Reports To: Senior Program Manager-SF ILSP

Location: San Francisco

Schedule: Full Time

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

Job Summary:

First Foundation focuses on stabilizing in-care foster youth with the goal of helping participants achieve their high school diploma and continue on to post-secondary education.  The Education Advocate plays a critical role in supporting a young person as they deal with the excitement, rigors and uncertainty of adulthood and departure from foster care.  This position works closely with providers, such as social workers, attorneys, group home personnel, teachers, mental health clinicians and administrators to ensure participants successfully obtain their high school diploma or equivalent. Critical youth objectives are attaining a high school diploma, identifying permanent connections, enrolling in post-secondary education as well as exploring vocational training and end employment opportunities. The Education Advocate facilitates groups while working with the primary providers in each participants’ life to bring about a successful and smooth transition from high school. There will be a portion of this work that will need to be done virtually due to COVID safety measures, however there will be a combination of virtual and in person work required.


  • Ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with high school students and community partners.
  • Conduct individual case management meetings to assist participants with identifying and progressing towards short term goals that focus on achieving outcomes in the areas of education, employment, stable housing, parenting, relationships and overall health.
  • Create and facilitate ongoing in person or virtual workshops that address a myriad of topics that support educational progress.
  • Attend IEP meetings and other collaborative meetings to ensure participants are progressing towards identified educational goals.
  • Coordinate and facilitate collaborative meetings that include pertinent service providers to advocate for clients’ needs regarding their educational and program goals.
  • Assist participants with identifying supportive connections in their life to aid in the successful achievement of their program goals and to strengthen their support network as they transition towards independence.
  • Coordinate with referral agencies, identify community resources, track participants’ progress, and develop creative interventions that allow participants to practice and strengthen their independent living skills.
  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with Senior Program Manager-SF ILSP.
  • Enter all data on time and efficiently to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.
  • Ensure proper and timely documentation of services including written case notes.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department.


  • Master’s degree in related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three years’ of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably current and former foster youth.
  • Ability to lead teams and hold internal and external members accountable.
  • Understanding of how the child welfare system operates, and roles and responsibilities within the child welfare system.
  • High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work.
  • Excellent communication skills, professional demeanor, sound judgment, and strong organizational skills.
  • Strong clinical skills, and/or a desire to learn more about the effects of the child welfare system on the lives of youth and young adults.
  • Experience in youth development model, asset-based relationship building, and experience in motivating youth.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently.
  • Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel and power point.

Core Competencies

Required of all staff for successful performance at First Place


  • Intentional use of data to improve performance
  • Possesses strong drive, initiative and motivation
  • Detail and Results orientation
  • Demonstrates good work habits
  • Resiliency in persisting through setbacks
  • Demonstrated success, with the ability to think strategically while executing tactically within a resource-constrained environment.


  • Seeks and utilizes resources to inform and contextualize own work
  • Thinks interdependently, framing the goals of one department/project within the entire vision
  • Synthesizes information to make astute recommendations and/or decisions
  • Prioritizes goals for success.


  • Creates an environment that maximizes the return on investment in others
  • Collaborates to set and achieve goals that comport with First Place’s mission, strategic plan and desired measurable outcomes
  • Creates and utilizes development opportunities to address individual needs and capacity to accomplish performance objectives
  • Creates and identifies opportunities for recognition of success
  • Provides supportive environment to learn from mistakes.


  • Courageous, strategic, clear and direct communication that resolves discrepancies and overcomes challenges and obstacles to organizational success
  • Ability to respectfully ask questions, challenge, and communicate both positive and difficult messages to subordinates, superiors, peers and youth
  • Sound judgment regarding the appropriateness of guarding confidentiality to protect the privacy rights of colleagues or youth
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


  • Asks questions in order to learn and encourage dialogue
  • Willing to make mistakes and to be accountable for own work
  • Speaks about issues truthfully and without blame
  • Leads by example, displaying behavior that respects the mission, youth and First Place
  • Holds high expectations for self, one another and for our youth.

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