Work at the Moran Center

 

JOB POSTINGS

EDUCATION ADVOCATE

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy seeks an individual to join our Education Advocacy Project. Beginning in 2008, the Moran Center established the Project to advocate for appropriate school-based supports and services for our clients involved within the criminal justice system. The Project has since expanded to include children without involvement in the criminal justice system and now also serves as an integral part of the Moran Center’s prevention work to disrupt the school-to-prison/poverty-to-prison pipelines. The Moran Center represents children in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 ranging in age from 0 – 22 years old. The Project has served families transitioning from early intervention programming to pre-school programming, to children with autism struggling to make yearly progress in middle school, to high school students facing expulsion because their learning disabilities had never been addressed. 

Direct Advocacy

  • Provide advocacy to clients in school-related issues including special education and disciplinary proceedings;
  • Collaborate with mental health, educational, and medical experts in determining appropriate school-based supports and services for clients; and
  • Work collaboratively with the Moran Center social work team to provide integrated legal and social work services.

Community Outreach & Education

  • Provide trainings and/or informational sessions on education topics to a variety of audiences; and
  • Represent the Moran Center at various community meetings, functions etc. as needed.

General Duties

  • Conduct new client intakes and screenings;
  • Perform student records reviews and related legal research;
  • Advocate at IEP, 504, school discipline, and other school-related meetings;
  • Maintain current case files using LegalServer;
  • Perform individual clerical and office duties including, but not limited to, maintaining case files, voicemail box, email, calendar, answering phones when available, etc.;
  • Maintain an accurate monthly timekeeping record;
  • Attend monthly staff meetings; and
  • Participate in other activities to further the organization’s mission.      

Salary-Benefit

  • Applicants will be considered for either a part-time position of 30 hours/week or a full-time position. Compensation commensurate with experience, in the range of $35 – 50,000;
  • Benefits include health insurance (medical and dental coverage), generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays – including a full week off during the winter holidays), and a flexible spending account for qualified expenditures, including child care; and
  • Supportive, team-based environment and commitment to ongoing professional development.

Position Qualifications

  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish OR Haitian Creole, with strong speaking and writing abilities in both English and Spanish OR Haitian Creole;
  • Advanced degree(s) in law, social work, psychology, education, or related academic fields required;
  • 3+ years of experience in school-based advocacy or practice within a related discipline;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills for balancing competing priorities, and for directing a complex, multi-faceted case load;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with exceptional attention to details;
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence and an ability to work with individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong technology skills including proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access), media (Facebook, Twitter) and a willingness to learn new applications;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;
  • Familiarity with the Evanston community is a plus;
  • Ability to work well in fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office;
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends; and
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor

Submitting Application

Please email your resume and 3 references to contact@moran-center.org with the Subject Line – Education Advocate. We will review applications on a rolling basis starting on July 1st and continue accepting resumes, however, until the position is filled. We hope to fill the position prior to September 1st.

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COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s Community Advocate will support clients and their families to access services and benefits by accompanying youth to appointments, navigating systems, and providing direct advocacy. The Community Advocate will report to the Deputy Director/Director of Social Work Services.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Transport and accompany clients and their families to court hearings and/or appointments with medical/social service providers;
  • Transport and accompany clients and their families to state and federal agencies to access public benefits;
  • Advocate for clients and their families in securing identified social services and public benefits;
  • Identify and strengthen relationships with local community partners;
  • Ensure all services are documented (e.g. face to face, phone and collateral contacts) in a timely and thorough manner;
  • Participate in all supervision, case conferencing, trainings and team meetings; and
  • Perform other tasks as identified and assigned by the Deputy Director/Director of Social Work Services.

Position Qualifications

The position involves a commitment of 10 hours per week, with an hourly compensation of $15-20 per hour, based upon experience.

  • Two (2) or more years of experience working with youth and young adults is preferred;
  • Fluency and proficiency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is preferred;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record;
  • Access to an insured vehicle;
  • Familiarity with the Evanston community;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule of 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;
  • Ability to work well in fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff in a legal setting; and
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor.

Please email a cover letter and resume to contact@moran-center.org with the Subject Line – Community Advocate We will review applications on a rolling basis starting on July 1st and continue accepting resumes, however, until the position is filled. We hope to fill the position prior to September 1st.

 

The Moran Center 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.