Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) seeks a Youth and Family Counselor (YFC) to join a dynamic youth development organization. The YFC will provide ongoing counseling services to youth in a variety of programmatic setting. A successful candidate will be passionate about the mission, have evidence supporting exceptional youth-focused casework and counseling skills and demonstrate experience in effectively building relationships with and advocating for the needs of youth served by Y.O.U.
Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships. This is an exciting time of transformation for the organization, following a three-year $16.4M capital campaign that expanded programs, launched an endowment, and funded a new headquarters facility. The organization is implementing a new strategic plan focused on data & evaluation of impact, increased integration of services, and a refined program model. Our staff are a diverse collection of 70+ passionate individuals, committed to social justice, to trauma-informed care, to inclusion and equity, and to helping youth realize their full potential.
The Youth and Family Counselor is responsible for direct delivery of counseling, case management, and crisis services to youth and families. Specific responsibilities include:
Provide ongoing counseling services, including crisis response, advocacy, respite, individual and family counseling, and case management, in a variety of community settings.
Serve as a clinical consultant to after-school program staff, intervene with youth at the program sites as needed, and be available to occasionally support programming at after-school program sites.
Design and lead psychosocial/psycho-educational groups with youth at the after-school program sites.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with local schools, other youth service organizations, mental health providers, state agencies, police, clergy, community leaders, foster homes, and other partners in Evanston and surrounding communities.
In rotation with other staff, carry a pager as assigned and be available to respond to housing crisis service requests in a timely manner.
Participate actively in all staff meetings.
Maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date records.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Y.O.U. is a dynamic and energetic place to work, with a rich history as a community organization coupled with an entrepreneurial approach to solving problems. Out-of-school time programming spans grades 3 – 12, and a holistic model of program delivery includes collaboration with families, schools, and partners. The Y.O.U. headquarters is a brand new facility housing administrative offices, a Maker Lab for STEM programming, a commercial-grade kitchen, clinical counseling spaces, a community gathering space, and an outdoor garden/event space.
Staff members of Y.O.U. benefit from:
Professional learning budget for every staff, plus all-staff continuous learning trainings
Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage
Pre-tax benefits including flexible spending and transit
401K plan including company contribution
12+ paid holidays per year, including a week-long Winter Break
15 days of paid vacation and 12 days of paid sick leave annually
Competitive salary practices
Team-oriented culture supported by staff work groups to inform our values, shape our practices, and build community through social gatherings
Caring and flexible work environment committed to work-life balance
Strong commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive environment, including race and LGBTQ+ equity work
The successful candidate will have the following experience and attributes:
Master's in social work, psychology, counseling, or other equivalent
Experience providing counseling and casework in a youth-centered work setting (minimum of 2 years of supervised experience in a relevant setting).
Evidence of outstanding counseling and casework skills.
Demonstrated experience in and passion for youth services.
Excellent communication skills,
Demonstrated ability to build relationships of mutual trust and respect with youth, colleagues, school professionals, and community members.
Experience with data collection and proficiency in using technology as a management reporting tool.
Highly collaborative, entrepreneurial, and energetic personality.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for Y.O.U.'s mission.
Fluency in another language such as Spanish, Assyrian, Arabic, Urdu or Tagalog, including the ability to conduct counseling sessions in both languages
Specific Expertise and Enthusiasm for Working with school-aged youth.
LCSW or similar certification
About Youth & Opportunity United
Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships.