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READI Transitional Jobs Program Manager

Through a strategic community partnership with and Heartland Alliance, the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) is pleased and prepared to scale our work and advance our mission of improving the quality of life through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life by hiring dynamic professionals who are well-skilled and committed for our READI initiative.  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.

We are seeking a READI Transitional Jobs Program Manager to join us in our efforts 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.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for the execution of the READI Chicago transitional jobs program component; ensuring worksite safety and security; and building strong relationships with NLEN’s outreach partners and READI Chicago’s Community Program Manager (CPM) among other duties.

What you’ll do

  • Lead a team of Crew Managers, Crew Chiefs, Senior Coaches, and Coaches to ensure execution of READI Chicago outcomes
  • Supervise and coordinate all aspects of the READI Chicago transitional job program; including, program development, creating or improving client services, and staff management
  • Ensure worksite safety and security and build strong relationships with NLEN’s outreach partners and the READI Chicago Community Program Manager
  • Work with NLEN’s Director of Finance to collect, distribute and reconcile gift card distribution
  • Manage all program components to ensure quality service delivery and program fidelity.
  • Create and/or monitor systems to ensure timely client documentation
  • Responsible for the implementation and supervision of key performance outcome measures
  • Review documentation and compliance data to ensure funder deliverables are met.
  • Responsible for all personnel matters within READI Chicago transitional job program including, but not limited to, hiring, assigning work, regular supervision sessions, disciplinary matters, training needs, and terminating of the senior coaches, coaches, crew managers, and crew chiefs
  • Monitor and review performance and productivity expectations with staff
  • Create inventory systems for all materials purchased for the office and for READI participants include tools and supplies
  • Help facilitate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions and professional development
  • Establish and coordinate participant recognition and incentive programs
  • Responsible for working with Crew Managers to identify work site opportunities for participants
  • Assist the Director of Workforce Programs and Clinical Services creating and executing the project plan for building out and repairing the St. Agatha Convent location
  • Participate in trainings to learn the principles of trauma-informed care, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, conflict de-escalation, harm reduction, and other relevant concepts, and apply that knowledge on a daily basis as an integral part of worker
  • Acts as the primary liaison with HA regarding time clock installation and maintenance and other program components
  • Work closely with other READI Chicago staff across the network to provide seamless support to program participants

Who you are

  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Sociology, Psychology or a related field and 5 years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Preferably, you have at least 2-years’ experience in a managerial role overseeing case management, counseling, and/or coaching functions in a social service setting, preferably with formerly incarcerated individuals, opportunity youth, or similarly at-risk populations
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • You have the proven ability to efficiently supervise staff
  • You have the mobility for travel
  • You have the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups
  • You are available to attend evening and/or weekend meetings on occasion
  • You have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • You have a car, valid Illinois driver’s license and insurance

Who we are

NLEN’s mission is to improve the earnings potential of North Lawndale residents through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life. NLEN serves economically disadvantaged men and women who have multiple barriers to employment with a particular focus on citizens returning from incarceration. NLEN is also parent to Sweet Beginnings LLC, a transitional jobs social enterprise that grows and harvests urban honey and manufactures skin care products.

Salary

$60k

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Vacation/Paid time off
  • Paid sick days
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Short and Long Term disability plans
  • Generous discount on all beeloveâ products

To apply:

Please submit your resume to info@nlen.org and place “TJ Program Manager” on the subject line.

Expected Start Date

On or before March 1, 2018

Sweet Beginnings Social Media Consultant (Part-Time)

We are seeking a lead social strategy expert who’ll play a critical role in helping us build a social media brand presence that inspires, thrives and drives revenue across multiple audiences and platforms. This position will utilize social media strategies that are both informative and persuasive in telling the story of our beeloveâ brand in relation to workforce development training for formerly incarcerated individuals.  This position will be responsible for capturing the attention and admiration of consumers in social media and customizing content for different audiences and platforms.

Who we are:

Sweet Beginnings LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network. It offers full-time transitional jobs to citizens returning from incarceration in a green industry—the production and sales of all-natural skin care products featuring its own urban honey under the beeloveâ brand and manages apiaries (bee farms) through the Chicagoland area.

Not only does Sweet Beginnings respect the earth in the production of its products, it provides important transitional job opportunities for community residents who struggle with barriers to employment. Sweet Beginnings workers make beeloveâ products, package and ship products, track inventory, fill product orders, sell at retail outlets such as Mariano’s and Whole Foods, perform quality control, and harvest honey. Though these are transitional positions, Sweet Beginnings employees demonstrate all the qualities required of them in a permanent job, including punctuality, workplace etiquette, interpersonal communication, independent work habits, and how to effectively work in a team.

Who you are

  • Have a passion for social media and a thirst for continual learning to follow this fast-paced field and stay on top of best practices
  • Consider yourself a thought leaders in taking a market-driven role to build our relationships with a range of stakeholder through social media
  • Can maintain a social presence across social channels with content that is fresh and frequent and includes incentives for consumer participation
  • Do not shy from answering tough questions and providing insight concerning social media education and application for lasting impact to our communities and consumer network
  • Possess business intelligence and understand the components and capacity of our social enterprise, consistently seek ways to push us forward through social media
  • Quantitative skillsto flawlessly analyze our social data and the algorithms behind social media performance
  • Researcher capable of developing media lists (traditional, social, digital influencers) for specific projects and pitch client stories for placement opportunities
  • Have a collaborative and team spirited work philosophy

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution with a concentration in Marketing, Communications, English, Journalism or other relevant field
  • 2 years of professional experience in media relations, corporate marketing, public relations or journalism
  • Experience with traditional, digital and social media platforms
  • Proficiency in Associated Press (AP) writing style
  • Proficiency with basic computer programming
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • You have a car, valid Illinois driver’s license and insurance

Salary

$20 per hour with a monthly compensation cap according to contract terms.

To apply:

Please submit your resume to info@nlen.org and place “Social Media Consultant” on the subject line.

Expected Start Date

On or before March 16, 2018

Sweet Beginnings Delivery Driver/Production Assistant (Part-Time)

We are looking for an experienced delivery driver with warehouse production experience to transport goods and passengers on behalf of a The North Lawndale Employment Network and Sweet Beginnings LLC, requiring loading, unloading and shipping.  This position will also assemble products by using a variety tools, fixtures, machinery, work instructions and test equipment which plays a key role to ensure beelove® products meet high quality standards.

 

We are seeking a candidate who will love our honey-infused beelove® products, embrace our triple-bottom-line mission, and will be invigorated by innovating creative solutions to scale up a small business.

 

Who we are:

Sweet Beginnings, LLC. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network. It offers full-time transitional jobs to citizens returning from incarceration in a green industry—the production and sales of all-natural skin care products featuring its own urban honey under the beelove® brand and manages apiaries (bee farms) through the Chicagoland area.

 

Not only does Sweet Beginnings respect the earth in the production of its products, it provides important transitional job opportunities for community residents who struggle with barriers to employment. Sweet Beginnings workers make beelove® products, package and ship products, track inventory, fill product orders, sell at retail outlets such as Mariano’s and Whole Foods, perform quality control, and harvest honey. Though these are transitional positions, Sweet Beginnings employees demonstrate all the qualities required of them in a permanent job, including punctuality, workplace etiquette, interpersonal communication, independent work habits, and how to effectively work in a team.

 

Who you are

  • You have an interest in working with formerly incarcerated individuals who are transforming their lives through workforce training.
  • You flourish in a sales, merchandising and distribution operations environment and enjoy serving customers
  • You are also willing to embrace, promote and contribute in scaling up a small business.
  • You possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record as can be verified with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • You have good communication/map reading skills, ability to lift 50-100 lbs., and are reliable with a good attendance job history
  • You possess a High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) and a minimum of two years driving and warehouse production experience
  • You are able and willing to meet deadlines, prioritize and handle multiple tasks
  • You have good written, verbal and communication skills

 

What you’ll do

  • Deliver beelove® products to vendor locations throughout Chicago and surrounding areas
  • Assist Demo Coordinator with demos to market product at store outlets and special events
  • In between deliveries, assist the Operations Team with production and assembly of beelove® products

 

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Vacation/Paid time off
  • Paid sick days
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Short and Long Term disability plans
  • Generous discount on all beelove® products

 

Salary

$15 per hour / Maximum of 20 hours per week

 

To apply:

Please email your resume to info@nlen.org and place “Driver & Production Asst” on the subject line.

 

Expected Start Date

On or before March 16, 2018

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

 

Qualifications

  • 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

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

 

Qualifications

  • 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

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