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Position Title

   Education Specialist / Residential Youth Counselor


    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
    provides 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
    of program 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
                • Housekeeping
                • Monitoring
                • Communication
                • Supervision

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        
        backgrounds preferred.
        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
        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 youth.
        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. An ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive
        9. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.

    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 employment date.
        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.


    40 hours / week 


    $19.72 / hour

Reports to

    Clinical Program Manager



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


   Send cover letter and resume to Bailee Bryant at

Job Posting Date

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