Work at the Moran Center

 

CHECK OUT THREE OPEN POSITIONS BELOW.

 

Community Engagement Specialists  |  Project Coordinator  |  School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Attorney

 

1. Community Engagement Specialists (Contractor)

The City of Evanston’s Youth & Young Adult Division, Connections for the Homeless, Curt’s Café, Erie Family Health Centers, Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, PEER Services, Youth Job Center, and Youth & Opportunity United (the “Collective”) seeks former patients/clients or young adults deeply connected to the Evanston community to hold conversations with youth, young adults, and caregivers, as well as front-line social service providers, for the purpose of exploring barriers, strengths, and gaps in youth services, and provide information about how systems of care could be more responsive and accessible to the community’s needs. The Community Engagement Specialists will serve as a team, and as part of the Collective, will come together to create actionable recommendations as to how we, together, might achieve more culturally-attuned, coordinated, and accessible services for youth and their families in Evanston.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work in partnership with the other Community Engagement Specialists and Project Coordinator to develop strategies for surveying and collecting input from community members, as well as front-line providers, regarding Evanston’s youth programming and services;
  • Conduct 1:1, small group, and organizational conversations, as well as regularly meeting with provider agencies to learn and fine-tune the inquiry, and explore ideas for system changes;  
  • Help develop a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of current systems and re-imagine what re-designed systems of support could and should look like as informed by the community surveying;
  • Assist in developing a roadmap for implementing recommendations, including what reorganizations, financial commitments, and public policy reforms will be necessary to achieve our collective long-term goals; and
  • Finalize and present collectively agreed upon recommendations.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Connected and committed to Evanston;
  • Able to work well with a team to achieve collective objectives;
  • Dedicated to social justice and equity;
  • Strong interpersonal communication, listening, and organizational skills;
  • Open-minded and creative;
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and undefined processes; and
  • Reliable.

POSITION PREFERENCES:

  • Between 18-26 years old; and
  • Completed high school or the equivalent.

SALARY:

  • $20 p/hour for approximately 5 hours per week of contractual work with an expected end-date of November 30, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email two paragraphs about why you’re interested in the position and what skills you bring, as well as a resume to info@youthjobcenter.org by December 31, 2018. We will continue accepting resumes, however, until the positions are filled.

If you’re interested in the position, we strongly encourage you to apply! We’re open to a wide range of applicants.

If you need any assistance in writing a cover letter or creating a resume, please also email info@youthjobcenter.org.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————

2. Project Coordinator (Contractor)

Background Information

The City of Evanston’s Youth & Young Adult Division, Connections for the Homeless, Curt’s Café, Erie Family Health Centers, Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, PEER Services, Youth Job Center, and Youth & Opportunity United (the “Collective”) as members of Evanston Cradle to Career (“EC2C”), a community collective impact model, applied for funding to identify, hire, and train a group of seven, young community leaders (“Community Engagement Specialists”) to hold conversations with youth, young adults, and caregivers, as well as front-line social service providers, to explore barriers, strengths, and gaps in services, and provide information about Evanston resources available to them.  Using what the Community Engagement Specialists learn from the surveying, we propose to then examine the policies, systems, and practices that enhance or impede what is needed for healthy development, how we as a community might better address them, and how we can identify and remove barriers that produce the inequities – and attendant stressors – that marginalize some Evanston families. EC2C awarded the Collective $65,000 on November 1, 2018, to fund the 13-month project.

The Collective now seeks a Project Coordinator, who is deeply connected to the Evanston community, to empower the seven Community Engagement Specialists to hold conversations with youth, young adults, and caregivers, as well as a front-line social service providers, for the purpose of exploring barriers, strengths, and gaps in youth services, and provide information about how systems of care could be more responsive and accessible to the community’s needs. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for keeping the Community Engagement Specialists focused and well supported.  The Project Coordinator, together with the Community Engagement Specialists, will additionally synthesize and analyze findings from interviews/surveys of community members and front-line social service providers. Lastly, the Project Coordinator will help support the Collective, including the Community Engagement Specialists and provider agencies, develop actionable recommendations as to how we, together, might achieve more culturally attuned, coordinated, and accessible services for youth and their families in Evanston. 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work in partnership with the Community Engagement Specialists to develop strategies for surveying and collecting input from community members, as well as front-line providers, regarding Evanston’s youth programming and services;
  • Support the Community Engagement Specialists in organizing 1:1, small group, and organizational sit-downs, as well as regularly meet with provider agencies to learn and fine-tune the inquiry and explore ideas for system changes;
  • Help develop a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of current systems and re-imagine what re-designed systems of support could and should look like as informed by the community surveying;
  • Assist in developing a roadmap for implementing recommendations, including what reorganizations, financial commitments, and public policy reforms will be necessary to achieve our collective long-term goals; and
  • Finalize and assist in presenting collectively agreed upon recommendations.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Post-secondary credentials;
  • Connected and committed to Evanston;
  • Experience in training and empowering youth and young adults;
  • Able to motivate a team to achieve collective objectives;
  • Project management expertise;
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices in terms of interviewing and then gathering, recording, and documenting data;
  • Familiarity with community surveying protocols;
  • Dedicated to social justice and equity;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills;
  • Culturally dexterous;
  • Trauma-informed;
  • Comfortable in pioneering a new position and transformative project; and
  • Scheduling flexibility.

POSITION PREFERENCES:

  • Familiarity with Evanston’s social safety-net;
  • Awareness of community dynamics; and
  • Mentorship experience.

SALARY-BENEFITS:

  • Paid monthly for a total of $20,000 ($58.82 p/hour for 10 hours p/week);

Please email a cover letter and resume to uwnn@moran-center.org by December 31, 2018. We will continue accepting resumes, however, until the positions are filled.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————

3. School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Attorney

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s (“Moran Center”) seeks an experienced attorney to join our team of legal aid innovators in establishing, implementing, and scaling a school-based civil legal clinic in Evanston, Illinois. The clinic addresses civil legal issues that either directly or indirectly impact a child’s ability to stay in or succeed in school. The School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Attorney will report to the Director of Legal Services.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Legal Services to set vision, theory of change, annual goals and objectives for the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic;
  • Lead oversight and implementation of the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic;
  • Oversee all clinic operations, including intake processes;
  • Represent families in civil legal proceedings;
  • Place cases with pro bono attorneys – providing ongoing support for the clinic volunteers;
  • Ensure effective delegation, communication, and project management of pro bono attorneys volunteering as part of the clinic;
  • Design the clinic for growth and replication;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Partnerships in securing revenue from grants, as well as individual and corporate donors;
  • Represent the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic at national conferences, statewide meetings, local and regional coalitions, and other events, including conducting community-based legal trainings; and
  • Participate in occasional meetings of the Moran Center’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • J.D. required;
  • At least 5 years of legal experience, preferably with significant clinical experience;
  • Excellent organization, oral and written communication skills and computer literacy;
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and a commitment to increasing access to legal services for low-income families;
  • Demonstrated experience as a self-starter, with a history of independently managing projects;
  • Spanish language ability;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence and an ability to work with individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor; and
  • Ability to work well in fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office.

POSITION PREFERENCES:

  • Experience supervising pro bono attorneys;
  • Understanding of the pro bono “systems” in Illinois (i.e., the manner in which private law attorneys are connected to low-income clients)
  • Previous experience working with low-income and/or under-served communities preferred; and
  • Familiarity with the Evanston community.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Patrick Keenan-Devlin, pkeenandevlin@moran-center.org, by December 1st. We will continue accepting applications, however, until the position is filled.

 

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and encouraged to apply for all listed positions.