Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development (BUILD, Inc.) is seeking a committed, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional to join its excellent team in the role of Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) Crisis Intervention 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 to improve their chances of leading fulfilling lives and to increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside. BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities.
The Crisis Intervention Specialist will act as first responders to provide immediate support to youth victims after a shooting or other act of violence, including emotional support, initial advocacy, and support in navigating the criminal justice system, including police departments, legal services and the courts. Services take place at BUILD, in the community, and at partner schools.
The Crisis Intervention Specialist reports directly to the Victim Services Coordinator and works closely with the Manager of Intervention Services.
Works within the target schools, communities and with other stakeholders to identify and support youth who are victims of or witnesses to a crime or exposed to violence-related trauma.
Connect violence-exposed youth with comprehensive services that promote healing, foster life-skills, and prevent high-risk/consequence behaviors that make youth vulnerable to violence and other negative outcomes.
Submits statistics and reports to Victim Services Coordinator on a bi-weekly and monthly basis and as needed.
Operates professionally in the field on a flexible schedule, which includes late evenings and weekends.
Works with school administration to maintain a healthy partnership with constant communication.
Works with parents and family to maintain a healthy relationship with constant communication and referral of services.
Documentation and Compliance
Updates caseload on a weekly basis and submits information to the Victim Services Coordinator.
Records case notes into the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) online database on a weekly basis and record intakes and assessments into the system as needed.
Communication and relationship management:
In partnership with the Case Managers, helps to identify positive adult/youth influences to create a stronger support network for the participant.
Represents the agency to broaden community awareness and support, interpreting the agency’s programs and services.
Attends departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events, as required.
Maintains knowledge current in the field including but not limited to, participation in coursework, seminars, and
Participate in agency-wide fundraising events.
Encourages participant/community participation in agency-wide fundraising events.
Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participate in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of BUILD, Inc.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, or related field preffered.
Minimum two years of experience working with inner-city youth in a human service setting, trauma-informed care, social service setting, or related field.
Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
An automobile is required along with current insurance and a valid driver’s license.
Maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, all levels of agency staff and the various publics of the agency, demonstration sensitivity to all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds.
Must be willing to travel daily.
Must be passionate about youth development work.
Must pass Child Endangerment & Violence screenings, Illinois State Background Check & Federal Fingerprints
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.