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Youth Specialist

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Inside Out Youth Services
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Colorado Springs, CO

Inside Out Youth Services


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Published 13 days ago

February 15, 2021
January 29, 2021
$42,000 - $42,000

About Us 

Inside Out Youth Services (IOYS) is the primary LGBTQ+ nonprofit community serving LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-24) in El Paso County. We provide a safe space for gender and sexuality diverse youth and young adults to grow their identities, learn leadership skills and develop the tools needed to both thrive personally and to act as agents of change in their communities. We also provide outreach education throughout the region to create a supportive climate for LGBTQ+ youth.  

IOYS accomplishes these goals through our weekly programming, targeted leadership development opportunities, community partnerships, and through educational outreach to local school systems, healthcare agencies, and other groups providing education and care to LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. 

Job Description 

Reporting to the Youth Program Manager, the Youth Specialist builds relationships with youth (ages 13-18) and creates a safe/brave space. The Youth Specialist is a part of the Program Team which is responsible for the development, delivery, and assessment of LGBTQ+ youth/young adult support group curriculum, life skills development, leadership programs, and any special programs such as Queer Prom. This position will be responsible for implementing a dating violence prevention program and upstream suicide prevention program. They will work closely with youth who may be in crisis or in need and will refer them to agencies dealing with homelessness and mental health support.  

Essential JobDuties 

Strength in group facilitation and management. Ability to model the values and behavioral expectations of Inside Out with youth and young adults and team members. Requires strong organizational and communication skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Able to complete required paperwork, case management, and deliverables reporting according to established protocol and agency requirements. Must be able to maintain professional and appropriate boundaries with youth and young adults. Ability to act professionally in high stress situations, including the flexibility to shift plans as needed to respond to agency and youth/young adult needs. 

Responsibilities 

  • Build relationships with Inside Out participants, particularly youth aged 13-18, model strong boundaries, and create and maintain a safe/brave space based on space rules;  
  • Hold primary responsibility for grant required youth programs, including Safe Dates and Sources of Strength; 
  • Collaborate with other staff to accurately and thoroughly report on grant funded projects; 
  • Develop and deliver programs for groups including LifeSkills, Safe Dates, and Qmmunity Resilience;  
  • Supervise youth and young adults during drop-in and programming hours;  
  • Maintain youth records: enrollment interviews, attendance, incident reports, and daily case management data entry;  
  • Serve as co-facilitator for Peer Advisors and Youth Advisory Council, develop opportunities for youth leaders to present and gain skills; 
  • Coordinate activities, socials, and guest speakers;   
  • Collaborating with organizational fundraising and outreach endeavors, empowering and supporting youth to engage in those as possible; 
  • Develop program content for website, newsletters, and social media sites;     
  • Employ restorative practices to resolve conflict in the space among youth; 
  • Organize and develop emotional/social/advocacy skills workshops;  
  • Refer youth in crisis or in need to the appropriate community agencies;  
  • Participate in the development of new programs based on identified youth needs; 
  • Comply with all mandatory reporter regulations and otherwise hold strict confidentiality;  
  • Communicate youth concerns with Youth Program Manager and work to problem-solve youth issues;  
  • Fill out incident reports and support volunteers with incident reports when needed; 
  • All other duties as assigned. 

Physical Demands  

This position sometimes requires the movement of community center materials, like whiteboards and tables, or boxes of supplies for off-site events. There is some work at a computer station and some work that requires movement around the community center.  

Required Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ youth/young adult issues;  
  • Competency and comfortability with discussing difficult topics with youth/young adults; 
  • High sense of responsibility and commitment to the mission of IOYS; 
  • Demonstrated ability to set and support healthy boundaries in a youth/young adult community; 
  • Associate degree or at least 2 years of youth/young adult development experience;  
  • 1 year of experience with curriculum implementation and facilitation of groups and activities; 
  • Capacity to naturally engage with youth; 
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft suite, as well as a capacity to quickly learn new software; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong organizational, detail, and interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, but also be a self-starter; able to work under pressure and complete multiple tasks simultaneously.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Spanish language proficiency 
  • Competency in anti-racism  
  • Competency in anti-oppression  
  • Experience with drop-in center atmosphere    

Apply by sending cover letter and resume to candace@insideoutys.org by January 29, 2021.  

Equal Opportunity 

Inside Out Youth Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We encourage applications from people of color, ethnic minorities, and persons with various abilities, who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

About Us 

Inside Out Youth Services (IOYS) is the primary LGBTQ+ nonprofit community serving LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-24) in El Paso County. We provide a safe space for gender and sexuality diverse youth and young adults to grow their identities…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

This position is 40 hours a week (exempt) and qualifies for benefits (health/dental/vision insurance, SimpleIRA with employer match, paid time off and sick leave, paid holidays).

This position is 40 hours a week (exempt) and qualifies for benefits (health/dental/vision insurance, SimpleIRA with employer match, paid time off and sick leave, paid holidays).

Location

223 North Wahsatch Avenue, 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

How to Apply

Apply by sending cover letter and resume to candace@insideoutys.org by January 29, 2021.  

Apply by sending cover letter and resume to candace@insideoutys.org by January 29, 2021.  

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