Youth Counselor – Casa Dos (Swing)

Posted on November 24, 2021
OPEIU Local 8
 per hour
Seattle, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled

POSITION SUMMARY:  Under the supervision of the Program Supervisor, the Youth Counselor is responsible for the daily management of the program site. All housing programs are open 24/7 and per agency licensing requirements, program must maintain safe staff and client ratio to provide services to our clients. In conjunction with other staff, the Youth Counselor’s task is to create a safe and caring environment for vulnerable young people in residence who are preparing to transition to reunification with family or another placement. The position requires an individual who can actively contribute to a positive, stable, responsive, and responsible environment for change.


  • Provide on-site supervision, while maintaining professional boundaries in providing crisis intervention and counseling to residents. Must learn and apply positive behavior modification techniques and model effective de-escalation and problem-solving skills.
  • Act as a professional representative of YouthCare and maintain a professional working environment (office, personal workspace, agency vehicle, etc.).
  • Maintains a flexible work schedule (filling shifts on some weekends, early and/or late hours) and must be willing to be cross- trained in providing support with shift coverage in on-call basis for the program and the agency, as required by individual program needs.
  • Complete thorough intake process with clients and review files for all required paperwork; ensure intake paperwork is organized correctly.
  • Participate in YouthCare’s research and evaluation component
  • Communicate client needs and behaviors to the appropriate staff (mental health therapist, case manager, supervisor, etc.)
  • With direction from the Program Supervisor, help plan for, direct and/or provide support for recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities that are in alignment with program activities.
  • Provide client transportation in agency vehicle for recreational outings and field trips.
  • At designated times, prepare and cook meals for up to 12 residents and staff. Ensure food pantries and fridge are organized and free of expired foods.
  • Engage and participate in weekly staff meetings and be an instrumental team member in supporting young people, by communicating effectively with all program staff, program participants, personnel from other agencies and visitors.
  • Oversee the safety and cleanliness of the facility, including the restrooms, laundry room, the community room, and adjoining deck.  Perform light janitorial work, including vacuuming carpets; taking out trash; sweeping/mopping floors; and similar tasks. Compile maintenance requests and submit to Program Supervisor/Maintenance Staff as needed.
  • Maintain accurate case records, progress notes, logbooks, and other types of documentation. Ensure all client-related data is both current and accurate in the UC Portal or other database(s). If working grave hours, completing capacity management on a nightly basis.
  • Complete discharge procedures: transport clients to the airport for reunification (as needed).
  • Dispense medication (as needed), and complete related documentation. Perform weekly medical reconciliation and update med binder forms and complete all required documentation according to individual program procedures and timelines. Contact advice nurse and/or take clients for urgent medical care, as needed.
  • Complete incident reports on any facility damage, medical emergencies or any incident which occurs out of the ordinary daily functioning of the house.
About the employer: YouthCare

YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first programs to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, we’ve defined best practices and developed programs that are a national standard for excellence. Using a youth-centered approach, we ensure that young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 have the hope, skills, and confidence to gain long-term stability.

About your union: OPEIU Local 8

OPEIU Local 8 is a progressive, democratically run union working for social and economic justice since 1945. Local 8 represents more than 6,000 members all over Washington state working in many settings including offices, health and home care, housing, social services, the insurance industry, legal services and the public sector.

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