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Youth Care Specialist IV #901380 (Los Angeles)

compensation: $24.00 per hour
employment type: full-time
non-profit organization

Position: Youth Care Specialist IV #901380
Program: Enhanced Emergency Shelter Program
Department: Children, Youth and Family Services
Reports to: Program Manager
Compensation: $24.00 per hour
Schedule: Sun 10a-7p; Mon & Wed 8:30a-5:30p; Tues & Thurs 10a-7p
Status: 100% Full Time, Non-Exempt, Union
Probation: 90 days
Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance: also including Long Term Disability, an Employee Assistance Program, and a 403(b) retirement plan

JOB SUMMARY: The Youth Care Specialist provides services and support to youth ages 18 to 24 who are resident in our DMH Emergency Overnight Program. This position provides a variety of supportive and case management services for youth experiencing mental health issues and homelessness, including behavioral support, psychoeducation, mentoring, coaching, transportation and other services that address overall needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1) Act as primary contact for approximately 20 residents for their full length of stay in the Enhanced Emergency Services Program;
2) Complete a comprehensive intake and assessment of new residents to help determine needs, interests, and goals;
3) Develop individual case plans for youth to meet their immediate, as well as longer-term needs to help them meet initial and intermediate goals in the areas of education and employment, housing stability, permanent connections and well-being;
4) Be available to the residents for any needs ranging from crisis resolution to daily life skills management to escorting residents to appointments;
5) Connect residents to supportive services such as mental health, health, substance abuse, employment and education both at The Youth Center and with external service providers. Provide appropriate referrals and serve as an advocate for client with other agencies; provide support to clients in applying for GR and SSI and other public benefits; Act as liaison for resident with those resources;
6) Work collaboratively with DMH staff in the coordination of services and support for EESP clients;
7) Facilitate psychoeducational groups to assist youth with the skills they need to live independently and develop healthy relationships;
8) Work effectively and creatively with the other members of an interdisciplinary case management team to support the needs of residents;
9) Mentor and coach each young person to strive for independence through the completion of educational, career, mental health, and healthcare goals;
10) Accurately document services and complete data entry into HMIS/DMH and the Youth Services data base system and prepare monthly reports as required. Assist Program Manager and Supervisors in program compliance;
11) Work a flexible schedule to be able to connect with residents when they are available. This may include evenings and weekends;
12) Participate in staff meetings, planning meetings, attend case conferencing meetings to coordinate services with outside service providers; and other meetings as needed;
13) Other duties as assigned;

JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
1) Experience working with the LGBTQ community and familiarity with issues of particular relevance to LGBTQ people;
2) A passion for the Center’s work and its mission to make the world a better place for LGBTQ people;
3) A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional office setting;
4) 6-8 years of education in related field or equivalent experience;
5) Experience working with youth in a youth development setting and knowledgeable of the principles of Positive Youth Development; demonstrated ability in engaging youth and facilitating workshops;
6) Experience working with youth experiencing homelessness/housing instability and/or mental illness;
7) Self-motivated, energetic, flexible and the ability to work in a team environment;
8) Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong organizational, detail and interpersonal skills;
9) Excellent computer skills and knowledge including word processing, database operations, spreadsheets, and other software systems;
10) Access to reliable transportation and the ability to be insured;
11) Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expression, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration status, and physical abilities in a multicultural environment.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of their race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical/physical/mental condition, pregnancy/childbirth and related medical condition, age, marital status, or veteran status.

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