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The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) is one of the largest private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies in the country serving residents throughout Cook County, Illinois.

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Thank you for your interest in CEDA. Please click on the job title below to view the job description. Interested Applicants should forward resumes listing Position Announcement (PA)# and Job Title to hr@cedaorg.net

Date of Posting: November 15, 2016

PA: 1627r

Title: Bilingual Program Specialist

Program/Department: CSBG

Location: South

Organizational Relationship: Reports to and functions under the administrative supervision of the CSBG Regional Manager.

Summary Statement of Primary Function:

Position will conduct outreach in assigned region to identify families and individuals within the service delivery area who need case management and other services that will help them reach self-sufficiency. The position also functions to coordinate the development of external resources to meet customer needs. Position is also responsible for assisting with the Implementation of neighborhood forums and community needs assessments as well as any regional or county-wide events as needed.

Description of Duties:

  1. Responsible for conducting outreach within the assigned region to recruit and enroll families and individuals In CSBG service programs.
  2. Implement assigned CSBG work programs as written to ensure achievement of objectives and outcomes.
  3. Conduct intakes, case manage all families and Individuals as required, maintain case files, utilize appropriate tracking methods to report activity, including DCA Tracking logs and checkbooks, enter all data into CSBG databases, conduct follow-up per work program Instructions.
  4. Coordinate internal and external linkages for referrals for additional services as needed.
  5. Assist In conducting community needs assessments and client satisfaction surveys for program planning.
  6. Prepare weekly service reports and other reports that correspond to job responsibilities.
  7. Participate in regular staffing meetings and trainings as required. 8. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Minimum two years of college or five years of related experience in a Weatherization Assistance Program (W AP).
  2. Bi-lingual Spanish competency strongly preferred.
  3. Five years of customer service experience.
  4. Must demonstrate strong organizational skills to assist with multiple projects.
  5. Comfort level and sensitivity working with diverse population.
  6. High competency with MS Office.
  7. Experience with SharePoint or other data tracking software preferred.
  8. Must be willing to travel within or outside of Cook County for occasional training and job related activities.

Physical Requirements:

Bachelors degree. At least three years of experience In community and direct service work. High level case management and case noting skills required. Experience working with low-income, diverse populations. Solid written and oral communication skills required. Attention to detail and timeliness in meeting deadlines. Must be self-motivated, have Initiative and the ability to work under minimal supervision at times as required.

Hours of Work:

  • Full-time (40 hours per week).
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule.


Almost daily within service delivery area. Candidate must have regular access to an automobile, a valid driver's license and current auto insurance. Copy of valid driver's license and proof of current auto insurance will be required.

Skills Required:

  • Ability to plan and manage work flow.
  • Solid case management and case noting skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and professionally.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills required.
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working in self-sufficiency programs.
  • Ability to relate to professional personnel and clients from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Must be able to speak. read and write fluently In Spanish

Closing Date:  December 6, 2016

Interested applicants should forward their resumes to hr@cedaorg.net Please include Job Title and PA#.

Human Resources Department
Email: hr@cedaorg.net

CEDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer