Youth Worker

Website EVOLVE Family Services

Growing Families, Enriching Lives

Job Title: Youth Worker
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Youth Services Program Manager
Revision: May 2024
Primary Department: YTH – Youth Services
Pay Band: $44,000 – $47,000
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Position Summary

This role empowers and partners with youth who are within, and in transition out of, the Child Welfare System. This position will: support youth in rural Minnesota through their transition to adulthood, develop plans alongside youth for permanency or independence, and research / document information about youth’s social and medical history. This position is a great fit for someone who is communicative and organized, wants to make the lives of youth better, and enjoys driving across Minnesota.

Our Agency

At EVOLVE Family Services, we fight to build a world where everyone has nurturing, permanent, and supportive familial relationships. We accomplish this by connecting youth with adults, by giving adults the tools to succeed, and by giving youth a voice in a system that has been developed from a place of oppression. We serve youth and families across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, often within and alongside the child welfare system. We serve all, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. EVOLVE is an antiracist, anti-oppressive agency, and expects our workforce to hold one another accountable for continued growth. Please our standards of antiracism and anti-oppression HERE. BIPOC and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Core Competencies

Change Capacity: Leads self through change by navigating ambiguity appropriately and adapting well to new situations, obstacles, and opportunities. Demonstrates an openness to change, models adaptability, and seeks opportunities to engage with and contribute to the change process.

Self-Management: Ability to regulate one’s behaviors, thoughts, and emotions in a productive way. Uses mastery of self-control to manage one’s time, workflow, and communication. Desires to produce, and effectively delivers on assigned priorities. Takes direction and moves forward in execution.

Problem Solving: Finds solutions to difficult or complex issues. Considers different aspects to challenges, explores alternatives and selects strong solutions to problems. Seeks to understand the symptoms or antecedents to the problems and solves for those underlying causes.

Social Awareness: Empathetically internalize the perspectives of others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Understands social and ethical norms for behavior and recognizes the pulse and vibes of the community. Recognizes power dynamics and underlying societal influences on behaviors.

Essential Functions
1. Strong ability to develop positive and trusting relationships with youth.
2. Utilize, teach, and model age-appropriate interventions with youth.
3. Gather information on youth’s personal history, relationships, experiences, traditions, health, trauma experiences, support network, and strengths to complete comprehensive youth assessments.
4. In collaboration with youth, develop an Independent Living Skills plan.
5. Prepare group curriculum and facilitate 10-week group sessions with youth.
6. Make recommendations for placement of children based on assessment of family capacity, skills, and abilities.
7. Facilitate discussion and education around identity, transracial complexities, and trauma-informed care.
8. Complete outreach to counties, community agencies, and youth to build partnerships and increase referrals.
9. Facilitate home visits with each client 1-3 times/month to review progress and goal development.
10. Complete required documentation within established deadlines. Arrive to meetings on time. Communicate with supervisor about any issues in meeting caseload requirements.
11. Every 6 months, set 2 personal goals for growth in Diversity Equity Inclusion work, and share progress.
12. Participate in monthly discussions or learnings about Diversity Equity Inclusion topics at team meetings.

These are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this role. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job. Additional functions within the same scope are expected.

Licensure / Credentials

This person must be able to pass a background check and FBI clearance check.
This person must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.
It is preferred this person has familiarity working with youth and the child welfare system.

Work Environment

This hybrid role is for a Minnesota or Wisconsin based employee who can reliably commute to Oak Park Heights, MN, and across greater Minnesota as a position requirement. The role requires driving for up to four hours at a time. The EVOLVE workspace is a shared office space in close proximity to other department peers. The EVOLVE office is a pet-friendly workplace. All employees are provided with a laptop to work from home, provided the employee maintains high-speed internet and cell phone service. Your home workspace must be conducive to performing your role. Whether at home, or at the office, this role requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk, while utilizing a computer to complete work. The hours of this role typically fall between 8:30a-4:30p with some afterhours required to meet families when they need. EVOLVE has opportunities to work at weekend events and programs.

The Next Step

Go to www.evolveservices.org/employment/ to learn more about our cause, our culture, our benefits, and to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@evolveservices.org