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Youth Support Specialist I

at Arizona's Children Association

Posted: 10/30/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2817
Keywords: health

Job Description

Be a support to youth transitioning out of foster care!

Would you like to help build a stronger Arizona for children and families? Would you like to make a direct impact, right in your own community? We have a great opportunity for you to join our team as a Youth Support Specialist in the Phoenix area! As a Youth Support Specialist with Arizona's Children Association you will have the opportunity to assist young adults in the transition from foster care to an independent, sustainable living environment. This will include assisting young adults in gaining and sustaining employment, accessing personal and community resources, and providing life skills training and support.

Who We Are:

Founded in 1912, Arizona’s Children Association is one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. Located in all 15 Arizona counties, we provide a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of more than 40,000 children, youth and families each year. When working with AzCA, you’ll be surrounded by highly talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.

Why You'll Love Working for Us:

At Arizona's Children Association, our employees are our most valuable asset; and as such we offer a wide range of benefits to aid your health and wellness including:

  • We have a whole new comprehensive benefits package for 2021! All full time employees working 30 hours or more per week are eligible and we offer several plans for each so you can choose the option right for you and your family which includes:
    • Medical provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Dental and Vision provided by MetLife
    • We offer several plans so you can choose the option right for you and your family
    • Plans are effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment
    • We also offer: Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Life and AD&D, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program provided by Cura Linc
  • Employee Wellness and Support Time every Friday morning
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Generous paid time off, paid sick leave, and 8 paid holidays
  • 403B Retirement Savings Plan provided through Mutual of America
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Discounts

Find your passion. Join our Team!


What You'll Do: 

  • Maintain contact with young adults, collateral persons and agencies to assist young adults to develop and maintain life skills and accomplish goals established, per contractual service requirements.
  • Collaborate with young adult client, under direction of supervisor, to develop goals and service plan activities using a strength based, trauma informed approach.  
  • Effectively and collaboratively monitor progress and provide resources and tools as needed.
  • Participate in group training and educational meetings as required and as time and resources permit.
  • Provide individual support and services focusing on life skills development, including tutoring, transportation, individual education, and activities. 
  • Develop and facilitate trainings and workshops, providing skill development options focusing on issues common to adolescents preparing for independent living.  This includes exploration and skill building in self-esteem, goal setting, healthy relations, broad vocational and career issues, safety, and emotional preparation for adulthood.
  • If applicable, may assist young adults to develop and maintain a contract with Department of Child Safety when eligible.
  • Assist young adults in developing and accessing scholarships and grants for ongoing education and training.
  • Maintain accurate client records, completing case notes and supplemental documentation in accordance with established timelines, program and contract standards.  
  • Complete and provide required monthly, quarterly and annual data reports in accordance with established program and contract standards.


Minimum Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of related experience OR a Master’s degree with less than 2 years of related experience
  • Required experience in the Social Work, Psychology or Human Service Field (i.e. Group Home, Shelter Care, Behavioral Health field) working with children, families, and or adults, as verified on a resume and reference verification


Minimum Qualification & Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and be insurable under the agency’s automobile policy.
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clients’ homes and/or other relevant organizations/agencies
  • Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
  • Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position. An individual may qualify for this position if the individual is able to “perform safely” the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations


AzCA is an EEO/Veterans/Disabled/LGBTQ employer

Application Instructions

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