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ILSP Youth Specialist

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First Place for Youth | San Francisco, CA

First Place for Youth

Published 21 days ago

Position Title: ILSP Youth Specialist

Reports To: Senior Program Manager ILSP

Status: Full-time 

FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: The ILSP Youth Specialist plays a critical role in supporting a young person as they deal with the excitement, rigors and uncertainty of adulthood and departure from foster care. This position works closely with providers, such as social workers, attorneys, group home personnel, teachers, mental health clinicians and administrators to ensure participants successfully work towards achieving their Education and Employment short- and long-term goals that work towards the youth’s long-term permanency. Critical youth objectives are identifying permanent connections, enrolling in and continuing post-secondary education as well as exploring vocational training and end employment opportunities. The ILSP Youth Specialist meets individually with the youth on their caseload to provide intensive services focusing on education and employment, while working with the primary providers in each participants’ life and providing community resources as needed. There will be a portion of this work that will need to be done virtually due to COVID safety measures, however there will be a combination of virtual and in person work required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Support youth to identify and work toward employment and educational goals that support their long-term permanency.

• Ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with high school students and community partners.

• Conduct individual case management meetings to assist participants with identifying and progressing towards short- and long-term goals that focus on achieving outcomes in the areas of education, employment, stable housing, parenting, relationships and overall health.

• Assist youth in securing full time, part-time, and summer employment by accompany youth to job fairs, job interviews and submitting applications as needed. 

• Work with youth participants to create and revise resumes. 

• Counsel youth in career exploration and job retention.

• Case coordinate with community service providers to ensure youth develop and maintain employment plans.

• Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy.

• Facilitate or co-facilitate in person or virtual workshops for youth participants on vocational, educational and career-related topics.

• Develop and maintain relationships with high schools, GED services, colleges, and vocational schools. 

• Counsel youth participants on available financial aid and assist them in the application process.

• Interface with special education departments and staff, support IEP meetings for youth.

• Work with external service providers to ensure youth develop and maintain their educational plan.

• Other duties as assigned.

Case Coordinate and link youth to community resources, act as an advocate and resource in all youth services towards their education and employment goals.

• Coordinate education and employment services with external services providers where youth are housed. 

• Identify and advocate for services that youth need in order to reach their goals.

• Provide crisis service resource and referral for homeless and runaway youth. 

• Leverage external provider support to ensure youth receive essential services and resources. 

• Build strong partner relationships with county social workers, group homes, TLPs, and other key community resources for in-care and out of care youth. 

Documentation/Administrative Duties 

• Ensure youth are meeting Action Plan goals with respect to employment and education. 

• Enter all data on time and correctly to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department.

• Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with SF ILSP Manager. 


• Master’s degree in related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree required. 

• Three years’ of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably current and former foster youth.

• High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work

• Excellent communication skills, professional demeanor, sound judgment, and strong organizational skills

• Strong clinical skills, and/or a desire to learn more about the effects of the child welfare system on the lives of youth and young adults

• Experience in youth development model, asset-based relationship building, and experience in motivating youth

• Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently

• Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel.


• ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Ability to work with high level of detail, work has high level of professional polish down to smallest details, documents and products are well thought out and clear, database is organized and up to date. 

• DRIVEN BY ACCOMPLISHMENT – Clarity on project goals and the personal drive to wake up every morning ready to accomplish goals, finished projects are thorough and delivered on time. High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work

• COMPUTER SKILLS – Proficiency with current MS Office suite applications including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Project and Outlook. Experience with database systems. 

• STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose engaging messages, and present data in a clear and inspiring manner.  

• HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM – a high level of professionalism in work and interpersonal interactions with both internal and external contacts, presents to others as organized, informed, and friendly. 

• DECISIVE NATURE - Well-honed ability to independently anticipate and analyze situations, define problems and objectives, recognize viable alternatives, and formulate rapid solutions, with understanding of the inherent risks and the implications of making tough decisions. 

• AVAILABILITY for occasional evening and weekend work and some travel as needed.

Position Title: ILSP Youth Specialist

Reports To: Senior Program Manager ILSP

Status: Full-time 

FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: The ILSP Youth Specialist plays a critical role in supporting a young person as they deal with the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


San Francisco, CA

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