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.  

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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 agency is seeking a full-time Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist to provide in-school substance abuse prevention programming as well as in-community programming. The position requires a dynamic individual interested in a fast paced work environment coordinating services with school administrators, state prevention specialists and Alternatives Youth Development staff. Past experience working with urban youth and their families within a multidisciplinary setting preferred. Bachelor’s Degree or higher required. Bilingual skills in English and Spanish preferred but not required.

Job Duties:

  • Work within schools with youth from 6 to 12 grades to implement prevention curriculum and prevention communication campaigns on positive youth messaging
  • Foster positive relationships with school administrators, teachers, and other staff
  • Develop mentoring relationships and supportive learning opportunities for youth
  • Design and manage youth summer program, including developing a mission, vision & objectives, developing a curriculum, creating policies and procedures, and planning activities both on and off-site
  • Manage all administrative aspects including meal service, data collection for grant reporting, parent communication, and tier 2 behavior interventions for a 10 week summer day program
  • Co-plan, co-coordinate, and co-facilitate meetings of the Uptown Coalition for a Healthier Community
  • Participate in weekly SAPP team meetings to keep the team on target to meet program objectives
  • Collect, record, and analyze program data

Requirements and Desired Qualities:

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably with a focus in social work, public health or psychology
  • Previous experience in substance abuse prevention with youth
  • Previous experience working with youth
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Capable of working independently
  • Strong, positive communication with diverse people of all ages
  • Ability and commitment to engage a diverse set of participants within the work

Please send cover letter and resume, within one PDF document to:
Crystal Costello
Human Resources Manager

ccostello@alternativesyouth.org

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:
Crystal Costello
Human Resources Manager

ccostello@alternativesyouth.org

Development Coordinator

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.

This full-time position is responsible for writing public and private funding proposals and related narrative reports; managing a database of private grants and reports submissions and deadlines. The position reports to the Director of Resource Development and works with other staff to secure and diversify funding for the agency.

Job Duties:

  • Complete funding proposals with required attachments including fiscal items for review by the Director of Resource Development. Current number of proposals submitted is 40-50 annually, about half of which are renewals.
  • Research and compile information about prospective funding sources including foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Compile information for use in proposal submissions through meetings with program managers and program evaluation staff, including success stories, program activities, and outcome statistics.
  • Ensure all grant reports are completed and submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Update and manage database tracking all private proposal and report deadlines, submissions, and responses from funders to be used by the Director of Resource Development in projecting revenue for fiscal year.
  • Maintain individual donor records and prepare gift acknowledgement letters.
  • Plan and coordinate funder site visits to compellingly communicate the impact of Alternatives’ programs and services.
  • Support program-related and fundraising events to raise awareness of Alternatives’ work and build relationships with corporate funders.
  • Contribute to the Resource Development team as needed to increase funding for programs and general operating.
  • Other duties as assigned by the DRD

Requirements and Desired Qualities:

  • Bachelors Degree and a minimum of 2 to 3 years related work experience
  • Previous public and private grant writing experience with proven record of accomplishments
  • Outstanding writing, editing, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and donor database systems, preferably DonorPerfect
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks on deadline
  • Excellent research, organizational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically

Please send cover letter and resume, within one PDF document to:
Crystal Costello
Human Resources Manager

ccostello@alternativesyouth.org