College Counselor – TAY E2 (5-months Contract)

Full-time, Exempt

Starting as early as the 6th grade and following students through college graduation, UFC’s Education Program forges trusting relationships with youth as they navigate some of life’s most pivotal moments. By building relationships with youth over an extended period while focusing on the whole person development of youth in foster care through a Social Justice Positive Youth Development approach, United Friends’ programs focus on commitment, trauma-informed care, and empowerment.

The College Counselor on the TAY Empowerment in Education (E2) Team carries a caseload of up to 45 current and former foster youth and juvenile justice involved youth. The youth are enrolled in higher education institutions nationwide (including community college, University, and non-profit vocational school). Some youth are unenrolled but are preparing to enroll in a higher education program. Utilizing a Monday to Friday work schedule, the Counselor builds meaningful relationships with his/her/their youth to ensure they receive the best possible guidance and support as they journey through college and/or vocational school and as they continue to grow as young adults.

  • Duties and Responsibilities:

    Case Management/Coaching
    • Build collaborative relationships with up to 45 young adults that nurture socio-emotional development, self-advocacy skills, and academic and career success.
    • Providing individual coaching to transition-age youth that focuses on positive youth development, social
    justice, and academic and career success.
    • Engage youth in career planning activities and conversations to build job readiness skills
    • Conduct bi-annual assessments and goal planning with youth to support with overall youth development, goal
    setting, and achieving youths’ goals.
    • Support youth in the successful completion of career development opportunities.
    • Maintain consistent and frequent communication with students on caseload via phone, videoconferencing,
    email, and in-person to uphold the relationship-based model of services.
    • Provide quality, timely educational case management to youth, utilizing United Friends’ database to document
    • Monitor and encourage students’ progress to support their completion of college degree requirements.
    • Refer youth to campus and community-based support services as needed.

    Group Coaching and Events
    • Support in planning and facilitating group coaching sessions
    • Support in planning and coordinating workshops or other program events
    • Attend community-building events to establish and maintain relationships with youth.
    Advocacy and Navigation
    • Engage college staff, social workers, ILP workers, and/or Probation Officers, with youth consent, in order
    to advocate for youth and support youth in maneuvering systems in which they are involved
    • Cultivate relationships with and serve as a liaison/advocate among community partners to increase awareness
    of youths’ needs and to support youth success
    • Connect youth to UFC supportive resources as needed and when appropriate, such as tutoring, financial
    assistance, etc.
    • Connect youth with internship and job opportunities.
    • Connect youth to other opportunities for Contribution and Social Action as they are offered within UFC, with
    UFC partners, or with other organizations

    Program Support
    • Analyze caseload outcomes and trends and work with Education team to improve program model and service
    • Continually expand and update professional and technical knowledge within the education, foster care, and
    case management fields.
    • Participate in Team and Department Meetings

    General UFC Responsibilities
    • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement UFC’s organizational values:

      o Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact
      o Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community, and each other
      o Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation
      o Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups
      o Work together as one organization

    • Other duties as assigned.

  • Required Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in a related field
    • 3+ years of relevant experience, including 2 or more years of case management and/or positive youth
    development experience
    • Demonstrated experience working with foster youth, probation youth, juvenile justice youth, Transition-Age
    Youth, and/or underserved college students
    • Commitment to social justice and the whole person development of youth
    • Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Strong problem-solving and crisis intervention skills
    • Balances multiple competing priorities
    • Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner, and
    incorporates others’ views into work
    • Holds self-accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works both independently and
    collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values
    • Passionate about United Friends’ mission
    • Must have valid California Driver’s License and an insured and reliable vehicle

  • Preferred Qualifications:

    • An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning youth formerly in foster care
    • An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning youth who experienced the juvenile justice system.
    • Demonstrated success in maintaining relationships through technology (e.g., phone, email, social media)

United Friends currently implements a hybrid work environment - schedule is determined at the discretion of management and the needs of the program and/or agency. This position will work full-time hours, Monday-Friday. As needed the College Counselor will travel to various locations throughout the Los Angeles metro area to provide on-site visits to foster youth, and occasionally to the main office in Downtown LA. Some evening, weekend, and overnight work is required.

Please note that this position is contracted through October 2024.

To apply, click below and submit resume and cover letter, including desired salary range, to jobapplicants@unitedfriends.org. Please note position title in the subject line.
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