Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development (BUILD, Inc.) is seeking a committed, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional to join the Clinical and Community Wellness Services team in the role of Crisis Response Specialist. Since 1969, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods giving at-risk youth alternatives to the violence that takes away their positive potential. Applying our model of positive youth development, BUILD seeks to redirect the behavior of gang-affiliated youth and potential gang recruits to improve their chances of leading fulfilling lives and to increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside.
Vision: Grow Hope. Save Lives. BUILD Futures.
The Crisis Response Specialist will act as a first responder to provide immediate support to youth and their families after a shooting or other act of violence, including emotional support, initial advocacy, and support in navigating the criminal justice system, including police departments, legal services and the courts. Services take place within targeted communities and area hospitals as needed. Responsibilities call for the Crisis Response Specialist to be available on-call at any time of day or night.
The Crisis Response Specialist reports directly to the Community Violence Support Manager
Works collaboratively with targeted communities, other departments and other stakeholders to identify and support youth and their families that are victims of or witnesses to crime or those exposed to violence-related traumas who are in need of services
Connect violence-exposed youth and their families with comprehensive services that promote healing, foster life-skills, and prevent high-risk/consequence behaviors that make them vulnerable to violence and other negative outcomes
Documentation and Competencies:
Contributes to client related data systems for record keeping and reporting purposes
Contributes to reports as per grant requirements
Ensure program achieves expected performance milestones in accordance with contracts and expectations of funding sources making necessary adjustments as needed
Utilizes BUILD Universal Referral form to document and connect families to BUILD services
Operates professionally in the field on a flexible schedule, which may include late evenings and weekends
Responds to crisis calls within a reasonable,established time frame
Communicates with Crisis Response Unit Manager in advance and/or with the Crisis Response team within a timely manner if unable to respond to a crisis call
Communication and relationship management:
In partnership with Community Wellness Advocates, helps to identify positive adult/youth influences to create a stronger support network for the participant
Represents BUILD to broaden community awareness and support, interpreting the agency’s programs and services at program-related community, coalition and committee meetings as needed
Attends departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events, as required
Maintains knowledge current in the field in way of participation of coursework, seminars and/or workshops
Participate in agency-wide fundraising events
Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends
Participate in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of BUILD,
Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum two years of experience working with inner-city youth in a human service setting, trauma-informed care, social service setting, or related field
Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
An automobile is required along with current insurance and a valid driver’s license
Maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, all levels of agency staff and the various partners of the agency, demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds
Must be willing to travel as needed
Must be passionate about youth development work
Must successfully pass extensive background check
This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.
For strictly confidential consideration, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must indicate the position title and ATTN: Jessica Carrillo in the subject line.
Additional Salary Information: Based on Experience.
Internal Number: 2-7-1
About BUILD Incorporated
For over 50 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.
BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities.