Education and Employment Specialist

First Place for Youth

Job Description


Are you passionate about empowering and supporting youth to reach their full potential? Do you believe that every young person deserves a chance to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances? If so, First Place For Youth is the organization for you. We are currently seeking dedicated individuals to join our team and make a positive impact on the lives of foster youth. Join us and be part of a transformative journey for young people.


About First Place For Youth: First Place For Youth is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting foster youth in their transition to adulthood. We believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to thrive and lead successful, independent lives. We provide comprehensive programs and services that empower foster youth to overcome the unique challenges they face and achieve their full potential. With a focus on education, employment, and housing, we offer personalized support to help youth build the skills, confidence, and connections they need to succeed.


Why Work at First Place For Youth:


  • Meaningful Impact:?By joining First Place For Youth, you will have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of transition age foster youth. Your work will directly contribute to helping young people overcome obstacles, gain independence, and achieve their dreams. Every day, you will witness the transformative power of your efforts.

  • Innovative Approach:?First Place For Youth is committed to innovation and continuously improving our programs and services. We strive to stay at the forefront of research and best practices in supporting youth in foster care. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and expertise to shape our programs and make a lasting impact on the lives of youth.

  • Collaborative and Supportive Environment:?We foster a collaborative and supportive work environment where every team member is valued. You will be part of a dedicated and passionate team that shares a common goal of empowering youth. We believe in the power of collaboration and teamwork, and we provide ample opportunities for professional growth and development.

  • Comprehensive Benefits:?First Place For Youth values the well-being of our employees and offers a comprehensive benefits package. From health and wellness benefits to retirement plans, we ensure that our team members are taken care of so they can focus on their important work with foster youth.

  • Culture of Diversity and Inclusion:?We embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms. First Place For Youth is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered. We believe that diverse perspectives and experiences enrich our work and make us more effective in serving the youth we support.


The Education and Employment Specialist (EES) is an energetic and youth-centered individual who is passionate about supporting current and former foster youth in reaching their educational and employment goals. The EES manages a caseload of up to 30 youth in the My First Place housing program, providing targeted employment and education case management within a team setting. The EES supports youth in developing goals related to post-secondary education, career development and obtaining and maintaining a living wage. The EES must have knowledge in youth centered approaches to support the development of skills in securing and maintaining employment along with a solid understanding of traditional school, post-secondary, vocational and apprenticeship education systems. Additionally, the EES is responsible for forming and maintaining relationships with local employers, educational programs and community resources to support job-linkages. The EES must be able to influence, teach and motivate youth and understand coaching principals to guide a youth through the stages of change. The EES performs both one-on-one support and group-based work and leads education and employment events for the My First Place program. The EES works in partnership with the Youth Advocate position to coordinate targeted support to youth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Support youth to identify and work toward employment and educational goals that support independence.

  • Meet with individual youth regularly to develop career related goals and identify steps to achieve goals, including post-secondary education planning. Provide continuous coaching, identify barriers and develop joint-plans to achieve success with youth and Youth Advocate.
  • Lead workshops related to career education, job seeking skills and other pre- and post-employment related skills such as resume development, dressing for success, interviewing and job maintenance.
  • Document and track all meetings with youth by creating case notes within internal database and within required timelines.
  • Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy
  • Assess educational status and interests of youth participants on an ongoing basis through standard assessments and in 1:1 sessions with youth. Work with youth on their individualized educational goals focusing on self-sufficiency and identify short-term steps towards reaching these goals
  • Complete initial and annual assessments with youth participants within program timelines
  • Plan, organize and lead monthly events for youth.
  • Develop individualized plans with each unique youth, taking into account their individual cultural identity, background and experience.
  • Establish and maintain external collaborations with individuals and businesses to develop employment opportunities for youth
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department


  • Complete documentation including but not limited to Action Plans, assessments and progress notes within required timelines.
  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with Program Manager or the EE Supervisor.
  • Regularly monitor employment and education data and use data to identify trends and present findings to team
  • Participate in agency committees as assigned.
  • Provide on-going orientation and training to staff as assigned.

Qualification and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work, education or related field required
  • Two years of full-time social work or casework employment in the field of family or child welfare services.
  • One year of experience working with youth in career development and job placement capacities
  • Excellent knowledge of education and employment resources for youth in the Bay Area
  • General knowledge of the issues facing Transition Aged Foster Youth foster youth
  • Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently
  • Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance
  • Must be able to pass a Community Care Licensing background check
  • Pay will be determined based on Education and Experience


  • Full-time position

  • 15 days of vacation time in year one

  • 12 days of sick time

  • 2 flexible holidays

  • 14 paid holidays

  • Paid sabbatical

  • Paid maternity and paternity leave

  • Employee’s choice of Kaiser or UCH HMO/PPO

Up to 90% of premium covered by First Place

  • Delta Dental Premium PPO

  • VSP Vision

  • 401k Retirement Savings with Match?


If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of transition age foster youth and want to join a dynamic and impactful organization, we invite you to apply. Together, let's empower transition age?foster youth to achieve their dreams and build a brighter future. To learn more about First Place For Youth and view our current job openings, please visit our website at?


We are unable to sponsor work visas now or in the future.


First Place will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and applicable law. You do not need to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to you. Find out more about the Fair Chance Act by visiting the California Civil Rights Department Fair Chance Act webpage or reviewing this guidance?provide by the City of San Francisco. For additional information regarding your rights, please also review the Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA.

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