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Employment Opportunities

YSB’s greatest asset is its staff. The people we serve depend on compassionate professionals committed to YSB’s mission. We welcome you to email your resume (please put the word resume and the position including office in the subject line) to or by mail Attn: Human Resources, 424 W. Madison St., Ottawa, IL. 61350. Resume attachments must be formatted in the following extension types: .doc, .docx, .pdf.

Youth Service Bureau is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Open Positions:

Family Finding: Crystal Lake – Full-Time position – Rockford Office

This position will do research to find kin homes for foster children. This will include going out into the public and asking the children questions to get as much information as they can in effort to find a relative. Responsible for extensive research, investigation, and outreach in locating absentee parents/guardians. This role also utilizes a family-centered approach that focuses on positive strengths, as well as being able to engage the youth, birth parents, family and social connections, foster parents, and staff to facilitate and support the stability and permanency for youth. Works closely with permanency achievement specialist and the assigned case worker. Must have bachelor’s degree in social work or other human service-related field.

Permanency Achievement Specialist – Full Time – Crystal Lake Office

Experience working with children with special needs preferred, as well as experience or training in Reunification, Adoption and Sub-Guardianship. This person will provide consultation regarding permanency issues and be responsible for identifying and removing barriers to permanency in effort to secure appropriate placements. Assists with facilitation of community resources to prepare the home of the parent. Attention to detail and strong computer skills required as job requires assisting Case Manager with post adoption, Guardianship connection and following the DCFS Guidelines. Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and an ability to pass a background check and be able to pass State of Illinois written examination on Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes (402), the Child Care Act. Bachelor’s degree in social work or another related field required.

Homeless Youth Case Manager – Full-Time – Ottawa Office

Position works with youth ages 16 to 23 by assisting and understanding their general problems and needs using trauma informed practices. Completes assessments on clients as assigned. Ensures documentation is timely. Handles day to day crisis with youth and assist in obtaining their goal of independence. Participates in 24-hour emergency on-call rotation so must reside in our service area-LaSalle, Bureau, Marshall, Putnam, or Stark county. Bachelor’s degree in behavioral or social sciences.

Foster Care Case Manager – Full-Time – Aurora Office (2) Rockford Office (1)

Case Managers carry cases for foster care. They must possess the ability to engage with diverse families, obtain good oral and written communication skills, a valid driver’s license, be able to pass all background checks, maintain professional and working relationships with service providers, court personnel, and DCFS staff. Must be able to multi-task and work well under pressure at times. Have knowledge of computer skills and the ability to be on call at times. Including evenings, nights, and some Saturdays, in potentially high-risk neighborhoods. Maintaining up-to-date documentation per agency and DCFS requirements and the ethical/professional standards. Bachelor’s degree in human services or another related field.

Parent Educator – Full-Time – Rockford Office

Youth Service Bureau’s Parenting Education Program seeks to provide services to families that are facing hardships that may negatively impact their ability to raise socially and emotionally healthy children. The program is seeking a passionate and detailed oriented individual to work as an integral part of our Parenting Education team to provide quality classroom instruction from the evidence-based curriculum provided, in group and individual settings. Will be responsible for attending training and curriculum certification for the program’s identified evidence based parenting curriculum as provided by the agency. Responsible for facilitating parenting education groups and some individual sessions, as well as monitoring home visits. Master’s Degree Required.

Child Welfare and Visitation Monitor – Full-Time – Aurora, Rockford, Princeton and Crystal Lake Offices

Both Part-Time and Full-Time positions open. Provides transportation for clients and supervises family visits as directed by the Foster Care Supervisor. Contacts parents/foster parents regarding appointments and visits and contacts other parties as necessary for transportation and visits. This role requires a clean driving record. Must be able to maintain a sensitivity and responsiveness to the cultural differences of individuals and families’ in-groups outside of one’s own. High school Diploma required.

Juvenile Sex Offender Program (JSOP) Redeploy Caseworker – Full-Time – Peru Office and Ottawa Office

Works closely with the Director of Juvenile Justice Services, works closely with the client, JSOP therapist, and family to develop service plans outlining clients’ needs. Will have many different duties like transportation, coordination, and referral to community resources and specialized services if needed. Demonstrated interest in, and ability to, understand the general problems and needs of at-risk youth and their families. Skills and willingness to facilitate group therapy. Sensitivity and responsiveness to the cultural differences of individuals and families in groups outside one’s own culture. Bachelor’s degree in behavioral or social services.

Associate Quality Improvement & Monitoring – Part-Time – Aurora, Rockford and Ottawa Offices

Part-time (15-20 hours per week). AQI employees are passionate and detailed oriented individuals who work toward the agency’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities and culture throughout the agency. serve. Youth Service Bureau has a strong commitment to quality and strives improve processes, procedures and outcomes for our clients. As well as promoting a positive and collaborative work environment to achieve the agency’s mission and success for those we serve. Bachelor’s degree in social services or another related field required.

Intact Case Aid – Part Time or Full-Time – Aurora Office

Part time or Full-Time roles available. Intact Family program works with cases identified by DCFS that need assistance in community services to stay intact as a family and prevent children from entering foster care system. A case aide will work at the directive of the family case worker as a team to assist families of taking advantages of community resources and advocate on their behalf. A case aide can identify needed services such as DHS assistance help, social security disability benefits, rental assistance, search for housing, parenting etc. Once services are identified the case aide will ensure families are connected to the resources and are able to get there. High School Diploma Required.

Contract Support Specialist – Full-Time – Aurora Office

Works closely with the Contract Gatekeeper to ensure all contracts are properly maintained and active according to the referral/renewal process. Verifies, computes, records, and processes payments to providers for provided services. High School Diploma Required.

Licensed Therapist – Full-Time – Aurora Office

Experience in working with children, adolescents and families; experience in individual, family, and couples’ therapy; skills in interagency relations; good time management and organizational skills; maintain up to date case file documentation per agency requirements; interest and background to work with general mental health issues and victims of trauma. Sensitivity and responsiveness to the cultural differences of individuals and families in groups outside one’s own. Master of Social Work or Master’s Degree in related field required.

Handy Person – Full-Time – Willing and able to travel to all YSB offices

Performs basic maintenance tasks (I.e., changing lightbulbs, toilets, blinds, fixing windows/doors.), performs routine landscaping, oversees the agency cleaning, exterminator, and landscaping services when applicable. A YSB Handy-Person will also be responsible for any painting/wall repairs, completing preventive maintenance programs, assisting with agency furniture moves (or overseeing professional furniture moves) and more. High School Diploma Required.

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