Do you have a passion for supporting at-risk youth? Are you an innovative problem solver who is knowledgeable about community resources? Does the idea of facilitating cognitive-behavioral and Life Skills groups for court-involved youth excite you? Become a LYNC Service Specialist at The Village!
ABOUT LINKING YOUTH TO NATURAL COMMUNITIES
Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC) is a center-based program for at-risk youth and families. LYNC provides supports and services to help court-involved youth, ages 12 - 17, overcome challenges and remain safely in the community. The program provides a comprehensive array of individualized, strength-based services to target behavior change and recidivism reduction. Staff aim to ensure meaningful connections to community-based and natural supports to promote youth and family success.
ABOUT THE VILLAGE
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission 'to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children' by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.
Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If you’d like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us!
The Service Specialist has two primary roles within LYNC, Resource Specialist and Intervention Specialist. As such, the Service Specialist spends time in the catchment area communities connecting to community resources and building and maintaining relationships with community providers. The Service Specialist also facilitates cognitive-behavioral groups and Life Skills group to LYNC youth. They work closely with the LYNC Family Advocate in identifying resources available to youth and families in a particular town. The Service Specialist is knowledgeable about both community services and how a family can access.
- Research and maintain up-to-date information on community resources.
- Develop and sustain relationships with identified MOU agencies.
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of community organizations, groups and entities (e.g., grassroots agencies, pro-social connections, mental or medical health services, etc.)
- Maintain a collaborative relationship with community providers.
- Maintain an accurate resource catalog on each town in the catchment area.
- Demonstrate ability to be creative, innovative and resourceful.
- Assist Family Advocate in identifying available resources for LYNC youth and families.
- Attend all required trainings and meetings as needed to meet the requirements of the position.
- Facilitate cognitive-behavioral groups according to each model.
- Participate in all quality assurance activities, including recording groups and submitting tapes to QA Coach.
- Engage in strength-based, culturally competent, trauma-informed and gender responsive interactions with youth and families.
- Uphold all program expectations.
- Promote a safe, welcoming environment with a focus on risk reduction and positive behavior change.
- Accept and perform all new assignments as determined by supervisor.
- Immediately notify supervisor of any situation in which a youth may be at risk (i.e. physical abuse, sexual abuse, chronic neglect, un-safe home, etc.) and/or other sentinel event.
- Complete all required program and agency web and paper based documentation.
- Serve as a resource to Juvenile Probation Officers who are seeking community resources in a specific community.
- Maintain confidentiality of clients at all times.
- Assist with transportation as needed.
- Other assigned duties as assigned by management.
- Promote the agency’s services, programs, image and philosophy.
- Minimum of Associate’s Degree in criminal justice, community organizing, human services sociology, OR at least three (3) years’ experience and knowledge working with juvenile justice system and/or working in communities.
- Must have current valid state issued Driver License. Must have own vehicle.
- Must have automotive liability insurance per agency standards.
- Knowledge of greater Hartford and New Britain area community resources.
- Must be a team player and able to work in a variety of environments including schools, agencies, etc.
- Experience with facilitating groups to youth.
- Excellent oral and written skills and ability to engage families from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.
- Organized and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Flexible and able to multi-task.
- Demonstrate ability to be creative, innovative and resourceful.
- Must be culturally competent; bicultural, bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred.
- Proficient with word processing and spreadsheet applications. Possess solid general computer skills, including ability to work in a Windows XP environment. Familiarity with specific applications used by the Village a plus.
- May require weekend and evening hours.
- Physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.
About The Program
Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC) is a center-based program for court-involved youth ages 12-17 and their families. Clinicians work with youth to make sustainable behavioral changes by providing an array of services that promote skill-building opportunities and connections to community supports. Services include crisis stabilization, individual and family therapy, case management, educational and vocational supports, and more.
About The Village
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If you’d like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us!
The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including:
- Medical and Prescription Coverage
- Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Annual on-site flu clinics
- Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance
- Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance
- Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance
- 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match
Advancement in your Career
- Annual Professional License Reimbursement
- Clinical Supervision toward Licensure
- Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)
- Student Loan Forgiveness Program – National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services
- Paid Holidays
- Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave