Project Oz has been providing human services to McLean and Livingston counties for more than 40 years. We seek talented individuals who love working with young people, have great communication skills, and who are good at connecting people and resources.
Current Employment Opportunities
We're looking to add to our growing team!
Project Oz is seeking a Youth and Family Specialist who will work in McLean county.
A Youth and Family Specialist provides day-to-day case management, life skills training, street outreach, counseling, and crisis intervention, using a trauma-informed approach, to individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 who are in Livingston and McLean counties. Conducts proper screening of runaway, locked-out, homeless, and street youth to assess at-risk status and to provide prevention services and life skill education, intervention, and placement information.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Aid youth in crisis or who are runaways, locked-out, homeless, or living on the street.
• Complete initial assessment and use a defined screening tool to determine program eligibility and risk level of youth.
• Make referrals to Project Oz on-call staff or other resources or activities that provide need-specific services.
• Provide regular supervision to youth housed in the emergency hotel and assist them in obtaining more stable housing.
• Troubleshoot client concerns and ensure youth safety.
• Function as a neutral advocate to address youth, school, or parent concerns.
• Educate youth in life skills with the intent to stabilize behavior and promote self-sufficiency.
• Conduct street outreach activities to educate homeless youth regarding shelter and placement options, etc. This involves frequenting areas where youth are known to socialize or congregate.
• Act as liaison and network with juvenile officers, schools, and other stakeholders to the youth’s service planning.
• Assist Project Oz staff in developing action plans to expand agency outreach capabilities and methods.
• Act as a community resource and market the program by ensuring potential referrals and their sources are aware of program services and the referral process.
• Attend all required staff meetings and youth services meetings.
• Assist in the training and development of interns or volunteers.
• Complete all required forms and progress notes and submit agency reports, forms, and time logs by agreed upon dates.
• Is available, as scheduled, to provide 24-hour crisis intervention services.
• Act as Mandated Reporter as outlined by DCFS rules and regulations.
• Perform all other duties as assigned by Project Oz.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field.
• Reliable personal transportation, valid Illinois driver’s license, and satisfactory driving history along with documentation verifying current automobile insurance. May transport clients in own vehicle.
• Must be flexible, able to respond to crisis calls within designated time frames, and able to travel and work weekend and evening hours as needed.
• Related professional experience working with youth in a human services program.
• Ability to recognize trauma symptoms and support healing and recovery for youth exposed to trauma.
• Knowledge of childhood trauma and/or experience working with youth that have been exposed to trauma.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to solve practical mathematical problems.
• Knowledge of Microsoft® Teams software and/or Outlook, Excel, and Word.
• Background checks – Must pass required criminal and character background checks. Must possess valid Illinois driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving history along with documentation verifying current automobile insurance.
• Mandated Reporter - Act as a Mandated Reporter as outlined by DCFS rules and regulations.
• Training – Job involves CPR and other crisis-intervention related training.
• Travel – Job may require travel via commercial transportation and/or driving motor vehicles. Must occasionally drive in heavy traffic and/or inclement weather conditions.
• Physical Requirements – Must be able to stand, walk, and sit. May occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• Hours – Job may require irregular work hours and travel outside of normal business hours. Must be flexible and able to respond to crisis calls within designated time frames.
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If you are a college student, you may be able to get internship credit with Project Oz. Internships are typically available for 2 semesters.
Our Drug Prevention and Education staff work in public schools presenting classes and leading youth groups that work to prevent or reduce youth drug use. Our Youth Services staff work with runaway and homeless youth in crisis response, housing, skills-building classes, street-based outreach, job and education planning, safety planning, and much more. Contact Abbey at 309-827-0377.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Project Oz ensures equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, military status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Project Oz is a drug-free workplace.