Employment at GCYC

Youth Counseling Manager

Reports To

Center Director


Full Time

Position Summary

The Youth Counseling Manager serves as the organizational leader in the area of social emotional supports for our youth members.  This leader is responsible for the management of our efforts in this area ensuring that our members are receiving the behavior health support they need along with connecting them to opportunities or resources to improve their lives.  Additionally, the Youth Counseling Manager manages touchpoints with parents/care givers, Gary Comer Youth Center staff, teachers and other caring adults in the lives of our youth.   As a part of this role, the Youth Counseling Manager represents the organization externally by attending and participating in community meetings, coalitions and funder meetings/work groups focused on social emotional or behavioral health.  The Youth Counseling Manager is an administrator as well, ensuring that the organization is in good standing with funders and other stakeholders.  The Youth Counseling Manager is also the lead for a team of youth advisors along with social work interns assigned to Gary Comer Youth Center. 

Qualifications & Requirements
  • At least three years of professional experience providing instruction or social emotional supports to youth and families in an urban setting.
  • Experience with case management.
  • Prior leadership and supervisory experience.
  • Able to communicate effectively with youth, co-workers, stakeholders and families.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the youth development philosophy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of guidance and discipline principles as well as conflict resolution strategies.
  • Must demonstrate cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care.
  • Strong meeting facilitation, project management and presentation skills.
  • Competency in MS office applications specifically Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Must be open and willing to learn and become proficient at any other software/technology system required for the job.
Functions & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the provision of social emotional counseling services for our youth members including referrals (programs, opportunities, academic and clinical), mentoring, advisement and parent/care giver relations.
  • Serve as the organizational leader for social emotional services provided to our members.
  • Leads and supervise eight part time social emotional (SE) advisors.
  • Coordinate the internships for social work interns from Chicago State and the University of Chicago. Will also provide clinical supervision for interns when appropriate.
  • Responsible for all managerial facets of staff and intern supervision including screening, hiring, and training new staff, and providing formal and ongoing performance evaluation.
  • Responsible for the data management related to youth counseling including but not limited to date entry monitoring; case notes and monthly one-on-one reporting and analysis.
  • Responsible for agency level reporting and analysis related to youth counseling for the organization.
  • Grants management leader for the youth counseling component of grants awarded to the Youth Center, specifically the Community-Based Violence Prevention Grant.
  • Provide supportive consultation to colleagues and program providers regarding social emotional or behavior challenges with youth and families.
  • Works with our safety team to ensure that the organization follows the restorative justice philosophy and ensures that GCYC is providing peace circles on a regular basis.
  • Represents GCYC with external partners at meetings, trainings etc. This includes but not limited to Strengthening Chicagoland’s Youth and the Chicago Peace Hub.
  • Serves as Manager on Duty for the organization as assigned.
  • Attends all required staff meetings and trainings.
  • Supports the mission of GCYC.
  • Works collaboratively in a team setting serving the needs of youth.
  • Is committed to the safety and development of all GCYC members.
  • Takes on other duties as needed.
  • Serves as a role model for youth and community.
  • Abides by the employee handbook and established Gary Comer Youth Center policies and procedures.
Experience & Education
  • Master Degree in social work is required.
Physical Work Requirements
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to walk and do building and program rounds.
  • Ability to share an office with a colleague.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work at least one night a week during the school year for youth and family support.

Comer Education Campus:  With a comprehensive approach surrounded by inspiring state-of-the-art facilities, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. Our campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU.  The campus serves over 1700 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs.  Working with best-in-class partner organizations, we empower young people with tools they need to earn a college degree and reach their full potential in life.  For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/ and http://garycomeryouthcenter.org/