Full Job Description
People of color, men, persons with disabilities, persons with lived expereince in homelessness, veterans, formerly incarcerated, non- binary, transgender, and other LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Position Title: Child and Youth Specialist
Reports to: Licensed Mental Health Professional
Location: 3318 Idaho Ave. NW - The Brooks
Schedule: Hours flexible between 7 am - 7 pm, and some holidays and weekends
Who we are:
Friendship Place is a nonprofit organization, serving the Washington, DC region. We empower individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness to rebuild their lives with the involvement of the community. Friendship Place offers the most effective model for addressing homelessness, with innovative, customized programs that have positive, demonstrable results and a lasting impact on the community and beyond. Our programs are person-centric and individualized to meet the needs and goals of individuals, families, youth/young adults and Veterans experiencing homelessness. We provide outreach, hospitality, health care, case management, housing, job placement services, and advocacy. We are committed to living out our core values both within our organization and in the community.
The Brooks Program provides short-term housing services to families experiencing homelessness in the District. The building contains 50 units and is located in Northwest DC. The program follows a Housing First model philosophy and utilizes best practices to ensure participants can be transitioned out of short-term family housing to independent housing in within 90 days. The Child and Youth Specialist works directly with the children and family to ensure the appropriate services are provided to the children. The roles utilizes wraparound resources in a holistic, participate-driven process. This position will provide direct services to the children and youth and also collaborates with school systems, mental health agencies, and other community partners to ensure the child’s needs are met. The role ensures the appropriate early childhood and school services are provided, school enrollment and attendance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure children participants are enrolled in school and connected to appropriate services within the community.
Ensure verification of school enrollment and attendance on a daily basis. Use SLED to monitor school participation on a daily basis.
Obtain attendance, academic, and any Special Education records from schools to ensure services are in place and meeting child’s needs, providing advocacy as needed
Provide supportive services to all children living in the household, ensuring regular collaboration with partnering agencies such as the school system, daycare providers, mental health and physical health agencies is conducted to establish wrap-around treatment plan.
Foster wellness, independence, and self-sufficiency by educating and assisting parents in understanding youth’s needs/concerns and selecting wraparound services.
Serve as the point person for developing and implementing programming for the youth (coordinating on site volunteer tutoring services, youth focused events and programming at The Brooks)
Provide de-escalation services to participants as needed. Then connect households to relevant service providers for follow up (CHAMPS, DBH, CFSA, DV services, etc)
Document all client interactions and progress in comprehensive case notes in the appropriate database
Assess each child’s needs, preferences, and strengths and advocate on behalf of parents and child to ensure linkage to all qualifying resources and services is established and maintained.
Maintain contact with CFSA and collaborate on family meetings if applicable.
Deliver face-to-face contacts to families and all children within the household.
Partner with assigned Case Manager to develop, implement and revise service plans, focusing on both parent and children’s needs and goals, including the goal to place families in housing within 90 days
Identify and communicate with mentors to foster personal growth and development with youth.
Participate in multidisciplinary meetings and regular supervision.
Perform all other duties as assigned
Office is housed in a short-term family housing facility, periodic evening and weekend work.
Physical and Environmental Requirements:
Flexible schedule, 50%-60% travel time, driving or in route to various locations.
The selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check including FBI, Police background check (of the jurisdictions in which they have resided for the five years prior to employment), Child and Family Services Agency (CSFA) Child Protection Register/ DC Child Abuse Registry, and National Sex Offender Registry/ Department(s) of the jurisdictions in which they have resided for the five years prior to employment; Drug and Alcohol testing and TB Testing.
Must have his/her own transportation to carry out job duties and responsibilities. The vehicle must meet legal requirements (insured, registered, etc.) and the employee must have a valid driver's license.
Application Deadline: This job is open until filled, or the hiring manager determines that they can no longer accept applications.
Compensation: $51,636 - $58,786 annually
Location: 3318 Idaho Ave. NW - The Brooks
Interviewing Timeline: rolling interviews begin in late February
Interview Process: Phone screening, Panel style interview, Program Visits/Tour, Final Interview
2 years of college or an Associate’s degree in any field and three years of experience with homeless services programs or human services is required OR
Bachelor’s degree in any field and two to four years of experience with homeless services programs or human services, OR
A Masters Degree in any field and one to two years of experience homeless services programs or human services.
Experience working within the DC school system.
Experience working with families and/or youth and knowledge of child development and child welfare is preferred.
General knowledge of working in a homeless shelter or residential facility preferred.
Provides excellent customer service and demonstrates reliability.
The ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
Demonstrate empathy when responding to participants needs and requests.
Use practices including trauma informed care, verbal judo and other de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques.
Ability to remain calm, collected, and professional under stress.
Punctuality and ability to work independently.
Experience with computer programs, including but not limited to excel spreadsheets, emailing, etc.
Strong commitment to mission, organizational core values including racial equity and social justice.
From: Friendship Place