Director of Youth Development

Position Description:
LifeWise is seeking a full-time Master’s level social worker (or equivalent) to lead its growing Youth Development Department. The ideal candidate will be able to manage a staff of eight and have a passion for underserved youth. The Director will work closely with the President/CEO to set and execute the vision of the department and will manage all aspects of the program.

Responsibilities:

  • Reports to CEO/President
  • Works closely with Director of Finance and Accounting (program budgets)
  • Works closely with Payroll/HR
  • Works closely with Director of Development (grant writing/reporting)
  • Supervises Coordinators/Advisors
  • Reviews of Coordinators/Advisors annually
  • Recruits/Screens/Hires full time and part time staff
  • Approves and submits all paperwork to Payroll and Director of Finance
  • Maintains staff files (hire forms, job descriptions, professional development hours, reviews, etc.)
  • Manages department credit cards/pre-approve all expenditures
  • Monitors program budgets
  • Develops community providers/partnerships aligned with mission/vision
  • Coordinates monthly professional development trainings
  • ETO administrator
  • Tracks outputs/outcomes
  • Uniformity of hire forms (payroll, background checks, health forms)
  • Uniformity of enrollment forms
  • Uniformity of assessment forms
  • Keeps current on evidence based practices
  • Project Director of Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Project Director of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School
  • Coordinator/Trainer of Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
  • Program Monitoring (complete site visits/collect surveys & assessments)
  • LifeWise staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Public Administration or Non-Profit Management (license a plus)
  • Experience in proposal writing and the securing of funds through grant applications
  • Grant reporting experience
  • Experience managing program budgets over $800,000
  • 5+ years as a supervisor in youth development field
  • 5+ years of facilitation skills
  • 5+ years of program development skills
  • 5+ years of administrative experience that includes financial management responsibilities
  • 3 to 5 years of experience with managing federal and/or state funded programs

HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Director of Youth Development.”

Director of Family Development Services

Position Description:
The Director of Family Development Services is responsible for development, implementation, evaluation and supervision of programming. This position oversees the day-to-day operations and supports the staff, students and volunteers by helping maintain an environment conducive to learning, developing and growth. This position supports LifeWise staff and services by consulting about data collection, analysis and programmatic outcome evaluation.

Responsibilities:

  • Program Development: Move the mission and vision of the organization and of the department forward by developing creative, research based programming for the community.
  • Program Implementation: Oversee the day-to-day operations of services and programs. This position serves as a liaison between LifeWise, LifeWise participants and community partners and organizations.
  • Program Evaluation: Works with Coordinator of Program Evaluation to develop program evaluation plans for LifeWise programming, build upon already existing evaluation plans and develop/revise/ensure adherence to program logic models.
  • Community Based Research: Oversee research projects pertaining to the department.
  • Supervision: This position supervises staff and volunteers in Economic Mobility Services and Supportive Services, including ESOL, the Family Center, Bodega and Market.
  • Coordinate seasonal events, including Back to School and Holiday Market.
  • Oversee the overall department budget and program budgets and contribute to grant writing to ensure financial sustainability of programming.
  • Other Responsibilities: Participate as a member of the LifeWise leadership team and assist in the achievement of program and organizational goals. A member of LifeWise’s Racial Equity and Advocacy Committees. Coordinates the Family & Community Council. Complete administrative tasks. Perform other duties, as assigned.
  • LifeWise staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Reports to the President/CEO.

Training Requirements:
Following orientation, the Director of Family Development will receive training in ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software.

Required Experience:

  • Experience supervising staff, volunteers, and students.
  • Experience with program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work both individually and as part of a team with the LifeWise.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of LifeWise.
  • Must complete Family Care Safety Registry criminal background check.

Preferred Experience:

  • Spanish proficiency
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work or related field

HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Director of Family Development Services.”

Director of Program Evaluation

Position Description:
The Director of Program Evaluation will collect, analyze and summarize program data for internal and external reporting purposes. This position supports LifeWise StL staff and services by consulting about data collection, analysis and programmatic outcome evaluation.

Responsibilities:

  • Program Evaluation: Develop program evaluation plans for LifeWise StL programming, build upon already existing evaluation plans, and develop/revise/ensure adherence to program logic models.
  • Data Coordination: Monitor and support the collection and entry of programmatic data/information. Ensure integrity of data entered. Develop systems of data entry and tracking in ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software. This position will serve as the database administrator for the organization.
  • Data Analysis and Reporting: Perform statistical analyses on data for internal and external reporting purposes. Perform quality checks on collected data. Contribute to grant reporting, grant writing and United Way reporting as needed.
  • Department Support: Provide ongoing support to staff regarding data collection, interpretation and programmatic outcome evaluation. Train staff on use of ETO to ensure consistency and quality of data.
  • Other Responsibilities: Participate as a member of agency program staff and assist in the achievement of program and organizational goals. Complete administrative tasks. Perform other duties, as assigned.
  • Reports to President/CEO.

Training Requirements:
Following orientation, the Director of Program Evaluation will receive training in ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software.

Required Experience:

  • Experience managing and collecting data
  • Knowledge and skills in statistics
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both individually and as part of a team with the LifeWise StL staff
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of LifeWise StL
  • Must complete Family Care Safety Registry criminal background check

Preferred Experience:

  • Proficiency in a second language—especially Spanish or Somali
  • Previous working knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes software
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, or related field

Benefits:
This position is full-time, exempt. Full-time LifeWise StL employees are eligible for vacation, personal time off, holiday benefits, health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k). Salary will be commensurate with experience and degree.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Director of Program Evaluation.”

CDF Freedom School Site Coordinator

Program Description:

The CDF Freedom Schools® program is an educational and cultural enrichment program. Our program provides summer options for children where there are none and strengthens parent and community involvement in the year round achievement of children. We serve children ages 6 to 14 for six weeks and integrate reading, conflict resolution, and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness.

Position Description:

The Site Coordinator should be experienced in working with large groups of children and in partnerships with young adults. He or she must be responsible, energetic, able to think on his or her feet, well organized, and a strong role model. He or she may have worked in the past as a CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Intern or in a similar position. The Site Coordinator should have strong leadership skills with empathy for children and their parents. He or she should be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community, committed to the goals of the CDF Freedom Schools program, and able to work collaboratively with all program constituents.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to recruit children for the program.
  • Maintain regular communication with Project Director.
  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to recruit, hire, train and manage staff.
  • Maintain the safety of all staff and students at their site.
  • Ensure proper implementation of the CDF Freedom Schools program model by managing daily site activities.
  • Serve in a supervisory capacity and the primary contact for the Servant Leader Interns during the June Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute.
  • Ensure Servant leader Interns have the necessary books, materials and supplies for daily activities.
  • Conduct daily debrief sessions in an effort to maintain team spirit, as well as provide technical support and feedback for Servant Leader Interns.
  • Observe Servant Leader Interns facilitating Integrated Reading Curriculum lessons and provide constructive feedback frequently.
  • Input child, parent and staff enrollment data in CDF’s reporting system.
  • Model positive behaviors and coping skills for youth using a strength based approach in all interactions.
  • Attend the virtual National Training from May 21 – May 27, 2021.
  • LifeWise staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • This position is scheduled Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm. It has the potential to be either all in-person or all virtual. Must be available to start work in May. Required virtual training from March 15 – March 19, 2021.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have completed at least one year of college
  • Experience managing large groups of children, college-age young people, and parents
  • Solid commitment to children’s advocacy and enthusiasm for the CDF Freedom Schools program
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures
  • Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically
  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor; possess excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the ethics of good character, humility, and servant leadership
  • Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to freedomschool@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Site Coordinator.”

CDF Freedom School Servant Leader Intern

Program Description:

The CDF Freedom Schools® program is an educational and cultural enrichment program. Our program provides summer options for children where there are none and strengthens parent and community involvement in the year round achievement of children. We serve children ages 6 to 14 for six weeks and integrate reading, conflict resolution, and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness.

Position Description:

LifeWise STL is searching for Servant Leader Interns who will deliver a summer reading enrichment program for children from kindergarten through tenth grade. Servant Leader Interns are responsible for facilitating an integrated reading curriculum to a classroom of approximately ten students for six weeks during the summer months.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum to a class of no more than ten students for 6 weeks during the summer months, according to the standards developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and LifeWise STL.
  • Set up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.
  • Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
  • Serve as a Harambee! Leader each day of program operation.
  • Serve as a leader of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
  • Attend three weeks of staff training and participate fully in the virtual National Training beginning May 21, 2021.
  • LifeWise staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • This position is scheduled Monday through Friday 7:30am-4:00pm. It has the potential to be either all in-person or all virtual. Must be available to start work in May. Required virtual training from May 21 – May 27.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Must have completed one-year of college level courses in good standing
  • Ability to create lesson plans
  • Be creative, energetic, innovative and resourceful
  • Ability to assume responsibility
  • Ability to motivate students
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • The willingness to be respectful of all types of diversity
  • Interest in and ability to work as part of a team

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to freedomschool@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Servant Leader Intern.”

LifeWise Academy Teen Advisor

Position Description:

LifeWise STL is searching for a full-time Teen Advisor for its high school program, LifeWise Academy. LifeWise Academy is a college prep and job readiness program for high school students in the St. Louis Area. Students meet with their advisor once a month to discuss school, goals, career interests, etc. Advisors are responsible for helping students identify steps to achieving their goals, communicating with parents regarding their student, communicating with school counselors and teachers regarding any academic concerns, and communicating with other LifeWise STL staff. Advisors are also responsible for facilitating life skills classes through the Teen Outreach Program curriculum. Advisors are also encouraged to lead after school/summer enrichment activities.

This position would be scheduled 40 hours a week. It is mandatory that Teen Advisors work from 3:00pm to 7:30pm Monday through Friday. The remaining hours to complete administrative tasks will be coordinated with supervisor. During the summer, staff hours are adjusted to meet the needs of the young adults.

LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Previous experience building relationships with high school students
  • Previous experience facilitating life skills classes
  • Can adjust to change with a good attitude (flexibility)
  • Can improvise when things do not go as planned (think on your feet)
  • Can recognize and do what needs to be done before being asked (initiative)
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations
  • Must obtain Class E endorsement on driver’s license
  • Must pass criminal background checks

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Teen Advisor.”

Early Childhood Center Assistant Teacher (Full-time or Part-time)

Position Description:

Provide care for children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) while acting as a member of the teaching team.

Responsibilities:

  • Interact with children in a warm, positive and nurturing manner.
  • Assist Lead and Assistant Teachers in lesson planning, maintaining daily observations and daily communication with parents.
  • Follow opening and closing procedures, sharing the responsibilities for cleanliness and neatness of the classroom.
  • Carry out and assist with daily classroom procedures such as, medication distribution, diet plans, hand washing, bathroom/diapering, cleaning/sanitizing, etc.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional growth by attending and actively participating in all service trainings (min. of 12 hours per year required), conferences and staff meetings.
  • Scheduled hours may fluctuate, so flexibility is essential.
  • Follow all policies at LifeWise STL as stated in the Personnel Policy and Child Care Handbook.
  • LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Qualifications:

  • CDA, AA, BA or advanced degree in any field or enrolled in a CDA, AA or BA program to be completed within 2 years
  • At least 3 credit hours in early childhood education or a related field
  • Experience in working with children in a group setting
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with children and adults

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Assistant Teacher.”