Reports To:  County Manager/Social Worker Supervisor

Location: Fairfield, CA

Schedule: Full Time

Compensation: Commensurate with experience, full benefits.

Job Summary:

The Youth Advocate/ Social Worker is responsible for case management, psycho-social assessment, development and implementation of intervention strategies.   The Youth Advocate provides clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team and provide coaching to support each youth to achieve goals of housing stability, sustainable and sustaining employment, and educational achievement.  The Youth Advocate is active in developing, supporting and implementing an individualized, strength ‘based, culturally competent, youth-centered approach. A Successful Youth Advocate understands how to motivate, influence, and mentor young adults to achieve goals while launching adult lives from foster care.


  •  Direct Care and Interventions:  
    • Develops partnership strategy with each youth
    • Gathers and analyzes on-going information to ensure youth safety, well-being and progress
    • Provides clinical leadership to multi-disciplinary teams consisting of youth, family and other natural supporters, county case managers, Employment and Education Specialists, Housing Specialists, and Intake Specialists to ensure seamless and effective service delivery
    • Organizes, schedules, and facilitates youth and team meetings
    • Provides on-going assessment of youth well-being and develops plans to ensure safety and

    De-escalate crisis as needed

    • Provides direct support, coaching, mentoring and intervention to increase youth self-sufficiency and goal attainment.
    • Participates on a rotating basis to provide on-call coverage
    • Provides crisis counseling as needed.


    Case Management/Coordination: 

    • Collaborates with community providers including county workers, courts, professionals, vocational and independent living skills programs, schools, family members and significant others
    • Keeps key team members informed and Works with team members to identify and engage appropriate natural supporters.

    Documentation/Administrative Duties (30%) 

    • Completes documentation including but not limited to Care and Services plans, needs assessments, and progress notes.
    • Ensures all needed paperwork and consents are completed for each client at time of entry.
    • Participates in agency committee as assigned.
    • Provides on-going orientation and training to staff as assigned.
    • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor


  • BA in social work, psychology, counselling or equivalent required with Minimum four years of experience working in a child welfare social services setting or with transition age youth with complex presentations including chronic trauma
  • OR MA in social work, psychology, counselling or equivalent with minimum two years of experience working in a child welfare social services Or with transition age youth with complex presentations including chronic trauma. Experience does not substitute for professional degree and certification.
  • Experience working with transition age youth with complex presentations including chronic trauma preferred. Experience does not substitute for professional degree and/ certification.
  • Must be comfortable working in community settings.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license ,a car and a valid auto insurance.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous paid vacation and holidays
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Plan.
  • Benefits coverage for employee and dependents
  • 401 (k) Retirement plan
  • LTD and Flex Spending Account

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.

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume in ONE document to: