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Youth Partner and Outreach Specialist - SD

This position works in Lifeline’s counseling program for youth experiencing homelessness. To qualify you must have personal experience living in a non-permanent housing environment during a period of time when you were under 21 years of age. This could include being without a home, or living in a shelter, in transitional housing through foster care, or in a temporary housing situation if you were not living with a parent/guardian. Please include a description of your experience in your resume or cover letter. The Youth Partner/Outreach Specialist uses this lived experience to help homeless youth in our program. Youth Partners help youth to self-advocate and to better understand their mental health needs and how counseling services can help. The position is community-based. Most services will take place at community locations such as client’s school, current living environment, or other community locations where homeless and displaced youth spend time.

The position is part of a multi-disciplinary team in a community setting, working closely with therapists to ensure youth and families' success. Join us at a long-standing and well-respected social service agency, helping youth and families live better lives!

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Specific Activities
  • Helps identify and connect with youth experiencing homelessness and displacement
  • Helps youth understand how mental health services work, and works with youth to identify needs and overcome obstacles preventing effective participation in services.
  • Works with clinicians to ensure a youth-centered treatment plan.
  • Helps youth feel supported throughout the therapy process by working with clinicians to ensure effective communication.
  • Provides case management services via school, home visits and community settings, during the day and evening. Connects youth and families to appropriate resource linkages in the community.
  • Helps youth identify and access informal support people and involve them in the treatment plan.
  • Completes progress notes in CCBH (Anasazi) within defined timelines, and participates in program’s Quality Assurance process.
  • Performs outreach activities within the community to connect youth to the program.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.
Must have personal experience with homelessness before the age of 21. Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred but not required. Experience of community-based social service or case management experience is a plus.

Possesses advanced knowledge that is primarily intellectual in character and includes exercising discretion and independent judgment
Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit. Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach. Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work. Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving. Interactions with others reflect a spirit of honesty, humbleness, and self-awareness. Accepts constructive criticism with a positive attitude and willingness to implement change. Ability to work well independently and demonstrate appropriate initiative. Must demonstrate knowledge of trauma Informed, client driven, and culturally competent care. 
Other Requirements
Reliable transportation. Must have a California driver license and good driving record. Willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.

Compensation and Benefits
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy 
Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to client homes. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
Work Schedule
M-F Fulltime position - non-exempt 40 hours
some evenings and weekends