Jan 25, 2022

Navigator (9)

  • IL Action for Children
  • Hybrid (Remote/Onsite (Lawrence)
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

ABOUT US:

Illinois Action for Children (“IAFC”), a local, state, and national leader in the early childhood care and education sector for over 50 years.  IAFC programs, services, and advocacy improve learning and life outcomes for children and families, including reducing the effects of poverty.  IAFC works to ensure that every child in Illinois – particularly those in need – have access to the necessary resources to succeed in school and in life.

Along with our mission, IAFC is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist culture. We are dedicated to this pledge through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and servicing our staff and clients.  IAFC staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities.  We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our essential work.

SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the Manager, ECE Professional Development & Education, the Navigator is responsible for recruiting and connecting incumbent early childhood care and education workforce members with appropriate Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at 2 and 4-year institutions to obtain additional degrees, licenses, and credentials and to connect them with ECE Scholarship Opportunities. Navigator will conduct outreach and follow-up activities; will stay abreast of ECE programs offered by 2 and 4-year institutions within their designated Cook County; will support incumbent ECE workforce members in identifying programs that meet their needs; will provide technical assistance on completing the FAFSA, accessing state scholarships and applying to the relevant institution and program. All work is to be satisfied with minimum supervision and by organization standards.

This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people, and clear priorities—all work to be completed by organizational standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.

  1. Plan, publicize, and facilitate a minimum of two (2) general informational/educational sessions on higher education and scholarship and financial aid processes/opportunities for the incumbent ECE workforce (maybe virtual or in-person).
  2. Download and follow-up on interest surveys in higher education opportunities received by INCCRRA in assigned Cook County. Provide follow-up contact (e.g., email, phone call, ground mail) to 100% of completed surveys.
  3. Provide support to the incumbent workforce on assessing needs, sharing information, and connecting them to higher education opportunities through phone calls, email, in-person/virtual meetings).
  4. Build relationships with key staff at ECE programs at 2- and 4-year institutions to understand programs and help identify appropriate candidates from the incumbent workforce.
  5. Collect information on barriers to higher education experienced by incumbent workforce members.
  6. Participate in required training programs.
  7. Execute our workplace core capabilities: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people, and clear priorities.
  8. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree. Must have at least two years of work experience and training in early childhood care and education, counseling/social work, family support, adult education; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Access to reliable personal transportation, insurance, valid driver’s license, and good driving record required.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of early childhood education programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to connect and build relationships.
  • Excellent work ethic and accountability to self and job responsibilities.
  • Ability to work independently, with a schedule that may include evenings and weekends.
  • Highly organized and attention to detail skills.
  • Good writing, editing, and speaking skills.
  • Creativity and strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to be flexible in daily activities in response to workforce or institution requests.
  • Ability to travel local and statewide, as needed.
  • Bilingual, fluent Spanish, Polish, and speakers of other languages are preferred.

Grant-funded positions are full-time and temporary through March 2024 with organizational benefits. The program will be accessed to determine the level of statewide sustainability.

As established by the Illinois Action for Children Board of Directors, all employees are required to receive a vaccination against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious reasonable accommodation is approved. If offered a job, the candidate must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated with one of the CDC-authorized vaccines, including either Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson / Janssen or request and be granted an accommodation before their start date or December 10, 2021, whichever is later.

Salary: $47,100 annual                                Location: Hybrid (Remote/Onsite (Lawrence)

IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.

States

IL

Salary

$47,100 annual salary

Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

Job Requirements

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree. Must have at least two years of work experience and training in early childhood care and education, counseling/social work, family support, adult education; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Access to reliable personal transportation, insurance, valid driver’s license, and good driving record required.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of early childhood education programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to connect and build relationships.
  • Excellent work ethic and accountability to self and job responsibilities.
  • Ability to work independently, with a schedule that may include evenings and weekends.
  • Highly organized and attention to detail skills.
  • Good writing, editing, and speaking skills.
  • Creativity and strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to be flexible in daily activities in response to workforce or institution requests.
  • Ability to travel local and statewide, as needed.
  • Bilingual, fluent Spanish, Polish, and speakers of other languages are preferred.

Grant-funded positions are full-time and temporary through March 2024 with organizational benefits. The program will be accessed to determine the level of statewide sustainability.

As established by the Illinois Action for Children Board of Directors, all employees are required to receive a vaccination against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious reasonable accommodation is approved. If offered a job, the candidate must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated with one of the CDC-authorized vaccines, including either Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson / Janssen or request and be granted an accommodation before their start date or December 10, 2021, whichever is later.


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