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Youth Program Coordinator (Social Worker)

CircEsteem, Inc.


Chicago, IL

End Date


Job description

Job Title: Program Coordinator (Social Worker)

Reports to: Program Manager

Employment Status: Full-Time (40 hrs/wk)

CircEsteem values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.  CircEsteem is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.


CircEsteem’s mission is to unite youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of the circus arts.  CircEsteem promotes the development of self-esteem, personal success and empowerment by (i) promoting the practice of circus arts; (ii) uniting youth from diverse backgrounds; (iii) providing social and emotional skill building; (iv) providing youth opportunities to participate in leadership training which results in paid opportunities throughout their participation with CircEsteem.

CircEsteem is looking for a Program Coordinator with strong behavior management skills that can execute applicable programs including program infrastructure; personnel management; program outreach and enrollment at schools located throughout Chicago.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Youth Advocacy

  • Collaborate with school on behavior management techniques that are positive and effective
  • Individually mentor youth as requested by parents, program coordinators, instructors, etc.
  • Coordinate the collection of grades/report cards from youth participants, as needed


  • Program outreach to achieve and maintain enrollment goals
  • Staff instructors to assigned program
  • Supervise and evaluate instructors
  • Collect and maintain data – intake paperwork, attendance, assessments
  • Continuously adapt and improve program effectiveness
  • Provide overall structure, support, and ability to problem-solve within assigned program
  • Utilize curriculum and submit lesson plans weekly
    • Incorporate circus skills within the social and emotional skill building curriculum created by and for CircEsteem
  • Determine group topics/subjects as they relate to daily lesson plans and program curriculum
  • In coordination with Program Director, design and upkeep data to track program outcomes
  • Create and maintain student files

CircEsteem Staff and Instructors

  • Conduct workshops for Instructors and staff on various subjects in coordination with the Program Director
  • Be available for instructors or staff to discuss issues they may have with a program participant
  • Attend and Participate in staff trainings

Education and Experience

  • Strong behavior management techniques or experience working with youth experiencing trauma
  • MSW/LCSW or currently pursuing licensure preferred
  • Fluent writing and speaking Spanish preferred
  • Flexible with constantly changing situations
  • Team player and collaborator
  • Independent, critical thinker who has the ability to problem-solve
  • Ability to positively communicate with co-workers, administration, parents, and youth


  • Salary: $40,000 – $53,500/ year
  • Benefits: 1% of salary is contributed monthly towards 403b retirement account or Health Insurance Plan
  • Paid Time Off: 15 days paid leave, 5 days paid sick leave
  • Flex Time: Special events and excess overage of hours will result in the awarding of Flex Leave. Flex Leave must be approved by supervisor before additional hours are worked.

Please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to to be considered for this position.

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