The Case Manager/Outreach Coordinator is responsible for providing case management, job counseling, and support services to participants in Chicago Women in Trades’ vocational training programs (pre-apprenticeship and welding) as well as conducting outreach and providing career education to aspiring tradeswomen. The position will also be responsible for leading participant screening, monitoring student progress, creating and maintaining physical and electronic files and working closely with the Program Coordinator to inform, prepare and refer applicants to apprenticeship programs and other nontraditional jobs.
Work with each participant to create an employment plan and track progress
Provide case management and pre-employment counseling to program participants, including required individual sessions
Assist participants in accessing internal and external support services.
Develop strong knowledge of available support services and eligibility requirements and build referral relationships with service providers.
Follow-up regularly with program graduates with info regarding opportunities and progress toward career goals.
Conduct 4 – 5 in-house information sessions monthly.
Represent Chicago Women In Trades at career fairs and other recruitment events
Establish referral relationships with organizations serving women in local communities
Host off-site information sessions with entities such as community organizations, schools, IDES offices/One-Stops, IDHS offices, etc.
Coordinate recruitment for 3 orientation/job fairs annually including flyers, mailings, advertisements, sign-up, programs and tracking.
Lead applicant screening and program decision-making process.
Maintain electronic files (database) for participants and maintain current hard copy files in cooperation with other team members.
Prepare bi-weekly client update reports and participate in completion of funding reports
The ideal candidate will have experience in women’s employment and training, and will be a self-motivated, enthusiastic, creative and assertive team player. Knowledge of Microsoft systems including Excel and Word required and Apricot database a plus. Excellent oral and written presentation skills, strong organizational skills, experience working with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and a strong commitment to women’s employment equity are required. Knowledge of and experience in “nontraditional industries” (construction, manufacturing, transportation) a plus. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, which includes evenings and weekends. Ability to travel throughout the metropolitan area is essential.
Founded by tradeswomen in 1981, Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) exists to improve women's economic equity by increasing their participation high-wage, high-skill occupations traditionally held by men. To achieve this goal, CWIT provides direct services, including pre-apprenticeship and welding training programs; works to build industry capacity to recruit and retain women through training and tec...hnical assistance; and advocates for policies and practices the support women's careers in the trades.