well-skilled, committed and inspired to create a just and equitable society in alignment with NLEN and our social enterprise, Sweet Beginnings LLC core values and beliefs.

We are seeking candidates for several positions to work on a team in partnership with Heartland Alliance’s READI program created to connect disconnected young adults to jobs, training and comprehensive support services to reduce crime and violence and create pathways for an improved quality of life. Please note, these READI job positions are fully funded for three years and may extend beyond. Two of these positions are leadership roles to scale our social enterprise, Sweet Beginnings LLC, which produces local honey and skincare products under the beelove brand as we scale the business as a result of a loan secured through Benefit Chicago.

READI JOB OPENINGS 

READI’s GOAL is to: Decrease shootings and homicides among those at highest risk of gun violence; create new opportunities for these same individuals to change their life trajectory and decrease their involvement with the criminal justice system; and help build an infrastructure at the community level to promote long-term safety and opportunity in Chicago’s most impoverished communities.

To apply for the following position(s), please email info@nlen.org and place the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line. 

 

JOB TITLE: READI CREW MANAGER Salary: $45k 

Job Summary: The Crew Manager is responsible for supervising and coaching Crew Chiefs, managing day-to-day crew site logistics and operations (e.g., assigning new members to a crew, responding to worker absences and weather, managing tools and vehicles), and adhering to all READI Chicago implementation requirements. Crew Managers will be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive — team leaders who positively and productively support transitional workers.

Duties

Supervise and support crew chiefs:

  • Provide guidance for managing challenges
  • Conduct performance reviews and guide performance improvement
  • Coach crew chiefs on their role in providing constructive supervision that facilitates skill development
  • Recruit, hire, and train qualified crew chiefs

When necessary, perform all duties performed by crew chiefs:

  • Supervise work crews at worksites and ensure work is adequately performed
  • Transport work crews and equipment to and from worksites
  • Provide guidance and feedback to workers regarding successful workplace behavior
  • Ensure worksite safety and security Manage work crew logistics and operations:
  • Create and execute daily schedule for work crew locations and tasks
  • Assign transitional workers to work crews daily in order to ensure worksite coverage
  • Monitor and evaluate work crew performance and quality of work
  • Monitor transitional worker hours in order to avoid overages

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years’ managerial experience directly supervising staff
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Business and project management experience preferred, especially in the fields of maintenance and landscaping
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of workforce development and employment services for chronically unemployed individuals or individuals experiencing poverty
  • Willingness to be trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care and applying those principles in daily work
  • Commitment to the mission and values of READI Chicago, as demonstrated by a professional approach that is strength-based, trauma-informed, inclusive, and grounded in human rights
  • Individuals with criminal records and other lived experience are encouraged to apply

 

JOB TITLE: READI CREW CHIEF Salary: $30k 

Job Summary: Crew Chiefs are responsible for supervising, supporting, and inspiring transitional workers and adhering to all READI Chicago implementation requirements. Crew Chiefs will be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive — team leaders who positively and productively support transitional workers.

Duties

  • Supervise a work crew of 5-10 transitional workers in the performance of a variety of tasks, primarily outdoor work such as landscaping, clearing vacant lots, and cleaning sidewalks and alleys
  • Set team goals and ensure that work crews complete tasks and objectives to a high standard and in a timely fashion
  • Set individual goals, assign specific tasks to individual workers, and set expectations for their completion
  • Manage the transportation, distribution, maintenance, and storage of all equipment and tools associated with crew tasks
  • Ensure worker safety by monitoring worksites for hazardous conditions and monitoring workers for appropriate use of tools and materials
  • Respond to safety incidents and other relevant incidents according to policies and procedures
  • Safely drive transitional workers to and from work sites in company vehicle

Duties

  • Basic reading, writing, and math skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Some prior management experience preferred
  • Knowledge of building maintenance, landscaping, grounds keeping, and/or related trades
  • Motivated, energetic, and skilled at relationship building and team building
  • Exercises good judgement about when to notify manager about incidents, etc.
  • Individuals with criminal records and other lived experience are encouraged to apply

 

JOB TITLE:READI SENIOR COACH Salary: $45k

Job Summary:  Senior coaches are responsible for providing job coaching and case management support to a small cohort of participants, supervising coaches and providing expertise as needed to coaches in their work with participants, and adhering to all READI Chicago implementation requirements. Coaches will be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive team members who positively and productively support high-risk participants.

Duties

Supervise and support coaches in their duties:

  • Provide guidance for managing challenges
  • Conduct performance reviews and guide performance improvement
  • Recruit, hire, and train coaches

When necessary perform any and all duties performed by coaches:

  • Provide one-on-one case management
  • Develop individual success plans for participants
  • Identify support service needs and connect participants to appropriate services
  • Provide job search assistance and support development of job search skills
  • Develop and lead work-readiness coursework and activities
  • Guide participants through transitional work experience and advancement opportunities Manage orientation process for new participants:
  • Provide an accurate overview of what participants can expect from READI Chicago including hours, wages, services, activities, and advancement pathways
  • Accurately communicate expectations for participants, READI Chicago policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed in order for participants to begin transitional employment
  • Communicate any essential information regarding the Crime Lab’s study and gather all required data
  • Deliver an introduction to the cognitive-behavioral curricula and prepare participants to engage in CBT work on the subsequent Friday
  • Organize and manage Friday developmental (“5th day”) activities:
  • Become trained as a lead facilitator for selected cognitive-behavioral curricula, and facilitate weekly cognitive-behavioral group sessions
  • Coordinate and schedule internal and external content providers and service providers such as asset building, child support assistance, record expungement, parenting, etc.
  • Develop and/or identify work-readiness curriculum, implement curriculum, and schedule and supervise weekly work-readiness coursework

 

JOB TITLE: READI COACH Salary: $30k 

Job Summary: Coaches are responsible for providing job coaching and case management support to participants and adhering to all READI Chicago implementation requirements. Coaches will be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive team members who positively and productively support high-risk participants.

Duties

Manage a caseload of READI Chicago participants:

  • Conduct one-on-one coaching sessions with participants and facilitate the development of individual success plans
  • Review daily performance reports from Crew Chiefs and address any issues that emerge,
  • Develop and maintain referral relationships for a range of support services and connect participants to appropriate services as needed,
  • Become trained as a facilitator for cognitive-behavioral group work, and co-facilitate weekly cognitive-behavioral group sessions
  • Participate in trainings to learn the principles of trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, conflict de-escalation, harm reduction, and other relevant concepts, and apply that knowledge in daily interactions with READI Chicago participants
  • When participants are ready to advance, work with participants to determine the advancement opportunities they want to pursue, and connect them with appropriate opportunities
  • Perform assessments for participant career interests and aptitudes in order to match them with subsidized employment tasks, unsubsidized employment opportunities, and appropriate training
  • Lead work-readiness and job search skills instruction, including “soft skills”, resume preparation, interviewing skills, job search techniques, and related topics
  • Act as an intermediary between workers and employers when issues arise in the workplace
  • Participate in case conferences with other READI Chicago staff to discuss service delivery plans for participants
  • Complete and submit all necessary paperwork, data entry, and reporting in a timely fashion
  • Work closely with other READI Chicago staff across the network to provide seamless support to program participants

 

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