Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Program Management
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – First Responders (CARA) Project Lead will oversee the day-to-day operations of Kenneth Young Center’s sub-award of the Northwest Suburban Cook CARA project: For all police departments in the service area to carry naloxone to reduce opioid related overdose deaths. In order to meet this goal, our objectives are as follows for the proposed service area (Elk Grove, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Des Plaines, Palatine, Prospect Hts. Mount Prospect, and Hoffman Estates). The Project Lead will also supervise the Outreach Specialist and Recovery Coaches and work collaboratively with other contractors.
Work collaboratively with various community sectors, including local law enforcement, first responders, social service agencies, persons in recovery, persons using substances, and other community members to achieve the following objectives:
Train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on carrying naloxone.
Train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs to protect themselves from exposure to such drugs and respond appropriately when exposure occurs.
Establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities, and safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs.
Work with a local community council on the grant’s goals and requirements.
Supervises staff (Outreach Worker and Recovery Coaches) in planning and implementing program services and events.
Plan outreach and education in the community.
Assist in the preparation of agency, state and/or federal reports.
Work with staff to schedule program events, organize logistics, and handle supplies and information.
Collaborates with Division Director to develop program sustainability.
Participate in appropriate professional development opportunities.
Works collaboratively with other KYC programs related to recovery support services.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of multiple recovery support services and strategies
Ability to work comfortably with a wide range of people especially law enforcement, the homeless, LGBTQ+, adolescents, and those seeking recovery support services.
Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
Availability for evenings and weekend events and groups
Good organizational skills and capacity to develop and implement practical strategies, plans, and solutions to identified issues and problems.
Good critical thinking skills, including the capacity to identify and appropriately assess and order competing interests and priorities.
Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure when facing short deadlines.
Good diplomacy, judgment, discretion, tact and the ability to converse and work easily with colleagues and leaders, in and outside of the organization.
Ability to work independently; handle confidential information; strong professional ethics and boundaries.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting and routinely uses standard office equipment.
Significant time will be spent in the community (up to 50%), driving to and from various community meetings and substance use treatment and recovery organizations.
Team-based collaborative environment.
The employee is required to travel by automobile throughout the northwest suburban area and to various Kenneth Young Center office locations several times monthly as well as occasional meetings/trainings in the Chicagoland area.
Exempt, Full-Time, hourly, 37.5 hours per week
Ability to work beyond traditional working hours and schedules including occasional evenings and weekends.
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
High School diploma and/or GED
Lived experience with long-term recovery (2 or more years) from a substance use disorder or co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness.
Minimum of 3 years or more of job-related experience.
Experience working professionally with persons in recovery.
Experience working with persons in the targeted community.
Experience using Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as well as cloud-based programs such as Google Drive, Box, and Drop Box.
Have a valid driver’s license, one’s own vehicle, and proof of insurance.
About Kenneth Young Center
Kenneth Young Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens' support services. Our mission is to help people "feel good, do better and find solutions" by providing: Counseling for adults, children, families. Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis. Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness. Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons. Volunteer opportunities. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally respected body with stringent standards of excellence in care. Kenneth Young Center offers a broad range of exciting employment and internship opportunities. All of our positions contribute directly to our mission of providing mental health and senior services to help people feel good, do better and find solutions. Our employees enjoy: Competitive pay, exceptional benefits and generous paid time off A friendly and supportive work environment Specialized rewards and recognition programs Training and skill development opportunities Challenging and diverse work assignments Personal development and career experience