Job Postings

The Youth Connection

September 20, 2017

Position Description

Position Title:         Youth Specialist                                          Reports To: Program Director

Date Written/Revised:    7/1/17                                                           Type/Level: Exempt


Provide high-level program support by being responsible for helping individuals referred from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to perform closed case services which may include case management, housing assistance, and employment support. Works in coordination with TYCCA program staff and MDHHS to target participants with needs and provide counseling, referrals, and other supportive services so youth can thrive.


  • Ensures that services for participants are facilitated and coordinated with other federal and state programs for youth including, but not limited to, youth homeless/housing programs, programs for disabled youth, school-to-work programs, employment programs, sexual health, pregnancy prevention and abstinence programs and health care services.
  • Provides crisis intervention and assists families in understanding the implications and complexities of each youth’s situation and lifestyle.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field of social work.
  • Coordinates paperwork for each participant per the terms of the MDHHS contract (Updated Service Plan, Child Assessment of Needs and Strengths, Casey Life Skills Assessment, Individualized Action Plan, etc.)
  • Provides transportation (as necessary) for participants (either directly or indirectly) for all independent living-related activities.
  • Performs a variety of tasks while working under general supervision to improve the lives of TYCCA youth.


  • Ability to work flexible hours including late evenings, weekends and on-call.
  • Must utilize time management skills to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Must have reliable transportation and willing to travel within the cities TYC serves.
  • Must provide I-CHAT background, DHHS, and local police clearances. Federal clearances may also be required and State of Michigan Sex Offender Registry check.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.


  • Knowledge of administrative and technology procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other program procedures and terminology.
  • Intimate knowledge of social services and rules and regulations regarding the management of youth cases.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Have computer skills to prepare documents and presentations, maintain various databases and search for information on the internet.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Highly organized and ability to pay attention to details.


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in the human services area (social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, or criminal justice) required along with experience in a professional human services environment.


Demonstrated experience in an administrative/ program services support capacity in youth and human service organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, civic organizations, corporations and/ or business. Experience should demonstrate use of most of the skills required for this position and in carrying out the kinds of tasks and duties assigned to this position. Experience working with youth in foster care, independent living and ages 18-21 is highly desired.

Licenses or Certificates:

Valid unrestricted Michigan Driver’s License and provide proof of registration and auto insurance.

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Suite 1340

Detroit MI 48234-3241

(313)826-7099   -   (313)826-7098 (Fax)

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