Workforce Development Program Specialist

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization


At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes for children in the foster care system with a focus on keeping siblings together. 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.

For over 25 years, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has provided the highest quality of care for Illinois’ most vulnerable children and families. We are the first self-funded SOS organization in the United States. Since our beginning, we have carried on the successful track record of SOS-Kinderdorf International. In addition, we have pioneered a number of successful programs such as providing SOS Children continued support as they enter young adulthood, and empowering pare



The Workforce Development Coordinator plays a pivotal role for the children and families served at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and greater community in and around Roosevelt Square. In this role, the coordinator is responsible for supporting the activities and classes (a majority of which will be culinary courses) conducted in the Roosevelt Square Community Center that fall under the Workforce Development Program. This role also supports relationships with internal and external stakeholders to develop quality workforce development programming that satisfies the needs of the donor/partner and the participants.


Program Development
• Provide logistical support to the Workforce Development Manager in their role to identify, implement, and organize structured, high-quality recreational, health care, vocational/job development, and social service programming and resources for children and families that align with the SOS mission and needs of the community
• Coordinator marketing enrollment, recruitment, and retention of participants; monitor attendance
• Collect and distribute program evaluation and progress reports
• Ensure program and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies
• Assist with set up and take down of classes and events
• Maintain effective relationships with internal and external partners – attends meetings, functions, and required events



1. Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.
2. Bachelor’s degree preferred, or progress towards obtaining a college degree plus and one to two years’ experience working in a non-profit preferred, or equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.
3. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills as well as ability to work with community partners, corporate partners, donors, and volunteers.
4. Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent software required.
5. Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
6. Willingness and ability to travel locally and to work nights and weekends, as required.
7. Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information while providing the best quality product available and continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
8. Ability to motivate and include others to achieve common goals.
9. Understanding of volunteer and relationship management.
10. Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
11. Ability to listen carefully to and understand constituents’ needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.


$18 hourly

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