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Youth House Program Assistant – Community Services

Clark County, Vancouver, WA

Job - Government

Close Date: 02/26/2020

Youth House Program Assistant – Community Services

Job Summary

Community Services is looking for someone who works with excitement and enthusiasm in a creative environment.

The Youth Program Assistant will work as part of the Youth House team to engage youth in prevention support and early intervention services. Job duties will include supporting outreach efforts, volunteer recruitment and engagement, assisting with research, report preparation and other visual presentation work, responding to community requests for information and resources, maintaining documentation of activities in accordance with Youth House procedures, and maintaining an effective working relationship with other team members and community resources.

The position will assist with curriculum development and workshop facilitation as well as assisting with the coordination of training sessions for youth volunteers and will serve as the primary staff person to greet youth and other guests of the Youth House. The incumbent will be expected to develop a trusting and supportive relationship with youth volunteers using a strength-based, neutral and engaging approach and participate in the planning and implementation of youth-led projects for the Youth Commission and the STASHA Peer Educators. The Program Assistant will assist in the implementation of strategies and activities of the Safe Communities Task Force and the West Van for Youth prevention coalition. In addition, the incumbent must understand the importance of confidentiality/privacy of youth and be able to maintain clear and appropriate boundaries with youth and their families.

Duties are primarily carried out in the Clark County Youth House. Additional locations for work completion is the Center for Community Health, other county buildings, retreat facilities, state and other governmental facilities, and other business environments. Physical demands may include lifting boxes of documents, reaching and bending to file documents, and repetitive motions associated with computer work.

This position is represented by Local 11, AFL-CIO - Office & Professional Employees International Union.

Work Hours:

Most work is done during the regular business hours, but due to organizational and program needs, evening and weekend work is required. Employees in this position work on average two evenings (swing shift) each week, and two weekend days per month. Occasionally, there may be work required on holidays for special events.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in social services or equivalent field and a minimum of one year experience working with youth in a supportive role is desirable. The degree must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

All combinations of education, experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities to perform the work will be considered.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Strong communication skills including presentation and group leading, interpersonal skills, small group communication and active listening.
• Experience organizing and managing details of multiple events and projects simultaneously.
• Knowledge of positive youth development and prevention research and strategies.
• A valid, unencumbered Washington or Oregon State driver’s license is required.
Passing a Washington State Patrol background check is necessary for this position as well as passing ongoing background checks during the course of employment.

Knowledge of: effective design and structure of youth workshops and activities; familiarity with engaging youth voice in decision making; how to use social media to communicate with youth and perform outreach; experience communicating via social media.

Ability to: communicate with youth in a manner that is compassionate, strength-based and authentic; celebrate diversity and different styles, experiences, and abilities among youth and colleagues; participate and build relationships with individuals in need of support, communicate and express ideas effectively – orally and in writing; design, facilitate and present information and activities to small and large groups; be responsive in a work environment that may involve a high level of stress at times, demonstrate a willingness to share own life experiences when appropriate, demonstrate strong customer service orientation; meet with youth on evenings or weekends when needed to complete work.

Selection Process:
1. Applicants must include a cover letter and resume with their application. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded together in the Resume Upload section of the application. All documents must be uploaded simultaneously. Workday will not allow you to go back and edit or append uploaded materials.
2. Applicants who do not submit a resume and cover letter will not pass application review.
3. Attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application. Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their applications, and those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the process.
4. Oral Interview: The panel interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.
An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
Equal Opportunity Employer
Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at
If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.
Salary Grade: Local 11.508 ($22.51 - $28.79) per hour
Close Date: 2/26/2020

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