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Supportive Employment Specialist II

Workforce Development – Chicago, Illinois
Department Workforce Development
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $36-41k DOE

About the Job:

The full-time Supportive Employment Specialist (SES) position is an integral team member of our Workforce Development Program team, and provides comprehensive, individualized case management and coaching to young moms in the Workforce Development program. This includes connecting families with resources, goal planning, assistance with overcoming obstacles, and providing support to assist young moms in obtaining permanent, high-quality employment. Coordinates with Workforce Development team to support young moms so they can maximize the training, coaching, and job placement opportunities available. The 16- week job training program integrates career exploration, job readiness skills, financial literacy, and paid transitional work to prepare young moms for advanced education, employment and job retention. This position is located at our main office in the Austin neighborhood and will involve travel to our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, in the Garfield Park neighborhood. Salary: $36,000-41,000 depending on experience.

 Our Commitment to Equity:

New Moms was founded to break the cycle of generational poverty for young moms and their children.  We pursue equity and inclusion in every aspect of our work including hiring, program services, and through our strategic partnerships.  We strive to attract extraordinary professionals, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission

Key job responsibilities:

  • Provides individualized case management to a caseload of young moms with various service intensity level based on program phrase.
  • Through a strengths-based approach, conducts thorough assessments of families, utilizing prescribed assessment tools on established schedule; service planning which identifies individualized career and education plan with goals, tasks and timelines that support the achievement of permanent employment of each participant.
  • Provides consistent and regular contact and engagement to support and monitor individual plans, addressing barriers to employment and retention as well as educational and training goals, modifying and redirecting participant career plans as required.
  • Supports participant transitions between all phases of programming from the classroom, transitional employment, job search and employment retention.  Service intensity is based on program phase and needs, and includes follow-up retention support for a minimum of one year after program exit.
  • Performs crisis prevention and intervention as needed.


The successful candidate will posses:

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of New Moms.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the area of human resources, social work, counseling, education or psychology required. 
  • 1-2 years of case management experience in a Workforce Development programming preferred.
  • Endorses a Family-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based practice model that integrates harm reduction, motivational interviewing, executive skills functioning and positive youth development practices in working with young moms and their children, required.
  • Familiarity and experience working with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), or CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of various social service, educational and community resources.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects or assignments concurrently.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and in writing.
  • Sound professional judgment and analytical ability, as well as the desire to work in a socially and psychologically pressured environment.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team approach model.
  • Experience Microsoft operating systems and database management systems.
  • Valid driver’s license, with safe driving record and valid insurance.
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  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Department
    Workforce Development
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $36-41k DOE
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