Whatcom Engagement – On-Call Youth Advocate


NWYS is seeking an On-Call Youth Advocate for their Engagement Services to build relationships with youth on the street and to build and sustain supportive spaces for youth.

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Northwest Youth Services is excited to announce that we are seeking applicants for our Whatcom Engagement On-Call Youth Advocate position!
Come join our team of dedicated professionals, who are committed to meeting youth where they are, with open minds and hearts.

About Northwest Youth Services:
Northwest Youth Services is the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving young people ages 13-24 experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. We support youth in identifying goals and building the skills necessary to reach their own sense of stability. Northwest Youth Services offers housing, street outreach, help finding a job or enrolling in school, connection to mental health services, support for LGBTQ youth, restorative justice for juvenile offenders, and referrals to other services in the community.
Annually, we serve more than 1,250 youth between the ages of 13-24. What sets us apart is how we do what we do. At the core of our work is heart and relationships. Known for our strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, including a commitment to harm reduction, we meet youth where they are, with open minds and open hearts. As much an advocate for social justice as a direct service provider, we have a strong track record of serving LGBTQ youth and youth of color. Rather than dictate what youth should or must do to access services and remain in our programs, we offer options and a safety net to support them in achieving their own goals. We want what’s best for each individual and see the best in them.

Our Mission, Values, and Vision:
At Northwest Youth Services, we affirm youth experience and autonomy, as we work together to foster collective healing and justice, in order to dismantle the systems of oppression that perpetuate youth homelessness.
Core Values
Community – We promote interdependence and recognize that everybody needs a community to thrive. We know that we are stronger together.
Justice & Liberation – We believe that it is critical to acknowledge, name, and actively work to dismantle the historic systems and societal structures that fuel crisis and poverty.
Humanity – We work with respect and compassion for each other and believe that everyone deserves to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.
Accountability – We believe that no one is done learning; as a community we hold each other to a high standard, and work to educate, grow and heal together.

Guided by our values and commitment to becoming an Anti-Racist organization, Northwest Youth Services envisions a community in which all young people are seen as catalysts in creating a just and liberated society that supports each of our unique journeys through life.

Job Mission:
The Whatcom Engagement On-call Advocate contributes to NWYS’ success by engaging at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth either out on the street with our Street Outreach Program, in our day shelter the Ground Floor, or at our temporary Winter Shelter, to help them stay safer and gain access to services in order to become self-sufficient. Additionally, this position creates sustainability for Whatcom Engagement programs in covering available shifts so other staff can use their PTO. This position uses a Harm Reduction and Positive Youth Development approach to link youth with necessary resources to reach their goals.

The primary goal of the Whatcom Engagement On-call Advocate position is to collaborate with other staff and volunteers to build sustainable long-term relationships with youth on the street and in supportive spaces for youth.

For more information about this position and all open NWYS positions, please visit our website at the following link: https://www.nwys.org/jobs

Minimum Qualifications:
• High School Diploma or GED; or a combination of education, experience, and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position;
• Understands the experiences of young people who have been and are currently experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability through direct lived experience;
• Personal experience with recent housing instability and/or homelessness as a youth or young adult;
• Recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization; is sensitive to socio-economic and cultural norms, expectations and ways of communicating;
• Experience taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm;
• Demonstrated experience gaining confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity;
• Ability to share lived experiences in a helpful, inspirational way; model healthful behaviors;
• Requires full COVID vaccination (may consider accommodation for medical or religious reasons); and
• Must pass background checks.

**Must be 21 years old to be considered for working on-call shifts at NWYS PAD licensed site.**

Required within first 30 days of employment:
• CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne pathogens certifications required;
• Must have a negative TB test; and
• Full understanding of the CPS reporting requirements.

Additional Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or another related field; or a combination of education and or 5 years’ experience working with young people experiencing homelessness;
• Experience with homelessness as a young person;
• Demonstrated skill in working with youth who may be reluctant to engage in services.
• Experience demonstrating ability to successfully build and maintain rapport and trust with youth.
• Demonstrated experience working with young people in crisis and/or experiencing homelessness;
• Demonstrated experience working in the housing field;
• Spanish, Russian, or ASL speakers preferred; and
• Previous training in Positive Youth Development, CSEC, Domestic Violence, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction or Trauma Informed Care.

• Starting Wage Range: $15.96 – $17.79 per hour
• Earn PTO based on hours worked;
• Simple IRA Retirement plan with match up to 3% of employee contributions, per pay period, after first year of employment;
• The position is located in beautiful Whatcom County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: A cover letter and resume are preferred when applying for this position.
Please address your experience related to the position and list how you meet the required minimum and preferred qualifications. For more information about Northwest Youth Services please visit our website at https://www.nwys.org

Northwest Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Alumni of foster care and those who have experienced youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to humanresources@nwys.org

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