Refugee Youth Substance Use Prevention Coordinator
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 7/17/2020

Job Description

Summary:  This position works in collaboration with the Youth Coordinator-Lead to conduct an assessment of the services available to, and the needs of at risk youth in the city of Chicago, and to facilitate substance use prevention curricula at schools within the Chicago Community Areas of West Ridge, Rogers Park, and Edgewater.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With the Lead Worker and Supervisor, participates in conducting community/target population assessments, providing in-school Youth Substance Use Prevention programming, and recruiting Chicago area schools to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey

  • Facilitates state-approved substance use prevention curricula in Chicago Community Area Schools for Edgewater, Rogers Park, and West Ridge

  • Coordinates supportive referral service for program participants

  • Works with other Substance Use Prevention staff to link eligible youth to the appropriate substance use prevention curricula/programming

  • Provides one-on-one substance use prevention interactions with participants, as needed

  • Maintains confidentiality and appropriate professional boundaries in accord with program and organizational policies and guidelines

  • Completes accurately, and in a timely manner, all necessary forms and statistical reports and submits such documentation to supervisor within designated timelines

  • Participates and contributes actively in regular supervisory and team/unit meetings, assessment process debriefings, in-house training sessions, conferences, and other activities as needed

  • Participates in program and operational planning

  • In addition to performing the above mentioned job duties, the lead worker will also be required to perform various coordinating and training duties. These include, but are not limited to such things as preparing and monitoring staffing assignments, training employees how to perform certain job duties and suggesting how employees can improve their job performance.

  • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  Bachelor’s degree. At least three years of related experience working with at risk youth, substance use prevention intervention and education, or both.

  • Individuals in this position must complete training of the chosen substance use prevention curriculum within the first three months of employment.

    Computer skills:Basic knowledge of word processing, email, and Intranet.

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

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.

  • The employee is frequently required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.

  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust and focus.

    Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outside weather conditions.

  • The employee may frequently be required to visit participants in their homes or in institutions/other settings.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 7/17/2020

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