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Youth Force Program Counselor
Larkin Street Youth Services

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Youth Force Program Counselor
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Job Description


Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 3,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.

 

We raise the bar by redefining success from securing independent housing to achieving a permanent pathway out of poverty. We have established bold goals for the youth in our services:

 

• Living-wage employment

• Two years of post-secondary education

• Safe and stable housing

• Physical and emotional well-being   

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: The primary role of the Lead Youth Force Program Counselor is to provide instruction to program counselors, delegate daily route responsibilities, and support with programing. The Lead Youth Force Program Counselor will assist program counselors with the development and implementation of career track advancement plans for clients and assist the Assistant Manager of Youth Employee Services in programmatic day to day functions as needed. Another key function is to cultivate an open avenue to opportunities for youth to utilize their skills and find employment opportunities. The Lead Youth Force Program Counselor works closely with the Assistant Manager of Youth Employee Services to ensure all program data is accurate, up to date, and tracked accordingly in all our data bases.     

SUPERVISES:  None 

EXEMPT STATUS:  Non Exempt

UNION STATUS:  Union   ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:   

  • Oversee short and long term manual labor projects and provide appropriate feedback to the Youth Force Program Counselors and youth employees.
  • Coordinate all Youth Force work projects and assign work to all Youth Force      counselors.
  • Follow Up with the Youth Force counselors on completed projects and give helpful      feedback for improvement. 
  • Co-facilitate professional and personal development workshops that are pertinent to      success in the workplace.
  • Assist in generating and maintaining client records including: initial assessments, client progress notes, and program database.
  • Attend meetings at various LSYS program sites to facilitate coordinated care.
  • Conduct community outreach to maintain positive relationships with existing local      partners as well as to solicit business from new contacts in the SF community.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Assist in the training of on boarding Program Counselors.
  • Collaborate with community partners to organize appropriate work projects and coordinate cultural and educational excursions that will provide broad exposure for Larkin Street youth.
  • Transport multiple youth to work sites in the bay area using LSYS vehicles.
  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times. 
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description. 
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks. 
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies. 
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth in which we serve. 
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience. 
  • Maintaining the strictest of confidentiality. 
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.  
  • Responsible for supporting program services within the milieu.  For example, crisis intervention or helping to maintain the safety of the program. 
  • Responsible for contributing towards the care and welfare of staff and to the clients we serve.  
  • Other duties as assigned.   

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Driver License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) 
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of individuals 
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items 
  • Excellent Customer Service skills 
  • Be able to work with minimal supervision.   
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs. 
  • Ability to reach, bend and walk.
  • Finger manipulation.
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.
  • Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately. Bilingual is a plus.

EDUCATION:   

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Business administration or related field.

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:   

  • Three to Four (3-4) years of progressive experience in workforce development or related discipline.  
  • Experience working with adolescents as a vocational counselor/job developer or in the field of public relations. Experience in working in a multi-cultural, diverse environment highly desired. 
  • Must also have ability to work with high-risk youth and with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers.  
  • Experience working with youth is highly desired, especially at-risk, homeless or runaway youth.     

COMPENSATION: 

  • Starting at $20.99 DOE 
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only) 
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts 
  • Life Insurance · Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five) 
  • Sick time 
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Health Advocate Service 
  • Commuter Benefits Program 
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment 
  • 403(b) retirement plan     

This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement. Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required. Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

About Larkin Street Youth Services


   Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 3,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.
 

We raise the bar by redefining success from securing independent housing to achieving a permanent pathway out of poverty. We have established bold goals for the youth in our services:
 

• Living-wage employment
• Two years of post-secondary education
• Safe and stable housing
• Physical and emotional well-being  

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