GYO Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Grow Your Own Illinois’ (GYO) mission is to recruit, train and retain diverse community focused teachers for Illinois public schools. GYO identifies parents and community members passionate about education and assists them in completing their college degrees and becoming licensed, highly effective teachers in neighborhood schools. GYO creates a career pathway for individuals who have a passion for teaching, but do not have the means or opportunity to realize that passion. Through the resources and support provided by GYO, community members are able to succeed and persist in higher education and secure steady long term employment.

GYO is expanding to Waukegan and is creating two new cohorts of GYO candidates, one for high school students and one for college or graduate students. GYO is looking for a program coordinator to run both programs and support students, at all levels, as they complete their degrees and begin their teaching careers. GYO is looking for a passionate, hardworking, self-starter to get these programs off the ground and running successfully. 

Job Synopsis: To develop and maintain a strong GYO program for adults and high schools students by identifying, training and retaining the diverse, community focused teachers Waukegan schools need. One cohort will be made up of high school students who will be taking dual credit classes and the other cohort will be adults who will be seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree with certification in teaching. The coordinator will recruit and support students through their journey. For the high school program, the coordinator will partner with the Waukegan School District and for the adult program (18 and over), the coordinator will partner with the College of Lake County and the University Center. The coordinator will report to the Program Director and the Executive Director.


Recruitment and Admissions Process:

  • The coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of recruitment and admissions for both programs. This will include holding recruitment events, identifying potential partner organizations, conducting outreach to raise awareness and managing the application and admissions process. This list is not exhaustive.

Candidate Support:

  • The coordinator will be responsible developing and maintaining relationships with all GYO candidates. The coordinate will provide individualized support to each candidate. The coordinator will collaborate with the high school and higher education partners to ensure candidate success.

Curriculum Creation and Execution

  • In collaboration with colleagues and educators in Waukegan, the coordinator will be responsible for the production and execution of GYO curriculum for candidates at the high school and university level. The coordinator will plan and hold monthly cohort meetings for the adult cohort and will plan the semester enrichment activities for the high school cohort.

Partnership Development and Maintenance

  • The coordinator will be responsible for developing and maintain partnerships at the district, community and university level.

Data Tracking and Management

  • The coordinator will be responsible for the maintaining and updating all of the Waukegan data into the GYO database. The coordinator will be responsible for producing monthly report.

Outreach and Communications

  • In collaboration with colleagues in Chicago, the coordinator will be responsible for creating and distributing outreach materials and programmatic updates.

Part of the GYO Team

  • The coordinator will assist with statewide advocacy work and organizational fundraising efforts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with diverse communities in a non-profit, public school or higher education setting
  • Experience with Program Management
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Passion for a just and equitable public school system
  • Experience working in low-income communities of color
  • Ability to understand, interpret and implement the policies and procedures of the Higher Education System
  • Ability to multi-task and be self-directed
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare reports
  • Available to work a flexible schedule including evenings and some weekends
  • Excellent networking and organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license and access to an automobile


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with academic advising at a high school or college level
  • Experience developing curriculum
  • Fluency in Spanish



This is a one year, full-time grant funded position with the possibility of extension. The salary is $50,000 with an additional stipend for health insurance and other benefits. The position is eligible for three weeks’ vacation and 12 sick days.

The position will report to the Executive Director and Program Director in Chicago, but the position will be housed in Waukegan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two references with contact information to by October 5, 2018. The position will begin as soon as possible.