Position Title:Youth Counseling Manager
Reports to: Center Director
Status:Full Time, Salaried
Schedule: School Year: 10am-6:00pm; one evening a week 1:00pm-9:00pm; Summer: 9:00am-5:00pm
Gary Comer Youth Center: Having opened its doors in June 2006, the state-of-the-art Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) offers positive extracurricular alternatives in a welcoming and safe environment. The mission is to provide the support for all of our youth to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. Located on Chicago’s South Side, the Gary Comer Youth Center draws its primary membership from the youth residing on the South Side of Chicago with a focus on Grand Crossing residents. GCYC is the oldest and largest institution sitting on the Comer Education Campus which includes our organizational partners Gary Comer College Prep High School, the South Shore Drill Team and Gary Comer Middle School. For more information, please visit: www.garycomeryouthcenter.org.
Comer Education Campus: With a comprehensive approach to education and youth development, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. The campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU. The campus serves over 2,000 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs. Working with best-in-class partner organizations, the Comer Education Campus empowers young people with the tools they need for post-secondary and life success. For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for the provision of social emotional counseling services for our youth members including referrals (programs, opportunities, academic and clinical), mentoring, advisement and parent/care giver relations.
- Serve as the organizational leader for social emotional services provided to our members.
- Leads and supervise 6-8 part time social emotional (SE) advisors, a case manager, and 1-2 full time counselors.
- Coordinate the internships for social work interns from Chicago State and the University of Chicago. Will also provide clinical supervision for interns when appropriate.
- Responsible for all managerial facets of staff and intern supervision including screening, hiring, and training new staff, and providing formal and ongoing performance evaluation.
- Responsible for the data management related to youth counseling including but not limited to date entry monitoring; case notes and monthly one-on-one reporting and analysis.
- Responsible for agency level reporting and analysis related to youth counseling for the organization.
- Grants management leader for the youth counseling component of grants awarded to the Youth Center, specifically the Community-Based Violence Prevention Grant.
- Provide supportive consultation to colleagues and program providers regarding social emotional or behavior challenges with youth and families.
- Serves as a contributing member of the evaluation team for the organization.
- Works with the Center Director and Hr manager to provide on-site training for program and service providers.
- Works with our safety team to ensure that the organization follows the restorative justice philosophy and ensures that GCYC is providing peace circles on a regular basis. Also provides supervisory support to safety team personnel assigned to conflict resolution.
- Represents GCYC with external partners at meetings, trainings etc. This includes but not limited to Strengthening Chicagoland’s Youth and the Chicago Peace Hub.
- Serves as Manager on Duty for the organization as assigned.
- Responsible for maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment to further ensure proper youth supervision and managing conduct issues and incidents.
- Attends required staff meetings and trainings.
- Works with other staff to execute effective outreach, recruitment and retention strategies.
- Responsible for accurate data collection and data entry for grant and program compliance.
- Supports the mission of GCYC.
- Works collaboratively in a team setting serving the needs of youth.
- Is committed to the safety and development of all GCYC members.
- Takes on other duties as needed.
- Serves as a role model for youth and community.
- Abides by the employee handbook and established GCYC policies and procedures.
- Experience or working knowledge of behavioral health supports and restorative justice.
- Working knowledge and experience working with communities of color, specifically the African American community.
- Strong experience with case management.
- Experience with and strong understanding of budgeting along with the factors that impact budgets – ability to problem solve in the area and work within the given budget.
Education & Skill Requirements
- Master’s degree in social work or related field is required.
- Clinical licensure such as LCSW or LCPC preferred.
- Three years or more of professional experience providing instruction or social emotional supports to youth and families.
- Prior leadership and supervisory experience.
- Must possess genuine care and concern for youth – especially pre-teens and teens.
- Program area management skills that are engaging, non-oppressive and age appropriate.
- Strong project management and organizational skills. Must be able to initiate and finish projects.
- Able to communicate effectively with youth, co-workers, stakeholders and families in a respectful and culturally competent manner via written and verbal communication.
- Must enjoy working with teams but can also work independently.
- Enjoys being the leader but is also confident enough to take directions from others.
- Must be able to take initiative and problem solve. Must be a creative thinker.
- Demonstrates strong accuracy in all areas of work.
- Must possess adaptive vitality.
- Demonstrates understanding of the positive youth development philosophy.
- Demonstrates an understanding of guidance and discipline principles & conflict resolution strategies.
- Must demonstrate cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care.
- Must have basic computer literacy skills – including Microsoft Office, independent use of the internet and ability to learn and properly utilize software systems.
Physical Work Requirements & Environment:
- Ability to work in a shared work space and ability to effectively communicate the same to direct reports.
- Must be able to work occasional Saturdays or Sundays.
- Ability to leave spaces used for work in a better condition upon completion of the work.
- Have the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
- Possess the ability to walk during field trips and to complete building and program rounds.
- Be able to stand and move with youth during programs, field trips and special events throughout the day.
- Must be able to ride various modes of transportation including school and coach buses, airplanes, cars, vans and public transportation.
- Can operate in crowds or with small groups.
- Able to complete administrative work in a shared office space within a youth center.
- A flexible schedule for evening and some weekend hours is required during school year. Summer hours have a more traditional work schedule.