Erikson Institute is seeking to hire an energetic and organized individual to play a key role in entering and maintaining data and facilitating referrals for the Erikson Institute/ DCFS Early Childhood Project, an ongoing collaboration for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Roles & Responsibilities:
The Project Assistant is responsible for gathering, organizing, entering and maintaining data records for wards and young children in families with open intact cases. Primary responsibilities include: interfacing with staff on the Erikson DCFS Early Childhood Project, review and tracking of all data on young children served by the Erikson DCFS Early Childhood Project and related referrals, making referrals to outside agencies, following up and trouble-shooting both coordination and data issues, maintaining client lists, creating and managing data tracking systems. The Project Assistant may also be enlisted to follow up on outcomes of referrals and interface with agencies that serve young children. The Erikson DCFS Early Childhood Project is flexible in meeting the needs of the child welfare system, therefore Project Assistant responsibilities vary based on Project need
The Project Assistant plays an important and central role in this collaborative project, working closely with Project staff to assure children served by the project are referred to and receive appropriate services. This position offers the opportunity to capture the needs and progress of young children and families served by the child welfare system, as well as offering important data to inform quality assurance measures. This position may also offer opportunity for training in clinical interaction with clients in assessment and consultation roles.
Bachelor’s degree required/Masters preferred
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and data entry. Databases used include Access, Excel and DCFS specific databases for which training is provided
Excellent interpersonal skills as well as oral and written communication skills.
High degree of organization, self-motivation, energy, creativity, initiative, and patience.
Strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize and manage time, and ability to manage many tasks under time constraints and with multiple demands
Ability to think creatively and offer potential solutions when issues arise
About Erikson Institute
We are the premier early childhood development organization committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.
Erikson Institute’s graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership.
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
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About Erikson Institute
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•com...munity partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.