Youth Specialist I

  • Intermittent
  • Part Time
  • Camarillo

POSITION:  Youth Specialist I

Bilingual Preferred

Hourly Rate: $16.00+ .50 cents Bilingual, Additional $1/hr. incentive for afterhours work between 10pm-6am

2 Part-time – Monday through Friday 6:30 am – 10:30 am OR 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm

1 Intermittent – Saturday & Sunday 11:00 pm to 7:30 am 

On-Site, In Person Direct Services, No Remote Work

Requires flexibility of schedule as evening, weekend and holiday shifts are needed to meet 24/7 operations.


The Youth Crisis & Homeless Services department helps prevent and address youth homelessness by providing a continuum of supportive services with access to emergency and permanent housing.  This position is part of the Basic Center Program/Youth Shelter Team and reports to the Youth Crisis & Homeless Services House Manager. The Youth Specialist I is responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations of the shelter through a broad array of holistic, culturally, and linguistically responsive supports which includes the direct care of youth, crisis intervention and field response services to youth, families and agencies calling the 24-hour crisis line during assigned shift. Provides awake supervision of the facility, grounds, and residents.


  1. Provide direct supervision and support to shelter residents, including assistance with activities related to daily living (hygiene, nourishment, social skills, education, recreation, and transportation).
  2. Conduct facility walk-thru during shift and perform light housekeeping and maintenance as needed. Report to manager any repairs required.
  3. Ensure facility cleanliness and organization, both internal and external, as required by Community Care Licensing Standards including all health and safety requirements.
  4. Comply with all California laws and Community Care Licensing standards and reporting responsibilities.
  5. Complete shelter intake process and ensure site is open and prepared for youth entry.
  6. Conduct and participate in intake interviews to determine program eligibility.
  7. Lead and supervise in the meal planning to include making of meals for and with program participants.
  8. Accurately and thoroughly document youth behavior, incidents, medications, and other program requirements.
  9. Maintain updated communication log and resident records in compliance with licensing standards within the designated agency system.
  10. Uphold ethical boundaries and follow all program procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of clients.
  11. Provide crisis intervention and appropriate referrals to residents, families, and crisis-line phone calls.
  12. Assess youth and family needs during crisis and determine need for temporary emergency shelter, provide emergency field response as needed.
  13. Conduct community outreach and engagement activities at community events.
  14. Complete all required training, attend staff and agency meetings
  15. Attend scheduled supervision meetings with program manager.
  16. Adhere to state laws and agency procedures regarding mandated reporting and confidentiality.
  17. Engage with youth and partners in a culturally sensitivity, attuned, and responsiveness manner.
  18. Follow specific program requirements by adhering to activities calendar, food menu, and individual case plan daily
  19. Other duties as assigned or necessary.


Minimum qualifications include a B.A. in psychology, sociology, criminal justice, or related field or equivalent experience working with youth and families in a crisis intervention capacity or in a residential facility.   Preferred Fluent bilingual English/Spanish oral communication skills; interact effectively with and collaboratively with youth, mental health professionals, social workers, and law enforcement. Ability to work night shift/weekend shifts as needed. Computer literacy with MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet. Must have completed or be willing to complete the required 60-hour domestic violence and human trafficking training within 3 months of hire. Comply with all Community Care Licensing Standards which includes Proof of current (within 1 year) negative TB test, or willingness to obtain one.  Ability to obtain a physical to perform work duties.  Valid First Aid and CPR certification or willingness/ability to be certified.  Successful background and criminal clearance required and maintained, including but not limited to California Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, Child Abuse Index and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Proof of a valid California Driver’s License, reliable transportation, proof of automobile insurance (listed as covered), pass and maintain driving approval as required by our insurer.


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