Employment at GCYC

Program Specialist – Civic Engagement, Social & Leadership Development Focus

Reports To

Program Director


Full Time

Qualifications & Requirements
  • Classroom management skills that are engaging and age appropriate.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently when needed.
  • Able to communicate effectively with students, co-workers, stakeholders and families.
  • Demonstrates strong accuracy in writing reports and communication.
  • Demonstrates understanding of youth development/programming principles.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of guidance and discipline principles as well as conflict resolution strategies.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care.
  • Competency in MS office applications specifically Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
Functions & Responsibilities
  • Designs and implements GCYC leadership and character development programs. Also responsible for design and implementation of gender specific programming for middle school and teenage girls.
  • Serves as the lead for the financial literacy education initiative for all youth and supportive programming for adults
  • Serves as an Instructor for 21st Century Skills education for teen employees and junior staff (18-24 years)
  • Assists the Teen Services Coordinator with the recruitment and processing for summer employment for teens and alumni
  • Responsible for youth supervision, classroom management and managing conduct issues/incidents under the direction of organizational leadership
  • Serves as youth development coach for 5-10 teens
  • Responsible for grant compliance for CESLD grants under the direction of the Grants Manager, including accurate reporting, accomplishment of all grant deliverables and statistical data related to grant compliance
  • Maintains program visuals including flyers and bulletin boards
  • Attends all required staff meetings and trainings. This includes representing the organization at external meetings
  • Required to develop program plans; complete program evaluations and all other necessary reporting
  • Serves on the committee to implement youth events – specifically teen employment showcases, Civic Engagement Spring Break (leadership), Comer Awards Ceremony, various holiday parties and teen conferences
  • Lunch room supervision leadership for snack and dinner service (school year) & lunch service (summer)
  • Supports the mission of GCYC
  • Works collaboratively in a team setting serving the needs of youth
  • Is committed to the safety and development of all GCYC members
  • Takes on other duties as needed or as assigned
  • Serves as a role model for youth and community
  • Abides by the employee handbook and established GCYC policies and procedures
Experience & Education
  • College degree required
  • At least two years experience providing instruction to youth in an urban setting
  • Previous youth development experience in an out of school time setting is preferred
Physical Work Requirements
  • Ability to do light lifting
  • Ability to walk and be physically active throughout the day
  • When not instructing, administrative work is completed in a group shared office space
  • Standing and movement with youth during programs, field trips and special events throughout the day
  • 45-hour work week; during school year hours are 11:30am-8:30pm 3 days a week and 10:30-7:30pm two days a week
  • Expected to work at least one Saturday a month to serve as a chaperone for teen intern internship with Exelon

Comer Education Campus:  With a comprehensive approach surrounded by inspiring state-of-the-art facilities, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. Our campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU.  The campus serves over 1700 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs.  Working with best-in-class partner organizations, we empower young people with tools they need to earn a college degree and reach their full potential in life.  For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/ and http://garycomeryouthcenter.org/