Career Coach - Co-Op Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2021


UIC's Department on Disability and Human Development is hiring a Career Coach (Program Extension Coordinator) for their new Post-Secondary Education Program (the Co-Op program) serving students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.  

Interested candidates can learn more and apply here:

Title: Extension Program Coordinator (Career Coach) - AHS, Disability & Human Development (Job ID #140033)

Department: AHS/DHD

Category: Civil Service

Location: Chicago

Close Date: 02/04/2021

Shift: Days

Hours Per Week: M-F/8:30 am to 5 pm

Job Summary:

Applied Health Sciences, Disability & Human Development is seeking an Extension Program Coordinator (Career Coach) to join their team.

Under general supervision, the Extension Program Coordinator (Career Coach) implements assigned educational programs that are designed to foster the acquisition of knowledge and the development of individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and their communities, in the UIC Certificate in Co-Operative Career Experience (Co-Op program). The Co-Op program's career coach will be the central point of contact for students' work placements and career endeavors. The career coach will be the program leader in coordinating work placements and internships, work accommodation plans, electronic portfolio development, and job applications for all students.

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Identifies critical priority needs and issues to be addressed through the Co-Op's programs
  • Facilitates the planning of Co-Op's programs in conjunction with other staff; supports the development of core Co-Op program courses including 1) Making the Transition, 2) Capacity Building, 3) Career Pathway, and 4) Capstone Experience.
  • Coordinates the logistics and activities for specific program-related tasks, such as developing work accommodation plans for each Co-Op student, and communicate with workplace supervisors as needed.
  • Develops plans to involve peer mentor volunteers in specific educational activities, which includes recruitment and training.
  • Networks, collaborates and builds relationships with Chicagoland organizations and businesses to foster potential work placement opportunities for students.
  • Helps conduct the evaluation of program activities relating to work placements and internships, and recommends continuation, modification, or discontinuance of the program.
  • Works with staff and volunteers to collect, process and maintain program records and data, specifically related to work placements, internships, and post-graduation employment outcomes.
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of programmatic support for student success in program activities by hosting weekly 1:1 coaching sessions with students and by coordinating with campus and community entities.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications Required:

1.      High school graduation or GED 

2.      Any one or any combination that equals four (4) years/ 48 months of responsible volunteer or professional work experience in coordinating educational and/or community programs or activities 

a.      Volunteer/work experience coordinating educational and/or community programs or activities

b.      College coursework in any field of study 

                                                i.     60 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)

                                               ii.     90 semester hours equals three (3) years (36 months)

                                              iii.     120 semester hours equals four (4) years (48 months)

3.      Demonstrated work experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism in educational settings.