Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Program Management
2 Year Degree
The Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) Bilingual Outreach Worker will be responsible for the community education about naloxone, safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs, connecting people to recovery support services, and facilitating non-clinical recovery groups.
Kenneth Young Center is a sub-award of the Northwest Suburban Cook CARA project whose goal is for all police departments in the service area to carry naloxone to reduce opioid related overdose deaths in Elk Grove, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Des Plaines, Palatine, Prospect Hts. Mount Prospect, and Hoffman Estates. The goal will be reached through 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.
Under the supervision of the Project Lead, 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 project’s objectives;
Participate in planned outreach and education in the community;
Keep track of activities in order to meet the grant’s reporting requirements;
Work with staff to schedule program events, organize logistics, and handle supplies and information;
Participate in appropriate professional development opportunities;
Work collaboratively with other KYC programs related to recovery support services;
Coordinate Recovery Support Services for persons seeking services such as treatment, housing, education, employment, transportation, medical, and/or mental health services;
Maintain a list of local treatment and recovery support services;
Maintain or obtain Recovery Support Specialist certification;
Facilitate various recovery support group(s) for individuals ages 14+ (e.g., AA, SMART, White Bison, Young People in Recovery, etc.) that is culturally competent, LGBTQ+ affirming, and, as needed in Spanish; and
Other job-related duties as assigned.
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.
While in transit, the employee may experience changing road and whether conditions.
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.
Non-exempt, Full-Time, hourly, 37.5 hours per week
Ability to work beyond traditional working hours and schedules including evenings and weekends.
CADC or Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) certification preferred, or commitment to complete RSS certification within 12 months;
Lived experience with long-term recovery (2 or more years);
Minimum of 18 months or more of job-related experience.
Experience working 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