Who We Are:
National Youth Advocate Program has been serving communities and clients since 1978 and we continue to grow each year. Our growth allows us to expand and develop new and innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve. We offer unique and personalized services for families and individuals in four areas: Prevention/Intervention, Positive Youth Development, Out-of-Home-Placement and Reunification/Permanency.
We know you are compassionate and dedicated to serving your clients and communities and NYAP is dedicated to providing support to those who join our team! We look for individuals that are ready to make a direct impact and are excited to be an instrument in supporting the needs of our children, youth and families.
Contract Responsibilities Summary
Under the general supervision of the Clinical Supervisor or designee, this position works to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and families served. This position works closely with youth, family, foster parents, and community partners, providing counseling or therapy, advocacy, and support toward the ultimate goal of living safely and successfully in the community.
Actively supports, represents, and extends the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
Provides appropriate individual, group, and family mental health services, case management, transportation, and other professional services, meeting or exceeding established outcomes thresholds on behalf of persons served.
Travels daily, to provide community based services to, and on behalf of, youth and families in compliance with organizational, contract, and regulatory requirements.
Completes all required documentation in a timely manner.
Completes all required training in a timely manner.
Consistently achieves established productivity thresholds.
Coordinate and monitor services for the youth and family in the community, including but not limited to, mental health, medical, educational, psychological, vocational, and social services.
Regularly reviews and modifies youth based plans to assure consistent progress and success on written plan goals.
Establishes and maintains strong relationship with assigned foster parents and families of origin.
Assists in family reunification and/or stabilization efforts with the youth’s primary family or other permanent living arrangement consistent with the youth’s case plan.
Provides safety assessment, crisis response, and behavioral stabilization services as required to assure safety and stability for youth served.
Participates in the Continuous Quality Improvement activities on a monthly/quarterly basis.
Actively participates in the weekly supervision process.
Master’s Degree in Social Work or comparable Human Services field from an accredited institution.
A valid associate professional license or fully licensed as required and acceptable by state or contract regulations preferred.
2 years of work experience working in direct service with youth and families strongly preferred.
Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, automotive insurance, and a good driving record.
A willingness to work flexible and non-traditional hours in the service of foster caregivers, families of origin, and persons served.
Capacity to be flexible and responsive to youth served, foster caregivers, system partners, and internal customers.
Capacity to remain objective and professional in all areas of job function. Demonstrates tolerance and respect for the ideas and actions of others.
Capacity to effectively work with and be respectful and sensitive to persons from various cultures, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.
Proficient use of desktop and laptop computers, smart phones and tablets, printers, fax machines and photocopiers as well as software including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
If this describes YOU, please apply today!
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Covid-19 Vaccination Note:
In spirit of caring for one another and our community, NYAP Immunization Policy and Procedure requires all employees, contractors, interns, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Except to the extent an individual is eligible for an exemption or the policy and procedure is not applicable by law. The State of IL has a separate mandate, more information click here. For additional information please contact Human Resources at 614-487-3888