Education Specialist / Residential Youth Counselor - .75 FTE
The Youth Haven program offers twenty-four hour care for up to 12 youth (ages 7-17).
The program is a state-licensed residential group facility designated as a short-term
placement for youth referred from the state child welfare system and for runaway and
homeless youth. The Shelter Education Specialist is a certified educator providing
educational support, advocacy and enrichment for all shelter youth. Under the
supervision of the Clinical Program Manager, the Shelter Education Specialist works to
address barriers to youth accessing education and maintaining progress toward their
educational goals. The Education Specialist is also responsible for the assessment of
educational needs, and working to maintain youth connected with their school of origin
whenever possible. The specialist will provide one on one tutoring, small group
instruction and enrichment activities and outings during the time when youth are on
break from school. The Education Specialist also is an on-floor staff member who can
aid in supervision ofprogram youth and performs the standard responsibilities of a
residential youth counselor as needed.
A. Educational Support
1. Build relationships with shelter youth.
2. Conduct educational assessments with youth to identify barriers and create a plan
to support their educational success.
3. Work closely with regional school personnel, McKinney-Vento Liaisons, Foster
Care Liaisons and other relevant parties, to support timely enrollment,
re-engagement and transportation access for program youth.
4. Develop and deliver, in coordination with program staff, enrichment activities for
all youth during school breaks including the summer holiday.
5. Lead individualized and small group instruction to focus on specific skills for
youth as needed.
6. Provide direction and consultation to the staff team and volunteer tutors regarding
best practices to engage youth in their education and effective strategies
for supporting youth in addressing identified skills deficits.
7. Develop curriculum and resources that can be used for youth who are awaiting
enrollment or engagement with school.
8. Help organize and conduct and structured learning activities and field trips for
youth in the program during school vacation breaks and as requested.
B. Data Collection, Recordkeeping and Reporting
1. Maintain documentation of educational support services, both direct and
indirect, provided for each youth.
2. Ensure completion of educational plan and assessment for youth in the program
within the required time frame.
3. Document youths' progress within established case file documentation, Friends
of Youth's database and any other appropriate information systems.
4. Complete and submit reports of successes and challenges to the Clinical Program
Manager and/or Director as required.
C. Residential Youth Counselor Tasks
To ensure the safety, compliance and a high quality program, the Education
Specialist will be trained in all Residential Youth Counselor Responsibilities
• Milieu Management
Required Skills and Qualifications
A. Education and Experience
1. Minimum of a Bachelor of Arts degree with a teaching certification preferred.
2. Experience working with homeless youth and/or youth that are involved in
the foster care system preferred.
3. Instructional experience at the middle school or high school level preferred.
4. Experience working with youth from diverse cultural and socio-economic
5. Education or experience in cultural competency.
B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Must be able to establish rapport with youth and demonstrate creativity in
motivating youth to engage in educational supports.
2. Desired working knowledge of education rights for homeless youth and youth in
foster care under the McKinney-Vento Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
3. Understanding of the local, state, and federal systems as they relate to trends and
educational services delivery for homeless youth and youth in foster care.
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
5. Engagement skills that encourage and promote education as a positive option for
6. Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel with an emphasis on the ability to
create spreadsheets and tables in order to capture data in a useful and intelligible
7. Demonstrated understanding of clear and appropriate boundaries with youth.
8. Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and a
commitment to the value of cultural competency.
C. Additional Requirements- Within 30 Days of Hire
1. Current negative TB test
2. CPR / First Aid Certification
3. HIV / AIDS Training
4. DSHS Criminal History Clearance
5. Must have valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one by the
6. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles on
Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by Friends
of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicles on Friends of
Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with the
requirements of Friends of Youth.
30 hours-week. Monday through Friday 12-6pm.
$19.33 per hour (eligible for benefits).
Clinical Program Manager.
Open until filled
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