The Night Ministry
  • 07-Aug-2017 to 30-Dec-2017 (CST)
  • The Crib/YOT
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full benefit package offered

Job Title:  Youth Outreach Professional                   FLSA status:  Full-Time Non-Exempt

Department:  Youth Programs                                  

Reports to: Manager, Youth Outreach and Emergency Shelter

Position Summary: Through outreach, offer services that include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, skills and needs assessments, pastoral care/counseling, Harm Reduction Education, HIV/STD education, prevention and testing, and other direct services to youth as needed, specifically youth aged 12-24. Collaborate with Youth Outreach Team in developing new methods and venues for outreach.

General Purpose: Find, engage, and build relationships with youth who are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed, then offer guidance and referrals, so they can increase stability and motivation, and build self-efficacy in their journey of advocating for themselves and their communities.   

Role Qualifications: 

        Must establish and maintain a visible presence and relationships with youth by regularly staffing programs in a designated area or areas.

        Must conduct assessments and provide services and referrals.

        Must work collegially with staff, volunteers, interns, and community groups.

        Must be trauma competent, LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) competent, and street culture competent, and able to work with diverse populations.

Position Responsibilities:

Accurate and timely data entry in external and internal data bases, i.e. Efforts to Outcomes (ETO).

        Collaborate to create and maintain relationships with youth experiencing and at risk of homelessness, especially those ages 12-24, through outreach. This may include participation in van based outreach, on foot outreach in a selected area, staffing of daytime or evening indoor drop-in programming, and presence at schools, youth centers, and other events or sites where youth are likely to congregate.

        Contribute to periodic community needs assessments, including needs and skills of individual youth, and distribute supplies and referrals to services as needed.

        Support and facilitate positive youth development with individual youth and the Team's youth programming.

        Help maintain and nurture relationships with community organizations and social service agencies.

Accurate and timely data entry in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) and in HMIS.

        Help represent The Night Ministry and its participant population through advocacy with other organizations, congregations and community groups, participate in the agency's public relations and fund raising activities as assigned, and encourage community involvement in addressing the needs of homeless youth.

        Accurately and consistently document program activities in accordance with The Night Ministry policies and procedures and the requirements of funding resources.

        Maintain a familiarity with the issues related to the population, including current literature, available resources, and street dynamics. 

        Attend trainings as available.

        Attend staff, agency, and inter-agency meetings.

        Other tasks and duties as assigned.

 Essential Skills and Experience

        Bachelor's degree and/or relevant life experience.

        Comfort with developing and implementing new venues and methods of outreach.

        Pass DCFS requirements, including Health Clearance and Criminal Background Check.

        Current driver's license; evidence of insurability; ability to drive a 23 foot outreach van.

        Physically able to be outdoors and/or mobile outdoors for as long as six consecutive hours at night in all varieties of Chicago weather.

        Demonstrated "street smarts" 

        Excellent interpersonal skills.

Nonessential Skills and Experience: 

        Masters of Divinity or equivalent/similar degree, ordination, pastoral experience, or MSW preferred

        Spanish language skills are a plus.

Reporting to This Position: None.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; climb stairs; talk and  hear; taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds and drive an automobile. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Employee must be able to be outdoors and/or mobile outdoors for six consecutive hours in all varieties of Chicago weather.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may significantly vary at the different locations required in this job.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ, and/or those with lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to apply.

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