Founded in 1894, Chicago Commons was one of Chicago’s original settlement houses serving immigrants on Chicago’s northwest side. Today, Chicago Commons is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty and systemic barriers, embrace opportunities, and thrive across generations. To fulfill that mission, we provide high quality early childhood education, family-centered adult education, and senior services to more than 3,000 individuals annually.
Chicago Commons’ Early Childhood Education Programs are Reggio inspired program that implement a problem-solving approach to learning, provide unique engaging environments, include extensive art studios and provide outdoor play through nature-based playgrounds. The Early Childhood Programs serve as the backbone of many at-risk Chicago communities, including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Bronzeville, and New City/Back of the Yards. These neighborhoods are impacted by high rates of poverty and limited educational and economic resources. Chicago Commons seeks to help families obtain the skills, resources and education needed to break the cycle of poverty.
The person in this position is responsible for the Family Engagement portion of the Head Start Standards at the school level including (but not limited to) parent partnerships, community partnerships, and the creation and follow-up of family goals. The Family Worker will be responsible for the coordination of parent involvement meetings and trainings as well as working closely with the staff of the Family Hub to bring parents/guardians into our schools and increase their involvement. Additionally, the Family Worker will be responsible for meeting the needs of all diverse learners. This includes paperwork, monitoring of IEPs and IFSPs, data entry, scheduling and facilitating family review meetings. The family worker will also be responsible for providing direct and indirect supportive services in the area of medical health, dental health, social services. The family worker will also assist the Recruitment Coordinator with the recruitment of students into our schools.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: (These include but are not limited to the following. The company reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.)
1. Contributes to the development of the agency’s child development philosophy and goals. 2. Establishes relationships and trust with all families in the school. 3. Assist the Recruitment Coordinator with the recruitment of children and families (including 10% of children identified as diverse learners). 4. Oversees and implements referrals of families to agencies in order to complete all necessary health screening and follow-ups. 5. Works with families in completing “Family Assessments” and in setting realistic goals. Monitors these goals on an on-going basis through personal contact (no less than three times per year). 6. Oversees the efforts for serving families of children considered diverse learners – including, but not limited to, referrals, observations, required documentation, and interdisciplinary team meetings. 7. Oversees the implementation of the IEPs, IFSPs, or intervention plans for diverse learners. 8. Complete and submit all diverse learner and 30/45 tracking. 9. Provides necessary referrals and resources to families based on individual needs. 10. Assist School Compliance Specialist at school start up with intake and registration as needed. 11. Provides support to families in need or crisis using any available resources. 12. Assist in planning, participation, assessment of all family engagement and Family Hub activities. 13. Participate in and track all student transitions. 14. Enter all case notes into computer data-base weekly. 15. Maintain Community Resource Directory. 16. Maintain and develop community agreements. 17. Participate in home visits (as needed). 18. Participate in parent/teacher conferences. 19. Follow up (as needed) with PIR monitoring. 20. Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. )
1. Must have excellent communication and customer service skills. 2. Must be able to work with a diverse clientele. 3. Must be able to maintain confidentiality. 4. Must be able to share ideas and information effectively. 5. Must have the ability to work under stress in a fast paced environment. 6. Must be able to work cooperatively with all staff members, consultants, and regulatory/funding representatives. 7. Must be able to serve as an advocate for children and families. 8. Ability to communicate in English in writing, in person, or over the telephone. 9. Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus. 10. Ability to use word processing software. 11. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.
MA/MSW in related field (preferred) BS/BA/BSW in related field (preferred) Associate Degree in Social Work or related field (preferred) 60 college credit hours in Social work or related field
WORKING CONDITIONS: (The unavoidable, externally imposed conditions under which the work must be performed and which create hardship for the incumbent including the frequency and duration of occurrence of physical demands, environmental conditions, demands on one’s senses and metal demands.)
CHICAGO COMMONS OFFERS ITS EMPLOYEES COMPETITIVE SALARIES AND BENEFITS:
Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance
Paid vacation, holidays and sick days
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with employer match
About Chicago Commons Association
Chicago Commons is a premier social service organization that has made a difference in the Chicago land area for over 120 years. Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination, and isolation. We are a neighborhood-focused nonprofit dedicated to improving the well-being of thousands of children, adults, seniors, and families. Our programs are designed to provide the necessary tools to help strengthen skills and develop self-sufficiency. Since 1894, we have operated in neighborhoods where children, seniors and families are most at risk for poverty, violence and educational disadvantage including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Grand Boulevard.