At Ada S. McKinley we transform lives and strengthen communities. We are seeking talented individuals who will join us in furthering the mission of the agency which is to serve and bring lasting positive change to underprivileged communities in the Chicago area. Our staff is our most valued asset and as such we offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision, LTD, retirement, life insurance, PTO, paid holidays, and tuition reimbursement).
OVERVIEW:We currently have an opportunity available for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with our Employment and Community Support Services division. Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, this position is responsible for providing a continuum of rehabilitation services to disable individuals designed to assist in the accomplishment of vocational goals.
Duties may include but are not limited to:
Provides direct rehabilitation services for assigned client caseload.
Provides systematic counseling focusing on the realities of real world life skills to assist developing the client's social, emotional and intellectual capacities to meet the demands of employment.
Utilizes medical, psychological and vocational evaluation and other pertinent modes to use as tools in development of a formal vocational rehabilitation program.
Assigns clients to appropriate work and training activities, observes client performance and behavior and monitors progress towards goals.
Education:This position requires the incumbent to have a Bachelor's degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology or social work.
Experience:Minimum of at least one year of experience working with a developmentally disabled client population. The incumbent must demonstrate the experiences, beliefs, attitude and awareness that indicate cultural sensitivity to the client population served.
Must have the ability to partner with clients individually in family, to help them mobilize resources and their inner capacity to address problems they face.
Must be able to coordinate effectively with other team members, other agency resources and outside services in addressing client needs.
About Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
The mission of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is to empower, educate, and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.
The agency was founded as a settlement house in 1919 by Ada Sophia McKinley, a schoolteacher and social reformer, who saw the need to assist veterans returning from World War I and African Americans migrating from the South. Currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary, Ada S. McKinley is one of the largest human services organizations in the country with an annual operating budget of $40 million, nearly 600 employees, serving more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 locations. Services are provided 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, primarily in Illinois/Chicago with additional sites in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Ada S. McKinley has three primary areas of services: Child Development & Youth; Employment and Community Support; and Behavioral Health & Clinical. Services rendered daily include: tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, residential, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs.
The vision of Ada S. McKinley is for all people to have the opportunity for education and employment.