Community Social Worker Full-Time (40 hours), exempt
Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development (BUILD, Inc.) is seeking a committed, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional to join the Clinical and Community Services Wellness team in the role of CommunitySocial Worker (CSW). 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 CSW will effectively address the mental health/substance abuse needs of high-risk youth through a) ongoing training of staff to identify youth mental health/substance abuse issues and provide front-line support; b) in-field support and consultation; c) initial short-term treatment and referrals; d) establishing mental health/substance abuse referral partners and identifying opportunities for more formal collaboration; and e) facilitating external referrals, follow-through/support. The CSW will recorgnize the vicarious trauma of staff working with crisis-oriented youth.
The CSW reports directly to the Manager of Health and Wellness Services.
Exemplifies the mission, vision and values of the agency.
Receives case assignments, establishes treatment plans, reviews case progress and determines case closure through the supervisor of the assigned program.
Provides mental health services to participants through a short-term therapeutic model.
Makes referrals in accordance with service plans to other organization units and external providers.
Facilitate and track external referrals and follow-up.
Assist members of the Intervention team during crisis situations involving youth.
Documentation and Compliance:
Document and report program activities and outcomes, and ensure progress toward annual program objectives
Submits statistics and reports to the Manager of Health and Wellness Services on a bi-weekly and monthly basis and/or as needed.
Maintains File Compliance as required and compliance with Efforts To Outcomes (ETO)
Communication and relationship management:
Maintains knowledge current in the field including, but not limited to, attendance at seminars, workshops, etc.
Train staff to identify traumatized youth mental health/substance abuse issues, provide support, and refer youth to community partners offering services that are more intensive.
Consult with staff and provide in-field support for high-need youth.
Maintains knowledge current on agency’s theories, methodologies and best practices.
Attends departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events as required.
Supervise social work interns as needed in accordance to respective program requirements.
Participate in agency-wide fundraising events.
Encourages participant/community participation 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.
Masters in Social Work
Minimum experience of 3 years in working inner-city youth.
Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which includes late evenings and weekends.
Self-motivated leader with the ability to communicate in a friendly and informative manner with people from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles.
Demonstrates good judgment and ability to work independently as a part of a team.
Driven to succeed, organized, proactive, innovative, responsible, and assertive, possess integrity and the ability to motivate others.
Must possess excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Must be able to effectively and efficiently handle multiple tasks and deadline simultaneously.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential.
Must work effectively with agency staff, board members, funders, donors and volunteers.
Must possess solid understanding of data collection and program evaluation.
Must maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, all level of agency staff and various publics of the agency; demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds and embracing the agency’s mission, values and culture.
Must pass Child Endangerment & Violence screenings, Illinois State Background Check & Federal Fingerprints
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 over 45 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.