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Position Title

    Safe Place Liaison

Description

    Do you want to use your energy, charisma, and “can do” attitude to help young
    people in crisis? Friends of Youth is looking for a friendly, outgoing person to join
    an energetic and passionate team to provide crisis intervention to at-risk youth,
    working to keep young people off the streets. Safe Place is a national program
    locally run by a collaboration of three agencies in King County: Friends of Youth,
    Youthcare, and Auburn Youth Resources. The Safe Place program quickly connects
    runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17 to services, either by reuniting them with
    their family or responding in person to connect them with emergency shelter. The
    Safe Place Liaison position offers a balance of direct service work with youth in
    crisis as well as the opportunity to provide outreach and training to the local
    community and youth.

Responsibilities

    A. Program Operations:
        1. While on-call, the Safe Place Liaison will be responsible for answering and
        responding to phone calls 24 hours a day with the support of the Specialized
        Residential Services’ Director. During this time, the Safe Place Liaison will be
        expected to be present in the office for 20 hours during the on-call working week.
        2. Coordinate the implementation of Safe Place specifically in East & North King
        County. This includes working with Friends of Youth’s development team to
        publicize the initiative, presenting to community businesses and organizations,
        and completing administrative tasks.
        3. Work closely with the Director of Specialized Residential Services and the
        President/CEO at Friends of Youth to strategically grow the National Safe Place
        model in needed areas of support for at risk youth.
        4. Work closely with the Program Manager of Youth Haven, the under 18 shelter
        at Friends of Youth, to monitor the impact of Safe Place implementation.
        5. Work collaboratively with counterparts at YouthCare and Auburn Youth
        Resources and future expansions as the program grows in King County.
        6. Maintain collaborative and effective relationships with community providers and
        caregivers.
        7. Perform outreach with youth and relevant community members to ensure
        community awareness of how to access the Safe Place program as a resource
        for youth in crisis.
        8. As needed, ensure an effective pickup program for participants from Safe Place
        locations and provide follow up services.
        9. Maintain clear, professional, timely participant contact notes, incident reports,
        progress updates, statistical records, and other documentation according to all
        strict confidentiality laws and guidelines.
        10. Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
        2. Previous experience working with at-risk youth.
        3. Knowledge and experience of crisis response and intervention,
        child abuse/neglect, juvenile justice, domestic violence, housing and
        homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, public assistance    
        rights, sexual abuse and assault, family dynamics.
        4. Experience networking and advocating with other agencies to access
        housing, medical, financial, legal, educational and other resources on behalf
        of youth or young adults.
        5. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically effective and
        engaging public speaking skills.
        2. Ability to relate in an empathic, supportive, non-judgmental manner to all
        youth and their families.
        3. Ability to work well with volunteers including the ability to recruit, direct,
        support and thank program volunteers.
        4. Strong youth engagement and relationship-building skills.
        5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
        6. Experience working with diverse populations. Acceptance of a variety of
        lifestyles, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices.
        7. Ability to pass a DSHS Criminal Background Check.
        8. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences
        and a commitment to the value of cultural competency.

    C. Additional Requirements - Within 30 Days of Hire
        1. Must have current negative TB test
        2. CPR / First Aid Certification
        3. HIV / AIDS Training (minimum 4 hours)
        4. 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.

Hours

    Full Time

Salary

    $19.33/hour

Reports to

   Director of Specialized Residential Services

Location

    Kirkland

Application Deadline

   Open until filled

Contact

    Send cover letter and resume to Bailee Bryant at bailee@friendsofyouth.org  

Job Posting Date

    1/30/17
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