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Youth Development Clinician, BAYC

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(A division of Sunny Hills Services)

Programs:      THPP, THP+FC & Esser House
Reports to:      Director of Foster Care Programs
Status:             Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
Location:        Hayward, CA

Agency Philosophy:
At Sunny Hills Services, we seek to improve the welfare of children and youth by helping to provide the resources, support and skills they need to develop along a healthy, age-appropriate pathway. All of our services are rooted in these core principles: 1) a strength-based approach which believes in the value and worth of each client as an individual, 2) acknowledging the importance of family relationships and encouraging positive and on-going engagement with families, peers and communities, 3) engaging children and youth in a developmentally appropriate manner that promotes resilience, self-efficacy and positive self-concept, 4) recognizing that clients' needs are best met through holistic and individualized service delivery.

BAYC Service Philosophy
BAYC partners with vulnerable youth, empowering them to successfully transition to living independently as the most self-reliant, confident adults they can be. At the heart of our work is recognizing individuals in their individuality, and using our human relationships to help them to create a living roadmap towards knowing themselves. Our youth development approach enlists youth as stakeholders in designing goals that are meaningful and aligned with the youth's own individual skills, dreams and competencies. We provide mentoring, guidance and course corrections in an environment in which it is safe to make mistakes as an inherent part of learning and practicing life skills. A key methodology is promoting awareness of choice. We work to expand youth understanding of how their own choices serve or do not serve them in achieving their stated goals.

Job Summary
The Youth Development Clinician (YDC) provides clinical care and case management to transition age foster youth participating in BAYC's Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP), Transitional Housing Placement Plus -Foster Care (THP+FC) program, and group home, Esser House. The THPP provides structured, supportive independent living for qualified youth aged 16-17. The THP+FC program provides structured, supportive independent living for qualified youth aged 18-21. The goal of the transitional housing programs is to provide a safe environment so that participants may practice the skills necessary to be self-sufficient. Youth live independently in apartments with a roommate and regular assistance provided by a support team. Esser House provides structured, supportive living for youth aged 14-18.

The YDC is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides community based mental health services. The YDC collaborates with these youth to help them transition safely into adulthood. This includes partnering with clients on their mental health goals, emancipation planning, creating safe and healthy living conditions, vocational, and educational needs. The YDC actively supports and implements a strengths-based, culturally competent, client-centered approach to working with TAY. The YDC will carry a caseload of 8-14 youth. This position at time requires work weeks in excess of 40 hours and may require evening and weekend work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Participate in intake and discharge process.
• Obtain and complete necessary clinical records/documents within assigned time frames.
• Partner with youth in completing strength-based needs assessments related to the various transition domains.
• Meet with youth weekly or more, to partner with them in identifying and working on short and long term mental health and independent living skills goals.
• Partner with youth in promoting the involvement of family and other informal and formal key players in planning services and supports for each youth. Partner with youth in maintaining relationships with permanent support people and identifying opportunities to strengthen these relationships.
• Partner with youth in identifying community resources and coordinate with collaterals to achieve treatment goals.
• Partner with youth in identifying obstacles to living independently, obtaining employment, obtaining post-secondary education, and in developing supportive social and recreational activities. Develop strategies to overcome these barriers.
• Partner with youth to develop and monitor working treatment goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
• Role model appropriate parenting skills when necessary.
• Partner with parenting youth in accessing resources for their child, including but not limited to childcare, health care, etc.
• Partner with parenting and pregnant youth in accessing resources to help them to become a successful parent, including but not limited to Mommy and Me classes, parenting classes, child development classes, etc.
• Responsible for writing clinical reports (Progress Notes, Assessments, Treatment Plans, Quarterly Reports and Discharge Summaries.)
• Ensure culturally sensitive and relevant treatment.
• Chart and record services rendered in accordance with agency standards.
• Partner with youth in acquiring access to community settings and resources including but not limited to health care, employment, housing, social security benefits, etc.
• Serve as a community liaison with county workers, medical providers & legal representatives
• Facilitate roommate meetings and process groups.
• Develop interagency and community network relationships which improve access to relevant community services and benefits.
• Participate in program outreach.
• Participate in program development.
• Regular on-call duties.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and expectations required of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of the foster care system
• Knowledge of the obstacles current and former foster youth face
• Knowledge of the cycle of Domestic Violence
• Understanding of youth development/youth-adult partnership frameworks
• Knowledge of the effects of Substance Abuse
• Knowledge of community resources and public welfare system
• Commitment to working in a diverse workplace, and self-awareness regarding issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion/spirituality and disability.
• Passion for and commitment to working with a diverse group of Transition Age Youth (TAY) including youth of color, LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities and pregnant and parenting youth.
• Enthusiastic and strengths-based approach to partnering with youth and collaborating with peers.
• Ability to establish and maintain rapport with youth and families, as well as other permanent support people and professionals
• Ability to hold yourself accountable for your work.
• Commitment to effectiveness, prioritizing, efficiency and follow - through.
• Commitment to self-reflection and personal awareness as a means of being able to remain emotionally available and connected with youth, and function as an engaged team-member.
• Ability to view families, both biological and chosen, as resources and support systems for youth, and commitment to involve families in services.
• Experience with and commitment to a youth development model
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong leadership skills
• Ability to manage time effectively
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
• Strong written and verbal skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel
• Proficiency in utilizing Internet, email and web-based programs

• Masters in Social Work from an accredited university or college.
• Registered with California BBS
• Experience working with adolescents, preferably current and/or former foster youth.
• California Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint clearance.
• Must have a dependable car, valid driver's license, and proof of insurance.
• Insurable by SHS/BAYC's automobile policy.


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