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Children's Home Association of Illinois

Children's Home Association of Illinois

Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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:

This position requires collaboration with crisis intervention staff, monitoring of the behavior management system, and an active participant in crisis intervention and de-escalation of students. Communication is critical in the position as this person gives feedback to direct employees, other Kiefer staff, students/parents, and collateral resources. The person must be flexible, calm, and have the ability to "think on their feet" and prioritize. Each day is different with some days being spent primarily trouble shooting despite what was planned. This position is key in working with the Kiefer leadership team and providing input to the behavior management system. This is an active position with little time at a desk during the school day.

Job Function:

The Behavior Management Specialist is responsible for effective behavior management polices with Kiefer School, collaboration with Crisis Intervention Assistants, consistent implementation of the motivation systems; training and supervision of staff in the use of behavior management; gathering and disseminating data; and providing feedback to staff.

Job Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's in social work or behavioral science field
  • Three years of appropriate and successful full-time experience in working with behavior and/emotionally disturbed youth
  • Paraprofessional Certificate is required at the time of application
  • Thorough knowledge of youth development, childhood trauma, special education, and a school based system
  • Experience working in a setting with youth and children exposed to trauma
  • Able to work on a multi-disciplinary team
  • Observation skills
  • Able to give effective feedback
  • Ability to use computer technology
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in children, staff and families served
  • Has advanced knowledge that comes with relevant experience in the field of child welfare
  • Hearing and speaking ability that allows for effective oral and written communication of information
  • Ability to physically transport self and students to multiple sites
  • Ability to physically restrain students as needed
  • Physical and emotional stamina to effectively handle job-related issues and stress


  • 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

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.