Street Outreach Coordinator
Albany, NY - Posted on: Monday 08/15/16
The Street Outreach Coordinator is responsible for providing street-based outreach services and Drop-In Center(s) services to runaway, homeless youth (RHY). The goal of the Street Outreach Program is to keep youth safe and to help them leave the streets. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Demonstrate “can-do” attitude while working as a team and individually.
Locate and provide street based outreach services to RHY who are on the streets, living in unstable, high-risk conditions.
Working at a drop-in space that focuses on the LGBTQA youth and providing engaging programming that helps youth develop important life skills.
Have an energetic, outgoing personality and be comfortable approaching people.
Connect with schools, businesses, community providers, parks, and wherever youth congregate.
Work with two agencies and balance work responsibilities for each agency.
Excellent written and verbal communication (including phone and email).
Utilize excellent time management and organizational skills.
Transport youth in the authorized Saint Anne van to emergency shelter, medical services or appointments that will lower their risk; increase their sense of well-being, and safety.
Use Harm-Reduction, Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Trauma-Informed Care as the philosophical foundation of interventions and strategies.
Attend community meetings with service providers, schools, homelessness coalitions or wherever the interests of RHY can be discussed.
Assist with the development and sustaining of the Youth Advisory Board.
Collect accurate, on-time data as part of required grant and program deliverables.
Sustain relationships with Law Enforcement, health providers, churches, schools, shelters, etc. or any other group that may provide services or referrals to the SOP.
Maintain professional and personal boundaries with clients and service providers.
Administer HIV quick-tests to interested individuals during programming, being able to adhere to HIV/AID Confidentiality Laws, complete pre-test counseling, deliver results, and complete required Albany Medical forms.
Other duties as assigned.
AA Degree required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred in social services related field.
Valid, clean driver’s license; clean criminal background and Child Abuse Registry check.
Completed 2-hour New York State Mandated Reporter Course.
Familiarity with Albany County resources preferred.
Knowledge about HIV, STIs, sexual health, trauma, abuse, and healthy relationships.
Comfortable interacting with youth in informal/non-traditional settings.
Experience using personal computers, electronic office systems including e-mail, desktop publishing, Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher), utilizing Prezi for presentations/trainings, as well as web-based social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Constant Contact.
Understand and support the mission, goals and objectives of the Pride Center;
Demonstrate an active commitment to issues of diversity, inclusion and advocacy including but not limited to, race, class, ability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression;
Uphold a firm understanding of LGBTQ experiences and identities across the life span;
Experience working with at-risk and/or runaway/homeless youth.
Stay apprised of community trends, work to identify new strategies to meet changing needs;
Perform as a team player and work in a detail-oriented, strategic and organized manner in conjunction with Pride Center staff, the Board of Directors and others, as needed;
Communicate in a professional and organized manner with staff, donors and the community;
This full time position includes health, vision and dental insurance at a cost.
Benefits include life insurance and the option to pay into a 503b account.
Please send a cover letter, resume with relevant work experience, and two professional references via email to James Shultis, Director of Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is September 1st, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Please no phone calls.