MISSSEY, Inc. (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is a community-based organization founded in 2007 to respond to the epidemic of commercial sexual exploitation in Alameda County, CA. Our mission is to provide services to commercially sexually exploited youth and to work for systemic change with the youth we serve. Our service model is focused on healing through trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and youth-focused approaches. We recognize the crucial voices of survivors in facilitating healing in victims of commercial sexual exploitation and the value of young people empowering other young people. Our work with youth is a partnership, helping them transition from victim to survivor to leader, encouraging their long-term stability and success in whatever path they choose. MISSSEY believes that with the right opportunities and supports, youth can overcome the circumstances of their exploitation and thrive.
The Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) plays an important role in identifying and engaging with youth at the Alameda County Assessment Center who are vulnerable to or have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. Under the supervision of the Director of Integrated Services, the Youth Engagement Specialist is responsible for doing prevention, intervention and stabilization work with youth in the child welfare system, making referrals to MISSSEY case management as needed. YES staff will collaborate across systems, participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings, and advocate for the needs of exploited young people as part of a service delivery team. YES staff works within the limitations of the organization’s resources and in compliance with grants, contracts, and agency policies and procedures. We are looking for a candidate who will take initiative and be able to build rapport with highly at-risk and exploited youth; comfortable navigating systems; reliable and efficient; committed to the self-determination of marginalized young people; able to work collegially with colleagues and collaboratively with members of the MISSSEY team; and steadfast in their goal of delivering services with impact.
The ideal candidate for this position would:
Have a minimum of 1-year experience working with systems involved youth
Have solid experience working with youth of color who have experienced homelessness, gender violence, trafficking and abuse
Be a continual learner deeply invested in women and girls
Have experience building relationships with community partners and coordinating services that engage youth and support them to thrive
Be skilled at addressing the bio-psychosocial, emotional and functional needs of young people
Have an understanding of crisis intervention, de-escalation, restorative practices, interpersonal relationship and resiliency building, and harm reduction theory and practice
Have the ability to co-create a strong, reflective, highly productive, and caring culture
Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Services (70%)
Indirect and Administrative (25%)
? Minimum 2 years experience working with strength-based and client-centered models, restorative and trauma-informed care practices.
? Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences such as psychology, criminal justice, social work, and/or public health preferred. Relevant experience will be considered.
? Experience in trauma-informed, healing-centered youth development.
? Experience working with African American cis, trans, and non-binary women and girls. ? Ability to identify, assess, and intervene effectively with behavioral health issues.
Job Description Youth Engagement Specialist (YES)
? Passion for supporting young people, promoting healing-centered, trauma-informed youth development practices, and working towards social change.
Required Licenses and Certificates:
Position Title: Youth Engagement Specialist
Classification: Full-time, non-exempt, Some weekends and evenings
Compensation: $44,100-$50,423 per year
Benefits: Premium Medical/Dental. Coverage of work-related travel, mileage, 15 Holidays off, 3 weeks starting vacation, and 12 accrued sick days
For more information about MISSSEY and to see the full job description, please visit our website www.MISSSEY.org
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, detailing your experience and interest in MISSSEY, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention to Human Resources. Enter the job title in the subject line. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT BOTH RESUME AND COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Due to the volume of candidates, we will be unable to contact each candidate individually. If you are being considered for the position, you will be contacted. We are unable to accept phone calls or walk-ins. MISSSEY is an equal opportunity employer.
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: MISSSEY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE IN ANY PROGRAM, ACTIVITY, OR IN EMPLOYMENT ON THE BASIS OF AGE, CREED, SEX, RACE, ETHNIC BACKGROUND, MARITAL OR VETERAN STATUS, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR RELIGION. SURVIVORS AND WOMEN OF COLOR (TRANS-INCLUSIVE) ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY