Substitute Coach

Chicago, IL

Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting?

Our Substitute Coach position may be PERFECT for you! 

The Substitute Coach is responsible for providing substitute coverage for our recess and out-of-school time programming for K-8th grade youth, expanding SEL knowledge school-wide, and being a proactive team member within their school environment. 

A Day in the Life of a Substitute Coach: 

  • Provide on-call recess support to a school in your geographic area

  • Provide on-call out-of-school-time support to a school in your geographic area 

  • Building relationships with school staff and students 

  • Leading activities based on play and SEL 

  • Managing transitions to and from the lunch and recess spaces

  • Supporting school SEL needs, as needed


  • Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission

  • Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills

  • Superior communication skills, both spoken and written

  • Strong budget management knowledge

  • Strong presentation and group facilitation skills (demonstrated experience preferred)

  • Quick learner and problem solver, experienced in managing conflicts

  • Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment 

  • Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high-quality work

  • Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace

  • Commitment to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth

  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods


  • Competitive hourly rate of $23 - max of 25 hours per week

  • Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment

  • Paid Sick Leave 


Apply by clicking below no later than June 30, 2022. 

Target Start Date is July 20, 2022


Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.


Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves an estimated 60 schools throughout the City of Chicago.