Vocational Advocate

Janus Youth Programs, Inc | OR

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Posted Date 3/02/2023

Level: Entry

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Master Degree Preferred

Salary Range: $23.70 - $25.70 Hourly

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Job Shift: Day

Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services

SCHEDULE: 40 hours a week, schedule TBD; plus additional hours for staff meetings and supervision. However, this schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $23.70 per hour (plus additional +$2.00 for eligible overnight hours worked). Janus offers an excellent benefits program including medical, dental, life & long-term disability insurance; EAP; 401(k) and paid time off (varied eligibility waiting periods apply). Voluntary optional coverage is also available.

Applications for all positions may be forwarded to appropriate similar positions within Janus Youth Programs. Positions may vary by location, pay structure, union, and supervisory staff.

The Vocational Advocate is responsible for all areas of the program's vocational services. The Vocational Advocate is responsible for each client’s vocational training, job readiness, job acquisition and employment progress and supervision while residing in the program. The Vocational Advocate will measure each client’s vocational interests and aptitudes to match them with job opportunities. Responsibilities of this position include establishing and maintaining a list of client supportive work sites as well as providing weekly vocational skills and performance evaluation for all clients as indicated. This position works in collaboration with the Atlas Case Manager and reports to the Atlas Program Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.

  • Master’s degree with major study in psychology or a closely allied field and one year of experience in the care and rehabilitation of youth; OR a Bachelor’s Degree with major study in social work, psychology, sociology, or a closely allied field, and two (2) years of experience in the care and rehabilitation of youth.


  • Genuine concern for young people and the ability to treat all people with dignity and respect, and openness to learning and implementing a Positive Youth Development approach to youth work.
  • Ability to work effectively within: culturally diverse populations; team dependent models; crisis management; strength-based theoretical orientation; adolescent development; and family reunification.
  • Knowledge of Vocational Assessments and training resources to assist clients.
  • Knowledge of DBT Practice and Interventions.
  • Ability to assess clients’ job readiness and assist youth in identifying and strengthening their employment skills.
  • A commitment to on-going training and a willingness to receive and act upon feedback.
  • Ability to accurately read, record, and interpret information and complete written documentation that meets contract and program guidelines.
  • Ability to provide visual and auditory supervision of program and youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a broad variety of people, including youth, families, staff, supervisors, and community partners.
  • Ability to stay calm and emotionally available in an environment serving young people who require a high level of supervision and redirection from staff.
  • Ability to exercise independent discretion and judgment within program guidelines.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-dependent environment and to act on the agenda of the program.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries working with youth and in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to climb and descend at least two flights of stairs.
  • Ability to escort and supervise clients in the community which may require standing and walking up to an hour at one time.
  • Ability to stay awake and alert throughout entire assigned shift and to perform routine dorm checks and facility walk-throughs.
  • Ability to effectively monitor safety and demonstrate group management skills and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.
  • Manual dexterity allowing performance of routine office tasks such as writing, phone use, filing, copying, and use of computer keyboard.
  • Manual/physical capability to bend, stoop, kneel, and reach, as well as occasionally lifting up to 20lbs (including overhead) in order to perform functions such as accepting donations or unpacking groceries.
  • Ability to perform and/or supervise routine household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, washing and folding laundry, emptying trash, sweeping/mopping, etc.


  • Driving is required; a personal vehicle for travel and/or transport clients required. All employees who drive for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, have a driving record that permits coverage under the corporate auto liability policy, and complete the agency’s driving approval process before driving for work. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes drivers must also have personal auto liability coverage ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). Employees are not to drive for work purposes until they have received written authorization to do so.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens training is required on first day of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Must complete Mandatory Abuse Training within the first 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Provides emergency first-aid, as needed, and must have and maintain standard first-aid/CPR certification.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Food Handler's Certification.
  • Must obtain National Provider Identification Number through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System.
  • Full Covid-19 vaccination required.
  • Ability to participate in on call coverage, including 24/7 afterhours and weekend coverage.


  • May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis, flu, meningitis, and HIV.
  • May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families.
  • May involve time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, weekend hours, and/or holidays.
  • May require working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, clients’ apartments, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control (i.e., second-hand smoke, varying hygiene practices, etc.).

This position description is intended to give the reader a general idea of the overall purpose and the main activities and responsibilities that are intrinsic to this position. While this description is intended to be representative, it is not intended to be limiting.

Learn more about Janus Youth Programs at www.janusyouth.org!

Listing Type
Nonprofit | Social Services
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Entry Level | Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$23.70 - $25.70 Hourly
Salary Type

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