Creative Workforce Coordinator | Posted December 3, 2018

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The FSM Creative Workforce Coordinator (CWC) plays a key role in the development and support of Free Spirit Media’s emerging creative young adults. The CWC is a member of the Industry Pathways program team--- FSM’s creative workforce development initiative that provides underrepresented emerging media-makers ages 18-25 with opportunities for professional development, production and skills training, mentorship and work placement.

This dynamic individual will lead the professional development, career and internship support services, and individual engagement of FSM Industry Pathways participants, as well as the outreach and career-related programming efforts for FSM’s In-school and Civic programs. The CWC will maintain a case management strategy to ensure that participants level up through the career progression timeline, reaching the highest aspirations in their creative career trajectory. The CWC is a mentor, administrator, advocate, coach, event planner and professional role model. To be successful, the CWC needs to be an expert relationship builder, who can access and leverage resources to connect FSM young adults to meaningful opportunities.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Overseeing Industry Pathways member administration through onboarding and orientation of new participants; tracking experience, engagement and progression in our participant database and managing administrative records required for program and partner needs.
  • Work with Industry Pathways Associate and Outreach Ambassador to facilitate communication channels, materials and networks (social, newsletter, blog, etc.) to engage Industry Pathways participants in opportunities and resources.
  • Plan and execute Chicago Track Workshops (Fall-Winter) and other professional development and training opportunities.
  • Oversee outreach and career services to participants in other Free Spirit Media programs, including but not limited to: In-School, The Real Chicago, News South, News West and Hoops High.
  • Builds partnerships with local film, TV and media employers in support of internship and learning opportunities.
  • Maintains internal database of industry contacts, placements and outcomes.
  • Work with Program Manager to support program design, event coordination, and community and partner engagement.
  • Lead the recruitment, placement, development, and reporting efforts for Flash Forward, Industry Pathways’ Summer Internship and Fellowship program.
  • Planning and executing Professional Development workshops (resume, job and interview preparedness, personal pitching) for Industry Pathways, Flash Forward and other FSM programs throughout the year.
  • Develop and implement programmatic framework/ case management strategy with Program Manager to provide coaching to current and alumni members in developing ongoing career pathways, pursuing short term and long term employment opportunities and reaching personal and professional goals.
  • Connect participants to a network of internship, workforce, freelance, and community partners in the film and media, workforce development sectors.
  • Supporting the cultivation of relationships and partnerships with media and film industry professionals and organizations to serve as mentors, guest speakers, event hosts, and advisory committee members.
  • Supporting the Program Manager in deepening engagement and activation of alumni “Trailblazer” network
  • Support collection and organization of evaluation data collection, surveys and assist in preparation of grant and organizational required reporting.
  • Function as point of contact for information and troubleshooting for year-round and summer workforce funding partners.
  • Represent FSM in external settings to other organizations through conferences, workshops, and community events.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

File Attachment: 

PDF icon InPathways Creative Workforce Coordinator Job Description 2018.pdf


Skills & Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with two to three years of full-time experience advising students, preferably in a career services or workforce development setting required.
  • Extensive knowledge of career development principles.
  • Experience in diverse and inclusive work environments; social justice training preferred.
  • Ability to establish rapport and relate to students, staff, and employers.
  • Ability to effectively create and deliver presentations and workshops to large audiences.
  • Ability to support students through the development of career interests, goals, resume and cover letter, interviewing skills, networking, and job search strategy.
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
  • Willingness to learn new and emerging technologies including social media and online resources.
  • Ability to create, plan, organize and execute initiatives.
  • Strong customer service and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise teens and young adults of diverse backgrounds and needs in an educational setting.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-directed and self-managed, with a strong ability to prioritize workload for maximum productivity.
  • Must stay current on industry/employment trends, employer expectations, and best practices.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends to participate in departmental and other industry- related events.
  • A positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Able to work independently and with a diverse range of individuals and groups.
  • Capable of adhering to SoA and CVPA policies.
  • Must pass DCFS background check.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's in counseling, career development, youth development, higher education administration or related discipline.
  • Strong knowledge of and interest in media production, media literacy and media studies.
  • Knowledge about the film, TV and media industries in Chicago.
  • At least one year of supervising experience.
  • At least one year of management experience.
  • Experience managing internship/apprenticeship programs.
  • Experience administering One Summer Chicago/ After School Matters- sponsored programs or similar youth workforce programs.
  • Familiarity with professional development curriculum such as MHA Labs a plus.


Work Requirements:

This is a full-time position. Hours may exceed 40 hours a week. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.  Regular access to a car is required.


Compensation & Benefits:

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience; range $38,000-$48,000.

Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare, dental, and vision; IRA match after 1 year.

Paid Time Off: 18 Paid Time Off days accrued during first year in addition to 16 paid holidays.

Professional Development: Funds available to support staff in achieving skill objectives.

To Apply: 

To Apply:

Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with subject line: The Real Chi Program Coordinator - {Your Name}.

Free Spirit Media is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and equitable environment in which all staff can excel regardless of race, ethnicity, age, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. People of color, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


About Free Spirit Media:

The mission of Free Spirit Media is to cultivate diverse youth voices to transform media and society. Free Spirit Media provides youth on Chicago’s South and West sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and a hands-on media production experience through a youth development lens.

We employ a holistic program model to develop youth into productive, connected, and engaged adults. Since our founding in 2001, Free Spirit Media has empowered more than 5,500 youth to share their stories, discover their potential, and engage their peers and communities through digital media.

Free Spirit Media’s programming includes school-based media arts education, after school digital media programs, and advanced pathways programs that connect participants with opportunities in professional media industries. Participants at all ages and levels of our programming are supported in developing 21st Century skills that prepare them for success in college and careers.

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