Do you have a passion for working with children and their families? Are you looking for a career with a flexible schedule at one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations in the state of Arizona? We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as a Youth Advocate in our Tucson office.
As a Youth Advocate - Child Specific Recruitment you would be responsible for promoting a youth’s readiness for permanency in order to reduce the length of time in care. The Youth Advocate works with youth to address separation, loss and grief issues, formulate a more positive self-identity and establish trust and security in order to prepare the youth for building and maintaining connections that result in permanence and well-being. You would also identify, engage and prepare potential permanent families and/or supportive permanent connections for the youth in the child welfare system at risk of long term foster care.
Founded in 1912, Arizona's Children Association is one of the oldest and largest non-profits in the state of Arizona. When working with AzCA, you will be surrounded by highly talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.
Arizona's Children Association offers a flexible schedule with generous time off, medical, dental and vision benefits! Our Tucson office is in a great location and easily accessible to the interstate.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Develops the recruitment plan 30 days from time of referral and follow the work plan through the course of services to the youth.
* Communicates and coordinates with members of the youth’s team and other related providers regarding the youth’s needs and status and advocates for the maintenance of supportive connections.
* Implements the 3-5-7 model of practice to address youth’s separation and loss issues in order to promote the youth’s readiness for permanency.
* Respects the youth by providing a safe place and time for expression of feelings; explains the purpose of meetings and activities; and demonstrates active listening and being present.
* Engages youth in activities that explore their lives and allows them to tell their story through the use of life books, and lifelines and connectedness maps, while always respecting the youths’ thoughts and feelings.
* Identifies, locates and tracks relatives, fictive kin and/or significant adults from the referred youth’s life.
* Engages identified family members/potential supportive adults using a strength-based approach, and is sincere and truthful when discussing the multiple options regarding how they could support the permanency process for the youth.
* Assess readiness of the family members/potential supportive adults’ readiness for initial contact with youth and prepares them for this initial contact.
* Prepares for initial contact by determining the family members/potential supportive adults’ cultural and language needs; transportation needs; and confidentiality and safety issues.
* Proactively identifies possible barriers and works with the team to collectively problem solve and monitor possible solutions.
* Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement)
* Must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in human behavioral sciences degree field from an accredited college/university.
* One (1) year of combined experience working with children and/or youth or other related social service experience.
* Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and be insurable under the agency’s automobile policy.
* Able to operate common office equipment and have word processing computer skills.
* Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
* Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position
* Ability to provide services during weekend and evenings if needed to accommodate the needs of the youth
AzCA is an EEO/Veterans/Disabled/LGBTQ employer