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Children's Home Association of Illinois

Children's Home Association of Illinois

Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, August 4, 2023

About Children’s Home Association of Illinois (CHAIL):

CHAIL is a youth, family, and community focused 501(c)(3) organization with multiple locations and 450 staff, located in Peoria, IL. For over 157 years CHAIL has been helping the kids and families who need it most. Children’s Home Association of Illinois (CHAIL) is the largest social service agency for youth and families in downstate Illinois. The services we provide don’t just impact the individual child, they create positive ripple effects within their immediate family, neighborhood, community, and world by providing an opportunity to thrive.

Here at CHAIL, employees experience a “People First - Culture of Care” working atmosphere. From the most tenured staff to the newest team member, everyone is welcomed into a community that prioritizes diversity, equity, wellness, belonging, and good health. Starting with our CEO/President and migrating to every employee, this agency takes pride in taking care of each other. We believe if our employees are cared for, they can better live out the mission of the agency which is to help the kids and families who need it most. By putting our people first at CHAIL, they have the opportunity to share their expertise, talents, and passions with clients as they are changing the lives of the kids who will change the world. Our employees at CHAIL will tell you that they love working for the agency because they love what the agency does!

About the Position:
A Prevention Counselor in the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program provides community-based services to a select group of Manual High School students, identified as being at great risk of dropping out of school and who experience significant academic challenges. The services are delivered primarily through the school setting while building on a positive youth development model of engaging the youth through school involvement, academic achievement and community services. All paperwork including, but not limited to, assessments, treatment plans, service notes, case log and case closings must be accurate and complete in accordance with program requirements and applicable funder standards as well as completed within the prescribed time frames. The Prevention Counselor is continually in the role of a viable resource to the youth enrolled in the program while being available whenever the youth may have a need. Furthermore, the Prevention Counselor works to engage the youth’s family in services in an effort to minimize barriers to success while promoting accountability. The typical day of a Prevention Counselor includes ensuring enrolled youth are actively pursuing their academic plan goals as well as assisting youth in pursuing other personal growth and development goals. Including, but not limited to: preparing for post-secondary education, maintaining employment, involvement in extracurricular activities and participating in program activities.

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, Social Work, or related field
  • Knowledge of youth development, childhood trauma, adolescent issues, and community based youth and family service delivery systems is preferred
  • Has advanced knowledge that comes from experience and/or relevant training preparing the individual to work with multi-problem youth and families
  • Effective oral and written communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in children and families served
  • Ability to handle job related matters in a professional, diplomatic, and confidential manner
  • Speaking and hearing ability to allow for effective oral communication of information
  • Ability to transport self and clients to various locations


  • PTO (paid-time-off) accrual 3 weeks first year (full-time)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Sick Leave accrual 12 days per year (full-time)
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K with company match
  • Company paid life insurance, STD and LTD
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Opportunity to Further Education

CHAIL provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.