Youth Service Specialist (PAL Aftercare)

The Youth Service Specialist, After Care Services, performs case management services for the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Program. The Youth Service Specialist provides follow-up services to emancipated youth; identifies and develops resources for independent living; provides consultation/education to staff, caregivers and community groups. The Youth Service Specialist participates in all PAL Program activities, monitors contract service delivery and coordinates contract management with the PAL Program Supervisor.

  • Provides follow-up services to emancipated youth through intensive case management, which includes assisting youth in developing self-sufficiency plans to meet their individual needs and goals.
  • Provides referrals and assists clients in securing needed services (such as affordable childcare) from other agencies Works in collaboration with other agencies to meet the needs of youth who have aged out of foster care, assisting them to successfully transition into adulthood and independent living situations.
  • Submits monthly requests for rent assistance, utility payments, food vouchers, and bus passes to assist qualifying youth as needed.
  • Develops and maintains financial reports.
  • Promotes and demonstrates respect for cultural diversity among clients and work associates.
  • Analyzes, organizes, and evaluates materials.
  • Maintains case documentation of services provided.
  • Participates in all PAL (Preparation for Adult Living) statewide and regional activities, including several week long and overnight trips sponsoring youth at Wilderness Camps and Teen Conferences.
  • Provides other job related duties as required.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx
Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, behavioral sciences, psychology, sociology, secondary education, criminal justice, political science, human resources or business administration.
  • One year, full-time case management experience working with adolescents in child protective services. OR minimum of two (2) years, full time case management experience working with adolescents in other youth service agencies, social welfare agencies or the educational field.

Additional Requirements
  • Excellent casework and documentation skills plus the knowledge and understanding of adolescent problems and stages of development are required.
  • Knowledge of behavioral assessment instruments.
  • Good oral and written communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and business associates.
  • Good computer skills.
NOTE: To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.
Preferences
  • Master's degree in social work, behavioral sciences, psychology, sociology, secondary education, criminal justice, political science, human resources or business administration.
  • Knowledge of career assessment instruments A recognized professional license (LMSW, LPC, LMFT, LCDC).
General Information

HOURS:

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Flexible)
  • Monday - Friday (Some Evenings and Weekends) Possible Full Week or Overnight Trips.
SALARY:
  • $3,289.87- $3,558.53 - Bachelor's Degree
  • $3, 619.20-$3,763.07 - Master's Degree
  • Plus Mileage Reimbursement
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.