Jun 06, 2022

Community Engagement Associate - Remote

$43,700 yearly
  • IL Action for Children
  • Remote
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

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 Director of Advocacy, the Community Engagement Associate is responsible for recruiting, building and maintaining relationships with parents for Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) work on research-policy-advocacy design lifecycle; identifying and fostering leadership among parents on our projects such as our parent auxillary committee (PAC), Parent Support Group for We, The Village, and parent leaders on the Family Advisory Council of the FAC (as some examples); and focusing on intensive community organizing in selected areas of the state. The Associate promotes Illinois Action for Children programs and initiatives by making meaningful connections with providers and families.  The Organizer provides consumer education and resources to families and providers, and engages families and providers in community and professional meetings.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organization standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Manages parent engagement on projects such as campaigns for community education and engagement in targeted communities.
  2. Build relationships with local grassroots advocates in order to recruit and develop early care and education parent leaders in Illinois.
  3. Assist in coordinating statewide parent membership base-building events including the Virtual or In-person Rally Days, Conference and Lobby Day, Statewide Public Policy Caucuses and Other regional or community based events.
  4. Creates opportunities for dialogue within communities to enable providers and families to inform the work of Illinois Action for Children.
  5. Participates in staff training across IAFC departments to ensure PPA and IDHS priorities are understood by all staff that work with providers and families, coordinating staff participation in  community engagement opportunities.
  6. Connects providers and families to appropriate IAFC programs and services based on assessment of needs.
  7. Provides technical assistance and training for internal and external stakeholders.
  8. Works with child care consultants, providers and parents on providing community presentations that promote quality early care and education.  Builds and develops relationships with child care consultants, community partners, faith-based contacts and possible donors of materials for community engagement activities, with a focus on promoting early care and education opportunities.
  9. Understand and be able to communicate to others the complexities of the early care and education systems in Illinois, the underlying public policies and the grassroots action needed to continue to support the programs and families within these systems.
  10. Develops and coordinates activities for special projects for the agency to promote interagency collaboration among departments.
  11. Maintains and stocks inventory of materials and supplies for the program.
  12. Prepares written plans, program data, and reports as required by contracts, agreements and agency reporting needs.  Maintains required records including electronic and paper file copies.
  13. Attends appropriate meetings, seminars, trainings, and conferences.
  14. Other Functions:  The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Associates degree; one to two years related experience and/or training; One to two years experience in grassroots organizing; public speaking and presentation skills, writing and editing.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

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

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent communications and community organizing skills
  • Ability to travel throughout city and state
  • Ability to work independently

Location: Uptown, Chicago, IL                           Salary: $43,700 min/year

The position is remote, but candidates must reside in Illinois.       

Benefits of Working at IAFC:

  • Working with passionate team members that are driven by our Mission: Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.
  • We strive to foster and implement a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization. We know it is not only critical to the success of diversity initiatives - but instrumental in creating an unbiassed and inclusive workplace! It not only relates to the diverse clients we serve but also creates a positive employee experience.
  • We offer an extensive benefits package that adds value to your total compensation. Our benefits include:
  • Health, dental and vision insurance plans with company contribution of 95% for single coverage and 65% for family coverage
  • 401k with company match
  • Generous PTO – first year-23 days, the second year-28 days, the third year and on - 35 days
  • 11 Paid Holidays and 1 Floating Holiday
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Company paid STD & LTD insurance
  • Company paid Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program and other perks

 

Illinois Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer

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.

States

IL

Salary

$43,700 minimum per year

Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

Job Requirements

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Associates degree; one to two years related experience and/or training; One to two years experience in grassroots organizing; public speaking and presentation skills, writing and editing.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

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

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent communications and community organizing skills
  • Ability to travel throughout city and state
  • Ability to work independently

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