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Youth Services Specialist Part Time Temporary (7676)

Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Location: Largo
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Job Description:

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, including:

  • 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 Specialist

Essential Functions

  • 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 necessary.
    • Complete and submit court documentation within in required time frames
  • 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 child
  • 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 Management Department
  • 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 necessary.
  • Arrange for emergency placement, emergency medical treatment, and emergency services for children at risk.
  • Conduct diligent searches for parents and family members when deemed necessary
    • thoroughly document that the effort has been made to find the parents and family members.
  • Conduct home studies as required for prospective placements.
  • 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 appropriate.
  • Transport children as needed.
  • Ensure that all Independent Living functions are completed as required
  • Attend all appointments, staff meetings, trainings, seminars, workshops, etc., as necessary and as required by the supervisor.
  • Function as agency on-call Case Manager as scheduled.
  • Organize, prioritize and complete all work assignments by the established deadlines.

 All duties are performed in accordance with the following standards:

  • 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 Manager.
  • 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 Demands

  • Must have a high level of energy, be adaptable to irregular hours, be flexible to rotate on-call as needed, be able to travel as needed.
  • Valid driver's license and appropriate auto liability insurance required.


Required/Preferred Education and Experience

  • A High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or experience working with high risk youth preferred.

License, Certification and Screening:

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) requires those hired into this position to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (including any booster shots, if required) or must become fully vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment.  Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with LSF.

Any individuals subject to this requirement may submit for consideration a request to be exempted from the requirement (based on a valid religious or medical reason) on forms to be provided by LSF.  Such requests will be subject to review and approval by the Company, and exemptions will be granted only if the Company can provide a reasonable accommodation in relation to the requested exemption.  Note that approvals for reasonable accommodations are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and availability of a reasonable accommodation is not guaranteed.  This vaccination requirement is based, in part, on recently established government requirements.  The requirement is also based on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in protecting against COVID-19, and our shared responsibility for the health and safety of members, clients, and community.


  • Two years of experience working with at-risk youth preferred. Experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.
  • 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 organization.

Lutheran Services Florida embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Lutheran Services Florida, Largo , Youth Services Specialist Part Time Temporary (7676), Other , Largo, Florida

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