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Waldo County Youth Outreach Worker

at Knox County Homeless Coalition in Rockland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Knox County Homeless Coalition is seeking a compassionate and solution-oriented team player to serve as the Waldo County Youth Outreach Worker for The Landing Place! 

As the comprehensive youth program of Knox County Homeless Coalition, The Landing Place (TLP) provides community-based support for highly-resilient and often marginalized youth living in Midcoast Maine. We strive to inspire hope, restore purpose and belonging, and break cycles of poverty through outreach, case management, shelter solutions, and a low barrier drop-in youth center. All staff at The Landing Place embrace a strength-based, trauma-informed approach to youth development, and act as community advocates on behalf of high-risk youth and families. We seek caring, honest, creative, and supportive staff members who are collaborative-minded, solution-oriented, non-judgmental, and capable of maintaining a sense of humor. Our staff are passionate about working with youth and have a proven ability to support others in caring, courageous, and inspiring ways. 

 

The Youth Outreach Worker will play a critical role at The Landing Place in conjunction with a statewide effort to identify the needs of underserved youth living in rural areas of the state. This individual will work with high-risk youth primarily in Waldo County, helping them to identify needs and goals; advocating for them in the community; and connecting them with appropriate resources. This position is designed in tandem with Street Outreach efforts defined by Shaw House and the goal is to find, and provide support to youth in need, particularly in areas of the state that do not have ready access to services. 

The ideal candidate will show strong organizational, administrative, and communication skills, as well as a passion for connecting with and supporting teenagers and young adults. The Youth Outreach Worker will need to be able to take initiative, complete tasks and fulfill responsibilities independently, give and follow written and verbal directions, communicate clearly with fellow TLP and KCHC staff members, and various community stakeholders, exercise good professional judgment and boundaries, and collaborate effectively as part of a team. Staff should be familiar with positive youth development, non-violent communication, as well as trauma-impacted, compassion-informed, strength-based, and restorative practices. A positive attitude, empathy, and good judgment are a must! 

This part-time position will be scheduled for 24 hours per week, Monday through Friday and hours can sometimes extend into evenings. The Youth Outreach Worker will be included in weekly staff meetings and receive supervisory support from the Director of Social Services and Director of The Landing Place.

Staff should have at least 1 year of case management, social work, youth programming or related human services experience, at least 2 years of experience working with youth in a professional setting, and a high school diploma/equivalent. Staff must also have a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record (applicants must be 21+ years of age and have 1 year of safe driving experience to operate KCHC passenger vans). Staff must be proficient in reading and speaking English, able to push and lift up to 50 pounds, and be willing to submit to a physical examination with an authorized physician within 2 months of employment. Training in First Aid/CPR, Defensive driving, Passenger Assistance Techniques, and training in social work best practices will be provided. Please note that all hires are subject to background checks including federal and state exclusion checks, DHHS check, and a Motor Vehicles Report check. 

This position will pay $18 - $21 / hour, based on experience. KCHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a choice of health coverage (including an employer-sponsored health savings account for Bronze level coverage), optional dental and vision insurance, employer-sponsored life and short term disability insurance, retirement plan with an employer contribution, paid time-off benefits, 13 paid holidays (including your birthday off, because you deserve it!), and additional time off in the summer.

 

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter sharing why you would be a good fit to our team to careers@homehelphope.org and note “Waldo County Youth Outreach Worker” in the subject line. 

Knox County Homeless Coalition is an equal opportunity employer committed to team development and a supportive respectful culture. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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Job Posting: 808596

Posted On: Aug 31, 2022

Updated On: Sep 30, 2022