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Job Title:

Activity Specialist

Job Post ID:


Posted Until:



$15.00/hr. onwards




Other Shift


Full Time



Job Description:


To provide programs in a variety of areas such as academic support, the arts,
leadership development, social development or life skills. Activity Specialist is also
responsible for the management of program areas and equipment to improve the wellbeing
of SOS children, families, and community residents, especially as related to the
activity needs including those of cultural enrichment, as well as the mental, emotional, and physical health of the children.

This position is responsible for ensuring village activities occur in a well-balanced and
intentional manner. This position develops, implements, and oversees activities for the children at the Chicago Village, Roosevelt Square Village, or Lockport Village. The
position is full-time though the schedule may require flexible hours and reliable
transportation to allow for scheduling and overseeing activities during hours convenient
for the children, which may include evenings and weekends.

1. Communicate with the Education & Activities Coordinator, Director of Educational
Programming, Village Director, Educational Program Assistant, the Professional
Foster Parents, the Development department, and members of the Village
Administrative Team regarding client and community needs and service availability.
2. Coordinate and lead the on-site children's group activities as scheduled and
3. Assist with coordinating community partnerships for purchasing, programming,
and networking purposes as needed.
4. Identify community recreational, cultural enrichment, psychological, health care,
mentoring, and social service programming for children and families.
5. Develop, enhance, implement, and oversee enrichment programs at the Village
to enhance the lives of the children and families, including after-school programs,
self-esteem, arts and culture, donor/corporate activities.
6. Help transition youth moving into and out of the Village by providing welcome
packages, introduction, and farewell gatherings if requested.
7. Act as coordinator for daily scheduled events and activities as well as Special
Events at the Village.
8. Assist with managing the budgets for the department for activities, programs, and
events as required.
9. Works with Professional Foster Parents and biological parents to ensure that
children who need additional services help are inked to and receive appropriate
10. Maintain tracking system and provide periodic reports. Track and evaluate the
success of the programs implemented to regularly assess and provide
recommendations for improvements.
11. Additional duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:


• High school diploma or equivalent. 2 year's college experience in the fields of
child development or similar preferred.
• Two plus years of experience working directly with youth and program
development preferred.
• Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check including
• Valid Illinois driver’s license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable
transportation, as the position will be split between Villages and will be involved
within the communities.
• Willingness to travel within the community and to the various agency sites.
• Ability to work flexible hours including evening and weekends. Schedule may
regularly be later mornings to evenings on weekdays and weekends depending on
activities scheduled. Schedule to be finalized with the supervisor.
• Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.
• Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and
professional manner.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Strong communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
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• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.
• Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
• Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free environment.
• Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.
• Special projects as assigned by the Community Resource Coordinator or
leadership staff.


Health and dental insurance, retirement plan.

Application Instructions:


At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.

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