Relief/On-Call Residential Youth Counselor

Posted by
Friends of Youth
Kirkland, WA
Published 24 days ago


For over 70 years, Friends of Youth has been driven by a belief that all youth should have every opportunity to succeed, and partners with youth and families to provide the relationships, resources, and skills they need to attain personal growth and success. With 24 program sites serving 18 cities in the Puget Sound Region, Friends of Youth provides safe places and emotional support for youth facing circumstances including homelessness, foster care, and behavioral health challenges. By joining our team, you will make a difference in the lives of young people by supporting them in taking their next steps toward safety, stability, and belonging. We are always excited and happy to meet anyone who shares an interest in and passion for contributing to our mission. We hope that you will join us! 


The Relief Residential Youth Counselor works on an intermittent or as needed basis to fill in a shift normally worked by a full time Residential Youth Counselor in our licensed residential programs for youth. The primary responsibility of the Relief Residential Youth Counselor is ensuring the safety, support and supervision of all youth in our staffed residential programs. 



  • Maintain a comfortable living environment by demonstrating to youth that they are respected and understood as individuals; by demonstrating that adults can help them deal with challenging behaviors without being punitive, retaliatory, rejecting. 
  • Responsible for the supervision and monitoring of all youth in the program and to be aware of their whereabouts at all times. 
  • Maintain daily communication log, and milieu notes of youths’ whereabouts, activities and behavior for each youth. 
  • Help youth develop appropriate and healthy relationships with peers and staff. 
  • Report any known or suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of youth in consultation with management to Child Protective Services. 
  • Facilitate regularly scheduled groups and structured activities as requested. 
  • Demonstrate acceptance of, and establish a positive relationship with each youth.
  • Assist youth with establishing and achieving their goals, while modeling appropriate behavior and healthy behavior. 
  • Transport and accompany youth to appointments as assigned. 



  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or Social Sciences is preferred. 
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent is required. 
  • Experience working with homeless youth and/or youth that are involved in the foster care system preferred. 
  • Minimum of one-year full-time experience working or volunteering with youth. 



Non-Bilingual starting rate of $17 per hour and Bilingual in Spanish starting rate of $17.50 per hour.



Relief staff can pick shifts from the available openings including Day (8am-4pm), Swing (4pm-12am), and Overnight (12am-8am). Relief staff must pick up at least one shift per month. Work is performed onsite/in-person in Kirkland, WA. 



  • Demonstrates a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.   
  • Ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.  
  • Understand the dynamics of homelessness and trauma experienced by the youth and incorporate knowledge into daily interactions with youth. 
  • Knowledge of Strength Based Practice, Harm Reduction, and Trauma Informed Care. 
  • Understanding of clear and appropriate boundaries with youth. 



  • Must be 21 years of age or older. 
  • Must satisfactorily pass criminal background check.
  • Must satisfactorily pass tuberculosis (TB) test.   
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license.   
  • Must have a safe driving record as defined by Friends of Youth. 



Friends of Youth welcomes, honors, and celebrates our clients, colleagues and communities’ diverse identities, histories, knowledges, languages, and cultures. Our organizational values shape the way we work individually and collectively, as we prioritize young people’s belonging and achievement. We work to challenge, alter, and ultimately dismantle interconnected systems of structural and historic oppression. We collaborate with community stakeholders and partners to develop policy and decision-making frameworks that advance racial equity. 



Friends of Youth is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. As an organization on a journey towards becoming anti-racist and anti-oppressive, we are committed to equitable hiring practices. As an equal opportunity employer, Friends of Youth does not discriminate against employees or applicants based on race, ethnicity, cultural identity, creed, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, religion, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, marital status, parental status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, are/have been system-impacted and other people from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with Disabilities to apply for this position or to perform the essential functions of this position. It is our commitment to assess our current systems and create more opportunities for access and inclusion. To request accommodation or support, please email the Human Resources Team at  


For a copy of the full job description, please e-mail   


For over 70 years, Friends of Youth has been driven by a belief that all youth should have every opportunity to succeed, and partners with youth and families to provide the relationships, resources, and skills they need to attain…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required


$17-$17.50 per hour


Kirkland, WA, USA

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