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Employment Training Associate


Growing Home is a USDA-Certified Organic urban farm in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago that uses urban farming as a vehicle for paid job training for individuals with barriers to employment. Individual barriers for program Production Assistants (“PAs”) may include prior contact with the criminal justice system, barriers related to living near or below the poverty line, or lack of traditional market economy work experience.

The Employment Training Associate is a frontline staff position responsible for the support of Production Assistants’ job readiness, successful job placement, and employment retention outcomes, as well as supporting overall execution of the Employment Training (“ET”) program at Growing Home, Inc. The Employment Training Associate reports to the Director of Employment Training (DET) and works closely with a committed group of 3 other frontline staff.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to add to our team.  We are seeking candidates who are detail oriented, have exceptional group facilitation and lesson-planning skills, and thrive working directly with job-seeking program participants.

Top candidates will be energetic, committed to individual and social change, and willing to assist in all aspects of executing our classroom job readiness program and participant placement and retention goals.  The ideal candidate will have experience in group facilitation, job coaching and/or job development, working 1-on-1 or in small groups with marginalized populations, and cultural sensitivity in working with diverse populations. Finally, the Employment Training Associate will be passionate about engaging adult learners through interactive and well-structured lessons, developing curriculum, and providing career support to job seekers.



Curriculum/Job Training Facilitation:

Employment Placement Support:

Employment Retention Support:

PA Attendance Tracking and Job Readiness:

Program Assistance:




The Employment Training Associate works Monday through Friday at the Wood Street Urban Farm, 5814 S. Wood Street, and is supervised by the Director of Employment Training. Primary work hours will be between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  For special events or at particularly busy times per year, the Employment Training Operations Associate may be required to work weekend or evening hours.


To apply, submit an application to Your application must consist of a cover letter and resume. The subject line of your application email should be “Employment Training Associate.” Applications must be received as a single PDF document.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with interviews on a rolling basis.  Emails only - calls, in-person visits, and postal mail will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or applications that do not comply with the outlined application procedure will not receive a response with submission.  

This is a full-time position, exempt from overtime pay, with competitive salary range depending on prior experience. In addition to base wage, Growing Home offers a competitive benefits package. 

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, current employment status, or prior record of arrest or conviction.