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 Prevention Specialist. 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 Prevention Specialist will work in school, classrooms, or out of after-school sites with at-hope youth with identified behavioral issues. The Specialist works with the youth in one to one or group settings so that youth are equipped to resist violence, drugs, and gangs and develop life skills, such as decision-making, goal setting and conflict resolution, and continue their educational and career potentials.
The Prevention Specialist will report to the Site Coordinator with the support of the Prevention Manager as needed.
The Prevention Specialist is responsible for the following:
Youth Work / Youth Development:
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
Manage youth behavior by establishing guidelines, expectations, mutual respect and mutual accountability.
Identify and recruit participants for core group; generate and maintain intakes and assessments for each core group member.
Provide in-school and after-school tutoring and mentoring services.
Provide life-skills and health awareness workshops.
Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which includes late evenings and weekends.
Collaborate with other programs within agency.
Exemplify the mission, vision and values of the agency.
Documentation and Compliance:
Recruit and maintain a caseload for core group of youth.
Collect baseline and year-end data on academic, interpersonal and social behaviors.
Submit lesson plans, statistics and reports to the Program Manager on a bi-weekly basis and/or as needed.
Maintain information database (ETO) and filing system that tracks program activities and participant records.
Communication and Relationship Management:
Encourage family relationships and positive interaction through Family Nights, Family Fridays and other meetings and events.
Maintain relationships with various partners including, but not limited to, schools, government agencies and community based organizations.
Represent the agency to various publics to broaden community awareness and support.
Attend departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events, as required.
Maintain knowledge current in the field, including but not limited to, participation in coursework, seminars and workshops.
Maintain knowledge current on agency’s theories, methodologies and best practices.
Participate in various meetings, workshops, trainings, seminars and other activities, as directed.
Participates in agency-wide fundraising events.
Encourages participant and community participation on agency-wide fundraising events.
Bachelors Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Education, or related field experience required.
A minimum of 3 years experience working with youth who experience complex trauma preferred, but not required.
Ability to plan, implement and document lesson and workshop plans.
Familiarity with social-emotional learning, restorative justice, and trauma informed approaches to youth development preferred, but not required.
Must be driven to succeed, proactive, innovative, responsible, assertive and possess integrity and the ability to motivate others.
Highly organized with excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication
Maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, agency staff and the various publics of the agency, demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial, social and economic backgrounds.
Automobile is preferred, but not required, with insurance and a valid driver’s
Proficient with technology systems with the ability to integrate technology into daily program operations and evaluation
Must pass State Background Check & Federal Fingerprints
For strictly confidential consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume. Applicants must indicate the position title and ATTN: Veronica Stein in the subject line.
This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.
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 priority 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.