CSEC Outreach Specialist (WA)

Janus Youth Programs, Inc | Vancouver, WA

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Posted Date 5/16/2022
Description

Level: Experienced

Job Location: Yellow Brick Road - WA - Vancouver, WA

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Bachelor Degree Preferred

Salary Range: $16.50 - $16.50 Hourly

Travel Percentage: Up to 50%

Job Shift: Day

Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services

CSEC Outreach Specialist

SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, schedule to be determined and will include day and evening hours. The schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $16.50 per hour. 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.

Description


This position will be one member of a four-member outreach team operating out of The Perch – a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.  Within this team, there are two CSE Outreach Specialists who focus on working with youth and young adults who are or have been victims/survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE), or who are at risk of being exploited in such a way.  The main responsibilities of this position are to conduct mobile and stationary outreach services to youth and young adults, ages 12 – 24, who are or may be victims of sex trafficking.  Primary outreach locations that victims and high-risk populations have been known to frequent include truck stops, rest areas, parks, hotels, adult video/toy stores, malls, homeless camps, and drop-in centers.  Outreach targeted to youth at-risk of trafficking is conducted in schools, youth programs, and other places youth and young adults congregate.  This position will also be expected to build community education and awareness by conducting public presentations about Commercial Sexual Exploitation and available services for youth and young adults involved in human trafficking activities.  Both stationary outreach and education/awareness activities require CSE Outreach Specialists to plan group activities and develop in-house curriculum.  CSE Outreach Specialists are required to use good judgment and hold professional boundaries when conducting outreach services throughout the community.  CSE Outreach Specialists are expected to maintain regular communication with the broader outreach and CSE service teams.  They collaborate and work closely with the CSE Case Manager, making referrals to case management services and providing wrap around support to youth and young adults who are victims/survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation or at high risk of being targeted. 

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social/human services related field preferred.  
  • Minimum of one year experience (volunteer and/or paid positions) working with street youth, youth involved in sex work, and/or youth with substance use/abuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis). 
  • Experience with public speaking that involves speaking to large groups and presenting detailed information in an organized, well thought out, and confident manner.
  • Survivors are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

REQUIRED ABILITIES:

  • Must value working in a multi-cultural/diverse environment.
  • Knowledge of local juvenile/adult justice and youth/adult social service systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond to crisis situations.
  • Strong “people skills”, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of staff and people, including business owners and employees, law enforcement, neighbors, parents, and professional “system” employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, and to give oral and written instructions.
  • Commitment to ongoing training.
  • Commitment to the principles of Positive Youth Development and ability to work with young people as partners in the programming process.
  • Commitment to Harm Reduction and “meeting youth where they’re at.”
  • Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team-dependent environment and a willingness to give and receive appropriate feedback.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Genuine concern for young people and the ability to treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • Ability to accurately read, record, and interpret information using computerized and paper systems.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in working with others and in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to regularly attend and be punctual for scheduled work commitments and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.
  • Ability to maintain visual and auditory awareness of youth.
  • Ability to climb at least two (2) flights of stairs.
  • Ability to walk for extended periods, including regular exposure to inclement weather.
  • Ability to carry an outreach bag weighing approximately 20 pounds. 
  • Manual/physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office functions such as copying, faxing, phone use, filing, computer entry, etc.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Due to the nature of the job duties, there is a strong preference for personal transportation allowing for transport of others and a driving record meeting requirements to drive for Agency purposes, a valid driver's license for the state of residency, and personal auto liability insurance ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). All employees driving for work purposes must first complete the Agency's driving approval process prior to driving for work.  
  • Must have TB test within first two weeks of employment.
  • Must pass Washington DCYF criminal history check enabling unsupervised contact with minor youth in a state-licensed group care facility.
  • First-Aid/CPR Certification required.
  • Blood Borne Pathogen Training and Mandatory Reporting Training required on the first day of employment and annually thereafter.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • May involve exposure to communicable diseases that can encompass a variety of infections and illnesses, including the common cold, flu, TB, Hepatitis, Meningitis, and HIV.  
  • May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized, or emotionally disturbed adolescents, young adults and families.
  • May involve exposure to severely drug affected people and people with severe persistent mental health issues.
  • This position will be assigned an agency cell phone to be used while on outreach.
  • Involves primarily outdoor work in a “street” environment.
  • Work will involve making contact with youth and young adults involved in human trafficking and the potential locations they may frequent (e.g. truck stops, homeless camps, adult stores, etc.) or other venues where a high likelihood of human trafficking is occurring.  Outreach conducted in these areas will always be accomplished with a minimum of two employees/volunteers.

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!

SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, schedule to be determined and will include day and evening hours. The schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $16.50 per hour. 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.

This position will be one member of a four-member outreach team operating out of The Perch – a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.  Within this team, there are two CSE Outreach Specialists who focus on working with youth and young adults who are or have been victims/survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE), or who are at risk of being exploited in such a way.  The main responsibilities of this position are to conduct mobile and stationary outreach services to youth and young adults, ages 12 – 24, who are or may be victims of sex trafficking.  Primary outreach locations that victims and high-risk populations have been known to frequent include truck stops, rest areas, parks, hotels, adult video/toy stores, malls, homeless camps, and drop-in centers.  Outreach targeted to youth at-risk of trafficking is conducted in schools, youth programs, and other places youth and young adults congregate.  This position will also be expected to build community education and awareness by conducting public presentations about Commercial Sexual Exploitation and available services for youth and young adults involved in human trafficking activities.  Both stationary outreach and education/awareness activities require CSE Outreach Specialists to plan group activities and develop in-house curriculum.  CSE Outreach Specialists are required to use good judgment and hold professional boundaries when conducting outreach services throughout the community.  CSE Outreach Specialists are expected to maintain regular communication with the broader outreach and CSE service teams.  They collaborate and work closely with the CSE Case Manager, making referrals to case management services and providing wrap around support to youth and young adults who are victims/survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation or at high risk of being targeted. 

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social/human services related field preferred.  
  • Minimum of one year experience (volunteer and/or paid positions) working with street youth, youth involved in sex work, and/or youth with substance use/abuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis). 
  • Experience with public speaking that involves speaking to large groups and presenting detailed information in an organized, well thought out, and confident manner.
  • Survivors are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

REQUIRED ABILITIES:

  • Must value working in a multi-cultural/diverse environment.
  • Knowledge of local juvenile/adult justice and youth/adult social service systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond to crisis situations.
  • Strong “people skills”, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of staff and people, including business owners and employees, law enforcement, neighbors, parents, and professional “system” employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, and to give oral and written instructions.
  • Commitment to ongoing training.
  • Commitment to the principles of Positive Youth Development and ability to work with young people as partners in the programming process.
  • Commitment to Harm Reduction and “meeting youth where they’re at.”
  • Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team-dependent environment and a willingness to give and receive appropriate feedback.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Genuine concern for young people and the ability to treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • Ability to accurately read, record, and interpret information using computerized and paper systems.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in working with others and in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to regularly attend and be punctual for scheduled work commitments and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.
  • Ability to maintain visual and auditory awareness of youth.
  • Ability to climb at least two (2) flights of stairs.
  • Ability to walk for extended periods, including regular exposure to inclement weather.
  • Ability to carry an outreach bag weighing approximately 20 pounds. 
  • Manual/physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office functions such as copying, faxing, phone use, filing, computer entry, etc.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Due to the nature of the job duties, there is a strong preference for personal transportation allowing for transport of others and a driving record meeting requirements to drive for Agency purposes, a valid driver's license for the state of residency, and personal auto liability insurance ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). All employees driving for work purposes must first complete the Agency's driving approval process prior to driving for work.  
  • Must have TB test within first two weeks of employment.
  • Must pass Washington DCYF criminal history check enabling unsupervised contact with minor youth in a state-licensed group care facility.
  • First-Aid/CPR Certification required.
  • Blood Borne Pathogen Training and Mandatory Reporting Training required on the first day of employment and annually thereafter.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • May involve exposure to communicable diseases that can encompass a variety of infections and illnesses, including the common cold, flu, TB, Hepatitis, Meningitis, and HIV.  
  • May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized, or emotionally disturbed adolescents, young adults and families.
  • May involve exposure to severely drug affected people and people with severe persistent mental health issues.
  • This position will be assigned an agency cell phone to be used while on outreach.
  • Involves primarily outdoor work in a “street” environment.
  • Work will involve making contact with youth and young adults involved in human trafficking and the potential locations they may frequent (e.g. truck stops, homeless camps, adult stores, etc.) or other venues where a high likelihood of human trafficking is occurring.  Outreach conducted in these areas will always be accomplished with a minimum of two employees/volunteers.

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
Jobs
Categories
Nonprofit | Social Services
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Salary
$16.50 - $16.50 Hourly
Salary Type
/hr.

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