Youth Care Worker Opportunity in Chicago Apply Today

Youth Care Worker Opportunity in Chicago Apply now

Ignite positive change as a Youth Care Worker (Opportunity Youth) at Heartland Alliance’s Chicago – Logan Square II location.

Youth Care Worker Opportunity in Chicago Apply now

Join our dedicated team in the vibrant city of Chicago and become a pivotal part of transforming lives. As a Youth Care Worker, you’ll play a vital role in providing direct care services, ensuring the safety of youth in the SAFEty program. Under the guidance of the Program Manager, you’ll serve as an advocate, educator, coach, and role model, making a difference in the lives of opportunity youth.

Youth Care Worker Opportunity in Chicago Apply now

With available shifts accommodating diverse schedules, including 1st Shift (8a – 4:30p) with Wednesday/Thursday off and 2nd Shift (4p-12:30a) with Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday off, this role offers flexibility and purpose. Embrace the chance to engage in activities with the youth, complete operational routines, and support the program’s philosophy.

Youth Care Worker Opportunity in Chicago Apply now

Be part of a team dedicated to implementing policies while meeting CARF, DCFS licensing, and funder requirements. Your impact will be measured not just in tasks but in the positive change you bring to the lives of the youth we serve.

Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Helps program participants to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal strengths and challenges. Ensures participants follow implemented Individual Service Plans, point and level systems, and behavior mentorship plans.

  •  Supervises and ensures safety of the youth in the milieu during the assigned shift.
  •  Maintains established program staff to participant ratio within the program and during off site/ outdoor appointments, trips, activities.

  •  Responsible for timely and accurate documentation (e.g. incident reports, contact with Youths’ families, log entries, e-mail, and contact with on-call supervisor). Submits such documentation to the supervisor/manager within the designated timelines.

  •  Supervises participants’ phone calls, activities, health and hygiene, and adherence to program rules and schedule.

  •  Provides supportive supervision, guidance, and role modeling for the participants in the milieu.

  •  Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Learns, aligns with, and executes the treatment philosophies, modalities and practices of the organization.

Education and Experience:

  •  High school diploma or equivalent degree

  •  Minimum of (1) year experience with youth in casework, human services, or related field, and/or equivalent education and experience.

  •  A minimum of HS diploma plus 5 years of experience may be required by the funder
  •  Fluency in a second language may be required.


  •  CPI and CPR Certification required, but will be received during training phase.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (K/S/A)

  •  Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence.

  •  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

  •  Ability to maintain professional demeanor while exercising judgment and discretion in work.
  •  Ability to maintain confidentiality. d7ffZ3G Dmo7Rl

  •  Ability to attend required agency training classes and maintain necessary training compliance.

  •  Flexibility to attend daytime trainings or sessions outside of regularly scheduled hours.
  •  Ability to stay awake and alert during scheduled shift.

  •  Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the organization.

Work Arrangement:

This role is not eligible for remote work. All hours will be worked in person. This position has an active presence at all assigned programs on a rotating basi s.

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 the essential functions.

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

  •  Each program site operates on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year
  • . To meet both the needs of our participants and contractual obligations, employees are required to be flexible in regards to scheduling and work location.

  •  Program sites are located throughout the Chicago area, including the North and South sides of Chicago, as well as the suburbs.

  • Employees may be required to report to any one of our locations on a temporary or permanent basis.

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