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 Community Wellness Advocate (CWA). 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 Community Wellness Advocate will provide emotional support and services to youth and their families who are victims of crime and/or homicide through the process of assessing, planning, implementing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating options and services required to meet the client’s service plan needs and goals. Through advocacy, communication and resource management, the Community Wellness Advocate will promote equality and cost-effective interventions and outcomes helping find services needed and keeping tabs on the client’s progress through the completion of their service plans. Services include but are not limited to connecting clients with additional critical resources, such as mental health care, medical care, legal services, victim’s rights and/or compensation, funeral planning and vigils, interpretation services, workforce development and financial education. Basic needs such as emergency financial assistance, childcare, transportation, housing and utilities are also included. Emotional support navigating the criminal justice system, including police departments, legal services and the courts. Services take place at BUILD, in the community and other locations as needed.
The Community Wellness Advocate reports directly to the Humboldt Park Program Manager
Advocates for victims of crime and their immediate families in problem situations, including appeals, reconsiderations, and attempts to meet family needs through alternative resources
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 required per grant
Conducts assessment of client’s immediate needs and circumstances to develop an appropriate service plan
Ensure the timely flow of case management activities to meet program service plan goals
Utilizes BUILD Universal Referral form to document and connect families to other BUILD services as needed
Operates professionally in the field on a flexible schedule, which may include late evenings and weekends
Completes all assessments, service plans, case notes and any other significant program data within a timely manner
Maintains all forms required, including case notes, client service plans, referral forms, information releases related to health or disabling conditions, health information, and any other information necessary in program participants file utilizing all procedures related to maintaining confidentiality at all times
Communication and relationship management:
In partnership with Crisis Response Specialist and Community Wellness Navigator, helps to identify positive adult/youth influences to create a stronger support network for the program participant
Regularly monitors client activity related to achieving personal and programmatic goals, and provides revisions to service plans as needed
Establishes a regular schedule of home visits, contacts, and follow-ups to encourage the building of relationships with participants and ensure completion of service plans
Utilize motivational interviewing practices to engage and retain participants through the completion of their service plans
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, Inc.
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
Bilingual- English/Spanish required
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 email@example.com. Applicants must indicate the position title and ATTN: Jessica Carrillo in the subject line.
Additional Salary Information: Based on Experience.
Internal Number: 5-21
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.