Job Opportunity

Youth Program Coordinator

Grade: 61
Position Number: YCOOR-RES905
Minimum Salary: Commensurate with experience


Under the supervision of the Director of Youth Opportunities, with latitude for the exercise of independent action and decision making, the Coordinator of Youth Opportunities will coordinate opportunities that advance the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) youth development and education strategy.  This individual will also be responsible for developing and implementing special initiatives and specific youth programs with a focus on academic enrichment, career development, college preparation and recreation & health/fitness.  The Coordinator will have strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and under minimal supervision.


Examples of responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, network and create new projects and program models that meet the needs and interests of youth.
  • Build effective and sustainable relationships with  existing and new partners.
  • Manage all aspects (planning, design, coordination and evaluation) of youth programs and initiatives.
  • Maintain program files and database tracking youth participation as well as outcomes based on program goals.
  • Advance knowledge of program contractors by facilitating meetings, providing training/technical assistance and sharing resources to promote program quality.
  • Create and prepare written communications materials, including but not limited to forms, reports, rosters, and presentations.
  • Provide updated program information for inclusion on CHA’s web site and other communication tools, including social media.
  • Other projects and tasks as needed to support the Youth Opportunities unit and its programs.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and three years of full-time professional experience in youth services or related field.  Experience working with under-served youth and young adults in under-resourced communities. Demonstrated knowledge of youth program quality, youth development outcomes and out-of-school time programming.  Must have the ability to lead and manage change and use innovation to create opportunities.  Must be flexible and intellectually curious. Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (e.g.: inserting charts, filtering, using the SUM function and print scaling), Microsoft PowerPoint (e.g.: applying a theme, inserting video, pictures and animation, adding transitions and creating SmartArt graphics) and Microsoft Word (e.g: performing mail merge, creating flyers and brochures, inserting headers, page breaks and page numbers). Due to performing work at various sites throughout Chicago, candidates must possess a valid State of Illinois Driver’s License.

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