The Summer Staff-Youth Care Worker acts as an advocate, educator, coach and role model for the Youth of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls during the summer months while they are home from school. The Summer Staff-Youth Care Worker also supports and implements the policy and philosophy of the program and the Agency.
This position is located at our Boys Campus- 1140 W. Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60607.
The Summer Staff-Youth Care Worker only works during the summer months, typically early June until early September.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Maintain DCFS, HR, and Training compliance at all times.
Check in and communicate with core staff during each shift.
Provide supportive supervision, guidance, and role modeling for the youth in the milieu.
Be knowledgeable of each Youth’s Individual Treatment Plans.
Ensure the Youth's educational, employment and treatment plans are followed.
Be responsible for timely and accurate communication within program, i.e., incident reports, contact with Youth's families, supervision, and all log entries.
Contact on-call Supervisor as needed.
Contact Youth’s families as needed.
Engage with youth in daily routines and activities.
Support creative interventions for the youth.
Participate in monthly supervision meetings.
Provide transportation for Youth as necessary.
Employ all aspects of de-escalation and behavior management techniques as outlined in CPI protocol.
Support and employ programs medication management system.
Learn, align with, and execute the treatment philosophies, modalities and practices of the Agency.
At least 21 years of age.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
At least two years of experience working with youth.
A valid Illinois driver’s license, ability to drive a van, maintain a clear driving record, and retain driving approval through the department of Children and Family Services.
Ability to work a minimum of at least 16 hours per month
Willing and available to pick up shifts as needed.
Regular and predictable attendance.
Ability to work both independently and as an active team member.
Ability to accept, adopt, and implement feedback from supervisor and team.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
Ability to maintain professional demeanor while exercising judgment and discretion in work.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to become proficient in other software packages and programs.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to attend required Agency trainings and maintain necessary training compliance. Flexibility to attend daytime trainings or sessions.
Ability and willingness to create, initiate and participate in recreational and therapeutic activities with the youth.
Ability to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and with proper training, be able to physically restrain youth.
Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the Agency.