Citywide Initiatives Coordinator - Year of Service (AmeriCorps)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Stipended



Start Date



Douglas Park Fieldhouse
1401 S. Sacramento Dr.
United States


About Girls in the Game

At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active leadership, sports and health programs. Our programs empower all girls to be gamechangers in their own lives and in their communities. We strive to serve girls year-round and over the long-term and offer a continuum of programs for girls at each stage in their development. Our heart is in Chicago, but in recent years we’ve expanded to include programs in Bloomington, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; and Dallas, Texas.

Position Summary

The Coordinator will work in our Citywide Initiatives program with an emphasis on building relationships with new sites, community partners, and program participants. The Citywide Initiatives program includes a summer camp, clinics over spring and winter school breaks, and Game Days – one day clinics for groups of 20-100 girls. All programming follows a set curriculum and each activity incorporates sports and fitness, health and leadership development. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for assisting the Citywide Initiatives Manager with curriculum development, program planning, logistics, record keeping and program delivery. From September through June, the Coordinator will focus on clinics during school breaks, Game Days and planning for Summer Camp. Over the summer, the Coordinator will work in the Girls in the Game Summer Camp, leading programming and helping to supervise campers. Summer Camp operates daily for five weeks in July and August with four weeks of day camp in Chicago and four days of overnight camp (sleeping accommodations are cabins). We understand that our Notre Dame volunteer may not be able to stay through the end of camp, although that would be ideal. This position reports to the Citywide Initiatives Manager. Generally, staff work about an eight hour day starting 8-9am and ending 4-6pm, Monday through Friday.

The Coordinator will help bring programming to nearly 2,000 girls over the course of the year. That means balancing several projects at once, and keeping track of many relationships and details at the same time.

Staff training is very important to Girls in the Game. All Girls in the Game program staff participate in regular trainings and professional development workshops. Before leading programming, the Volunteer will attend at least two full days of in-house trainings on best practices for working with youth and specific curriculum trainings both led by Girls in the Game’s management staff. The Volunteer will also attend trainings on new curriculum and best practices refresher trainings at least two other times during the year. In addition to program trainings, the Volunteer will also be trained to use the database and will have direct access to the database administrator for help. All program staff members are required to attend first-aid and CPR trainings. The Volunteer would have the opportunity to attend outside trainings such as ICNC trainings on Microsoft Word and Excel, CLOCC events and trainings, Advancing Youth Development trainings and more.

Girls in the Game has worked with several service volunteers, and has found them to be a dedicated and

talented group of individuals who are wonderful additions to our staff. Service volunteers significantly

improve our program quality. Compared to paid part-time staff, our programs led by full-time service

volunteers have higher enrollment and attendance and better relationships with site contacts and

participants' parents/guardians.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Help plan 25-35 Game Days

• Help plan at least one clinic

• Serve as a lead staff member for Summer Camp, including securing sites, recruiting participants,

preparing supplies, and organizing staff


• Some college, preferably with coursework in health, youth or teen development, education, or a

related field

• At least two years of experience working with children and leading groups

• Athletic ability is not required, but applicants must be able to learn and demonstrate the basic

skills of multiple sports and fitness activities

• Demonstrated knowledge of computer environments, e.g. Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel,


• Must be able to travel daily to sites throughout Chicago

• Spanish conversation skills a plus

Licensing Required:

• Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work

• Verification of degree/credentials

• Background check and fingerprint clearance

• Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends

• Agreement to uphold all Girls in the Game Policies and Procedures (by signature)

Core Competencies:

• Coaching/leading groups

• Youth/teen development

• Problem solving and decision making

• Supporting and developing others

• Relationship building

Communication Skills

Ability to implement the provided curriculum for groups of children; ability to encourage children to

participate in activities; ability to use positive language to defuse conflicts as they arise during

programming; ability to communicate effectively and professionally with adults including staff,

parents/guardians, teachers and school administrators, and fieldtrip vendors and contacts; ability to

communicate effectively with diverse groups; ability to communicate in writing as well as over the

phone or in person

Reasoning Ability

Ability to resolve problems as they arise during programming; ability to work with part-time coaching

staff to prevent and troubleshoot challenges with participants and site contacts; ability to track detailed

enrollment and attendance information; ability to learn to use the database

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to

successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position requires:

Frequently: sitting, walking, running, active play, seeing, hearing, speaking, standing, carrying

Occasionally: stooping, lift up to 40 lbs., squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling

Seldom: climbing, twisting

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions.

This is a fast-paced environment and the noise level is usually moderate.


A living allowance of $13,732 is distributed biweekly over the 11 month service period, which amounts to $572.16 biweekly before taxes. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive an education award of $5,920. Further information available at

Level of Language Proficiency

English-speaking ability required, Spanish-speaking ability a plus.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to the above email address, with the subject "Citywide Initiatives Coordinator - AmeriCorps." For any questions, email Kaylise Algrim at the address above, or call our office at (312) 633-4263.