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Nexus Youth Care Professional in Onarga, Illinois


A member of the Nexus family treatment programs, Onarga Family Healing is located approximately 90 miles south of Chicago and only a few miles off of I-57 on a historic site in Onarga, IL. Onarga Family Healing provides boys ages 10 to 20 years old a structured, homelike environment where they can safely address their unhealthy sexual behaviors and their emotional and behavioral issues.

At Nexus, we believe in changing the course of a child’s life by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health through trauma-informed care. We are a large nonprofit within the human services, mental health, and behavioral health sectors. Nexus is a growing, innovative organization focused on transforming our level of impact through a heightened focus on family expertise, healing complex trauma, and supporting high-stress youth and families.

Onarga Family Healing is looking for a skilled Youth Care Professional to join our team. In this position you will have the opportunity to engage with our youth and assist them as they navigate through their treatment plan. So if you care about the next generation and have what it takes: dedication, a kind spirit, and an overall compassion to help our clients, please apply!

In this role, you will support and reinforce the therapeutic treatment plan of Onarga Family Healing clients by providing guidance and direction to residents in their daily living activities.

Onarga Family Healing provides competitive compensation in addition to comprehensive benefits, including: 5 weeks paid time off in the first year of employment, multiple options for health insurance coverage, holidays paid at time and a half, as well as no cost life and short/long term disability insurance.

At Nexus Family Healing, we not only support diversity – we celebrate it and rely on it for the betterment of our employees, our services, and our impact on the community. We strive to provide the best quality care for our youth and the best work environment for our employees through an inclusive team culture. Nexus Family Healing is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, familial status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran, or disability status.

  1. Provide mentorship and supervision of resident daily activities and behavior according to established guidelines and procedures.

  2. Participate with coworkers as a team on implementation of treatment plans and therapeutic services.

  3. Ensure resident safety and collaborate with coworkers to maintain an environment that is positive, respectful, clean and therapeutic.

  4. Plan and participate in off-campus resident activities and assist in the transportation of client for home visits, doctor appointments, planned recreational activities, etc


Education, Credentials and Experience

  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • Minimum 21 years of age

  • Valid driver’s license and driving record that satisfies state regulating agency driving requirements as well as Nexus corporate policy parameters and insurance eligibility standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Remain current on all required training and certifications.

  • Demonstrate sufficient written and verbal communication skills to generate required documentation and reporting that is legible and articulate, and to interface effectively with staff, families, and external contacts.

  • Exhibit a spirit of cooperation among coworkers and comply with corporate and site policies and procedures.

  • Display ethical conduct and professionalism at all times, with particular emphasis on maintaining a healthy relationship and appropriate boundaries with residents, and protecting residents’ confidentiality.

  • Adhere to department procedures regarding punctuality and attendance and exhibit flexibility and cooperation with shift scheduling and rotation needs.

  • Strive to gain an understanding of basic child and adolescent development principles, in an effort to model and reinforce fundamentals of positive youth development.

  • Continually seek knowledge of and an understanding of differences in gender, race, age, culture, ethnicity, class, religion and disability, to eliminate biases toward differing talents, abilities, sexual orientation and faiths.

  • Supports the mission of Nexus by exemplifying the Cornerstone Values and the Nexus Guiding Principles in all interactions with internal and external customers, and in all work performed on behalf of the organization.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to assist staff in physical interventions and restraints of residents.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted and up to 100 pounds with assistance.

  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time (2-4 hours).

  • Must be able to twist, bend and stretch in a manner conducive to the execution of daily activities within a residential treatment facility.

Job ID: 2020-5199

Location Name: Nexus - Onarga Family Healing

City: Onarga

Category: Client/Direct Care

State/Province: IL