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Workforce Training Career Coordinator, Alumni Services

Rebuilding Exchange
1245 Hartrey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
$42,000 - $46,000 a year - Full-time


1245 Hartrey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • On-the-job training
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Job Description - Workforce Training Career Development Coordinator, Alumni Services

The nonprofit Rebuilding Exchange invests in our communities by reusing building materials, reducing construction waste, and training, supporting, and connecting people seeking careers in the building trades. We divert building materials from landfills through two reuse retail stores in Evanston and Chicago and offer deconstruction services to homeowners that want to save their building materials from landfills. We teach community members to repair and repurpose building materials through education workshop programs. Finally, we run paid workforce training programs that provide industry credentials, job readiness and on the job training in deconstruction and materials reuse. Our training programs are run simultaneously at our Evanston and Chicago locations.

We seek a Career Development Coordinator who can build and maintain strong relationships with our program alumni in order to help them meet their long-term goals. The Career Development Coordinator will play a key role in building a supportive alumni community, organizing social and networking events, providing individual case management, and uplifting alumni voices to steer the organization’s workforce training initiatives.

This is a full-time salaried position for 40 hours a week. Hours are flexible but generally completed Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. The Career Development Coordinator reports to the Career Development Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

Build a community of alumni that supports each other and their individual career goals:

● Organize and advertise alumni engagement events that provide continuing education, networking and social activities

● Implement and manage an Alumni Mentorship program
● Find creative ways to collect feedback in order to continuously improve and grow our programming
● Solicit feedback from alumni on professional development requests, develop and manage an ongoing calendar of educational and professional development resources to support alumni career success.

Provide job readiness, retention, and supportive services:

● Meet one-on-one with alumni to understand them as individuals, including an understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, job readiness, and overall goals

● Coach through barriers that are preventing them from being successful in the workplace and support with job readiness and placement support

● Collaborate with transition services staff to engage building trades employers in job placement and retention services

● Refer alumni to receive more specific services (e.g. financial counseling, literacy tutoring, housing, etc.)

● Manage the alumni supportive services budget, under the guidance of the Career Development Manager

Assists the Workforce Training Program Team in program development, administration, evaluation and growth:

● Helps strengthen program policies and procedures to ensure that all program participants and alumni can successfully access careers in the building trades

● Maintain strong data systems and tracks evaluation outcomes and participants for program and grant reporting

● Improve the curricula to be strategic and effective for alumni
● Other duties as assigned

Job Skills + Qualifications


● Excellent interpersonal communication – an active and supportive listener who is not afraid of having hard conversations, and a commitment to privacy and confidentiality.

● Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and CRM databases
● Ability to stay organized across multiple projects at the same time
● Knowledge and experience working with underserved individuals through approaches that emphasize resiliency, strength-based coaching, and trauma informed care
● Shared lived experience with our clients, or, at least two years’ experience working with racially diverse groups
● Able to recognize and respond to emerging priorities, allow for flexibility in your schedule
● Current Driver's License and reliable transportation
● Interest in our nonprofit mission and being a part of a fun and collaborative team!
● Recognize and respond to emerging priorities, allow for flexibility in your schedule


● Knowledge of the construction industry
● Experience in workforce development or working with individuals to gain employment
● Knowledge of social media and survey platforms to connect with and collect feedback

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $42,000.00 - $46,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply

Application Question(s):

  • Why are you interested in joining our team?
  • What does workforce development mean to you?


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Work Location: In person