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Evaluation & Database Coordinator
650 W Lake Street, Suite 340, Chicago, Illinois
Urban Initiatives Overview Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. We drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the city of Chicago.
Work to Play is Urban Initiatives’ flagship health and education soccer program. It provides children in kindergarten through 4th grade the opportunity to belong to a soccer team, regardless of skill level. Take the Lead is a leadership development, high school readiness, and violence prevention program for 5th through 8th grade students and is an extension of Work to Play. Through this opportunity, students learn the merits of leadership, academic persistence, and community service, all while navigating the significant period of early adolescent development. Urban Initiatives now offers ongoing support into high school through our college and career readiness program, Coach for Success. Through this Continuum of Programming, Urban Initiatives will extend the many benefits of coordination and collaboration among schools and families, provide intentional training and experiential learning that increases preparation for and access to higher education and employment opportunities, and provide consistent mentoring from positive adult role models.
Urban Initiatives also operates Play with Potential. Play with Potential is a recess program that uses the power of positive play to maximize the social-emotional, health, academic benefits of recess periods. The program is offered to all students in a school, grades K-8, and aims to maximize students’ opportunities for social-emotional learning and physical activity while promoting cooperation and teamwork.
The Evaluation and Database Coordinator dedicates their time to supporting the implementation of Urban Initiatives’ evaluation strategies for programming and maintaining the participant database in Salesforce. This includes coordinating all pretest and posttest evaluation processes, tracking and entering collected data, generating program performance reports, and regularly communicating with program team leadership about the needs and status of the participant database. The Evaluation and Database Coordinator also supports the development of a research-based rational for each program as directed by the Research and Evaluation Manager. The Evaluation and Database Coordinator will report to the Research and Evaluation Manager. The Coordinator will also work closely with two Program Directors to support the completion and accuracy of program reports and the communication of database needs to the program management team.
• Maintain program participant database in Salesforce for the three Continuum of Programming programs
• Coordinate the implementation of the evaluation strategy for all programs, including scheduling data collection, organizing surveys and height and weight measurements, and tracking program implementation reporting and session quality review completion
• Perform observations of program or recess sessions as needed
• Support the completion Urban Initiatives’ Randomized Control Trial in partnership with University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Urban Labs by engaging in data collection, organization, and entry in the 2017-2018 school year
• Support the development of the evaluation strategy and timeline for all programs annually
• Collaborate with the evaluation and program departments to execute and improve data collection and utilization processes
• Compile and synthesize a digestible, research-based impact rationale for the programs
Requirements and Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in evaluation-related field, database management and Salesforce experience preferred
• Deep belief in the power of sport and play to change lives
• Demonstrated ability to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions
• Demonstrated strategic problem-solving skills
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple and shifting priorities and projects and meet deadlines; detail oriented
• Demonstrated project management skills
• Demonstrated ability to plan ahead and work in an efficient and productive manner
• Ability to work both independently and as a team player
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Competitive compensation package including salary, health, life, 401K and PTO benefits.
How to Apply
Apply to email@example.com and include “Evaluation and Database Coordinator” in the subject line.
Your application should include your resume and a cover letter describing any related experience as well as an explanation as to why you think you would make a great candidate for this position. Application deadline: 12/1/17.
Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.
Community Programs Specialist – Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center
1919 W Cullerton St., Chicago, IL
Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
About Gads Hill Center:
Established in 1898 as a settlement house serving the Pilsen community, Gads Hill Center has expanded to serve children, youth and families from sites in North Lawndale, Brighton Park, Pilsen and Chicago Lawn, as well as multiple school-based locations. Our formal programs serve over 4,000 families annually, and include early childhood education, comprehensive family support, academic and social-emotional support, school-based mental health, and community nutrition education. In addition, the agency reaches over 15,000 individuals annually through one-time community health and fitness events.
The Community Programs Specialist is responsible for conducting outreach, recruitment and management of the agency’s health and PlayStreets initiatives. The Community Programs Specialist also ensures that Gads Hill Center’s programs are fulfilling the mission of our health initiatives as required by funders and that deliverables are on target. Additionally, the position helps oversee and implement all components of our Healthy Moves program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Health Initiative Management
1. Train and supervise a network of adult health promoters recruited from agency programs, partner schools, and other collaborative partners.
2. Support health promoters in identifying outreach opportunities, workshops and cohort meetings.
3. Ensure workshops adhere to the program logic model; plan and implement training for health promoters as needed and required by funders to meet deliverables.
4. Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of health and parent training initiatives to ensure health education program goals are met.
5. Lead workshops and outreach opportunities as needed to fill in for absent contracted health promoters.
6. Observe and monitor workshops at random to ensure adherence to program logic model.
7. Provide support to contracted health promoters to identify outreach opportunities, workshops, and cohort meetings, and ensure outreach targets are met as stated by deliverables.
8. Monitor collection of evaluation and assessment data, and enter data into ETO database to measure and analyze effectiveness of deliverables.
9. Maintain inventory of project materials and distribute to contracted health promoters and program staff as needed.
10. Attend Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and other health related trainings as needed.
11. Support in creation, modification, and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum for health related programs in nutrition, mental wellness, and civic engagement.
12. Identify issues that affect community health outcomes and create materials to engage health promoters in organizing and advocacy.
Event Planning and Implementation
1. Coordinate with CBO subcontractors to plan 75 PlayStreets events in target communities. Maintain an accurate schedule of all events. Ensure that any weather-postponed events are rescheduled.
2. Conduct training with CBOs on PlayStreets model and implementation plan.
3. Schedule aerobics, Zumba and/or fitness instructors for events based on community preferences and confirm in advance of event. Resolve any cancellations or scheduling changes.
4. Secure all resources for events, including bouncehouse, music and materials. Transport materials to and from events and maintain an inventory of all materials/supplies.
5. Collaborate with CBOs to obtain permits for street closure, post “no parking” signs and provide barricades.
6. Attend all PlayStreets events to ensure subcontractor adherence to contract and PlayStreets model. Provide troubleshooting and problem solving assistance as required. Obtain photographs of each event.
7. Communicate with Chicago Department of Public Health on a consistent basis to ensure compliance and notify the department of any changes in schedule.
Outreach and Evaluation
1. Develop flyers/ materials for all Health initiatives with all required elements.
2. Communicate event schedule to local stakeholders, including aldermen, police departments and schools.
3. Collaborate with agency communications staff to secure media placement for PlayStreets events and maintain regular exposure on agency social media.
4. Ensure that each CBO has a clear plan to meet outreach goals and monitor each PlayStreets event to provide feedback to CBOs following events. Document observations and address any non-compliance with supervisor.
5. Ensure that evaluation data is collected by CBO staff/volunteers accurately, enter into database, and provide data to funder as requested.
6. Collect accurate participation data at each event. Complete regular participation reports and share with funder.
7. Engage with potential community partners to enhance events through all available resources.
8. Participate in Gads Hill Center’s civic engagement initiative including attending networking events and meetings and participating regularly in community committees/coalitions.
1. Bilingual Spanish/English highly required.
2. Associates degree required with a minimum one year of experience with community health. Bachelors degree preferred.
3. Ability to multitask and adhere to strict timelines.
4. Strong oral and written communication skills (writing sample required).
5. Demonstrate ability to build and leverage effective relationships with key stakeholders.
6. A track record of leading successful community organizing.
7. Proven ability to work effectively with diverse people and groups.
8. Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
9. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and willingness to develop additional skills as needed.
10. Excellent organizational skills to set priorities and meet deadlines.
11. Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
12. A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
13. Experience in a nonprofit environment preferred.
14. Must have valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally.
Entry Salary Range: Low 30’s
Schedule: Full-time (40 hours / week)
Status: Permanent /salary
Location: 1919 W Cullerton St. Chicago
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by email to: