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Position Title

    Life Skills Specialist - New Ground Totem Lake


    The Life Skills Specialist is responsible for creating life skill opportunities and
    increasing the self-sufficiency of homeless young adults at New Ground Totem
    Lake (NGTL) transitional living program. The Life Skills Specialist will design
    curriculum with a particular emphasis on life skill development related to mental
    health in partnership with volunteers and community members. This position
    coordinates with outside providers and works to reduce barriers for accessing
    clinical supports. The Life Skills Specialist also provides consultation and training
    to other NGTL staff members pertaining to mental health crisis intervention and
    prevention. The Life Skills Specialist works with the Lead Case Manager in
    assisting residents to achieve self-identified goals and decreasing assessment-
    indicated barriers. This position is full time and requires a high level of collaboration
    and partnership.


    A. Life Skills Development
        1. Create life skills curricula for use in house meetings, group projects, and
        one-on-one settings.
        2. Develop and create new innovative opportunities for residents to increase self-
        3. Plan life skills classes, engagement groups, recreational outings, and
        monthly service learning projects.
        4. Assess life skills proficiency of residents at intake to inform targeted areas
        for improvement.
        5. Design life skills goals in conjunction with Independent Living Plan created
        by Lead Case Manager. Assess progress and mastery of life skills goals.
        6. Develop, with assistance from the Program Manager, an evaluation tool for
        life skills classes.
        7. Take leadership role in the development of career resources and job search
        assistance for transitional living residents.
        8. Work with Volunteer Manager to ensure volunteers are being utilized for
        appropriate life skills needs.
        9. Research, identify, and conduct outreach for potential life skills volunteers
        and opportunities.
        10. Develop a monthly calendar of house activities, outings, service learning
        projects, etc. and create new ways to inform residents about these events.

    B. Mental Health Support Services
        1. Complete screenings for mental health concerns with residents at intake
        and make culturally-tailored referrals to community providers as appropriate.
        2. Assist with care coordination for youth tiered with community mental
        health providers.
        3. Provide immediate crisis intervention as needed and take a lead in
        coordinating with local crisis response teams.
        4. Develop culturally-tailored safety plans for residents at risk of imminent
        mental health crisis
        5. Provide support for residents experiencing mental health crises and
        communicate with staff appropriate protocol for engaging with residents in crisis.

    C. Life Skills Support Services
        1. Teach life skills classes to residents on an individual and group basis
        including emotion regulation, positive coping skills, career planning,
        interpersonal communication, daily living, home life, housing and money
        management, self-care, social relationships, employment and study skills.
        2. Support residents in increasing positive interpersonal skills.
        3. Gather and disseminate information on community resources to TLP Case
        Managers at other sites as needed.
        4. Ensure the overall cleanliness of the facility by monitoring and assigning
        weekly chores.
        5. Provide career exploration and job search support. Assist program
        participants with identifying, applying for, and tracking employment opportunities.
        6. Plan, organize, and conduct client house meetings weekly, service learning
        projects monthly, recreational outings monthly, and regularly scheduled trips to
        the food bank and grocery stores, as needed.
        7. Provide resources and referrals to program participants for life skills needs,
        such as interview clothing, budgeting, education, transportation, legal services,
        8. Support clients in creating budgets for both employment income and
        assistance (food stamps, SSI)
        9. Supervise and schedule life skills volunteers, milieu volunteers, resource
        volunteers, dinner donors, and other volunteers to support program.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. A Bachelor Degree (preferred) with two years of experience in a human
        services field.
        2. Experience working with abused and/or homeless.
        3. Experience creating and /or delivering life skills training and curricula.
        4. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one
        by date of employment.
        5. Must have reliable transportation to travel 20 miles for emergency response.
        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 vehicle(s) on
        Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with
        the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        7. Must have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR, HIV/AIDs training, or be able to
        obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        8. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035).
        9. Education or experience in diverse populations.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Understand the dynamics of homeless youth and incorporate knowledge
        into daily interactions with youth.
        2. Ability to show tolerance and acceptance of youth.
        3. Understand nature of youth/adult relationship. Is comfortable with, and
        accepts role of authority.
        4. Knowledge of Strength Based Practice, Harm Reduction Model, and Trauma
        Informed Care.
        6. Must be able to drive a 15 passenger van
        7. Demonstrate control in stressful/crisis situations.
        8. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        9. Knowledge of relevant COA standards, or willingness to become familiar with
        them, and participation in a Performance and Quality Improvement process.
        10. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and
        a commitment to the value of equity.
        11. Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral.


    Full Time


    $20 / hour

Reports to

    TLP Singles Program Manager



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Leah Rankin at leah@friendsofyouth.org

Job Posting Date

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