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JUVENILE JUSTICE YOUTH AND FAMILY SPECIALIST - OPT 1 (UPWARD MOBILITY)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Jun 16, 2022
Location: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60612-2222

Job Requisition ID:  16332

Agency:  Department of Juvenile Justice - Illinois Youth Center - Chicago 
Closing Date/Time:  June 30, 2022  11:59PM 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary: $4,793/month; CBA Applies; Full Range: $4,793- $7,410/month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC062 

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

Qualifying state employees in the Upward Mobility Program should follow the Upward Mobility Policy Guidelines when applying for this title. 

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification #16332

 

About the Position

 

Under general supervision of the Youth & Family Specialist Supervisor; provides a range of prescribed treatment services in accordance with policy and case management of youth within an assigned team setting; provides counseling services to youth in a group and individual basis during initial orientation and adjustment to facility; conducts assessment to evaluate youth and determine appropriate and effective counseling treatments; conducts crisis intervention counseling in response to incidents and situations. Participates in training and staff development programs.

 

Job Responsibilitiies

 

  1. Provides counseling services to youth on an assigned caseload and incoming youth during their initial orientation and adjustment to the facility.
  2. Utilizes assessment tools to evaluate youth and determine appropriate and effective counseling treatment.
  3. Interviews youth and gathers information for the purpose of classification, reclassification and recommends facility assignment based on screening and assessment.
  4. Writes progress reports for Parole consideration to advise court officials and parole agents of students progress and readiness for parole.
  5. Prepares and updates progress reports of assigned youth evaluating progress, adjustment and their treatment.
  6. Conducts crisis intervention counseling in response to incidents and situations which requires behavioral controls and sanctions and applies custodial restraint or confinement.
  7. Attends monthly staff meetings to discuss goals/objectives for each youth.
  8. Recommends housing unit assignment and changes thereafter.
  9. Participates in continuing education programs, training and staff development to build skills and acquire knowledge of programs and services.
  10. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

  1. Requires a bachelor's degree in counseling or a closely related social sciences degree.
  2. Requires two (2) years of professional experience working with youth in juvenile services.

 

OR

 

  1. Requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Requires three (3) years of professional experience in counseling or casework.

 

This title is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

  • Requires extensive knowledge of counseling and guidance principles and techniques.
  • Requires working knowledge of theories of personality and deviant behavior, delinquency and criminology.
  • Requires working knowledge of the principles of cognitive behavioral treatment.
  • Requires working knowledge of sociology of the family and of racial and cultural minorities, urban sociology and social problems.
  • Requires working knowledge of casework techniques and the writing of professional reports.
  • Requires ability to prepare comprehensive evaluations and to develop recommendations for rehabilitation and positive behavioral change programs and for placement and supervision.
  • Requires ability to apply a high degree of tact, patience, empathy and insight in the skillful counseling of residents, families, parents and relatives.
  • Requires ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Requires ability to use a personal computer and office software in data tacking and preparation of work reports and case management.
  • Requires ability to administer objective psychometric tests.

 

Conditions of Employment

 

  1. Requires the ability to pass the IDOC/IDJJ background check.
  2. Requires the ability to pass a drug screen. On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act made it legal for residents over the age of 21 to produce, consume and sell cannabis in Illinois. Please note that although the law has changed, the Department will continue to enforce the Department’s zero tolerance Drug Testing policy. The use of unauthorized drugs, including cannabis, by an employee, regardless of the position held is prohibited.
  3. Requires the ability to comply with all local and federal health requirements and/or mandates. Governor Pritzker announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all State employees whose job duties require them to work in a congregate care facility. All 24/7 congregate-care facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice are included in this mandate, which went into effect October 26, 2021.
  4. Requires ability to travel.
  5. Requires the possession of a valid appropriate driver's license.
  6. Requires the successful completion of an initial pre-service training curriculum.
  7. Candidate must be over 21 years of age.

 

About the Agency

 

The mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) is to build youth skills and strengthen families by promoting community safety and positive youth outcomes. Over 900 staff members from across various departments—security, programming, education, mental health, and more—collaborate with the understanding that youth are physically, emotionally, and cognitively different from adults. The department provides extensive services to young people through a developmental, treatment-focused model of care that builds youth resiliency, engages families, and promotes community safety at the five youth facilities it operates across the state. IDJJ serves and houses approximately 150 youth and is responsible for approximately 500 youth on Aftercare in various Illinois’ communities.

 

Work Hours:  8:30am - 5:00pm Wednesday - Saturday; 10:30am - 7:00pm Tuesday; Sunday/Monday Off  
Work Location: Illinois Youth Center - Chicago: 136 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60612-2222  
Agency Contact:

Shaunda Dale, HRR

DJJ.IYCChicago.HumanResources@illinois.gov

Job Family:  Social Services; Public Safety  

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.

Please submit application via email to: DJJ.IYCChicago.HumanResources@illinois.gov (Please include "Juvenile Justice Youth & Family Services Specialist Opt 1 16332" in the subject line of your email.  Instructions on required attachments are listed below).

 

Current State Employees:

 

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 4/2021 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B (version dated 4/2021 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 4/2021 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification #/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 4/2021 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 4/2021 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification #/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 4/2021 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

 

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 4/2021 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification #/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 4/2021 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

 

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 4/2021 or after) and official college transcripts (where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s) will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 4/2021 or after) will result in your application being rejected.