Alternatives, Inc. has been a leader and innovator among Chicago’s youth-serving organizations since it was founded in 1971. Alternatives supports and empowers more than 4,000 Chicago youth each year, working to build safer and more vibrant communities. Our youth development programs provide opportunities for youth to build skills through the arts, technology, participatory action research, employment training and placement, gender-specific activities, restorative justice programs, peer-focused communications campaigns and behavioral health services. Our staff work throughout Chicago to deliver these programs, both in schools and within the communities. Alternatives main office is located in Uptown, with a second location on the Southside. Please see our open positions and ways to get involved below!

Alternatives, Incorporated is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  

Family Intervention Manager

Alternatives, Inc. is a 45 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people.  Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.

The Family Intervention Manager will supervise program staff providing crisis intervention and family reunification and preservation services to at-risk youth.

Job Duties:

  • Provide supervision, including monitoring and evaluation, of case managers, program therapist and on-call staff
  • Train staff to use a positive youth development philosophy and Restorative Justice Framework for working with youth
  • Actively support accurate data collection and evaluation of the program
  • Actively promote internal cross-collaboration between Family Intervention Services and Youth Development Teams
  • Carry an active caseload of 3-5 youth and their caregivers, providing direct therapy services and case management
  • Assist the Director of Programs and the Director of Finance to monitor annual programs and budget planning
  • Oversee placement services, including management of placement service subcontracts, linkage agreements with network support as assigned
  • Serve on the Strategic Management Team of the Agency
  • Facilitate primary and back-up crisis coverage through a monthly schedule with Clinical staff and on-call staff
  • Provide back-up crisis coverage/consultation on evenings and weekends
  • Responsible for preparing on-call payroll reports
  • Develop and maintain appropriate external partnerships and relationships
  • Participate in required internal meetings including but not limited to: Management Team Meetings, Program Managers Meetings, All-Staff Meetings, weekly Clinical Supervision and weekly clinical team meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by the DOP

Requirements and Desired Qualities:

  • Clinical License required (LCPC, LCSW, LMFT)
  • At least 4 – 6 years of experience in clinical supervision, case management and crisis intervention
  • Advanced knowledge of Chicago’s behavioral health and youth development structure
  • Experience with CCBYS contracts strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated success evaluating services in crisis intervention and youth development programs, and successfully operationalizing these innovative programs
  • Proficient in using technology as management reporting tool
  • Strong project management skills working with multifaceted and complex programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in team management, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and professional development
  • Deep commitment to building a diverse staff engaged in significant work with youth and their families at a community-level
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, but not required

Please send cover letter and resume, within one PDF document to:
Betty Guilfoile, Director of Programs

Human Resources Manager

The HR Manager will be an advocate for both Alternatives, Inc. and the people who work here. This position will have interaction with employees in all phases of their time at Alternatives. The manager must assure the agency’s compliance with local, state, and federal labor laws and ensure employment requirements from our funders and licensing bodies are met. This position interacts will the full Executive Team and Management Team to ensure the best Human Resources experience is provided across the Agency.

Job Duties:

  • Collaborate with hiring managers and the executive team for position authorizations
  • Lead Agency recruitment process with support from hiring managers and the executive team
  • Ensure that hiring process complies with EEO, DOL, and any and all other legal requirements
  • Working knowledge of any local, state, and federal employment regulations and laws, responsible for assuring agency is aware of and compliant with all relevant employment laws
  • Oversee hiring and onboarding processes, ensuring proper documentation and regulations are monitored
  • Develop and track volunteer and intern on-boarding systems
  • Oversee annual performance evaluation administrative process
  • Perform full-spectrum benefits administration for the Agency
  • Review benefit invoices and reporting for accuracy, file benefit paperwork as needed
  • Perform payroll processing bi-weekly, including auxiliary benefit reports as needed
  • Coordinate with DOES for annual agency-wide training schedule, including assisting in identification of training and staff development opportunities
  • Track staff professional development courses and certifications
  • Maintain staff personnel files and confidential documentation
  • Collaborate with the Grants + Contracts Manager for annual audits and reporting requirements
  • Collaborate with Executive Team and the Board to develop more effective HR systems, policies and procedures
  • Develop and coordinate employee retention efforts, including employee support and motivation activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Desired Qualities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Graduate Degree in Human Resources preferred
  • Three to four years’ experience in a generalist human resources position required, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Experience in a human resources management position required
  • Experience working in a dynamic, fast-pace environment, preferably in a nonprofit
  • A solutions-based thinker that can lead a complex issue to a resolution
  • Strong communication skills, preferably with experience in public speaking
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to be a team player
  • Strong abilities with technology and willingness to learn new technology
  • A role model for integrity, credibility and confidentiality
  • Shows flexibility, creativity, and attention to detail within their work

Please send cover letter and resume, within one PDF document to:
Pablo Palominos
Director of Operations