Youth Specialist
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Austin, TX

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Youth Specialist/Administrative Asst III This position is for a Former Foster Youth who was in the Conservatorship of the Department of Family & Protective Services. The Youth Specialist works under the direct supervision of the Service Program Administrator. The key job responsibilities of this position include organizing and supporting the development, maintenance and activities of the Regional Youth Leadership Committee (YLC), advancing the work of the Regional YLC, and outreach to youth; linking to YLCs in other regions and with community partners; promoting the role of advocacy and public education at the community and regional levels regarding issues facing youth transitioning from out of home care; writing articles and announcements for youth publications; consulting with others on projects and providing and gathering youth input to ensure the consumer perspective; related administrative tasks; and other duties as assigned. The position will be filled by a Former Foster Care Youth.

Essential Job Functions:
Essential Job Functions: This position is for a Former Foster Youth who was in the Conservatorship of the Department of Family & Protective Services.Works closely with Regional PAL staff. Coordinates and supports the development, maintenance and activities of the Regional Youth Leadership Committee (YLC). Coordinates youth opportunities in leadership development and training, advocacy, and how to operate, govern and maintain the YLC. Advances the work and presence of the YLC, linking young people across the region and supporting the Committee's outreach activities and priorities. Coordinates with staff and work groups to provide youth/alumni perspective into practice, procedures and policies related to youth currently or formerly in care and who continue to receive benefits. Gathers youth input to ensure consumer perspective. Assists with development of core services, policies, and procedures related to services provided to foster care youth. Serves as a youth consultant to staff, workgroups, and committees. Represents the region as a member of the Regional Youth Specialists Group, and to the PAL and ETV Specialists at State office. Promotes the role of advocacy and public education at the community and regional levels regarding issues facing youth transitioning out of care. Works on various projects that may involve speaking before groups for education purposes related to youth development and leadership. Assists with writing articles and announcements for youth newsletters, the website, and other related publications. Performs related administrative tasks, such as internet research, typing, copying, faxing and filing. Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain unit operations. Promotes and demonstrates appropriate respect for cultural diversity among co-workers and all work-related contacts. Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of Child Protective Services (CPS) and experience mentoring, guiding, working with young people in the child welfare system. Ability to manage multiple tasks; Good organizational skills and ability to set and meet established priorities; Ability to relate well to others in a multi-ethnic work environment. Ability to communicate effectively with others, verbally and in writing; Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Current Texas Drivers License.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Initial Selection Criteria: Graduation from high school or equivalent. Experience in administrative support work or the technical program area. Alumni of state's child welfare system. Must have reliable transportation.

Additional Information:
Additional Information: Preferred qualifications include: --Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university--Knowledge of CPS substitute care services and the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Program -- A young adult who is an alumni of a state's child welfare system -- Previous experience as a youth leader or in youth leadership activities -- Experience and proficiency using the Internet, Word, Outlook, Power Point, and Excel is a plus. This position is housed in Austin. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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