POSITION: Youth Specialist II
Hourly Rate: $17.00 + .50 cents Bilingual + overnight premium of $1 for hours worked between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am
2 Full-time position
1 Part-time position
On-Site, In Person Direct Services, No Remote Work Requires flexibility of schedule as evening and weekend shifts may be necessary to meet client needs.
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 reports to the Youth Outreach & Homeless Services Program Manager and is responsible for engaging homeless youth with holistic, culturally, and linguistically responsive supports including street outreach activities and service coordination.
- Provide mobile and field-based case management, housing navigation, and outreach to homeless individuals.
- Conduct screening, assessments and triage for individuals experiencing homelessness. Provide resources and linkage for identified needs such as mental health, medical, housing services and other supportive services.
- Represent the agency at community meetings, events, and outreach activities.
- Conduct outreach to identify, build, and strengthen relationships with housing providers including landlords and property management partners.
- Coordinate and provide transportation for youth as appropriate.
- Maintain up to date program service and activity logs.
- Maintain thorough and accurate records in both written form and through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); and collaborate with other homeless outreach entities within the Continuum of Care who are part of the Coordinated Entry System (CES).
- Use effective communication skills such as active and reflective listening to engage and build rapport with clients. Utilize appropriate interventions, including motivational interviewing, to increase positive outcomes.
- Uphold ethical boundaries and follow all program procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of clients.
- Provide crisis intervention and appropriate referrals to residents, families in-person and through the 24/7 crisis-line.
- Complete all required trainings and participate in staff and agency meetings.
- Attend scheduled supervision meetings with program manager.
- Adhere to state laws and agency procedures regarding mandated reporting and confidentiality.
- Engage with youth and partners in a culturally sensitivity, attuned, and responsiveness manner.
- Provide assistance at the youth shelter as needed.
- 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 evening 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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