Function: Responsible for working as a team member to establish and maintain the collaborative and positive tenor of the residential team. Responsible for the direct care of program youth. Demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to the mission and core values of Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs). Reports directly to the Belfort House Manager.
Duties: The following duties are the essential functions of this position. Successful job applicants will be able to perform these essential functions with or without requested reasonable accommodation.
Provides general supervision and appropriate interventions to clients housed in the residential program.
Works with clients housed in the residential program on increasing life skills knowledge, building problem solving skills, communication skills, and coping strategies.
Conducts education and/or personal development groups daily with clients, as assigned.
Assists youth with activities including daily chores, room maintenance and cooking.
Manages any crisis and/or emergency that may occur in the residential community.
Ensures residential team members and collaborative agencies are kept well informed about clients’ needs around housing, education, employment, physical and mental well-being and makes referrals as needed, unless otherwise directed.
Engages youth in activities and accompanies youth on activities outside the residential program presents proper activity documentation to include receipts
Works with the team to ensure that the delivery of all services embody Ignite’s philosophies.
Documents and maintains medication protocol
May be called upon to support the basic center and/or adult transitional living program.
Provides telephone or in-person screening to homeless/runaway/or precariously housed youth that are requesting service.
Provides appropriate referral and placement services to callers contacting 24 hour crisis line services, through phone, text, and/or e-mail
Coordinates and conducts the intake and placement of homeless residents in temporary basic center program
Monday through Friday
Completes all required shift and client related
Participate in monthly trainings and team meetings.
Works as a part of a team to provide support and assistance whenever needed.
Follows agency policies and procedures for the obtainment of information and provision of services to clients.
Works with and supervises volunteers.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Physical: Must be able to climb stairs on frequent, daily basis. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. Must have valid Illinois driver's license, proof of insurance, and insurable through IGNITE’S's insurance policy. If at any time, the employee cannot be insured under the agency's coverage, the employee is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Knowledge and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field or 4 years or more of residential youth work experience required.
Internal Number: CSS 072019
About Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs)
Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs) helps unstably housed youth, ages 14 to 26, get their youth back and take the first step toward their journey to a stable home and a future with promise.
Our programs and services are designed to meet the immediate and long-term needs of unstably housed youth. But it’s our sense of community that truly makes Ignite unique. Participants build deep relationships with one another as well as our staff that continue to positively impact their lives long after they graduate from our programs.
Youth homelessness is not a choice, and all young people deserve to be defined by their potential, not their circumstances.
Every individual and their situation is unique. Ignite meets youth where they are, physically and emotionally, and makes a daily commitment to putting them on a path to reaching their full potential.
Every young person who comes to Ignite has a chance at a new beginning, and with each new beginning, we’re building a stronger future for Chicago.