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Evening Youth Engagement Specialist

Job Details

2934 W Lake St - Chicago, IL
Full Time
$18.15 - $19.15 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services


About Us:

Located in East Garfield Park, Covenant House Illinois provides youth (ages 18-24) experiencing homelessness with shelter and safety, trust and community, and a better tomorrow.

We are growing and searching for compassionate people to join our team of dynamic, committed folks who are dedicated to providing love and support for all youth in need. Competitive salary starting pay $18.50 + 1.00 shift differential, professional growth opportunities, educational assistance, and excellent benefits (12 paid holidays, paid sick time, 3 weeks vacation 1st year). Additional perks include a signing bonus after 90 days of employment, professional development stipend, on-site training as well as free, on-site secure parking. If you believe every young adult deserves high-quality care, see what joining the Covenant House Illinois team means.

Purpose of Position:

This position provides direct, individualized, supportive care through purposeful engagement with youth who reside in our residential program and/or who attend the drop-in program while establishing positive rapport with peers and partnering agencies.

  • Job Duties and work environment:

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure the provision of Trauma Informed Care and the highest quality delivery of services to youth in accordance with the Covenant House Mission Statement and Principles and Core Values.

  • Assist in the implementation of youth Success Plans.

  • Have an understanding of and support the implementation of Trauma Informed Care, Harm Reduction, Restorative Justice and Positive Youth Development.

  • Participate in required training and team meetings.

  • Supervise all youth activities in the space and engage youth in a positive manner.

  • Ensure a safe (emotionally and physically) environment for all youth.

  • Escort youth to external activities.

  • Facilitate and monitor group support services including activities and meetings.

  • Timely document information in ETO regarding all client interactions

  • Ensure accurate and timely tracking, documentation, and reporting of data and statistics as required for agency reports using ETO.

  • Respect client confidentiality while understanding and complying with requirements of mandated reporting, duty to warn, HIPAA, and other limits to confidentiality.

  • Assist youth with daily activities such as signing up for a locker, accessing shower facilities and/or support with laundry services.

  • Ensure that all common areas in CHIL are operational and able to be used. This includes ensuring the space is clean and free from safety hazards.

  • Follow protocols if space needs cleaning or attention from the Facilities Manager

  • Be willing to participate in being a Primary YES if identified for youth

  • Able to engage in the process of the multidisciplinary team meetings for your primary youth

  • Participate in clinical consultations

  • Participate in special projects which enhance the experience of the youth and create a safe and welcoming environment

  • Provide assistance with events/activities as assigned.

  • Engage with youth who may have mental health challenges or using substances.

  • Have knowledge and experience working with the LGBTQIA+ population

  • Perform all additional job duties as assigned.

  • Required to do light physical work including cleaning and organizing.

  • Regularly required to remain stationary for some periods of time; use hands and fingers; communicate; move; occasionally required to position self to stoop, kneel or crouch; frequently required to reach with and use arms and hands.

  • Must be able to walk upstairs and lift up to 10 lbs.

  • Work environment for this position includes an offices and residential space with a low to high noise level


  • Hold a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, or a social service field required; or High School Diploma with 5-10 years of related experience.

  • Display effective written, verbal, listening and communication skills

  • Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in crisis situations, with effective interpersonal skills

  • Must be willing to function as an active and engaged member of an interdisciplinary team.

  • As a 24/7 program, full time staff work some holidays and weekends. All efforts are made to equitably distribute holidays amongst staff.

  • Shift hours are 3pm-11:30pm

  • Willingness and ability to attain CPR/First Aid Certification and Narcan.

  • Pass federal, state, and local background check investigations.