Develop, coordinate, and provide training to community partners and parents on the topic of mental health, early childhood mental health, child development, challenging behaviors, trauma-informed practice.
Develop, coordinate and provide Early Childhood Mental Health services to programs, classrooms, families and children in Chicago.
Provide training and technical assistance to providers and parents on the topic of Early Childhood Mental Health.
Provide general classroom/socialization/group observations and individual child observations, and provide planning and consultation where needed for referrals to appropriate community/clinical partner.
Work with teachers on issues of behavior, mental health, classroom management, rules, routines and environment.
Works along with the program staff and families to provide referrals when needed and as needed.
Consults with parents on developmental, social emotional, family, and mental health issues.
Provide stress management and wellness services to parents and staff.
Provides crisis management to families and staff as needed.
Provides assessment, advocacy, and referral/linkage services as needed.
Coordinates clinical and case management services with early childhood providers and parents.
Develops and maintains monthly newsletters, blog, and/or social media related to program content area for families.
Manages all agency expectations for case recording, statistical, and other documentation on a timely basis.
Understanding and commitment to the mission, goals and philosophy of the Agency.
Performs other related job duties.
Bachelor’s Degree in social work or counseling, or related field with concentration in early childhood and mental health required.
Master’s Degree or Clinical Li censure in either Social Work, Counseling or related field preferred.
Expertise in mental health program models, Early Head Start, and Head Start, Prevention Initiative, and Preschool for All.
At 1-3 years’ experience working with children and families.
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse families, various professionals and community groups.
Bilingual candidates preferred.
Knowledge of child development and social emotional development.
Knowledge and awareness of age appropriate grief counseling and stress management techniques.
Knowledge of positive behavioral support strategies.
Ability to develop professional partnerships.
Demonstrated ability to engage parents and other community partners.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities, maintain accurate records and prepare reports in a timely fashion.
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
Understanding and commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of the Agency.
Competent in Microsoft Office tools and inputting services in an online database.
Competency in group management techniques and working successfully with high-risk youth.
Must be able to remain stationary 50% of the time.
Must be able to frequently move inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
Must be able to transport oneself to and from home visits.
Occasionally ascends/descends stairs.
Constantly positions oneself to assist children during activities.
Frequently moves desks, chairs, tables, and easels.
At times may be required to lift up to 25 lbs. for various classrooms and event’s needs.
Frequently moves in outdoor weather conditions.
About SGA Youth & Family Services
SGA Youth & Family Services leads positive change for children and families in Chicago's most challenged and underserved neighborhoods. The non-profit has provided free, comprehensive services since its founding in 1911. SGA believes that sustainable community change results from a focus on early childhood, education supports, parenting, and workforce development. Collaborative partnerships, innovative programs, and measurable outcomes fuel SGA’s efforts to replace the cycle of poverty with the Cycle of Opportunity.