Lawrence Hall
  • Other
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Medical & Dental Insurance, 401k, Employer-Paid Life Insurance / LTD / AD&D, Paid Time Off

The Youth and Community Engagement Supervisor reports to the Director of Youth and Community Development. Provides direct supervision to the Youth Leadership Specialist, Mentor Coordinator, and other staff hired during the growth of outreach and prevention programs. Coordinates, implements and facilitates various youth leadership and engagement programming including but not limited to: One Summer Chicago, RISE, After School Matters, Peer Jury, Family Advisory Council and Youth Advisory Committee, youth volunteer experiences, youth mentoring programs. Supports linkages to community based youth leadership opportunities. Responsible for managing relationships with program funders and complying with requested grant reporting requirements. Coordinates and provides trainings for new mentors and community partners. Assists in the ongoing development of street level outreach and prevention programs and implementation of restorative justice practices. Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to complete documentation of client behaviors and actions utilizing the computer. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S's of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use both verbal and physical intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Physical intervention skills require the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance. May travel to different agency sites to provide programming to clients. Flexible schedule required as Youth and Community Engagement Supervisor maintains on-call responsibility 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Must transport youth in agency vehicles.


Plans, coordinates, implements, and facilitates various youth leadership programming including, but not limited to, One Summer Chicago, RISE, After School Matters, Peer Jury, Family Advisory Council and Youth Advisory Committee, youth volunteer experiences, youth mentoring programs, and supports linkages to community based youth leadership opportunities

Responsible for managing relationships with program funders and complying with requested grant reporting requirements

Communicates and corresponds effectively with youth and employees to ensure attendance and participation in programming throughout the agency

Provides constant supervision of youth behaviors and interactions at all times during programming

Encourages positive relationship building and socially acceptable habits and behaviors

Uses active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect

Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences

Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment

Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve month period

Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery

Accurately and formally documents youth behaviors, progress, and program accountability

Utilizes statistical data to formulate reports in conjunction with the Manager of Performance and Quality Improvement and the Vice President of Youth and Community Development

Attends all required trainings and orientation for grant based programs

Youth and Community Engagement Supervisor

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Networks and builds relationships with external youth development programs and other community entities

Coordinates participation in Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), Regional Youth Advisory Board (RYAB), Statewide Youth Advisory Board and other youth leadership meetings outside of the agency

Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines

Uses creativity to expand youth development and leadership programming within the agency and remains informed of current grant opportunities

Establishes and maintains professional relationships with youth and employees and responds to problematic behaviors in accordance with methods established by departmental and agency policies

Upholds agency policies and procedures in accordance with departmental manuals

Demonstrates a commitment to performance and quality improvement in all aspects of the position

Completes grant based reports and documentation accurately and on time

Attends all mandatory team meetings and scheduled supervisions

Sets a positive example for employees, is a role model. Supports and trains employees on appropriate strategies using the 5 S's and therapeutic de-escalation skills

Promotes professional growth in employees, fostering strengths and redirecting efforts as necessary

Ensure employees attend training related to being trauma informed-at least two every twelve months

Mediate personnel conflicts with respect and dignity

Understand the impact of secondary trauma and workplace stress and use strategies to prevent, minimize and/or help employees heal and recover.

Ensure assessment tools used to inform practice and treatment include screens for trauma exposure

Maintain fidelity of trauma focused interventions and treatment modalities

Holds regular (at least bi-weekly), documented supervision of supervisees

Actively involved in planning and delivery of training related to own area of expertise and needs of programs supervised

Demonstrated respect and interest in youth leadership, mentoring and youth culture

Ability to be supportive and provide guidance in a non-judgmental manner

Demonstrated flexibility and shows initiative; ability to work independently and as a part of a cohesive team

High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information

Provides support, advocacy, and conflict resolution groups as needed throughout the agency

Actively engages youth on-site and in the community

Assists in post-crisis response with youth, families, and community

Assists with intake process as needed

Actively recruits youth and families in the community to fill programing requirements

Acts as an integral part of treatment team planning, participating in staffing, team meetings, and other events as needed

Integrates restorative justice framework into all aspects of case management, leadership development, and life skills programming

Demonstrates creativity and vision for creating youth leadership opportunities in community based settings

Plays an active role in youth leadership, street-level and community outreach program development, working closely with the agency's Development department

Demonstrates cultural competence, supporting youth in a variety of different community based services including but limited to, LGBT support groups and spiritual development opportunities that meet the unique needs of the youth served

Other duties as assigned

Youth and Community Engagement Supervisor

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Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred

Training in Peace Circle keeping and prior knowledge/experience with restorative justice philosophies preferred

At least three (3) years experience working with youth of vulnerable populations, in a strengths-based and social justice methodology

Intermediate to advanced level of computer skills required

Demonstrated strong writing, planning, and organizational skills

Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred

Knowledge of youth development, adolescent issues, positive youth development/strength based approach preferred

Personal vehicle or access to vehicle and proof of insurance

Valid Illinois Driver's license

No history of child abuse or neglect

Ability to pass background and drug screen

This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt.

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