Township Center
8 A.M.-4 P.M.



Youth & Family

Youth Specialist I (Part-Time)

Job SummaryUnder the direction of the  Gurnee Teen Center Director, the Youth Specialist I works as part of a team to provide programs and activities for the Warren Township Teen Center members.  The Youth Specialist I assists in the planning and implementation of various activities and events as well as assist with the daily operations of the Warren Township Teen Center.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, coordinate, maintain and implement programs for the Teen Center.
  • Engage Teen Center members to participate in process of establishing and participating in desirable activities.
  • Assist with field trips sponsored by Teen Center
  • Participate in annual training for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Practice and enforce the rules and standards set forth by NIFB as applies to facility.
  • Assist with FNA dance. Act as support staff, monitor activities at FNA.
  • Participate in Teen Advisory Board program and their activities. Act as facilitator for meetings as needed.
  • Maintain open and positive communication with Teen Center Members. Serve as a positive role model by demonstrating problem solving skills and establishing trust through interactions.
  • Provide Homework Assistance to members
  • Participate in special events and programs as needed throughout the year.
  • Monitor all program equipment and supplies.       Supervise check-out and return of all equipment, supplies, a/v materials and games.
  • Maintain cleanliness and safety of Teen Center facility. Organize equipment, games and supplies.
  • Monitor behavior of Teen Center members, respond to violations following the established protocol
  • Orientation of new Teen Center Members, including review of information packet and rules with teen and filing of paperwork.       Entering of members information into computer system (facility specific).
  • Recruit new Teen Center Members
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of township services and youth service programs.
  • Maintain verbal and written communication with other Teen Center staff regarding daily occurrences
  • Opening and Closing of Teen Center
  • Operation of snack shop including maintaining inventory of items, restocking and providing and following established procedures for handling cash and deposits. Report discrepancies to Director.
  • Monitor skate park area as applies to facility.
  • May assist with overflow duties at either Teen Center facility.
  • Under the direction of Township Supervisor and/or Director, monitor Township Center property and patron.
  • Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as answering phones, copying, filing and other duties as assigned
  • Expected to maintain regular required attendance
  • Participate in safety training for Teen Center facilities. Expected to observe and follow all prescribed safety rules, regulations and procedures. 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal communications.  Bi-Lingual Spanish a plus.
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs and activities appropriate for teens
  • Recognized ability to serve as a positive role model by demonstrating problem solving skills and establishing trust through interactions.
  • Exposure to working with low-income and minority youth and families
  • Ability to engage in physical activity as it relates to implementing programs and activities at the Teen Center.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with individuals and situations in accordance with established procedures.

Job Specifications: 

Minimum Education, Experience and Certification 

Minimum 17 years old, high school diploma or in progress.  College degree in progress desired.  Bi-Lingual Spanish a plus.  American Red Cross First Aid/CPR certification, or ability to obtain within 2 months of hire.  Some experience working with youth and/or teens through park district, camps, church groups, mentoring programs or related experience.  Ability to work afternoon, evening and weekend hours.  Valid Illinois Driver’s license preferred.  School year position; may extend to summer program.

Hours/scheduled work days may vary; typically after-school hours Monday through Friday.  Occasional weekend for special events.

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