Transitional Living Program Advocate

United Action For Youth   Iowa City, IA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on April 19, 2021

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Under the supervision of the Transitional Living Program Coordinator, provide counseling and support services to youth clients and families in the UAY Transitional Living Program, including youth who are pregnant or parenting youth.  Work includes coordination with collaborative providers and the program participants for the TLP grant. Primarily provides individual and family counseling, parent skills training, independent living skills, advocacy, and case management, and promoting positive parenting techniques that enhance the family life of teen parent clients through a strength-based approach. This is a full-time position.

Characteristic Duties:

1. Provide skill building and advocacy to a caseload of 10-15 homeless/near homeless youth including pregnant and parenting teen families.

2. Teach independent living skills, including budgeting, managing a home, establishing bank accounts, housekeeping, and meal preparation.

3. Assist teens in obtaining affordable, stable housing

4. Assist families in identifying any barriers to completing their education or obtaining employment and provide families with assistance in overcoming such barriers (this may include transportation, child care, financial difficulties, etc.).

5. Maintain client case files, completing required paperwork, case notes, and reports.

6. Work within a team approach collaborating with the Teen Parent Program staff, and other UAY staff, through participation in weekly staff meetings, case management meetings, and other consultation with staff.

Related Duties:

1. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Program Coordinator.

2. Develop and maintains knowledge of resources, services, and opportunities available to youth and families.

Qualifications: 

Minimum of a Bachelors's degree in human services, counseling or related education and 1 year prior experience working with teens or in a youth service setting; bi-lingual in Spanish and English preferred.

Must have a valid driver's license.

Compensation:  $31,000 to $34,000 starting salary, plus benefits that include health insurance, flex spending, life/disability, paid time off, wellness program and retirement.