Program Area: Supporting Successful Transitions Program
Classification: Exempt (Full-Time)
Reports to: Associate Director, Client Support Services Program
Position End Date: (Temporary Position) June 30, 2018
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has been providing legal services to the community since 1973, and while our reach has expanded beyond the Cabrini Green neighborhood, our focus has narrowed to working for and alongside individuals, families and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. Each year, over 6,000 people access CGLA’s services to remove or prevent barriers to employment and education caused by pending criminal cases and past criminal records and to stabilize families and housing threatened by arrest or conviction. Through zealous legal services, social supports and systemic advocacy, CGLA seeks to strengthen individual lives, protect families, and mobilize communities impacted by arrest and incarceration.
CGLA is a new recipient of a Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention (CBVIP) grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. This initial grant runs through June 30, 2018 to launch the Supporting Successful Transitions Program (SSTP). SSTP will enhance and strengthen the work supporting youth facing allegations of juvenile parole violations, by providing services that go beyond the appointed representation at parole revocation hearings and continue to support them during their term of aftercare release (juvenile parole).
This is a full-time, temporary position to work within CGLA’s Support Successful Transitions Program (SSTP). The primary responsibility of this position is to provide direct support and social work case management to youth, up to age 21, reentering the community after incarceration in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Since 2015, CGLA has provided representation to youth facing parole violation proceedings as appointed counsel under the M.H. Consent Decree. The Social Worker, as part of the legal team, works alongside CGLA attorneys in an interdisciplinary team that advocates for youth to be released back to the community on aftercare. The relationship begins at the time of appointment at preliminary hearings before an administrative hearing officer, and continues through the final revocation hearing before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. The hearings primarily occur at the Illinois Youth Center located in St. Charles. The Social Worker will continue providing case management to the youth through the duration of their aftercare release, supporting them in successfully transitioning back to the community, meeting the conditions of their aftercare release, all while creating and achieving their own goals to move forward into a stronger future.
Provide direct support to youth in Cook County as part of CGLA’s “Supporting Successful Transitions Program”, which offers legal and social work case management services to youth on juvenile parole reentering the community after incarceration;
Engage effectively with juvenile clients and CGLA attorneys as an integral part of CGLA’s interdisciplinary team approach to serving clients, offering direct services, connecting clients to partner social service agencies, and working closely with clients and service-providers at each agency with which they are engaged;
Provide services to youth with diverse needs throughout the duration of their juvenile parole, from initial intake through case closing via in-person client appointments, direct accompaniment to appointments, court dates, phone calls, and frequent home visits;
Track SSTP grant goals and requirements to ensure services are meeting set targets;
Engage in individualized case management with clients including the coordination of services related to their needs across various areas: legal standing, economic opportunity, housing stability, family connectedness, health, and education, among others;
Coordinate a coalition of referral partners in Cook County that address youth needs, including workforce development and behavioral health;
Attend weekly parole revocation hearings in St. Charles, Illinois, to administer assessments and intakes for new clients and begin case planning;
Assist the Associate Director of Social Work in the implementation and periodic revision of the evidence-based holistic assessment model for youth clients ;
Participate in weekly case review meetings to discuss the pending cases in the program;
Attend staff meetings, legal team meetings, and other program meetings as assigned;
Maintain accurate client records, case notes, and data tracking, and complete periodic reports;
Maintain Legal Server (CGLA’s case management system), record case notes for each client, communicate with SSTP staff, record outcomes and complete proper case documentation;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
A demonstrated commitment to CGLA’s mission and commitment to working with low-income and justice-involved individuals;
Experience working with youth and families; experience working with justice-involved youth preferred;
Experience working in a community-based organization and familiarity with the resources of Chicago (strongly preferred);
Commitment to understanding the legal system from a systemic and individual perspective;
Understanding of the complexities of working in a legal setting on an interdisciplinary legal-social work team;
Be comfortable working directly with marginalized populations in affected communities, with the ability to engage with justice-involved youth and families in an authentic and nonjudgmental manner;
Ability to travel to client homes and external agencies to provide community-based services; ability to travel across Cook County and to St. Charles to meet with youth directly in the youth facility or in their community;
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Required; MSW Preferred.
Ability to manage a substantial case load while offering zealous, personal and empathic services to every client;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to motivate and interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, establish empathetic rapport and connection with youth and families;
Demonstrate personal strengths in organization, follow-through, and the ability to work well in team settings, good judgment, a sense of humor, and composure under pressure; and
Client and community-centered focus to the work.
Strong time management; Ability to maintain a punctual schedule.
Intermediate computer skills;
Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability;
Good display of emotional maturity;
Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently;
Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
CGLA offers a generous benefits plan that includes health, vision, dental and life insurance, dependent care and flexible spending account, and 403(b) retirement account. In addition, CGLA offers generous paid time off, Floating Holidays and 14 paid holidays per year. During the summer months we celebrate Summer Fridays by closing the office early.
How to Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type “Social Worker, SSTP Program” in the subject line. Note: Please mention how you heard about the job announcement in your email.
NO PHONE CALLS OR RECRUITING FIRMS PLEASE!
CGLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.