Youth Support Specialist – Housing Life Coach

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN (30+ days ago)4.1

The Youth Support Specialist Housing Life Coach is responsible for performing and maintaining services and programs that satisfy specific identified needs of youth. The incumbent demonstrates ethical behavior and maintains clear and healthy boundaries with youth while performing all aspects of their designated program.

This position will be providing life coaching, housing support, and/or family mediation and support services with youth ages 15 to 17 who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in Hennepin County.

A key component of this position will be assisting youth & young adults with finding resources and working in partnership with the Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, Child Welfare, community agencies, schools, and YMCA Youth Intervention Services.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform all case management functions and responsibilities in a youth focused, culturally competent manner. This includes but is not limited to needs assessment, case planning and management, documentation, etc.
  • Identify, make referrals to, and coordinate necessary and appropriate community resource programs.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with peers, community and court appointed partners, educators, youth support systems, and resource staff to achieve established program plan goals.
  • Develop and maintain supportive, nurturing, and empowering relationships with youth.
  • May provide work direction to team members, interns and volunteers as needed.
  • Perform administrative duties to support the program as needed.


This position reports to the Youth Support Program Manager or Youth Support Program Director who reports to the Program Executive. The incumbent interacts regularly with youth, families, community partners/agencies, educators, volunteers and other YMCA program staff.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (such as Human Services, Social Work, Corrections or Youth Development) or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in youth development to preferably include case management, working with diverse, low income and at risk youth or related human service experience.
  • Demonstrated professionalism in the areas of time management, communication
  • Ability to effectively problem solve utilizing all resources available.
  • Must be able to work in an independent and self directed manner
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft office suite (Word and Excel)
  • Ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, AED certification with the first 30 days of employment
  • Ability to transport youth to meetings and activities, if applicable.


  • Multilingual
  • Prior fundraising experience


  • Values
  • Inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Quality Results
  • Functional

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to perform a variety of physical activities with program participants which may include but are not limited to walking, standing for long periods of time, running, throwing and lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to travel locally to attend meetings.

Job Type: Full-time