Male Violence Prevention Counselor, Sarah's Inn, Oak Park, IL
Male Violence Prevention Counselor
Posted on: July 22, 2013
Application deadline: August 22, 2013
Posted by: Sarah's Inn
Sarah's Inn, an innovative, dynamic, and effective domestic violence agency, is looking for a creative individual to serve on its violence prevention team. The Violence Prevention Program is on the cutting-edge of prevention efforts in the state of Illinois. Team members are involved at multiple levels of various regional and statewide coalitions and have opportunities to advance prevention research and develop original, inventive pilot programming available to schools across the state.
The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, will look forward to developing and refining skills in public speaking and group facilitation, and will be able to trouble-shoot on the fly while maintaining a go-with-the-flow positive attitude. He or she will be a self-starter who is comfortable working independently and collaboratively, will be capable of multi-tasking and remaining organized in a fast-paced environment, and will be invested in expanding programming to ensure adolescents develop healthy attitudes about themselves and their relationships.
Provides regular facilitation of 9-week prevention and self-defense workshops for boys in local high schools; implements, evaluates, and collects data for the agency's high school prevention initiatives;
Master's degree in social work for an accredited college or university; must be license-eligible if not licensed
Experience working with adolescents, a background in education orpsychology, classroom management or teaching experience, proficiency in curriculum development, academic research, and/or marketing, fluency in Spanish, reliable transportation
1.Organize and facilitate the agency's violence prevention programming at local high schools during the school year; maintain organizational relationships with current school partners
2.Obtain R.A.D. and R.A.D. for Men self-defense certification and facilitate self-defense classes as required by violence prevention curricula
3.Coordinate the evaluation of the agency's high school curricula in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon staff; consistently and accurately track student demographic information and program fidelity; maintain orderly records of evaluation materials
4.Assist in the expansion of high school prevention curricula to new school partners by organizing and facilitating workshops, arranging reliable transportation, building new relationships with partners, and communicating successes and challenges to the Prevention Program Director
5.Develop and revise prevention curricula and corresponding outreach and promotional materials, including program rationales, instructor guides, and training materials; incorporate new research findings and current events as appropriate
6.Coordinate Leadership Development Initiative; maintain paperwork and communication with 8-12 adolescent volunteers; facilitate weekly or bi-monthly evening meetings; recruit and interview new volunteers as necessary
7.Provide basic support and referrals as appropriate to adolescent clients electronically via the Teen Text Line, website, email, and Facebook; provide crisis-line oversight as required by agency staff
8.Participate in the ongoing development of cohesive, effective and efficient teams throughout the organization; become certified and facilitate middle school programming to support Prevention Program team as necessary
This position requires mid-level proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of programs.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Additionally, the employee must be physically capable of participating in, and facilitating, R.A.D and R.A.D for Men self-defense classes which require various physical techniques as described by R.A.D. Systems.