About the Organization:
New Moms strengthens families by partnering with young moms as they progress toward housing stability, economic mobility, and family well-being. New Moms is a nonprofit organization with a $8 million budget and a staff of nearly 60. At New Moms, young moms, 24 and under, take powerful first steps toward economic mobility and family well-being. Our 2-Generation approach puts families experiencing poverty in control of their goals and unleashes their potential. New Moms’ headquarters is located on the west side of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood. Our East Garfield Park location includes all Workforce Development programming as well as our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, which provides paid transitional jobs for young moms. We also have an office in Oak Park serving the near western suburbs.
Our Commitment to Equity:
New Moms prioritizes racial equity as a strategic and organizational imperative. Strong candidates will be committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) values into their work goals and will be evaluated on their impact.
About the Job:
The primary responsibility of the Academic Coaching Specialist is providing comprehensive, individualized case management and coaching to young moms in the Academic Coaching program. This includes connecting families with resources, goal planning, assistance with overcoming obstacles, and providing support to moms to persist in post-secondary and certification program opportunities that lead to high- quality employment. The Academic Coaching Specialist will champion all New Moms values including our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, in both strategic planning and performance. This position works out of our East Garfield Park office and serves young moms living in Chicago and near western suburbs. Starting Salary: $44,000 - $46,800 DOQ
Key Job Responsibilities:
- Provides group and individualized coaching and guidance on post-secondary and certification program opportunities, SMART goals, and progress towards personal, career and/or education goals evaluation tools
- Provides monthly groups and bi-weekly individualized coaching on family well-being topics including but not limited to parenting, financial capabilities and progress towards personal, career and/or education goals
- Through a strengths-based approach, conducts thorough assessments of families, utilizing prescribed assessment tools on established schedule; service planning which identifies individualized career and education plan with goals, tasks and timelines that support the academic enrollment or certification program attendance of each participant
- Assist with the documentation and evaluation efforts of the academic coaching program and support methods that ensure fidelity
- Performs crisis prevention and intervention as needed
- Collaborates with college advisors, certification program instructors and/or production trainers to address participant performance issues, barriers to success, and to celebrate achievement
- Track and report biweekly attendance timesheets, making real-time adjustments and managing all paperwork and electronic databases related to monthly cash transfers
- Track and record participant coaching, attendance, and progress in New Moms’ ETO database
- Represents New Moms in a positive and constructive manner in all dealings with participants, staff, and in all public forums
- Upholds the New Moms’ Executive Skills Coaching approach which is grounded in racial equity
- Regularly participates in agency and program staff meetings, as well as professional group seminars or conferences to enhance professional knowledge and job skills
- Bachelor’s degree required; degree in area of counseling and guidance, rehabilitation counseling, social work, psychology, pastoral counseling, family therapy, children and families or related human service field preferred
- Experience in areas of adult education or job training preferred
- Ability to work one (1) evening a week
- Sound professional judgment and analytical ability, as well as the desire to work in a socially- and psychologically pressured environment
- Outstanding interpersonal and coaching skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Experience Microsoft operating systems and database management systems
- Ability to handle multiple projects or assignments concurrently
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team approach model, taking individual responsibility and autonomy while also working well in roles leading and serving as part of a diverse team
- Valid driver’s license, with safe driving record and valid insurance
- Access to a car and/or ability to use public transportation
- New Moms employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption through the Director of HR.
- Work hours take place on site at our East Garfield Park location. However, candidates must have ability to work remotely as needed. A laptop and cell phone will be provided by New Moms.
- Must complete health screen prior to reporting to office and adhere to all New Moms COVID-19 safety procedures.
New Moms’ Benefits: We offer a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees including health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; matching on retirement savings up to 3%; 14 paid holidays; and generous paid time off. We also offer several unique benefits to New Moms: discounts on Bright Endeavors products, free optional spiritual direction services, and half days on Fridays in the summer. Our Flexible Work Options policy allows for staff to work some hours remotely once training is complete. For licensed employees, you will receive over 20 free CEU's during onboarding and an additional 1.5 free CEU's/month throughout employment. We promote professional development and provide time for you to attend other external trainings opportunities as well.