Youth Support Specialist

About this Position

Salary Range: Starting at $42,000

The Youth Support Specialist provides underserved youth in accessing crucial support for education, career goals, financial stability, mental health services, and more. The incumbent works under the direction of the Connected Lane County Project Coordinator.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about our mission, passionate about helping youth succeed, and that brings a strong growth mindset. The ideal candidate enjoys working directly with youth to help them overcome barriers, works well in a team setting, and brings a creative approach to solving problems. 

DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the case manager for assigned youth. 
    • Conduct intake for eligible youth and complete needs assessment and support plan. 
    • Support youth in accessing post-secondary options by providing support with FAFSA and scholarship applications, connecting with university or community college campus tours, and campus services for new incoming students.  
    • Assist youth in accessing workforce development opportunities such as apprenticeships, internships, and job shadows. 
    • Assist in developing and maintaining industry contacts and developing work experience placements based on identified youth interests.  
    • Assist youth in accessing employment services including resume and interview preparation, completing job applications, and developing general employment skills. 
    • Assist youth in accessing social and government resources as appropriate.  
    • Support youth in accessing or attending community events focused on career exploration or post-secondary opportunities.  
    • Assist youth in accessing services and supports to develop life skills such as financial literacy, time management, and cooperation. 
  • Collect service data for reports regarding activities and to monitor the continuous improvement of the program, as assigned. 
  • Attend team meetings and training as required. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • Associate of Arts Degree or more than two years of advanced education/experience in the field of education is required.
  • At least one year of successful experience working in a public school or community setting with underserved youth related to employment readiness and/or transition to post-secondary education opportunities. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of education, health, and available social services is preferred.   
  • Well-developed communication skills (both oral and written) and courtesy are required to develop and maintain positive relationships with diverse populations of youth, internal, and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively engage with diverse individuals in a culturally appropriate manner. 
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and try new approaches.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite is required.      
  • A valid Oregon driver’s license or ability to obtain one by the date of hire is required. 
  • A First Aid/CPR card is preferred.  
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

TO APPLY
Please submit the following materials to info@connectedlane.org:

  • Your resume with references included.
  • Your cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Working at Connected Lane County

We are committed to creating a work environment and culture where our team members grow and thrive. Our nimble team works hard every day to directly impact the lives of youth in Lane County. While much of our work is conducted from computer displays that require repetitive motions, employees may frequently be required to support program events and activities that include bending, reaching, standing, interacting with youth and volunteers, lifting/moving heavy objects, drive to-and-from events, and more.

About Our Team

Connected Lane County is a mission-driven organization striving to improve outcomes for underserved youth in Lane County. Our core programs include Elevate, which creates career-connected learning opportunities for youth; Navigate, which offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success; and Spark, which brings community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on learning.

We have maintained steady growth and we’re looking for passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. Our team values creative thinking, problem-solving, relationship building, and adaptability. Would you like to join us?

Benefits & Perks

  • 401K
  • Parental Leave
  • Family-Friendly
  • Modern Workspace
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Medical, Dental & Vision (100% covered)
  • Vacation Time (Starting at 10 days)
  • Personal & Sick Time (Starting at 15 days)
  • Paid Holidays & Office Closures
  • Paid Sabbatical (At 5 & 10 Years of Service)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Connected Lane County is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Data shows diverse teams are innovative, make better decisions, and are better able to engage employees. We are committed to hiring people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our team. Connected Lane County does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.