Activity Specialist

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization

ABOUT US:

At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes.
We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of
a full-time, professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.

Duties

BASIC FUNCTIONS:
To provide programs in a variety of areas such as academic support, the arts,
leadership development, social development or life skills. Activity Specialist is also
responsible for the management of program areas and equipment to improve the wellbeing
of SOS children, families, and community residents, especially as related to the
activity needs including those of cultural enrichment, as well as the mental, emotional,
and physical health of the children.

This position is responsible for ensuring village activities occur in a well-balanced and
intentional manner. This position develops, implements, and oversees activities for the
children at the Chicago Village, Roosevelt Square Village, or Lockport Village. The
position is full-time though the schedule may require flexible hours and reliable
transportation to allow for scheduling and overseeing activities during hours convenient
for the children, which may include evenings and weekends.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Communicate with the Education & Activities Coordinator, Director of Educational
Programming, Village Director, Educational Program Assistant, the Professional
Foster Parents, the Development department, and members of the Village
Administrative Team regarding client and community needs and service availability.
2. Coordinate and lead the on-site children's group activities as scheduled and
assigned.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• High school diploma or equivalent. 2 year's college experience in the fields of
child development or similar preferred.
• Two plus years of experience working directly with youth and program
development preferred.
• Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check
• Valid Illinois driver’s license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable
transportation, as the position will be split between Villages and will be involved
within the communities.
• Willingness to travel within the community and to the various agency sites.
• Ability to work flexible hours including evening and weekends. Schedule may
regularly be later mornings to evenings on weekdays and weekends depending on
activities scheduled. Schedule to be finalized with the supervisor.
• Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.
• Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and
professional manner.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Strong communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.
• Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
• Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free environment.
• Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission

Salary

$15 hourly onwards

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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