Youth Services Specialist Part Time Temporary (7676)
Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Posted on: October 5, 2021
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where
children are safe, families are strong and communities are
vibrant. Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been
providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most
vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida
touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services,
- early childhood education
- refugee and immigration
- mental health and substance abuse
- juvenile justice
- child welfare
LSF is looking for part-time temporary Youth
Services Specialists who want
to make an impact in the lives of children and families.
Purpose & Impact
Youth Services Specialists (YSS) typically work with at-risk
children and teenagers to provide appropriate and effective
supervision of youth when placement is not available or is not yet
available. In addition, the supervision should assist the youth to
overcome obstacles that contribute to placement instability.
A Day in The Life of a Youth Services
- Meet with children and families in their primary residence
within 2 working days of case assignment
- Complete family assessments within specified timeframe
- Conduct home visits with children according to the required
frequency, but no less than every 25 days
- Prepare for, attend, and participate in all court activities as
- Complete and submit court documentation within in required time
- Arrange for, attend, and participate in individual case
staffings as necessary.
- Complete all required staffing and application packets.
- Negotiate and develop a case plan in collaboration with the
parents, Guardian Ad Litem, foster parents and other pertinent
parties with the goal of reunification or other permanency for the
- Accurately document all case activities in the Florida Safe
Families Network database within 48 hours. Maintain the
physical case file in chronological order, by subject, in
accordance with the standardized case file format.
- Develop and maintain knowledge of community resources, program
eligibility requirements, key contact persons, emergency
procedures, and waiting lists of available resources. Maintain
regular contact with service providers and document service
progress in FSFN.
- Submit timely service requests to the lead agency Utilization
- Provide clients with timely referrals to services
- Conduct initial and/or ongoing child safety assessments as
required. Prepare initial and on-going safety plans as
- Arrange for emergency placement, emergency medical treatment,
and emergency services for children at risk.
- Conduct diligent searches for parents and family members when
- thoroughly document that the effort has been made to find the
parents and family members.
- Conduct home studies as required for prospective
- Provide relevant medical, psychological, behavioral and
educational background information about the child or children to
prospective caregivers as needed.
- Plan and facilitate parental and sibling visits as needed and
- Transport children as needed.
- Ensure that all Independent Living functions are completed as
- Attend all appointments, staff meetings, trainings, seminars,
workshops, etc., as necessary and as required by the
- Function as agency on-call Case Manager as scheduled.
- Organize, prioritize and complete all work assignments by the
All duties are performed in accordance with the
- Courtesy: Treat customers, the public and staff with courtesy,
respect and dignity and presents a positive public image.
- Communication Skills: Keep supervisor fully informed of
activities, pertinent issues, upcoming events and potential
problems. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication
skills in daily work.
- Teamwork: Support the unit, department and/or organization and
work with others in an effort to accomplish the goals of the unit,
department and/or organization.
- Safety: Employee makes a reasonable effort to adhere to
established safety procedures and practices in the work area.
- Training: Attend and successfully complete all mandated
training courses such as the PDC Assessment and successfully passes
the PDC examination, Pre-service Training. MAPP Training,
In-service, etc., within the probationary period and as scheduled
thereafter. The successful completion of the Field-Based
Performance Assessment is an essential performance standard
required for continued employment in the class of Case
- Confidentiality: Adhere to all confidentiality rules.
- On-Call: Perform on-call responsibilities as assigned. Carry an
active cellphone at all times during regularly scheduled work
hours. Immediately respond to all calls.
Work Environment and Physical
- Must have a high level of energy, be adaptable to irregular
hours, be flexible to rotate on-call as needed, be able to travel
- Valid driver's license and appropriate auto liability insurance
Required/Preferred Education and
- A High School Diploma or GED required.
- Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or experience
working with high risk youth preferred.
- Two years of experience working with at-risk youth preferred.
Experience may be substituted for education on a year for year
- Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, and cultural
and spiritual practices.
- Strong personal boundaries
- Competent writing and data entry skills
- Patient and compassionate
- Flexible working hours
- Ability to drive both locally and throughout the state in
connection with the duties of this position.
- This position is not eligible for benefits
- Must be willing to work irregular hours/shifts ranging from
10-20 hours per week.
- This is a temporary position through June 2021
Why Work With LSF?
Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas
LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of
populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to
learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct
area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a
part in transforming the lives of those in need.
A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented
professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of
our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE,
GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY –
drives each one of us.
People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other
like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an
office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the
Lutheran Services Florida embraces diversity, equity
and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an
equal opportunity employer.
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