Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development (BUILD, Inc) is seeking a committed, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional to join its wonderful team in the role of Clinical Social Worker, to work specifically with our Building Girls to Women Program. Since 1969, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods giving at-risk youth alternatives to the violence that takes away their positive potential. Applying our model of positive youth development, BUILD seeks to redirect the behavior of gang-affiliated youth and potential gang recruits in order to improve their chances of leading fulfilling lives and to increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside.
The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for:
Effectively addressing the mental health/substance abuse needs of high-risk youth through: a) Clinical Assessment for youth referred to BG2W program as well as in-field support and consultation; c) initial short-term treatment and referrals; d) establishing mental health/substance abuse referral partners and identifying opportunities for more formal collaboration; and e) facilitating external referrals, follow-through/support.
Recognizing the vicarious trauma of staff working with crisis-oriented youth
The Social Worker – Intervention Services reports directly to the Manager of Mental Health Services
Exemplifies the mission, vision and values of the agency.
Receives case assignments, establishes treatment plans, reviews case progress and determines case closure through the supervisor of the assigned program.
Provides mental health and substance abuse services to participants through a short-term therapeutic model.
Makes referrals in accordance with service plans to other Organization units and external providers.
Facilitate and track external referrals and follow-up.
Assists members of the Intervention Team during crisis situations involving youth.
Internal Staff Treatment & Development
Maintains knowledge current in the field including, but not limited to, attendance at seminars, workshops, etc.
Train staff to identify youth mental health/substance abuse issues, provide support, and refer youth to community partners offering more intensive services.
Consult with staff and provide in-field support for high-need youth.
Maintains knowledge current on agency’s theories, methodologies and best practices.
Attends departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events as required.
Documentation and Compliance
Document and report program activities and outcomes, and ensure progress toward annual program objectives
Submits statistics and reports to the Manager of Manager of Mental Health Services on a bi-weekly and monthly basis and/or as needed.
Maintains File Compliance as required and compliance with ETO
Other Job Duties as Assigned
Masters in Social Work
Minimum experience of 3 years in working inner-city youth.
Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which includes late evenings and weekends.
Self-motivated leader with the ability to communicate in a friendly and informative manner with people from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles.
Demonstrates good judgment and ability to work independently as a part of a team.
Must be driven to succeed, organized, proactive, innovative, responsible, and assertive, possess integrity and the ability to motivate others.
Must possess excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Must be able to effectively and efficiently handle multiple tasks and deadline simultaneously.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential.
Must work effectively with agency staff, board members, funders, donors and volunteers.
Must possess solid understanding of data collection and program evaluation.
Must maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, all level of agency staff and various publics of the agency; demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds and embracing the agency’s mission, values and culture.
For over 45 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four prior...ity communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.
BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities.