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Intake Specialist

Company: First Place for Youth
Location: San Jose
Posted on: May 8, 2024

Job Description:

First Place For Youth-Join Our Team Video! $1,500 One-time Sign on Bonus!!! Are you dedicated to empowering and supporting youth, regardless of their background? We're searching for passionate individuals to make a positive impact on the lives of foster youth. Become an integral part of their transformative journey and join the First Place for Youth team. About First Place for Youth We're a leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster youth in their transition to adulthood, with a focus on education, employment, and housing. We believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to thrive and lead successful, independent lives. Our comprehensive programs empower foster youth to overcome the unique challenges they face and build the skills, confidence, and connections they need to succeed. Why Work at First Place For Youth : Meaningful Impact :? Help to transform the lives of foster youth on the cusp of adulthood. Your role will support them in their journey to conquer challenges, achieve independence, and fulfill their aspirations. Innovative Approach: We thrive on innovation, pushing the boundaries of foster care support. Your voice here matters, and you'll contribute to programs that redefine the futures of these young lives. Collaborative and Supportive Environment: Embrace a dynamic and supportive workplace, where every team member is valued. Together, we're a force dedicated to uplifting youth. Expect professional growth, fueled by teamwork and collaboration. Comprehensive Benefits: We value the well-being of our employees and offer a comprehensive benefits package. From health and wellness benefits to retirement plans, we ensure that our team members are taken care of so they can focus on their important work supporting foster youth. Culture of Diversity and Inclusion: We celebrate diversity in every form. At First Place for Youth, inclusivity reigns, creating a workplace where all voices are heard, respected, and empowered. POSITION SUMMARY: The Intake Specialist is responsible for ensuring program census through ongoing outreach, assessment, and eligibility verifications of applicants. Adhering to program elements, the Intake Specialist provides or oversees all aspects of the admission process for all youth including verifying youths eligibility, program day, pre-admission assessments, initial service planning, coordination with housing, and presentation and warm hand-off to the services team. The Intake Specialist works directly with county placement partners including convening initial team meetings and encouraging participation and providing outreach to youth services teams to increase awareness of program and generate referrals. The Intake Specialist individualizes the approach for each young person including gathering relevant documents, consulting with appropriate stakeholders and vital supporters (as identified and consented by youth), and initiating conversations about goals and expectations of participants. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Oversee and be the point person for both Alameda and San Francisco Counties referrals. Stay in constant and positive communication with both county representatives to facilitate clear and concise time lines. Verify youth's eligibility via foster care county social workers, documentation or homeless verification letters. If youth are not qualified, provide resources or referrals to other programs. Provide walk-in hours for youth inquiring about program. Complete and document applicant interest in program, assessment, participation in program day and all other intake related activities. Liaise with county workers from child welfare, probation, and/or YDS workers. Invite and ensure participation in assessment activities and, where possible, initial team meetings. Develop (as needed) and provide tools to youth to assist with decision making and to ensure youth participation in strength and needs assessments and goal setting As appropriate, and with release of information, gather information from stakeholders - e.g. teachers, social workers, family members, behavior health providers, etc - as part of assessment process Lead staff meetings such as meet & greet with upper management and team meetings to confirm and coordinate youth entry into program. Provide accurate assessment information - through presentation of psycho-social, needs and strengths and other relevant assessment data to the services team. Include identification of potential stress points, potential antecedents, and strategies to mitigate or reduce risk. Facilitate coordination with youth and team to introduce youth to program and team for a successful entry. Coordinate closely with Housing Department and Services staff to ensure seamless entry into program and warm hand-off to jump start participant success. Include assurance of unit certification, roommate meeting, and initial safety-focused action plan. Provide clear information to potential participants and consumers (such as county welfare workers, YDS staff, probation officers and other referring parties) regarding My First Place. Complete accurate, on-time documentation and update information in Apricot Participate and provide clinical leadership in staff and clinical meetings. Attend weekly individual meeting with supervisor. Complete project assignments related to intake and transition of youth as assigned. When possible, act as field consultant for Masters level interns who can implement strategies and projects to support youth transitions in and out of program. Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department Facilitate and lead THP+ referral coordination for Alameda County in partnership with 4 other THP+ programs. In addition, assure effect communication with other providers, youth applying and county representatives. Continue to evaluate intake process to adjust and accommodate to staff and youth needs. Build relationships with partnership, especially ILSP SF/Alameda in order to continual effectively serving youth and bridging gaps between providers and services. Other duties as assigned Qualification and Requirements: BA in social work, psychology, counselling or equivalent required with Minimum two years of experience working in a child welfare social services setting or with transition age youth with complex presentations including chronic trauma. Master's Degree in a social work, psychology, counselling or equivalent preferred. Professional License is a plus. Must be comfortable working in community settings High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work Willingness to work collaboratively; capacity to work independently. Commitment to cultural competency and diversity - Deep commitment to social justice and systems change that addresses barriers based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity Must be able to pass Community Care Licensing background check. Must have a dependable car, valid driver's license, and proof of insurance Commitment to cultural competency and diversity - Deep commitment to social justice and systems change that addresses barriers based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. *This is a part-time opportunity 20 hours a week *We do not offer relocation assistance Local candidates preferred *Pay will be determined based on Education and Experience. If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of transition age foster youth and want to join a dynamic and impactful organization, we invite you to apply. Together, let's empower transition age foster youth to achieve their dreams and build a brighter future. To learn more about First Place For Youth and view our current job openings, please visit our website at . We are unable to sponsor work visas now or in the future. First Place will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and applicable law. You do not need to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to you. Find out more about the Fair Chance Act by visiting the California Civil Rights Department Fair Chance Act webpage or reviewing this guidance provide by the City of San Francisco. For additional information regarding your rights, please also review the Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA. Compensation details: 28.22-33.67 Hourly Wage PIb1f7021eea55-26276-32921010

Keywords: First Place for Youth, San Jose , Intake Specialist, Other , San Jose, California

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