Youth Counselor – HOPE Center (Day/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 become more self-sufficient. 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 work space, 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. Participate in YouthCare’s research and evaluation component. Be responsible for obtaining client consent and participation in the completion of standardized test(s) used to evaluate client’s clinical profile and the program’s effectiveness.
  • Work collaboratively with other YouthCare programs, families, school district professionals, DCFS/DLR personnel, staff from other agencies, etc. This position requires that you assist, support and communicate with other staff in engaging young people in participating on developing and following individualize education, employment and life skill plans and activities.
  • With direction from Case Manager, help plan for, direct and/or provide support for recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities that are in alignment with treatment and permanency goals.
  • At designated times, prepare and cook meals for up to 14 residents and staff.
  • Attend and fully participate in meetings and training sessions as required (a minimum of six in-service or equivalent training sessions per year).
  • 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 Manager/Maintenance Staff as needed.
  • Maintain accurate case records. This includes the bimonthly contact sheets, independent living skills checklist and daily staff log. Complete all necessary evaluation tests with assigned residents at graduation. Ensure all client-related data is both current and accurate in the YouthCare’s Evaluation System (YES).
  • 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.
  • 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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