WHO WE ARE
Since 1984, Larkin Street Youth Services has been committed to helping San Francisco’s most vulnerable youth ages 12-24 move beyond street life. This commitment has fueled the development of a comprehensive continuum of services that is nationally recognized as a model of innovative and effective care. We offer stability, safety, and the opportunity for a better life.
Larkin Street’s continuum provides a range of housing options—from immediate emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing—in addition to essential wraparound services that offer kids the resources and skills they need to exit street life. Supportive services include education, technology and employment training; healthcare, including mental health, substance abuse, and HIV services; and case management.
Our success rate in helping kids get off the street for good testifies to a simple truth: Given safety, shelter, compassion, guidance, and enough positive options, kids can find their own solutions. We believe all youth deserve the chance to reach their full potential and contribute their best to the world.
The primary responsibilities for the Bilingual Residential Counselor is to counsel individuals and provide group educational and guidance services. This includes the collection, organization, and analysis of information about individuals through records, tests, interviews, and professional sources. The Counselor compiles and studies occupational, educational, and economic information to aid clients in making and carrying out objectives. The Counselor assists individuals to understand and overcome social and emotional problems. The Counselor may engage in research and follow-up activities to evaluate counseling techniques. In conjunction with internal resources, the Counselor may teach or hold group meetings. The Counselor may work in conjunction with the other members of staff to ensure the continuum of services for the clients.
Candidates applying for this position will possess:
- Extreme passion for our agency’s mission in maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude
- Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance
- Flexibility with a team player mentality
- Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
- An extreme focus on good judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently
- Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.
- Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description.
- Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
- Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
- Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth in which we serve.
- Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
- Maintaining the strictest of confidentiality.
- Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
- Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items
- Bi-Lingual in Spanish a must.
- Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work preferred.
- 2-3 years of experience working with high-risk youth in a shelter and/or transitional or supportive housing program(s).
- Ability to notice symptoms of use and abuse, recovery and treatment philosophies.
- Working knowledge of issues facing homeless youth who are actively using substances.
- Must be a self-starter with excellent follow-through skills.
- Must also have ability to work with high-risk youth and with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers.
- Experience working with youth is highly desired, especially at-risk, homeless or runaway youth.
How to apply
Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.
Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer.