Basic Function: Provide crisis intervention, direct case planning work, and advocacy services to adolescent clients under the supervision of the Program Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide daytime crisis coverage; respond within 45 minutes to the police station, work with family and youth toward a resolution to the crisis, assess immediate needs of family and complete all necessary paperwork.
Understand and work within a positive youth development and Balanced and Restorative Justice framework.
Maintain ongoing case management for assigned cases, including daily contact with guardians and youth; making arrangements with the family for school, transportation and record keeping functions; collaborating with appropriate individuals, agencies or service systems to ensure client accessibility to services. Provide transportation for youth to school, temporary shelter, or to any other appointments during youth’s placement with Alternatives, Inc.
Co-facilitate weekly groups and provide youth development programming when appropriate.
Follow-up on all status referrals from the police by phone or letter.
Assist in preparing cases to be petitioned in court, including collecting necessary information from the family, preparing social history report, orienting guardians to the court process and making arrangements with court personnel. This may also include transporting youth to court.
Implement therapeutic and youth development focused day program with youth in placement during school holidays and summer.
Use eCornerstone data entry system as well as the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) assessment for each client case.
Demonstrate knowledge of Alternatives’ policies, practices and services, and communicate these to clients, and where assigned, to other community organizations and members.
Attend and actively participate in all agency and program staff meetings, in-service trainings and weekly supervisory meetings.
Provide coverage of intakes, both phone and walk-in, providing crisis intervention and making referrals when appropriate.
Complete in a timely fashion all other tasks and individually established goals as assigned and negotiated with the Program Manager and/or Program Director.
TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers (at) alternativesyouth.org. No phone calls please. Please put position title in the Subject line.
Minimum of BA/BS in Human services or related field
Use of car during working/on-call hours and valid insurance.
Past experience working with adolescents.
Interest and commitment to working in community-based youth services.
About Alternatives, INC
Alternatives, Inc. is a 47 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives, Inc. is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people. Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.