UIC Center for Literacy FAST Program: Adult Education & Career Transition
FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services, a division of the UIC Center for Literacy in the College of Education, empowers and strengthens Head Start families in Chicago. Our mission is to provide access to high-quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services.
The Adult Education and Career Transition Program is an important part of achieving FAST’s mission and vision. Current and future Head Start parents interested in continuing their basic education are enrolled in or referred to classes/tutoring in English-as-a-Second Language, GED (in English or Spanish) and literacy/numeracy. Learners also receive case management services, career transition support, and technology training.
Job Summary: This position facilitates the process of helping adult education students overcome barriers to transition to post-secondary education and job opportunities.
Work closely with local agencies, organizations and the community to ensure a positive image of the program, an awareness of program issues and needs, and to coordinate and/or develop additional services.
Maintain positive relationships with funding sources
Recruit and supervise social work interns
In collaboration with the Social Service Manager, develop strategies to sustain or expand the program including fund development grant writing and advocacy with potential funders and/or donors
Assist AED student’s to achieve goals as outlined in their individual plans
Be the liaison with the Leadership staff concerning FAST West and South AED students
Assist with development and/or review of relevant policies and procedures
Provide encouragement, motivation, and mentoring to case manager, including assistance with developing goals and identifying areas for training and skill development
Assist management with hiring processes, including orientation and training of new staff members
Support manager with service development and quality assurance tasks
Assist students in resolving non-educational personal issues that affect learning and program completion; help students create goals to solve problems independently.
Identify need for intervention; Conduct intake interviews to identify possible barriers to success.
Establish relationships with organizations that offer support services; Provide students with referrals for services utilizing the proper channels and follow-up.
Conduct regular conferences with students to discuss progress and identify needs for additional assistance; Meet with students weekly or biweekly in-person.
Facilitate the process of students identifying post-secondary and workforce goals and support students in these transitions.
Maintain individual case files: Input accurate and complete data for all contacts with clients into agency database.
Model Cultural Sensitivity, Mutual Respect, Positive Conflict Resolution Skills, and Professionalism
Participate in regular staff meetings, staff training programs, supervisory sessions, and accept the responsibility for aiding the development of positive team relationships as requested.
Adhere to agency policy, procedures and the professional code of ethics.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Travel: some travel required between FAST locations primarily on the Southwest side of Chicago
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume, and 3 professional references to: Tameka Patterson at email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: 7/26/19
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s degree preferred.
Case management experience including appropriate referrals, case notes and documentation, and follow up.
Knowledge of community resources and Chicago communities
Knowledge of social work practices with culturally diverse, low-income populations
Ability to motivate others towards achieving goals
Ability to work independently with strong sense of focus, task-oriented, non- judgmental, open personal qualities, clear sense of boundaries.
About UIC - Center for Literacy
The UIC Center for Literacy is a public service and research center that works to improve literacy education, policy, and research at the local, state, and national levels.
We provide leadership and technical assistance to Chicago area schools and community-based organizations for the purpose of enhancing the quality of literacy services. We also work with public and private entities to formulate policies that support effective literacy programs.
The Center responds to issues in literacy education by:
Serving as a public clearinghouse for literacy information;
Establishing partnerships with external agencies and university departments;
Contributing to enhanced graduate education for future leaders in literacy education; and
Creating innovative, research-based school and community programs that serve as exemplary models for public practice.
Our activities are especially focused on helping to reduce literacy as a barrier to full societal participation for all individuals.