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. Reports directly to the Assistant Director of Residential.
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.
Community Supported Space
Provides supervision and interventions to clients housed in basic center and/or transitional living program.
Works with each client on increasing basic life skills, building problem solving skills, communication skills, and coping strategies.
Assist youth with skills building activities including daily chores, room maintenance and cooking
Ensures case manager, residential team members and collaborative agencies are kept well informed about clients’ needs around housing, education, employment, physical and mental health well-being.
Manages any crisis and/or emergency that may occur in residential community.
Documents and maintains medication protocol
May be called upon to provide support to Bronzeville Youth Shelter and/or adult transitional living program.
Maintains cleanliness and organization of community kitchen and pantry.
Completes overnight community shift tasks daily, including cleaning and organization of shared community space and preparing client rooms for intake.
Organizes and prepares supplies for distribution to program youth, assist with meal prepping in coordination with Facilities Manager
Completes tasks as assigned to facilitate case managers ability to conduct Belfort House programming.
May be called up to provide additional support to clients in need of increased knowledge of basic life skills and daily issues impeding clients’ progress toward self-sufficiency.
Works with the team to ensure the delivery of all aspects of youth service delivery embody Ignites’ philosophies.
Organize and maintain cleanliness of shared staff office including updating and replenishing shared documents.
Documentation & Communication
Complete all shift and client related documentation as required.
Participate in monthly trainings and team meetings.
Attends weekly supervisions sessions.
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 program volunteers.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and experience
Bachelors’ degree in Social Work or related field
4 years or more of residential youth work experience
Automation: Ability to use computer equipment and Microsoft office applications, e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook.
Physical: Must be able to climb stairs and short ladders on frequent, daily basis. Must be able to perform basic household maintenance tasks that may require lifting and bending. May be required to occasionally lift up to 25 lbs. Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license, proof of insurance, and insurable through Ignite’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.
Internal Number: 3125685700
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.