Youth Opportunities Coordinator
The Youth Opportunities Coordinator is a member of the Office of Community Services’ Transition Age Youth team. They will work with eligible youth to promote programs offered by the Department of Human Services and create opportunities to help empower youth. The primary responsibility of this position will be to make connections with youth and to deliver two youth programs, Opportunity Passport and S.I.T.Y.
Opportunity Passport is a financial literacy program geared toward transition age youth (TAY), ages 14-23, that will match dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 toward an asset.
System Improvement Through Youth (S.I.T.Y.) is an advisory board of youth, ages 14-23, with previous DHS experience who help improve services.
The Youth Opportunities Coordinator may also be required to assist with additional youth opportunities that arise, as identified by the Youth Opportunities Manager and Senior Manager for Transition Age Youth Programs. Additional responsibilities will include:
- Recruiting youth involved with DHS systems; informing them about opportunities through DHS, specifically Opportunity Passport and SITY; and supporting youth participants in these initiatives and keeping them engaged.
- Serving as a liaison between youth, DHS staff and provider staff regarding participation and progress.
- Maintaining regular contact with youth (face to face, electronic, via social media) to check progress and provide assistance.
- Maintaining Facebook page and other social media outlets to support various projects and youth engagement opportunities.
- Working with community partners who offer services for youth.
- Engaging and supporting youth involvement and development.
- Participating in collaborative efforts with DHS colleagues and partners for planning to support youth programming, and to provide technical assistance, as needed.
- Assisting in coordinating the administration and implementation of the financial education training and enrollment.
- Coordinating and assisting participants in completing paperwork required for program participation.
- Teaching financial wellness classes.
- Assisting with completing youth “matches” for financial assets.
- Completing contact notes on who attended financial classes.
- Collecting and entering data on multiple systems.
- Providing monthly and yearly reports and informing partners about youth progress in the program.
SITY (Systems Improvement Through Youth) Advisory Board
- Leading DHS’s Youth Advisory Board (SITY) and supporting other DHS related youth boards and youth advisors to strengthen the engagement and voice of youth.
- Teaching youth how to share their experience in a strategic and safe manner.
- Completing administrative tasks needed for SITY members to be paid and supported.
- Maintaining scheduling meetings.
- Using innovative ways to better the professional development of the board’s members.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, database management).
- Demonstrated ability to work well in teams and lead others.
- Demonstrated ability to track data.
- Ability to navigate social media sites.
- Knowledge of financial literacy. Experiencing teaching youth about financial literacy preferred.
- Experience working with youth in a positive and respectful way.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of community resources.
- Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to find creative solutions to problems/issues.
- Skilled at leading and inspiring by example.
- Skilled in public speaking.
- Prior experience with the foster care system and/or other human services systems preferred.
- Ability to create meaningful opportunities for young people and adults to build relationships and work together.
- Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds in a culturally competent manner.
- Demonstrated experience working with and fostering teams, including working with youth and young adults in a respectful and engaging manner.
- Appreciates that developing and maintaining positive permanent connections for young adult staff and youth is critical to preparing them for productive and successful adulthood.
- Appreciates that providing education, training and support for professionals will have a positive impact towards system change.
- Knowledge of supporting staff in providing opportunities and experiences that build relationships between youth and adults.
- Knowledge and understanding that training for both youth and adults is critical to the development of effective youth and adult partnerships.
- Knowledge of supporting young people in creating their personal goals and transition plans.
- Knowledge of planning for youth involvement across YSP Unit and DHS.
- Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a related field, plus a minimum of 1-2 years’ experience working in a Human Services or related field.
- High School Diploma or equivalent, plus a minimum of 3-4 years’ experience working in a Human Services or related field.
- Any equivalent combination of education and experience which meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Diversified Care Management.
In accordance with the Allegheny County mandate effective August 9th, 2021 individuals being made conditional job offers with the county will have to be vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to applicable federal and state laws. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before beginning work. Please note you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination.
Fully vaccinated from COVID-19 is defined as:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)
In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it’s small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.
DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.
- It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
- DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it her top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
- It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.
You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.
“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”
-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion
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