Sarah’s Inn, a comprehensive domestic violence agency located in Oak Park, seeks a full-time Children’s Counselor to join our team.
The position reports to the Children’s Program Supervisor.
The purpose of this position is to provide counseling, advocacy and direct service to children and teens including crisis intervention, emotional support, safety planning, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education and support and education group services.
Provide comprehensive and quality services to children and teens impacted by domestic violence.
Provide on-going counseling and emotional support to battered women and their families through in-person individual sessions and group sessions.
Provide crisis intervention, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education, safety planning, and emotional support for battered women and their families over the phone or in-person.
Organize and prioritize daily services and responsibilities to ensure that client needs are met.
Advocate on behalf of battered women, children and teens within various systems to include social service, housing, economic, legal, health care and education.
Ensure professional relationships with clients to create an atmosphere of empathy, safety and support.
Maintain accurate and current information regarding issues and policies impacting battered women and their families.
Design, plan and facilitate support and education groups.
Update and enhance knowledge of community resources and materials relevant to the clients we serve.
Coordinate responsibilities with team members to ensure client needs are met.
Update client files in a timely and accurate manner.
Update client case notes and service codes in a timely and accurate manner.
Maintain knowledge of internal organizational guidelines and protocols.
Build and enhance community relationships.
Represent the organization with professionalism at community meetings and events, and demonstrate diplomacy and tact in all interactions with various system representatives and community partners.
Participate and provide leadership on various external committees, task forces, and councils as assigned.
Collaborate with other community and county agencies on behalf of the clients we serve.
Develop and maintain partnerships with community programs that are in line with the mission of Sarah’s Inn.
Educate community members and professionals about domestic violence and Sarah’s Inn services.
Provide community education presentations and professional trainings.
Participate in community awareness events.
Provide internal training to staff, volunteers, and interns.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
MSW degree required.
Minimum 1 year experience providing direct service advocacy on behalf of battered women and their families preferred.
Minimum 1 year experience providing direct service to children and teens.
Completion of 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training preferred.
Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Fluency in Spanish, oral and written, preferred.
Demonstrated computer experience.
Knowledge of women's, children and youth issues specifically related to domestic violence.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle a variety of tasks, and meet established deadlines.
Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including but not limited to board members, staff, volunteers, interns, government officials, community partners, organizational donors and media.
Commitment to and experience in working with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.
Valid drivers license, current insurance and reliable car.
Physical demands and work environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing duties of job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
Sarah’s Inn is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Our services and initiatives focus on ending relationship violence through domestic violence crisis intervention, community education, and violence prevention programs for youth.
Founded in 1981... by Oak Park residents, Sarah’s Inn works throughout the socioeconomically diverse region of Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods and Western suburbs. We believe in hopeful futures for survivors of domestic violence through the strength that comes from a networked and supportive community. The vision of Sarah’s Inn is to be a nationally recognized leader for community-based solutions that will end relationship violence.