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Residential & Crisis Support Specialist (Backup)

Company: YWCA Evanston North Shore
Location: Evanston
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Description:This position is located in Evanston, Illinois.The Residential and Crisis Support Specialist, as a member of a larger domestic violence team, is the primary on-site position that helps maintain a safe and supportive residential environment and offers critical support to callers of the 24-hour crisis line. The position proactively builds supportive relationships with residents, role models appropriate behaviors and boundaries, implements residential policies and procedures and collaborates with team members and management to identify and proactively communicate areas for improvement. Crisis line tasks include assessing caller needs, conducting safety planning, screening for shelter eligibility, providing emotional support as needed, and referring callers to critical resources.This position provides coverage for designated shifts, including days, evenings, weekends, holidays, and overnights, to help ensure coverage 24/7. Additionally, the position ensures emergency call-back coverage by picking up a minimum of 6 comparable shifts per year. This position is integral to creating a warm, welcoming, and trauma-informed space for all.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIESResidential Support (40%)

  • According to protocol, compassionately welcomes new shelter residents and sensitively guides them through the resident directed in-take process.
  • Warmly and proactively engages residents in a manner that reinforces our trauma-informed principles and builds a supportive space.
  • Takes every opportunity to provide supportive comments that recognize the successes and strengths of residents.
  • Provides information and resource referrals to residents as needed.
  • Champions the principles and practices of trauma-informed care in all interactions with residents.
  • Responds to resident questions and reinforce critical safety guidelines and resident rights and responsibilities as needed.
  • Distributes needed supplies to residents.
  • Assists residents in navigating in-house conflicts, refers residents to client advocates as needed, and role models healthy boundaries, self-awareness, and self-care.
  • Overnight and on weekends, independently assesses security needs and calls police when serious safety issues arise.
  • Overnight and on weekends, exercises discretion to assess serious safety violations that necessitate the need for emergency discharge and conducts the discharge process in accordance with agency protocol.
  • Full-time and part-time employees in this position must accept a minimum of 6 unscheduled, comparable call-back shifts per year as a condition of employment, provided those shifts are available. Back-up positions are required to accept a minimum of 2 shifts a month as a condition of employment, provided there are sufficient shifts offered.Crisis Line (35%)
    • Responds to callers on the 24-hour crisis line providing crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, information about legal rights and options, information about domestic violence, and referrals, and appropriately documents all calls in the online case management system.
    • Screens for shelter eligibility and makes arrival arrangements with eligible callers.
    • Schedules clients seeking walk-in counseling and completes any backup documentation.
    • Updates shelter status in Salesforce to ensure accurate occupancy information for team members.
    • Maintains accurate notations and reviews them to stay updated on shelter issues.Record Keeping and Quality Management (10%)
      • Keeps accurate service documentation, including narratives, phone and supplementary intakes, contact book, accident report forms, etc., ensuring timely entry into Salesforce.
      • Timely and proactive submission of issues or concerns related to operations, facility, or client needs according to protocol.
      • Reviews shelter, departmental, and organizational communication frequently.
      • Maintains timely and accurate timesheets and other forms or documents as directed.
      • Attends a monthly team meeting to share concerns, build community, acquire information, and discuss case issues.Facility Support (10%)
        • Assists in maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly environment by conducting walk-throughs as scheduled, promptly reporting security or maintenance issues, and carrying out cleaning duties if needed.
        • Reports to the Residential Services Coordinator when food and other supplies are running low and in need of restocking.
        • Assists in supporting shelter food program by ensuring the kitchen remains in compliance with health and food sanitation regulations by conducting walk-throughs, assisting in cleaning tasks if needed, reporting issues to the Residential Services Coordinator, and conducts meal preparation on a limited basis.
        • Conducts relocation room checks per agency protocol and reports issues to the Residential Services Coordinator.
        • Ensures compliance with emergency evacuation protocol as needed.
        • Maintains a secure facility by adhering to related protocols.
        • Supports volunteers providing assistance or services to shelter residents.ADDITIONAL DUTIES (5%)
          • Attends staff trainings and participates in agency committees.
          • Pursues professional development
          • Understands and adheres to all YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as YWCA Employee Handbook.
          • Performs other duties as assigned by management.An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.Requirements:MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation: High School diploma or equivalentExperience and/or Training: At least 1 year experience working with children, youth, adults, and families who are in crisis situations and/or have experienced domestic violence.Licenses/Certificates:
            • Successful completion of the Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training Certificate within 60 days of employment
            • First Aid/CPR within 6 months of employment
            • Successful completion of the online Serv Safe Manager Certification within 30 days of hireTechnology/Equipment: Intermediate proficiency in the Microsoft Office SuitePREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSEducation: Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field.Experience and/or Training:
              • 2-3 years experience working with children, youth, adults, and families on issues related to domestic/intimate partner/family violence and offering support to individuals who have experienced trauma.
              • Experience working in residential settings.
              • Experience in crisis intervention and conflict resolution.
              • Experience submitting reporting documentation and completing intake paperwork.
              • Experience administering and evaluating key program metrics.Licenses/Certificates: Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training Certificate.Language: Fluency in Spanish or other languages.Technology/Equipment: Beginner proficiency with online case management systemsPHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
                • Weekends required.
                • Tolerance of prolonged and continuous stationary periods at a desk/computer
                • Occasionally required to stand, walk, climb stairs, reach with hands and arms, and reach above shoulders.
                • Occasionally required to push, pull, lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.
                • Must be able to move about the facility.
                • Must be able to operate controls for computers and other equipment.The mental and physical requirements described here represent those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.WORKING ENVIRONMENT
                  • Employee may be required to share office space
                  • Employee may be required to work from home
                  • Employee will frequently have meetings or work in other buildingsThe work environment characteristics described here represent those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.*Note: YWCA is committed to pay range transparency. Candidates are offered compensation based on how their qualifications meet those of the position.PM22Compensation details: 22.55-23.58 Hourly WagePIa5aaf5ddb31e-31181-33714783

Keywords: YWCA Evanston North Shore, Evanston , Residential & Crisis Support Specialist (Backup), Other , Evanston, Illinois

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