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Essential Functions: With oversight from the Manager of Youth Programs, this person will provide strength based and trauma informed clinical services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) transition age youth (approximately 18 to 24 years old), including COH Youth Housing residents, youth program participants, and youth engaged via clinical outreach services with partner organizations. This person will provide individual, family, and group therapy, on site and at collaborating agencies. This position will oversee our clinical expansion to the West and South sides of Chicago. Serve as the liaison between the Youth Program and the Behavioral Health Department.
Provide counselling to transition age youth program participants via individual, family and/or peer-group therapy including but not limited to COH Youth Housing residents, prospective residents, youth program participants, and youth engaged via off-site outreach services
Collaborate and liaise with the Behavioral Health department
Support graduate level clinical interns engaged in the Youth Clinical Intern Training Program.
Provide clinical resources and referrals to appropriate services for youth as needed.
Support the daily operations of the Youth Program
Represent agency to community groups, agencies and organizations
Develop and oversee all clinical aspects of the Youth Housing Program
Work collaboratively with other service providers both internally and externally
Document all services accurately and timely
Compile monthly and quarterly service provision reports
Attend weekly staff meetings, and staff trainings as required
Work as part of team to provide services and develop new programs, working consistently within COH’s mission, vision, and values
Other duties as assigned
Results – proven track record of exceeding goals; bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement; ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; ability to solve problems, manage programs and be creatively resourceful
Strategic Vision and Agility – ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate them into the organizational plan
Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity to manage and lead people; a team builder who is able to scale up a department; ability to connect to staff on an individual level and in group contexts; ability to enforce accountability; ability to develop and empower leaders
Action Oriented – enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even when limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stances when necessary
Personal qualities integrity, credibility, accountability and commitment to the mission of Center on Halsted.
· Flexible can work in an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrates resourcefulness.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer sensitivity.
Excellent verbal skills, oral and written.
· Master’s level degree in Clinical services – Licensure required (LSW, LPC), working towards clinical licensure (LCSW, LCPC)
· Bilingual is strongly favored
· Experience and commitment to working with youth, including youth who are homeless, in the foster-care system, or juvenile offenders, is required.
· Commitment to best-practice models for LGBTQ youth services – including but not limited to Trauma-Informed Care, Harm Reduction, Sex Positivity, and Positive Youth Development
· Microsoft Office proficiency required.
This job description is not a comprehensive list of all of the possible job-related responsibilities, tasks and duties that are required of this position. Center on Halsted reserves the right to change any and all of the employee’s responsibilities, tasks and duties.
Apply by email with the subject: Transition Age Youth Clinician Applicant. Email resume, cover letter and salary history/salary range expectations to: HR Department, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your cover letter, please address the following:
· Discuss your perspective on positive youth development. How would you ensure all young people would be seen as assets, rather than as a problem or one individual person struggle (i.e. homeless)
· How do you manage conflict with a peer and/or between two other individuals?
· How do you analyze performance to determine how the work being done helped someone move though a personal challenge, a goal or a personal issue? Discuss benchmarking.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Center on Halsted hires the most qualified candidates without regard to any person’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, military discharge status or source of income
Additional Salary Information: Medical, Dental, Vison, Short & Long Term Disability, 403B, Vacation, Life Insurance, Pre-tax Transit
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.