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Youth Diversion Specialist - Chicago, IL

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Company Name:The Night Ministry
Location:Chicago, IL
Employment Type:Full Time
Pay:27.88 - Hourly
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The Night Ministry of Chicago, IL is looking to hire a Full-Time Youth Diversion Specialist to work with our Youth Program team. Do you want to help a respected nonprofit organization accomplish its mission of serving people in your community who are struggling with poverty and homelessness? Do you want to work for an organization that truly values its employees? If so, please read on!

The Youth Diversion Specialist will work closely with TNM shelter programs and community partners to quickly divert and prevent individual youth and youth-led families experiencing a housing crisis from becoming homeless by providing intervention services. Additionally, the Youth Diversion Specialist will engage youth identified by shelter staff and partner agencies for diversion assessment: spending considerable time with clients in immediate need to assess the situation and brainstorm creative alternative solutions. The YDS will offer basic guidance, connection to mainstream benefits, creative problem solving, conflict resolution, referrals, and case planning. Mediation with family, landlords, and other interested parties will be a major responsibility for this position. The YDS will work in tandem with case managers in each facility and TNM's Outreach Case Managers in a team approach to provide ongoing support to all youth who are assessed for diversion, whether successfully diverted or not. The YDS will make referrals to partner agencies and track outcomes related to diversion activities.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you to build a career while fighting homelessness, apply today!


With open hearts and minds, we provide housing, healthcare, spiritual care, social services, and human connection to members of the Chicago community who are struggling with poverty and homelessness. We accept people as they are and work to address their immediate physical, emotional, and social needs while affirming their sense of humanity. We were founded when a coalition of diverse North Side congregations hired Rev. Tom Behrens to reach out to people where they gathered at night due to isolation, despair, and homelessness. From those humble beginnings over 40 years ago when Tom's first office was the trunk of his car, we have grown to a financially sound nonprofit that provides numerous award-winning services to the most vulnerable in our community.

Although not all employees are involved in direct services, everyone is dedicated to the mission of The Night Ministry, believes in its core values, and knows that their work is highly valued. We strive to be the best employer possible, providing our employees with a mission-driven work atmosphere that is both focused and fun as well as a benefits package that we feel is one of the best in the industry.


As a Youth Diversion Specialist, you will establish and maintain a regular, visible presence in The Night Ministry shelters and partner agencies to ensure staff and youth clients can access diversion assessment as quickly as possible. Access individuals for eligibility, provide crisis management, provide culturally appropriate and individualized services and act as a liaison between individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis.


  • Bachelor's Degree in social service or related field required from an accredited college or university, or related work or lived experience.
  • At least five years' experience working with youth at risk, including outreach, residential services, and/ or case management.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must meet all governmental, agency, and grantors' qualifications for the position.
  • Must exhibit the ability and willingness to work individually, as well as part of a team.
  • Must be solution-focused and organized in achieving objectives with all clients.
  • Must work closely and cooperatively with youth programs staff, other Night Ministry staff, volunteers, interns, and collaborating agencies/organizations.
  • Must be trauma competent, LGBTQIA+ competent, and able to work with diverse populations. Must adopt a harm reduction lens in working with clients.
  • Detail-oriented self-starter with demonstrated interpersonal skills and a clear sense of professional boundaries.
  • Ability to respond calmly to emergencies and by Night Ministry policies. Must possess a valid driver's license, hold a safe driving record, and have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to meet with clients at locations that operate during either/both business hours or evening/early morning hours.
  • Employees must meet mandatory vaccination requirements as set forth by the State of Illinois.


If you feel that you would be right for this Youth Diversion Specialist position that has a yearly salary of $58,000 (27.88 hourly) with a benefits package and will be finalized by an internal pay equity analysis, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

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