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Youth Specialist

Sacramento (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Sacramento (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview:The Youth Specialist is responsible for delivering youth services under the REACH (Refugees Engaging for Activism and Community Health) program. The Youth Specialist will work on a team to target 16–24 year-old youth to serve on the youth leadership committee, receiving targeted leadership training and advising IRC staff on methods to reach youth on the topic of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention and intervention. In addition, the Youth Specialist will assist with social media training campaigns to engage and train youth on substance prevention. The Youth Specialist will work under the Youth Program Coordinator to provide case management and wrap around services for program participants.

Major Responsibilities:

Outreach and Enrollment

·Conduct outreach campaigns for the recruitment of eligible clients for the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) and Tech School.

·Work in tandem with school districts and other community-based organizations to highlight youth eligible for REACH services.

·Provide thorough and fair intakes and assessments of those interested in serving on the YLC.

Leadership Coaching and Youth Engagement

·Provide case management and leadership trainings for YLC participants including one-on-one youth services counseling; this includes service planning, goal setting, resource mapping, supporting leadership activities, and the provision or supportive services as necessary.

·Provide Tech School trainings alongside the Youth Program Coordinator to teach youth valuable digital skills that will inform them on topics relevant to substance abuse prevention and intervention.

·Develop and enhance Tech School curricula including digital resources used, topics covered, content, guest speakers, and activities between peers.

·Develop and lead youth leadership coalition leadership development and activism training academy.

·Oversee monthly social media campaigns on the topic of ATOD prevention and intervention including coordinating outreach, marketing, and prizes.

·Recruit skilled volunteers, community members, and employer contacts to train clients through workshops and trainings on topics such as professional speaking, Email correspondence, and interviewing

·Reach out and develop contacts with local community-based organizations and private businesses to strengthen leadership class offerings as well as Tech School.

·Document client participation and progress, adhering to grant requirements.

·Track all grant progress including hours covered in leadership trainings per participant, as well as hours per participants in Tech School to ensure all grant outcomes are met or exceeded.


·Complete administrative responsibilities including tracking time and effort, annual development of professional goals, and the 90 day onboarding plan.

·Other responsibilities as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:Youth Program Coordinator

Position directly supervises: Interns and volunteers

Indirect Reporting: Workforce Development Manager Internal and/or external contacts: Coordinates regularly with Sacramento Employment team and local partners

Job Requirements:


·Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus.

Work Experience:

·1-3 years’ experience with youth counseling, case management, or coaching strongly preferred.

·1-3 years’ experience working in or managing grant funded programs.

·1-3 years’ experience in ATOD prevention or intervention.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·Multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with youth of varied backgrounds required

·Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentation creation

·Proven ability to take initiative, creatively problem solve and lead with versatility in a fast-paced work environment

·Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required

·Experience using data and fiscal tracking systems strongly preferred

·Flexible availability necessary

Language Skills:

·Proficiency in a refugee language such as Dari, Farsi, Pashto, or Arabic, an asset

Working Environment:Standard office environment

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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