Job: Youth Advocate I

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Posted: 10/31/2017

Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. We provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.

In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Supportive work environment
  • Medical insurance  with a $10 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
  • Long-term disability 100% employer paid 
  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit    
  • 401 k with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Generous time off policy accruing up to 22 paid days in a year for new employees
  • Bilingual stipend of $2,000 for BA/BS and $4,000 for MA/MS for all applicable positons
  • Cell phone allowance for applicable positions
  • Opportunity to ear BBS CEUs
  • Employee Assistance Program

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

The essential functions include: 

  • Monitor, advise, and facilitate YMO program participants’ successful transition into adulthood
  • Provide outreach, case management, and individual rehab services
  • Maintain and complete record-keeping associated with delivery of services
  • Facilitate independent living skills workshops, events, and activities
  • Attend and participate in YMO meetings, including staff in-service, clinical conferences, and training retreats
  • Meet workload standards
  • Distribute basic needs to YMO program participants
  • Perform opening/closing duties at the PRC site, as required
  • Other duties as required 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

Communication Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, office personnel, other employees and the general public
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents 

     Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and with others – including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
  • Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy 

Physical Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to use computer keyboard up to 50% of the day
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds 

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Able to use telephone, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required

ADDITIONAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Regularly work indoors in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATES

  • Bachelors degree and a minimum of 2 years of related experience working with transitional age youth
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse clientele & staff
  • Knowledge of prevailing governmental laws and regulations regarding the provision of mental health services, including confidentiality and limits thereof, the reporting of child abuse/neglect, and related regulations
  • Knowledge of Ethical and Professional Standards established by appropriate professional organizations whether or not the individual is a member of any such organization
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides’ insurance carrier

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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