SOS Children’s Villages Illinois - Casa Tepeyac, a short-term residential facility, is designed to assist youth who struggle with gang involvement or intimidation, assess and treat youth involved in the juvenile justice system, instill healing for the abused, provide housing opportunities for runaway and homeless youth, and improve overall family and community functioning. We provide a quiet, controlled, and supportive environment that allows youth to diffuse rough defenses, so a true assessment of their emotional and behavioral needs and abilities can be determined. This safe haven teaches youth how to stay off the streets and in school, overcome barriers, and make better choices to become self-sufficient and establish a foundation for future success.
We are currently recruiting for a Group Residential Living Specialist. The position is a part-time, on-call support-staff position that will report to the Program Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Assists in managing cases of individual youths
•Teaches and monitors behaviors/skills according to individualized treatment plans
•Models appropriate relationships with youth and staff, as well as keeping boundaries with staff and clients
•Teaches meal preparation and living skills
•Observes and participates in mediation and planning conferences with youth and their families
•Monitors and maintains a safe living and learning environment for youth (e.g. bed checks, recreational activities, monitoring youth activities, etc.)
•Attends to youth’s medical/physical conditions and provides medication monitoring
•Assists in the preparation of youth summaries and reports (e.g. clinical summaries, behavioral report cards, discharge summaries, incident reports, etc.)
•Assists in processing documents for youth intake and departure
•Attends weekly staff meetings and daily feedback sessions
•Conducts transition meetings and treatment planning conferences and other meetings as scheduled
•Receives referral calls and turns them over to the Program Manager
•Transports youth to and from shelter to school, appointments, and outings
•Adheres to program policies and procedures (e.g. restraints, youth safety, outings, reporting guidelines, etc.)
•Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, interdependence, and ethical behavior
•Participate in outreach activities with schools, youth-service agencies/organizations, therapists, doctors, dentist, lawyers, law enforcement, juvenile court personnel, businesses, job training organizations, neighbors, churches, etc.
•Act as a liaison to the community and participate in community activities, events, functions, holiday traditions and celebrations, task forces, meeting, etc.
•Exhibit genuine care and respect for the community and model professional behavior that will reflect positively upon SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
•Attend and participate in general agency staff meetings and other meetings as assigned by supervisor