Incorporated in 1998, the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. We recognize that violence in homes and streets can be connected, and we work to end both. ALSO’s mission is to work in partnership with people living in risk of violence to promote safer streets and homes. Our vision is: Safe Homes, Safe Streets.
ALSO carries out its mission in various and interconnected ways.
ALSO’s “Safe Streets” team provides outreach, case management, workforce development and legal services to street-involved residents of Chicago’s northwest side neighborhoods to help increase their safety and transform their lives. The Safe Streets team partners with a wide range of local organizations and coalitions, including Chicago CRED, Metropolitan Family Services, and Communities Partnering 4 Peace, which features ALSO and Chicago’s other leading outreach organizations that have combined their expertise to jointly impact Chicago communities most affected by gun violence. A member of the Restorative Justice (RJ) Hub Network, ALSO subscribes to this community led restorative justice approach to youth crime and conflict and to the RJ Hub values, including: Radical Hospitality, Accompaniment, Building Relationships with Youth and Families, Relentless Engagement of Stakeholders and Systems, Collaboration and Relationships with other RJ Hubs.
In addition, through needs-based tailored training, consultation and resource-sharing, ALSO’s “Safe Homes” team works with governmental and nongovernmental agencies located throughout the 56 U.S. States and Territories to build their capacity to improve systemic and community-based responses address domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.
Position & Role Overview
As a shared position, the Youth Program Coordinator supports the federally-funded Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men and Boys as Allies (CYEM) and the locally-funded Safe Streets work at ALSO; and promotes the information feedback loop between direct services and technical assistance/training work to help expand knowledge of best practices to the violence prevention and intervention field more broadly.
As the comprehensive technical assistance provider for the Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies (CYEM Grant Program), ALSO provides training, consultation and resources to national grantees funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). OVW’s CYEM Grant Program funds comprehensive, community-based efforts to develop or expand prevention, intervention, treatment, and response strategies to address the needs of children and youth impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking. The CYEM Grant Program also funds prevention efforts that engage men and boys as allies to combat violence against women and girls. As part of the Safe Homes team at ALSO, the Youth Program Coordinator supports CYEM-funded technical assistance work by providing day-to-day coordination of grant activities which include event and meeting planning and logistics, content management for technical assistance and training, and responding to and triaging of grantee requests.
ALSO’s Safe Streets programming offers tailored direct services to residents of Chicago’s northwest side, including the Hermosa, Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town neighborhoods. Through an innovative and community-centric approach, these direct services, including street violence intervention, re-entry services and youth employment, work to reduce street and intimate-partner violence. As part of the Safe Streets team, the Youth Program Coordinator will collaborate in external and cross training content development and delivery, support data collection around red flag relationships, and prepare and update related resources.
The Youth Program Coordinator works as a part of a larger organization-team, and as such, collaborates with members of other teams to meet ALSO’s vision, mission, and organizational goals and objectives.
Given this position’s responsibilities and focus on supporting the feedback loop between the Safe Streets and Safe Homes programming, this is not a remote position, and operates from ALSO’s offices in Chicago.
Some in-state and out-of-state travel is required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
As a shared position, job responsibilities are listed accordingly and are non-exhaustive, as additional duties may be required.
Safe Homes/CYEM-Related Responsibilities
Coordinate the day-to-day CYEM activities and tasks under the direction of the CYEM Program Manager;
Work collaboratively with off-site consultants and grant partners to assist management staff in carrying out grant-funded program deliverables;
Lead logistical support for in-person training and technical assistance events ranging in size from 10-200 participants, which includes but it is not limited to: creating and monitoring event planning timelines and event registration, coordinating lodging for participants, creating accessible meeting environments, determining and securing audio/visual and meeting space needs, communicating logistical information to participants, obtaining event materials from all speakers for funder approval, and compiling and analyzing meeting evaluation information;
Lead logistical support and hosting of CYEM webinars;
Assist in coordinating specific CYEM events with agency-wide calendar;
Write and edit for professional audiences, including content for mass mailings, emails, website, social media, training materials and official meetings;
Monitor, respond and triage correspondence sent to the CYEM general email account.
Use and apply knowledge about domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, stalking, children/youth exposed to and experiencing violence, and anti-oppression work to training, technical assistance, and data collection;
Ensure high level of responsiveness to training and technical assistance clients;
Ensure high level of attention to detail and completing tasks on time in all planning and logistical work as well as products and external communications;
Represent ALSO and CYEM team at trainings, conferences, and meetings as needed;
Coordinate the data collection for and preparation of bi-annual CYEM grant progress reports to be submitted to the federal funding agency;
Submit grant adjustment notices for approval using the funder’s grants management system;
Support the tracking of event expenses and the preparation of Conference Request Forms and Final Reports in connection to funder approval of in-person events; and
Other duties as assigned.
Safe Streets-Related Responsibilities
Safe Homes/Safe Streets Cross Training Support:
Work collaboratively with the Safe Streets leadership to ensure that domestic violence and sexual assault red flags are being properly identified and captured within the Safe Streets programming.
Work collaboratively with the Safe Streets team to share research and knowledge regarding domestic violence and sexual assault.
Assist CYEM Program Manager in integrating direct service promising practices into training and technical assistance for organizations and governments nationwide.
External Training Support: attend and present at external trainings on behalf of ALSO and the CYEM program;
Assist with “red flag relationships” data collection, which looks at the intersection of street/community violence and intimate-partner violence;
Assist with updating ALSO’s report on “Why Relationships Matter to In-Risk Men”;
Work in coordination with ALSO management team and markets ALSO engages locally and nationally as it relates to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault (including sex trafficking) and stalking; and
Other duties as assigned.
Two years of college coursework or related training, or equivalent work experience in the field or a related one.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and similar Google apps as well as comfort with learning and applying new programs and applications.
Experience providing customer service, meeting coordination, technical assistance or programmatic or administrative support to internal or external entities.
Experience in event planning.
Familiarity with and interest in domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, talking, and/or violence prevention and intervention subject matter.
Familiarity with and interest in street/community violence, social justice, and restorative justice subject matter and issues.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Experience working in or with U.S. administrative agencies, non-profit organizations, or the travel and hospitality industries.
Experience in social justice, violence prevention or intervention, or anti-oppression projects.
Experience with working on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and community violence.
Experience with youth-led or youth-centered programming and initiatives.
Data collection and evaluation work experience.
Experience with Adobe Connect, InDesign, and WordPress.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The individual in this position should possess the following:
Attention to detail;
Strong computer technology skills, in particular spreadsheets and word-processing software/online tools;
Skills and experience providing thoughtful and expedient responses to requests for information and assistance;
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize tasks according to workload, timelines and other factors; and meet deadlines;
Initiative, creativity, flexibility, and problem solving skills;
Comfort with working in groups and independently, as well as working with diverse staff, consultants, partners, and constituents; and
Excellent listening, critical thinking, and communication skills, including writing correspondence and public speaking.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Physical Demands: Work requires some physical activity - walking over uneven terrain in all seasons, carrying and lifting (up to 25 lbs.) and local and national travel.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach.
Work Environment: Fast-paced office environment. Work is performed primarily indoors. Work environment noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, moderate traffic).
Equipment: General office equipment.
Schedule: Work requires periodic extended work hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
Interested candidates should send a current resume and cover letter (in the body of an email or a separate document) that identifies the position for which they are applying, their interest in it, and why they believe they are a good fit to Antonella Santostefano at firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business (central) December, 22nd, 2019.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees of the Alliance of Local Service Organizations are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service, marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability including HIV/AIDS status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
Additional Salary Information: salary commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 7732355705
ALSO’s agency vision is "Safe Homes, Safe Streets," and works in partnership with people living in risk of violence to promote safer streets and homes." Incorporated in 1998, ALSO was created to coordinate services for youth and families in the Logan Square community on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Becoming aware of the devastating impact of community violence, ALSO began to take action by implementing prevention programs to end street violence. However, violence is pervasive and spans beyond the streets. In 2007, ALSO expanded its violence prevention and intervention efforts to include intimate partner violence. By working to end violence more broadly, ALSO began to see connections between violence on the streets and violence in the home.Today, ALSO works both locally and nationally to end violence. By expanding its reach, ALSO informs its national work from a local perspective and brings knowledge and best practices from around the country to our neighborhoods in Chicago. Currently ALSO’s initiatives relate to safe homes and safe streets. Safe Homes programming includes Consolidated Youth TA Project, the STAAR (STOP Technical Assistance to Administrators Resource) Project, Underserv...ed Assessment Project, and the Underserved TA Project. Safe Streets includes the Safe Streets Teams (two locations) and the 10/10/10 Youth Program. Additional initiatives include: Your Life Is My Life Bystander Intervention Campaign & Training, Sealing and Expungement Services, and service as a Restorative Justice Hub.