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POSITION:               Community Program Advocate

DEPARTMENT:      Youth Services

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:    Senior Program Manager

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Vice President, Youth & Family Services



Under the direction of the Vice President of Youth & Family Services, the position is primarily responsible for our community advocacy arm. This entails developing and creating school engagement surrounding police relations and youth, case management processes, group programming, and SEL training for youth aged 13-21.



  • Help establish and maintain Community Councils in the various partnering schools
  • Actively facilitate the Community Engagement Process. This process involves collaborating with schools, assisting in elections, and monitoring each council. It further includes completing any paperwork related to the council, such as programmatic assessments and surveys.
  • Facilitating group sessions, including but not limited to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Groups, and Violence Prevention Groups, as outlined in the program curriculum.
  • Conducting one-on-one mentoring sessions if an intervention is needed.
  • Use knowledge of community resources to help participants achieve the goals outlined in their Service Plans.
  • Maintain case notes and participant files and ensure that all reporting functions are adhered to as outlined by the funder and program for every client interaction.
  • Work collaboratively with community partners and other CUL Departments/Staff in linking clients with needed services.
  • Perform other duties/special projects as assigned.


  • None



This position requires the individual to have an understanding of the characteristics, problems, needs, and interests of at-risk youth; good knowledge of community resources and facilities available to youth; a solid understanding of youth programming; a high level of integrity, ability to establish trust and maintain support with youth; ability to plan, organize, implement, coordinate and evaluate client issues and any program needs of youth; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals and community organizations or agencies; ability to make accurate and objective observations; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to work independently; ability to use computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail and database software; must possess initiative; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position. This individual must understand, maintain, and uphold the mission and vision of the Chicago Urban League.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Illinois. Must pass a criminal background check.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master’s in related field strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of child welfare experience and/ or community organizing experience
  • Strong computer skills are required, especially with case management data systems
  • Must be professional, mature, and willing to be a role model