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San Diego Youth Services Youth Advocate in San Diego, California

SDYS Job Announcement:

Youth Advocate

TAY Housing Program

San Diego Youth Services provides vital services to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.

Join us in building futures.

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage

  • Dental/Vision/Life Insurance

  • Employee wellness program

  • Generous PTO plan

  • Retirement Plan

  • Diverse and inclusive work environment

    Status: Full-time; $46,446/year, plus $1,500 bilingual differential

    Responsibilities : Accountable to Program Manager and Division Director. Provide case management and independent living skills development to current foster youth transitioning into an independent living situation. Assist youth in developing skills, obtaining employment, and developing life plans that will support independence.


  • Contribute to the integrated trauma-informed approach for youth, adhering to and upholding the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.

  • Sustain SDYS’s commitment to family and youth driven care.

  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and supportive service providers within the program, the agency, and the community.

  • Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.

  • Participate in all required trainings and consultation/supervisions.

  • Participate in carrying out agency plans and vision.

  • Attend all required agency and county trainings and meetings.

  • Maintain accurate and timely uniform record documentation. Maintain data collection and contract compliance of records as required. Ability to learn County ETO system and adhere to the deadlines for all required documentation.

  • Maintain clear, effective, and open communication with all staff, supportive service providers and supervisor. Maintain positive attitude within a team environment.

  • Provide advocacy, information referral, crisis intervention, employment readiness and other trauma-informed direct services to current/former foster youth.

  • Provide outreach to prospective participants and interview youth for participation in program.

  • Maintain linkages with community referral and employment resources.

  • Maintain collaboration with County ILS workers, ILS contractors, social workers, probation officers, attorneys, or any other professionals, in development and delivery of service plans.

  • Provide crisis intervention to youth living in program and assist youth compliance with service plan, using a trauma-informed approach.

  • Provide transportation when needed. Be willing to drive agency van to move youth in and out of apartments, be willing to physically move furniture, mattresses or other items as needed.

  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service-partners’ protected health information and other applicable information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws, including HIPAA.

  • During the pandemic, must be able to interface with youth in the field as needed to provided crisis and stabilization support.

    Perform other Duties as assigned

    Physical Requirements:

    Must have ability to bend at the waist, kneel or crouch. Must have ability to lift and carry 30+ pounds—lifting furniture, mattresses, boxes, and other items required for youth to move in and out of apartments is a must for this position. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.

    Must be able to work efficiently remotely; be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government, and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during this pandemic.

    Qualifications: Master’s level Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or another closely related field. Preferably two years’ experience working with adolescents/Transitional Age Youth, parenting youth, and/or foster youth. Experience in crisis intervention, case management, youth participation and youth development and/or foster youth would be valued. Able to work in a very diverse setting with people of all backgrounds, culture, and orientation. Must possess a professional attitude and good oral and written communication skills, computer literate. Well organized, detail oriented, and ability to work with minimum supervision and frequent interruptions, while maintaining a professional demeanor at all times. Have the ability to analyze, organize, and prioritize tasks. Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care. Must maintain CPR/First-Aid Certificate. Must have good driving record and willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Must be willing and able to drive agency van (15 passenger) in order to move youth in and out of apartments. Employment subject to clearances, including Community Care Licensing requirements; background fingerprinting checks, driving record, medical clearances, Tuberculosis testing, and drug testing. Must be able to work efficiently remotely; be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    An Equal Opportunity Employer

    SDYS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended,all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

    Job Opened: 4/22/21

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