CSEC Response Team Advocate

San Diego Youth Services
November 16, 2021
San Diego, California
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SDYS Job Announcement:

CSEC Response Team Advocate

STARS Program

San Diego Youth Services provides vital services to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.

Join us in building futures.

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage
  • Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Employee wellness program
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment

Status: Full-time; $36,960/year

Responsibilities:  Accountable to the Program Manager to provide comprehensive trauma-informed advocacy services through the STARS’ (Striving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success) Emergency Response Team., including, but not limited to, working in collaboration with Child Welfare Services and other community agencies in addition to providing services to youth who are 12–21 years old who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking. Advocate is responsible for screening intakes, providing intake assessments, creating a service plan in partnership with the youth, being an advocate, providing crisis intervention, conducting outreach activities, accompanying youth to various meetings, including court and legal proceeding, facilitating appropriate referrals, linking to therapy, and assisting in the day-to-day service provision of the program.


  • The development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated treatment approach for youth with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders and quality trauma informed youth programs that adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.
  • Acquire knowledge of the role and responsibility of the SDYS Board of Directors and stay current.
  • Assist in updating agency policies and procedures. Carry agency big picture and stay current on agency activities.
  • Participate in collaboration, program and agency staff meetings, planning functions and trainings.
  • Attend required meetings but not limited to supervision, staff meetings and trainings.
  • Maintain service documentation, data collection and contract compliance of records as required in a timely manner.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records for each service-partner including intake work, progress notes, statistics, treatment plans, termination summaries and discharge plans. And participate in file reviews.
  • Meet assigned scope of service for program per funding requirements.
  • Maintain agency productivity standards of at least 50% direct services of total 40-hour work week.
  • Develop and maintain linkages with community referral sources.
  • Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.
  • Conduct emergency and/or immediate outreach in collaboration with Child Welfare to prospective service partners in a variety of community settings (Polinsky, Group Homes, Juvenile Hall, In-home, Community Partners, etc.); screen prospective service partners for eligibility to enter program. Triage with CRT Coordinator for needed services.
  • Ability to be on-call when scheduled and be available Monday –Sunday 24/7 while on-call. Typical on-call rotation is 1 week on and 3 weeks off but is subject to change.
  • Provide intensive 24hr follow-up on all referrals.
  • Engage youth in services for up to 90 days or longer, depending on client need and linkage to long-term resources, of intensive short-term case management.
  • Assist in maintaining and development of group curriculum and facilitate groups when requested.
  • Provide support services that include accompanying youth to meetings/appointments/court; case management services around stabilization (i.e., housing, employment, education, health, etc.); outreach activities, crisis intervention, and referrals as applicable.  Provide transportation when needed.
  • Ensure coordination of care by communicating with Probation Officer, CWS Social Workers, Health Care Providers, Therapist, Natural Support Systems, Parents/Families, etc. to gain knowledge of service-partners and how to best ensure their success.
  • Provide outreach and trainings to increase community awareness and program referrals to STARS and ICARE.
  • Develop and cultivate a culture of advocacy and empowerment for service partners who have been victims of CSEC.
  • Work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors, and positively contribute to the culture of the environment.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service-partners health protected information, as well as other application information and material in accordance with agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.
  • Participate in implementing agency's resource development plan as appropriate.
  • Maintain warm, welcoming office grounds and facilities.
  • Assist in the development of training material.
  • Coordinate and provide trainings for CWS, CSEC Steering Committee members, Resource Families, caregivers, and other community stakeholders on CSEC.
  • Attend monthly meetings with the CWS policy analyst and/or management team to ensure trainings and services are tailored to the specific needs of CWS and may include consultation on the phone or in person regarding CSEC issues, as requested by CWS management.
  • Attend regional CSEC Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings and Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings, when requested.
  • Provides presentations on program services, the referral process for STARS and ICARE, and CSEC/HT to outside agencies.
  • Develop and maintain collaboration with other outreach groups.
  • Respond to service-partners during a crisis or urgent matter, including those that occur outside of normal business operating hours, by implementing and following the on-call procedures whenever the rotation of on-call falls into the scope of responsibilities for the assigned period.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: Must have ability to bend at the waist, kneel or crouch to assist youth. Must have ability to hear and speak to exchange information and make presentations. Must have ability to lift and carry 20 pounds--lifting books, materials and equipment to execute groups and presentations. Seeing to read, prepare and review a variety of activities and to monitor youth activities. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Walking extended lengths to move around community. Potential exposure to physical injury from aggressive behavior.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in social work or related field and preferred 2 years’ experience, preferably working with high-risk adolescents who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking. Preferred to have lived experience through being a Survivor of victimization such as human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse or experience as a former foster youth. Must be 3 years+ post lived experience prior to employment. Experience in crisis intervention, group facilitation, documentation, and case management preferred. Must possess excellent oral and written skills; work well autonomously and with multi-disciplinary team. Able to work in a diverse setting with people of all backgrounds, culture, and sexual orientation.  Familiarity with probation and social service systems.  Willingness to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care. Must be computer literate in Microsoft Outlooks, Word and Excel. Valid CA driver’s license, good driving record and willingness to use own properly insured vehicle on the job (mileage reimbursed).  Maintain certification in CPR and First Aid.  Employment is subject to required clearances which include tuberculosis test, fingerprinting, background checks, and drug testing. Available to work on-call hours Monday thru Sunday 24/7. Must be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the submission of proof of vaccination as mandated by the California Public Health Order.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SDYS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended,
all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Job Opened: 11/16/2021

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to https://sdyouthservices.applytojob.com/apply/KbYrRPgUSa/CSEC-Response-Team-Advocate?source=NPWorks

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