FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services, a division of the UIC Center for Literacy in the College of Education, empowers and strengthens Head Start families in Chicago. Our mission is to provide access to high-quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services.
The Parent Resource Program is an important part of achieving FAST’s mission and vision. It offers resources, referrals and trainings to Early Head Start/Head Start Family Service Workers (FSWs) who support parents in achieving their personal, family and community goals. On-site consultations are provided to FSWs who need individualized follow up and support.
Under the supervision of the coordinator, the lead trainer assists in the design, development, service delivery, management, and continuous improvement of the Parent Resource program.
Bachelor’s degree in social work related field; Master’s preferred.
Minimum of 3 years related experience
Strong organizational skills; attention to detail
Strong Microsoft Office computer skills, especially Word and Excel
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and problem solve
Promote and facilitate trainings for EHS/HS Family Service Workers (FSWs)
Conduct individualized consultations and facilitate professional support groups with/for FSWs, as needed
Assist with the recruitment and retention of EHS/HS partners
Assist with the assessment of EHS/HS sites’ and FSW’s needs, gains, and program satisfaction
Help maintain and strengthen citywide EHS/HS referrals for parent goals, including pursuing adult education and career transition opportunities
Contribute to the on-going review/revision of training and other program materials
Ensure that staff members’ files are accurate, complete and properly stored
Assist with analyzing program data and suggesting modifications; review related reports
Assist with recruiting, hiring, and recognizing staff members, including AmeriCorps members
Supervise, coach/mentor, and evaluate staff members
Help to ensure that staff members use training techniques that are current, innovate, and informed by adult education pedagogy
Plan, assign, and monitor staff members’ work activities
Model cultural sensitivity, respect, positive conflict resolution skills, and professionalism
Conduct and document quarterly performance development reviews (including an annual training evaluation) with staff members
Ensure that staff members’ maintain a clean, organized and secure workspace
Conduct team meetings in consultation with the coordinator
Participate in program meetings, AmeriCorps coordination meetings, FAST meetings and other related activities
Serve as DFSS liaison, as assigned
Assist with presenting at EHS/HS related conferences and events
Read to stay current about parent/family needs and resources across the city
Adhere to policies, procedures, and the professional code of ethics of the college
Perform other related duties, as assigned
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, & 3 professional references to: Ms. Tameka Patterson at: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 18, 2019.
Salary: $42,000 - $47,000
Travel: some travel required between FAST locations primarily on the Southwest side of Chicago and to program related meetings.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About UIC - Center for Literacy
The UIC Center for Literacy is a public service and research center that works to improve literacy education, policy, and research at the local, state, and national levels.
We provide leadership and technical assistance to Chicago area schools and community-based organizations for the purpose of enhancing the quality of literacy services. We also work with public and private entities to formulate policies that support effective literacy programs.
The Center responds to issues in literacy education by:
Serving as a public clearinghouse for literacy information;
Establishing partnerships with external agencies and university departments;
Contributing to enhanced graduate education for future leaders in literacy education; and
Creating innovative, research-based school and community programs that serve as exemplary models for public practice.
Our activities are especially focused on helping to reduce literacy as a barrier to full societal participation for all individuals.