CASE MANAGER | YOUTH EMPOWERMENT COACH
The Case Manager plays a key role in our Changing Voices, post-release employment program by providing individualized support for 21-23 justice-involved youth aged 17-24 years old. The Case Manager will develop strong relationships with program participants that allow them to create and implement an effective case plan. The Case Manager is a frequent collaborator with full-time program staff in identifying potential conflicts between youth, intervening in crisis situations, identifying external resources, creating policies and empowering youth to identify and reach their program goals.
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title in the subject line.
Who should apply.
Beyond the qualifications listed below, we are looking for someone who will be able to quickly gain the trust and respect of our ensemble. The employee will see many difficult and/or complex situations and they must be exceptionally clear-eyed about the needs of each youth in moments of stress, pain or excitement. They will be the sole staff person with clinical experience and have a progressive view of delivering trauma-care, and must believe that the young people employed at Storycatchers are experts on their own lives.
We are looking for an experienced Case Manager. Candidates with experience in the performing arts will not be given special consideration.
- Develop and execute a trauma-informed curriculum to provide applicants/participants. individualized support throughout their engagement with Storycatchers.
- Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress to goals described in case plan.
- Determine, and advocate for, required resources.
- Lead Gender Responsive Trauma-Informed process groups focused on self-reflection.
- Lead weekly evidenced-based psychoeducational groups utilizing curriculum focused on social-emotional, job, and life skills.
- Conduct psychosocial assessments and develop client-led goal plans using Harm-Reduction and Motivational Interviewing strategies.
- Attend participants’ meetings with providers to assess care and service received.
- Collaborate with partners to evaluate participants’ status and provide follow-ups.
- Maintain confidential and current documentation of case progress.
- Lead weekly all-group social-emotional and life skills workshop.
- Support program staff to prevent or respond to potential issues of security.
- Proactively identify potential conflicts between participants.
- Provide effective crisis and risk prevention and management.
- Intervene in crisis situations to find emergency resources.
- Advocate for the social work perspective within the space.
- Work with program staff to facilitate the application and hiring process.
- Conduct assessments with program applicants in order identify strengths and possible obstacles to success.
- Develop roles for, and manage, Social Worker interns.
- Maintain relationship with local universities referring MSW interns.
- Interview and hire MSW interns.
Essential skills and qualifications.
- Master of Social Work.
- Licensure to practice Clinical Social Work in Illinois (LCSW).
- Three (3) years of case management experience with an acutely at-risk population.
- Training in trauma-informed practice – certification preferred.
- Comfortable setting boundaries with clients and staff.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office or similar program; Internet; Email, data entry.
- Mission-driven person with a strong work ethic, well-organized, reliable, energetic and upbeat.
- Must be adaptable and flexible.
- Must be familiar with the City of Chicago.
- Familiarity with the criminal justice system a plus.
General required availability.
- Full-time position, 9am – 5pm weekdays with rare nights or weekends.
- Program location is currently located in Chicago at 100 N. Western (near Western and Washington)
- 100% paid enrollment in company health plan.
- Paid federal holidays and 25 days of additional PTO after one year of employment.
- Salary Range: $45,000 – $47,000.
About Storycatchers Theatre.
For 34 years, Storycatchers Theatre has been empowering court-involved youth to craft and perform musical theatre from their own personal stories of growing up in Illinois’ underserved neighborhoods. Using an award-winning and transformational writing methodology, these youths develop the skills needed to successfully re-enter society and move beyond their histories to become peer mentors, civic influencers and agents of change in our community.