The YWCA Greater Austin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The YWCA Greater Austin provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
This position is a part of the Generation YW Program, which exists to:
• Prevent or interrupt the use of alcohol tobacco and other drugs by youth who are showing early warning signs of substance use or exhibiting other at risk problem behaviors such as bullying or isolation and works in order to stop the progression and escalation of these and other related problems.
• Help adolescents understand concepts of gender and gender inequality.
Under the supervision of the YWCA Generation YW Program Manager, this position works closely with other full time youth specialists and interns. All staff are expected to carry out the YWCA mission of empowering women and eliminating racism by maintaining a commitment to social justice, trauma recovery, elimination of systemic oppression, and multiculturalism. YWCA staff must maintain high ethical standards and abide by YWCA policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal regulations. This position works in the YWCA Greater Austin service areas.
The YWCA Greater Austin seeks a Youth Specialist to facilitate drug prevention education groups. This includes:
I. Daily Activities
• Work as an active team member to carry out the YWCA mission.
• Facilitate the delivery of curriculum based programming and related activities to participants at local area schools and community sites.
• Provide prevention counseling for individual youth and their family members as needed.
• Conduct meetings with youth in their individual school setting.
• Establish and maintain a network of community resources to facilitate provision of information and referral linkage for program participants and their families.
• Conduct participant follow-up in accordance with program and funding entity requirements.
• Conduct presentations to the community as needed.
• Maintain compliance with all applicable policies and procedures of the YWCA and funding entities.
II. Administrative Tasks
• Document and maintain accurate records of all participants and program related activities; and compile data and prepare reports in a timely manner, as required.
• Conduct and document recruitment, screening, intake, and placement of program participants.
III. Additional Tasks
• Attend All-Staff Meetings and other agency events as required
• Represent the YWCA Greater Austin at agency and community events.
• Participate in trainings, case staffing, supervision/team meetings, conferences and related activities.
• Carry out other duties as assigned
Education and Experience
• Bachelor's Degree in social services or related field is preferred.
• Bilingual proficiency in English/Spanish with verbal and writing skills and the ability to fluently communicate and deliver curriculum-based programming and other services to a Spanish speaking population is preferred
• 1-2 years' experience working with youth in an educational setting (schools, camps, afterschool programs, etc.)
• 1 year experience in the field of substance abuse and/or Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals Associate Prevention Specialist Certification is a plus.
• Sensitivity and ability to work with diverse youth and their families in non-traditional settings.
• Ability to multi-task and work in an efficient, professional manner in carrying out duties of the position.
• Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments in a timely manner.
• Organized and reliable, with strong attention to detail.
• High degree of familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and standard office equipment required.
• Previous experience with databases with an ability to manage and navigate through a previously created database.
• Ability to learn reporting system supplied by the program's funder.
• Must have a valid driver's license, liability insurance and reliable transportation.
• Must submit to mandatory criminal background check and drug screening.
• Must complete all funding entity required training on a timely basis and maintain up to date certification requirements.
Hours of Work
• This is a full-time regular position of 40 hours/week.
• Hours are: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Some nights and weekends may be expected. Schedules are subject to change and negotiable with supervisor approval.
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