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Youth Advocate

Job Details

Project Safe House - xxx, CA
Full Time


Summary: Under the direction of the Residential Services Manager, the Youth Advocate is responsible for developing and providing onsite trauma-informed direct services and activities for youth (ages 0-18) and caregivers residing in confidential residential programs for families impacted by intimate partner and sexual violence. Youth-centered services will include crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy with schools and other entities, and activities which increase engagement in communal environment, learning of coping skills to heal from abuse they have experienced, and other supportive activities while in the residential program. This position will require working closely with residential advocates and staff across CCS programs, as well as forging collaborative relationships with other youth-serving providers throughout San Diego County. This position requires flexible hours including evenings and weekends depending on client needs.
Essential Functions:
o Conduct developmentally appropriate intakes and needs assessment of incoming youth residents, providing trauma-related education, connecting to resources. Assist in creation of personalized goal plan.
o Observe client progress on goal plans through regular client meetings, providing advocacy services and resources as necessary.
o Communicate with parents, on an as needed basis, and in regard to parenting support, including assistance with parenting strategies and child developmental-related topics.
o Develop child-specific curriculum and activities for children/youth with high levels of trauma. Organize and facilitate youth activities onsite including playgroups, leisure/play activities, celebrations, and opportunities for families to gather together.
o Provide ongoing advocacy for children/youth, including assisting with school enrollment and ensure families are supported in the transition.
o Provide crisis intervention and emergency counseling for youth clients both in-person and over the hotline.
o Ensure ongoing familiarization with all CCS programs and services. Establish and maintain relationships with youth serving organizations. Participate in cross-training and team collaboration efforts.
o Assist with day-to-day operations of the shelter ensuring safety and well-being for all participants of the program.
o Process documentation and prepare reports relating to contact with clients and callers through Efforts to Outcomes (ETO). Maintain the highest levels of accuracy in record-keeping and reporting, ensuring that all client files and documentation are complete and up to date.
o Administer and distribute gift cards upon approval, ensuring all appropriate documentation is completed and submitted to fiscal.
o Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements:
o High School Diploma or equivalent required.
o Complete California State-approved Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training (or must complete upon hiring).
o Maintain a minimum of 12 hours of ongoing training per year as required.
o Minimum one (1) year experience working with traumatized or at-risk children/youth.
o Minimum one (1) year experience in the field of family violence intervention, client services, and/or crisis intervention
o Minimum one (1) year experience providing group activities, advocacy, case management, and/or residential care
o Minimum one (1) year experience working with children, youth, adolescents, or families (preferably at risk or underserved populations).
Preferred Experience:
o Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, child development or related field
o Coursework completed in child development or experience working with at-risk youth.
o Bilingual oral and written fluency in Spanish.
Core Competencies:
o Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including conflict resolution skills.
o Must demonstrate an acceptance and respect for cultural diversity in all its forms, including ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, genders, and religious backgrounds.
o Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power point, Access)
o Organized and detail oriented with the ability to effectively multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
o Ability to maintain a proactive approach and execute all duties in their entirety.
o Maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times.
o Proactively adapt to always changing requirements and duties.
Working Environment:
100% in-person required. This job operates in a communal housing facility. Must maintain personal cell phone for work-related purposes. Ability to work in IPV, SA, and stalking fields. Working conditions may include possible exposure to communicable diseases related to those typically found in communal housing.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to see, talk and
hear. The incumbent frequently is required to stand, walk, go up and down stairs, stoop, bend, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to carry up to 50lbs.
Travel: Travel between CCS business offices and residential sites required for duties (up to 50% mostly within San Diego County). Must have access to reliable transportation available for work-related purposes, a valid California driver’s license, and proof of automobile insurance. Work Hours The employee must be available two weekday afternoons and evenings (ex: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm) and one weekend shift (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) per week. Variable shifts are required based on the ages and needs of the residents on site and planned youth activities. The employee will be expected to be on site at residential sites when clients are available