Foster Care - Youth LifeSet Specialist
SCO Family of Services
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Post Date: Dec 30, 2019
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: - n/a -
Salary: $45000
Location: US - New York - Queens
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As part of SCO’s Forward Journey Initiative, the Youth LifeSet Specialist implement the LifeSet model, which addresses the needs of young people 17-22 who are transitioning out of foster care and need individualized skill development and support to transition successfully into adulthood. The Specialist supports youth obtain and maintain safe and suitable housing, continue their education, learn independent living skills, obtain and maintain employment, build a support system, and remain free from legal involvement.

LifeSet Model Components include:

•Low caseloads- each specialist works with 8-10 youth.
•Community-based- specialists meet with young people wherever it is best for them (e.g. home, school, community).
•Intensive- minimum of one face to face session per week; 24/7 on call.
•Systemic approach- incorporates multiple aspects of the youth’s natural ecology (e.g. community, peers, family, and school).
•Time-limited (9-12 months) - youth driven services with program completion dictated by youth demonstrating new skills and stability and success achieving youth-identified goals.
•Comprehensive- addressing the full range of a youth’s needs and goals (e.g. academic, career, housing, relationships).

The Specialist provides individual services to 8-10 youth in the home and community setting to assist the youth transition to adulthood. The Specialist meets a minimum of one time per week face to face with the youth and provides additional support via phone, text, or in person as needed. When indicated, the Specialist may see a youth daily to ensure safety and stability. Additionally, the LifeSet Specialist is directly responsible for all interventions associated with the youth and their family. This includes case management and collaboration with external key stakeholders and referral sources, such as probation, child welfare workers, therapists, etc. The Specialist conducts ongoing assessment of the youth’s needs from a strength-focused, solution-based perspective, and develops service plans on a monthly basis. The Specialist also documents all service contacts with the youth (within 7 days of contact). The Specialist attends all meetings related to the youth and/or family with the purpose of gathering information specific to intervention development and advocating in the best interest of the youth’s long-term stability. The Specialist is on call 24/7 and expected to respond in person at any time when it is determined to be necessary. In addition, the Specialist attends and actively participates in individual and team supervision sessions and trainings. The Specialist is expected to adhere to all ethical and legal guidelines, including confidentiality and mandated reporting

Salary up to $45K/year.


Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with one year related experience.

•Experience working in Education, Foster Care and within the community setting (preferred)
•Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, a strong sense of empathy towards our populations served, and a passion for the field of child welfare.

Ability to work with youth that have histories of chemical dependency, mental illness, neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, different cultural backgrounds, and varying socioeconomics statuses.
•Ability to be flexible with schedule (including potential evenings and week-ends) that will revolve around needs of youth

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