Street Outreach Worker 1 – 1804

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Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.

We are currently looking for a qualified applicant to fill the following position: Outreach Worker 1 ($30,00 – $35,000)

DESCRIPTION

The Street Outreach Worker is responsible for outreach, information, referral, and administrative services for the Street Outreach Program. They will work directly with youth in the community. Under the authority of the Senior Vice President, Director, and Associate Director, this position reports directly to the Street Outreach Coordinator.

CRITICAL FUNCTIONS OF POSITION

  • To provide street-based outreach to youth who live or spend a significant amount of time on the street or in other areas of exposure which place them at risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation.
  • To provide gateway services using a harm-reduction approach.
  • To complete required program documentation in a timely manner. This includes entry into local HMIS, if applicable.
  • To maintain professionalism and appropriate boundaries and conduct in all settings where services may occur including, but not limited to agency vehicle, community locations, and office spaces.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF POSITION

  • To become familiar with those locations within the program’s geographical area of operation in which homeless and/or street youth frequent and any available community resources.
  • To facilitate information sessions and presentations with community based stakeholders.
  • To foster and maintain working relationships with other agencies that come into contact or work with homeless or street youth.
  • To provide youth referrals and linkages to community based services. This includes tracking follow up and status of referrals and youth progress with services.
  • To have knowledge of and adhere to all safety practices as set forth in the Synergy Project Manual, Agency Personnel Policy and further set forth by direct supervisor.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Understand and adhere to Valley Youth House policies, practices and procedures.
  • To participate in weekly scheduled supervision with direct supervisor and be prepared with an agenda.
  • To attend and actively participate in team meetings.
  • To attend both external and internal agency trainings and workshops and complete and pass all required training as set forth in the funder and licensing regulations as required.
  • To complete other related tasks as appropriate or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Street Outreach Worker shall be a mature individual with the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of positive youth development in the Street Outreach program. They will possess sound judgment and knowledge of adolescent development. This individual will be organized and highly adept at managing multiple tasks and assignments. Successful team members are creative thinkers and flexible in their approaches to people and projects. They will be comfortable working in a wide variety of outdoor and urban settings. They will work nontraditional hours. They must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to operate an agency vehicle. They will never have been convicted of any prohibited criminal or child abuse offense. They shall possess a minimum of a high school diploma with at least one year of experience working with adolescents. A Bachelor’s degree in human services or equivalent is preferred.

Valley Youth House (VYH) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, VYH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the agency has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. VYH expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.