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Counselor Aide/Harbor Light/Chicago

Counselor Aide/Harbor Light/Chicago

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Regular Part-Time

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Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world?  The Salvation Army is the fourth largest charity in the United States and is an international organization based on Biblical principles created to help people in need.  We are mission-driven, diverse, collaborative, and focused on positive results for people. Join us in making a difference.    


POSITION TITLE:                     Counselor Aide (Part-Time)


LOCATION/DEPT:                     Harbor Light/IRU


REPORTS TO:                          Unit Coordinator



To provide each client with positive, professional and quality service; always promoting respect dignity and fairness to each client; while making appropriate referrals which will assist clients in reaching their maximum level of independence.



The backgrounds of the clients served by The Harbor Light Program will manifest a variety of inappropriate behaviors.  When this occurs, employees are to respond within the context of the treatment environment of the site.  Employee conduct (actions, dress, etc.) and interactions (conversations, written communications, etc.) with clients must also be within the treatment environment of the facility.    



Counselor Aide support will be provided for IRU in order to ensure that the functions of this position are effectively achieved and the unit is kept orderly at all times.  This includes client management, assistance with written and oral communication pertaining to client records and assisting clients with non-clinical needs.



  1. Supervise the unit during nights, weekends and holidays (according to his/her assigned shift and schedule) ensuring the policies and procedures are followed by IRU residents.
  2. Monitor residents overnight for possible emergencies such as sudden illness, fire or other life threatening situations.
  3. Contact 911 in case of medical or fire emergency. If required evacuate residents according to the disaster plan of the unit. Contact the Resident Manager and the Unit Coordinator immediately after the evacuation is complete.
  4. Contact the police if serious violence occurs between residents for any reason.
  5. Do not permit the residents to leave the unit during off hours, or permit outsiders to enter the unit except the security personnel of Harbor Light.
  6. The schedule of “Lights Out,” “Quite Hours,” “Wake-Up Time,” “Breakfast Time,” etc. are enforced as explained in the house rules and unit manual.
  7. Maintain the night log with incident reports submitted to the Unit Coordinator.
  8. Work with residents to schedule activities during weekends and holidays.
  9. Attend staff meetings and all staff development programs.
  10. May be scheduled to work any shift and weekends periodically by the Unit Coordinator and has agreed to such an arrangement.
  11. All other duties as assigned.



This individual relates to, and interacts with, a wide range of contacts both within and outside the Salvation Army.  In these contacts, they act as a representative of the Army and its mission.



Under general supervision of the Unit Coordinator with some freedom to plan, schedule and carry out responsibilities within established policies and guidelines.



  • One year experience preferred.



  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work as a team member and well with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and be a self-starter.
  • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in light of changing job situations/priorities.
  • At least one year of sobriety required.
  • A commitment to the mission of The Salvation Army and an appreciation of faith-based service organizations.


This position is required to do light physical work. Must be able to walk up two flights of stairs and lift up to 25 lbs.  


In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard office equipment and PC.   


The work environment for this position includes an office environment with a low noise level. 


Must be able to work with clients that have poor social skills, suffer from mental illness, and have substance abuse problems.



Non-Exempt/   Part-Time