Job Scope: Assists in the coordination and implementation of evidence-based youth prevention programs in school and community settings and assists in the development of a community coalition addressing positive youth development.
Focus prevention services on positive youth development programming as assigned by CCPRD grant.
Assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based prevention programs, as assigned to CPRD programs.
Assist with the implementation of Youth Prevention Education at middle and/or high schools in the service area.
Work collaboratively with various community sectors, including schools, local law-enforcement, faith-based organizations, social service agencies, and community members.
Assist with conducting local needs assessments in collaboration with community partners.
Research and develop /health promotion materials.
Provide consultation related to best practices in prevention to schools and or community organizations.
Plan, create, facilitate and evaluate ongoing prevention activities with program participants.
Recruit schools in the service area to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey and provide implementation assistance as needed.
Assist in the preparation of all State and/or Federal required grant reports and other documents required by the funder.
Attend funder-mandated trainings and workshops.
Meet with supervisor as scheduled.
Other job-related duties as assigned.
Participate in appropriate professional development opportunities.
Follow prevention best-practices as defined by the project’s funder.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of technology including using technology to develop promotional materials.
Ability to work comfortably with a wide range of people, including youth, parents, school administration, and community leaders.
Strong presentation and facilitation skills including facilitating youth prevention education and focus groups and initiating/facilitating meetings with other professionals.
Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
Ability to conduct prevention projects with youth.
Basic knowledge of Emotional Intelligence Theory, Strategic Planning, and Public Health Models
Availability on occasional evenings and weekends.
Good organizational skills and capacity to develop and implement practical strategies, plans, and solutions to identified issues and problems
Good critical thinking skills, including the capacity to identify and appropriately assess and order competing interests and priorities
Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure when facing short deadlines
Good diplomacy, judgment, discretion, tact and the ability to communicate and work easily with colleagues and leaders, in and outside of the organization
Ability to work independently; handle confidential information; strong professional ethics and boundaries
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting and routinely uses standard office equipment.
Significant time will be spent in the community (up to 50%), driving to and from various community meetings, schools, and prevention organizations
While in transit, the employee may experience changing road and whether conditions
In the field, employee may be exposed to varying conditions.
Have a valid driver’s license, daily access to reliable transportation, and proof of insurance
While performing the duties of this position, the employee will travel by automobile and is exposed to changing weather and road conditions
The employee is required to travel by automobile throughout the northwest suburban area and to various locations several times monthly as well as occasional meetings/trainings in and around KYC’s catchment area
Employee is required to travel to statewide meetings and trainings sometimes requiring overnight travel
Some out-of-state travel to national trainings and conventions may be required
Full – Time, Non – Exempt, 37.5 -hour work week
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in social services, education, or related field required.
Experience in community organizing, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and/or related fields preferred.
Experience in technical assistance and training preferred.
Experience using software including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, image manipulation, publishing software, and Apple software environments.
Familiarity with typical electronic office equipment including networked printers and file storage equipment.
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Kenneth Young Center
Kenneth Young Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens' support services. Our mission is to help people "feel good, do better and find solutions" by providing: Counseling for adults, children, families. Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis. Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness. Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons. Volunteer opportunities. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally respected body with stringent standards of excellence in care. Kenneth Young Center offers a broad range of exciting employment and internship opportunities. All of our positions contribute directly to our mission of providing mental health and senior services to help people feel good, do better and find solutions. Our employees enjoy: Competitive pay, exceptional benefits and generous paid time off A friendly and supportive work environment Specialized rewards and recognition programs Training and skill development opportunities Challenging and diverse work assignments Personal development and career experience