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Outreach Counselor
Larkin Street Youth Services

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Job Description


Reports to: HSRC/Outreach Manager Department: Engagement Services

Classification: Non-Exempt Division: Class II

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 RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibility of the Outreach Counselor is to provide;

· Street-based outreach services to youth ages 12-24 as well as organizational outreach services to youth-serving organizations.

· Maintains a safe and supportive drop-in space and coordinates care for youth ages 12-24.

· The program functions from a client-centered model, and utilizes motivational interviewing to strengthen goals and explore ambivalence.

· It is essential that the Outreach Counselor creates safe and supportive relationships with homeless adolescents and young adults, and motivates adolescents and young adults to consider alternatives to street life.

· Provides HIV prevention information and services, mental and behavioral health services, harm reduction interventions and individual and group counseling based on the identified needs/goals of the individuals.

· This position is responsible for working alongside teammates to seek consultation on youth who are presenting with challenging needs and to think creatively to build rapport with even the most challenging youth.

· Provides information and referrals to youth within the Larkin Street service continuum and to community based providers.

· Ability to work evenings shifts, weekends and holidays.

CHARACTERISTICS

Candidates applying for this position will demonstrate:

· A commitment to the agency and mission statement

· Organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance

· Flexibility with a team player mentality

· Good judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving

· An ability to seek out supervision when appropriate

· Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with good interpersonal and communication skills

· Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently

· An ability to maintain a resilient positive attitude in the work environment

· An ability to recover from adversity and practice self-care

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

  • 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.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

· Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

· Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· 2-3 years of experience working with high-risk youth in street outreach, a shelter and/or transitional or supportive housing program(s).

· Bachelor’s or equivalent experience in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work, or other health related field.

· Ability to work with diverse high-risk adolescents and young adults who are living on the streets.

· Working knowledge of issues facing homeless youth.

· Must be a self-starter with excellent follow-through skills.

· Must also have ability to work with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers.

· Ability to become certified HIV test counselor.

· Basic knowledge of substance use issues.

· Must have a clean driving record and CA driver’s license.

· Bi-Lingual in Spanish.

This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement.

COMPENSATION

$17.69 an hour EOE

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter and resume to employment@larkinstreetyouth.org then in the Subject Box please indicate the position that you are applying for.

Larkin Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. Larkin Street Youth Service seeks qualified candidates with interest in the non-profit sector. We are committed to embracing diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified.

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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