Program Coordinator — Social Worker

Employment Status:
Full-Time (40 hrs/wk)
Reports to:
Program Manager
Application Deadline:
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

This position will coordinate and run programming that occurs on Saturdays throughout the school year. As a result, this position will take Thursdays and Sundays off (when Saturday programming is in session).


o Salary:

  • For Candidates with some experience in youth development and no social work degree or experience: $40,000 - $47,000/ year
  • For Candidates with an MSW or equivalent experience: $52,500 - $55,000


o Contributions toward a 403b retirement account or Health Insurance Plan,

o Paid Parental Leave

o Quarterly Mental Health Stipends

o Free programming for children of employees

Paid Time Off:

o 15 days paid leave,

o 5 days paid sick leave,

o 10 Federal Holidays

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