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- Employee Type: FT Non-Exempt
- Job Category: Education & Community Services, Regular, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year
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Youth Advocate II - Bilingual in Spanish
Closing Date: August 24th, 2020 or Until Filled
The Youth Advocate II has the primary responsibility to provide intensive barrier removal services to primarily Spanish speaking high-school youth, and their families, who are re-engaging with schools, in order to increase the protective factors and improve school performance, build social assets, and create career and educational goals. The Youth Advocate II will directly provide and/or coordinate a comprehensive menu of services for youth. These services include: determining eligibility, completing a needs assessment and goals e plan, making referrals and service linkages, counseling, performing home visits, crisis intervention, documentation of services, follow-up services, and evaluation. These services will support and guide youth toward reengagement in school and/or career opportunities, while decreasing incidents of truancy and justice involvement. This position will serve youth at the Project Scope program, located in the Kent Learning Center in Kent, WA.
At Neighborhood House we have a deep commitment to our employee’s and client’s diverse experiences and backgrounds that guides our work for a more equitable future. We are seeking a team member that represents our dedication to service, equity and inclusion, to join our diverse team.
- Collaborate with peers and partners on intake and screenings to determine eligibility for referred youth.
- Collaborate with peers and partners on conducting a needs assessment and develop individualized action plans for each youth.
- Provide intensive case management services for a caseload of at least 40 youth with a focus on youth not engaged regularly (weekly and monthly).
- Coordinate on-going services and new referrals with peers and partners, with courts school staff, and other service providers.
- Provide information, resources, referrals, and advocacy to link clients to appropriate services in a timely manner.
- Provide career planning assistance that helps youth set career and education goals, and prepare a written, youth-driven, individualized career training plan that is based on each youth’s career interests.
- Provide mentoring directly or through referrals to local organizations.
- Provide follow up services, in partnership with peers and partners that includes support, counseling, monitoring, and crisis intervention in family relationships, peer relationships, communications and self-advocacy skills, behavioral issues, and school involvement, and other possible areas that may become barriers.
- Build and maintain good working relationships, and collaborations, with peers and partners, courts, school staff, and other service providers.
- Participate in home visits to provide support, resources, and communication to the youth and their families.
- Attend with youths, together with peers and partners, school staff, and other service providers., where appropriate, to Court sessions, to support proceedings.
- Assist with group activities, workshops, trainings, and special events (including summer time events).
- Record and document all services and complete monthly reports, including school attendance in a timely manner.
- Work as a member of the Youth & Family Services Division within the Neighborhood House Education and Community Services Department.
- AA Degree. Relevant experience with youth and families may substitute for formal degree.
- 2 years of experience working with youth and/or families in social work, human service, or school settings, or any combination which provides equivalent preparation.
- Ability to be punctual and professional at all platforms, representing the agency and youths and their families.
- Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills and a non-judgmental, positive, problem-solving attitude.
- Team player who is resourceful, proactive and comfortable working with diverse populations.
- Ability to work with multiple partners and service providers.
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment in schools, family homes, and with co-workers.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
- Experience conducting group activities, trainings, and classes/workshops.
- Computer literacy, including MS Office.
- Willingness to comply with established agency policies and performance standards, which may include productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer services, teamwork, and maintaining a professional demeanor.
- Ability to work primarily during public school hours and an occasional flexible schedule, including some evening and weekend events.
- Bilingual ability in Spanish and English.
- Must pass Neighborhood House Background Check Requirements.
- Must have reliable, independent, transportation for frequent last-minute travel between Seattle worksites.
- Current First Aid certificate (within 30 days of hire).
- Current CPR certificate (within 30 days of hire).
- Sexual Harassment Training within 30 days of hire.
- Child Abuse and Neglect Training (within 2 weeks of hire).
- Bilingual ability in Spanish with English skills sufficiently strong to communicate in and prepare documents in English.
- Four year's of experience working with immigrant/refugee youth and families.
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Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.
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