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Youth & Family Counselor

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The Organization

Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships. 

Y.O.U. is committed to creating a diverse team environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Role Summary

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) seeks a Youth and Family Counselor (YFC) to join a dynamic youth development organization. Reporting to the Director of Clinical and Outreach Services, the Youth and Family Counselor is responsible for direct delivery of counseling, case management, and housing crisis services to youth and families in school and community-based settings. This position is primarily focused in the middle school environment. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide individual, family and group therapy counseling services to youth, caregivers or family members
  • Assess, plan, and facilitate the case management process with clients including but not limited to employment, health care, education, and housing resources
  • Delivers 24-hour housing crisis response for ages 11-22 on a rotational basis
  • Receives referrals from partners related to case management, therapy, or housing stability.
  • Participate in and collaborate with the community-wide sharing of initiatives focused on youth, ages 11-22, housing stability.
  • Serves as a clinical consultant to after-school program staff and supports program implementation.  
  • Design and lead psychosocial/psycho-educational groups with youth at the academic after-school program sites or summer program.
  • May provide training in designated areas of Clinical expertise.
  • Complete administrative paperwork including but not limited to client documentation and grant reporting
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications 

Education

  • Bachelor's in social work, psychology, counseling, or other related field

Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of counseling and casework practices.
  • Knowledge of youth development
  • Some experience with and enthusiasm for working with school-aged youth.
  • Adaptive verbal communication to effectively engage clients and caregivers.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong social-emotional intelligence, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Understanding of race, privilege, power and other systems of oppression that impacts youth, communities and school systems.
  • Strong connection to Y.O.U. mission and values.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience

  • Master’s in social work, psychology, counseling, or other related field
  • Minimum of two years supervised experience providing counseling and casework in a youth-centered or relevant work setting.
  • Knowledge of impact of trauma and resiliency for youth and families
  • Demonstrated experience in counseling and casework practices in community settings 
  • Experience with data collection and maintaining clinical records 
  • Fluency in another language such as Spanish, Arabic, and/or Urdu including the ability to conduct counseling sessions in both languages
  • Proficiency in using technology as a management reporting tool  
  • LCSW or similar certification

Preferred Skills

  • Flexibility
  • Self Reflection
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving 
  • Decision Making 
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong Communication (verbal and written)

The Organization

Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

Commensurate with experience

Benefits

Benefits include: Health, dental, vision, and term life insurance, PTO, 401K option, FSA/Pre-tax transit option, professional development, and flexible work schedule. 

There will be no relocation costs included in this package. Applicants should have a current, valid legal authorization to work in the United States.

Benefits include: Health, dental, vision, and term life insurance, PTO, 401K option, FSA/Pre-tax transit option, professional development, and flexible work schedule. 

There will be no…

Location

On-site
1911 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA

How to Apply

To Apply

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by Friday, September 3rd, 2021 and include the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Names/contact information of three professional references

Three letters of recommendation and official transcripts will be required for all Search Finalists. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Aina Cambridge at talent@youthopportunity.org.

To Apply

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by Friday, September 3rd, 2021 and include the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Names/contact information…

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