Youth Development Skills Coach
Good Shepherd Services - Bronx, NY

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Building on Strengths in Individuals, Families and Communities!


  • To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
  • To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
  • To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.

Good Shepherd Services has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.

The primary role of the Youth Development Skills Coach is to assist and support positive behavior. The Skills Coach will establish a healthy relationship with assigned participants. The Coach will teach life skills and reinforce pro-social behaviors in order to reinforce the participants’ positive relationship with peers and adults. The YDSC will work closely with team members; take direction from the Case Planner and participants to meet the goals mutually developed by the Foster Parent, the Parent, the Clinical Team and the Participant.


  • Work directly with participants on helping them learn and use identified skills necessary to get along with peers and adults in a variety of settings.
  • Plan and organize opportunities to observe, teach and reinforce pro-social behaviors.
  • Provide weekly skills training to assigned participants – up to 2 hours a week for no more than 20 weeks.
  • Document each skills training session using the appropriate forms and submit them to each participant’s Case Planner within 24 hours of each session.
  • Collaborate with Case Planners to develop and implement participants’ life skills development plan.
  • Attend weekly clinical meetings with each participant’s Case Planner.
  • Assist team in ensuring participants remain focused on predetermined goals.
  • Immediately report all emergencies (i.e. runaways, accidents, medical problems, etc.).
  • Participate in all program model training, supervision and consultation activities.
  • Manage the recording of cash stipend used to purchase necessary food or supplies for each session with each participant assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED (BA or AA degree in social work or related field preferred).
  • Minimum one year of relevant experience working with adolescents.
  • Sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills necessary to provide services, collaborative work and documentation.
  • Must be able to use public transportation including subways and buses for fieldwork.
  • Flexible hours including evenings and weekends to ensure access and availability.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development is required.
  • Must be willing to travel within the community.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength based and/or youth and family development perspective.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should forward their resume by clicking Apply Now.

Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.

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