Reports To: ILSP Program Manager

Location: San Francisco, CA

Schedule: Monday through Friday, evenings and weekends as needed

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Job Summary:


The Education and Employment Specialist provides targeted educational and employment support to current and former foster care youth in the San Francisco ILSP program. This position will support youth to identify and work toward educational and employment goals that support their long term permanency. The Specialist will provide light touch and intensive education and employment services, case coordinate with external providers, link youth to community resources, and act as an advocate and resource in all youth services towards their education and employment goals.


Support youth to identify and work toward employment and educational goals that support their long term permanency.

  • Assist youth in securing full time, part-time, and summer employment.
  • Accompany youth to job fairs, job interviews and submitting applications as needed.
  • Work with youth participants to create and revise resumes.
  • Counsel youth in career exploration and job retention.
  • Case coordinate with community service providers to ensure youth develop and maintain employment plans.
  • Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy.
  • Lead workshops for youth participants on vocational, educational and career-related topics.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with high schools, GED services, colleges, and vocational schools.
  • Counsel youth participants on available financial aid and assist them in the application process.
  • Interface with special education departments and staff, support IEP meetings for youth.
  • Work with external service providers to ensure youth develop and maintain their educational plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Case Coordinate and link youth to community resources, act as an advocate and resource in all youth services towards their education and employment goals.

  • Coordinate education and employment services with external services providers where youth are housed.
  • Identify and advocate for services that youth need in order to reach their goals.
  • Provide crisis service resource and referral for homeless and runaway youth.
  • Leverage external provider support to ensure youth receive essential services and resources.
  • Build strong partner relationships with county social workers, group homes, TLPs, and other key community resources for in-care and out of care youth.

Documentation/Administrative Duties

  • Ensure youth are meeting Action Plan goals with respect to employment and education.
  • Enter all data on time and correctly to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department.
  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with SF ILSP Manager.


General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three years’ of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably current and former foster youth
  • 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.

Physical Demands:

Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must have a valid driver’s license and have the ability and skill to drive a vehicle.

Competency Requirements

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Ability to work with high level of detail, work has high level of professional polish down to smallest details, documents and products are well thought out and clear, database is organized and up to date.
  • DRIVEN BY ACCOMPLISHMENT – Clarity on project goals and the personal drive to wake up every morning ready to accomplish goals, finished projects are thorough and delivered on time. High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work
  • COMPUTER SKILLS – Proficiency with Office 2000 applications including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Project and Outlook. Experience with database systems. Strong capacity with Raisers Edge preferred.
  • STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose engaging messages, and present data in a clear and inspiring manner.
  • HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM – a high level of professionalism in work and interpersonal interactions with both internal and external contacts, presents to others as organized, informed, and friendly.
  • DECISIVE NATURE – Well-honed ability to independently anticipate and analyze situations, define problems and objectives, recognize viable alternatives, and formulate rapid solutions, with understanding of the inherent risks and the implications of making tough decisions.
  • AVAILABILITY for occasional evening and weekend work and some travel as needed.

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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