Youth Specialist, LGBT/CSEY Residential Prog

Hayward, California, United States Full-time

Youth Specialist - Esser House  

The Youth Specialist assists in all functions of day to day care for six youth and provides skill development services to youth in BAYC’s residential treatment program which specializes in serving Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (CSEY).

This is a full time position with various shifts available.  Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Youth Support

  1. Supervise youth in completion of their daily routines, implementing program utilized in the home.
  2. Use a strength-based approach to partner with youth in creating a Transition Plan and developing and monitoring progress short and long term goals.
  3. Plan and facilitate daily rehabilitation groups and recreational activities for residents.
  4. Partner with youth in improving independent living skills (cooking, budgeting, shopping, cleaning, hygiene, laundry, maintenance, etc.), managing time and balancing responsibilities.
  5. Partner with youth in identifying obstacles to living independently, obtaining employment, obtaining post-secondary education, and in developing supportive social and recreational activities. Partner with youth to develop strategies to overcome these barriers.
  6. Support residents in primary crisis prevention and/or crisis intervention including group or individual conflict mediation. Respond to crisis situations according to agency protocols and individual treatment plans.
  7. Ensure that youth get to all scheduled appointments and activities, in accordance with the house calendar.
  8. Ensure that initial and annual medical and dental appointments are scheduled and attended.
  9. Ensure culturally sensitive and relevant treatment and residential care.
  10. Safeguard the dignity and protect the rights and individuality of each youth in care so as to enhance their self-respect.
  11. Provide for physical safety and care of each youth in care and assure safety procedures are followed.


  1. Responsible for writing clinical Progress Notes in accordance with Medi-Cal guidelines and within expected agency timeframes.
  2. Document client activities and behaviors in daily log. Refer to and update house calendar as needed.
  3. Dispense and log medication as directed. Report any medication discrepancies to Manager/Director promptly.
  4. Document and report incidents promptly and as directed.
  5. Ensure that house client files are inclusive of all forms and information required by CCL and/or agency policy.
  6. Ensure the completion and filing of Physician Reports and Mental Health Verification Forms whenever applicable.
  7. Conduct and document weekly school and ILP attendance checks as needed.


  1. Collaborate with the treatment team to ensure youth are receiving appropriate support and intervention. This includes proactive communication around concerns or observed trends.
  2. Ensure ongoing communication with shift partner at all times; carry community phone on all outings.
  3. Partner with youth in maintaining relationships with family/permanent support people and identifying opportunities to strengthen these relationships.
  4. Partner with youth in identifying and accessing community resources.
  5. Coordinate and partner with collaterals to achieve treatment and independent living goals.
  6. Serve as a community liaison with court appointed advocates, medical providers and legal representatives.
  7. Participate in weekly supervision and staff meetings and attend relevant trainings as assigned. Collaborate with Manager/Director to adjust weekly schedule as needed when trainings/events are outside normal shift times.


  1. Responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of the house as well as routine household tasks.
  2. Assure agency facilities and technologies are used in accordance with agency policy.
  3. Participate in regular on-call responsibilities to ensure staffing of program.
  4. Transport youth in vehicle on a daily basis.
  5. Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS in a Behavioral Science field required
  • 3 years of experience working with foster youth and/or in a residential setting preferred
  • Experience working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (CSEY) strongly preferred. Individuals with lived experience encouraged to apply.
  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Clearance of TB test, physical exam, fingerprints and any other mandatory State/Federal requirements.
  • A valid California driver's license, personal automobile for use on the job, insurable by SHS’ insurance policy based on DMV record and personal vehicle insurance.
  • Knowledge of the foster care system
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel