Reports To: County Manager/Social Worker Supervisor

Location: Oakland, CA

Job Summary:

The Education and Employment Specialist provides targeted employment and education support to foster care youth in our supported housing program. The Employment and Education Specialist will be adept at understanding what it takes to support youth skills and resources to secure employment and retain employment along with a solid understanding of the traditional school, post secondary, and alternative education systems. The Specialist will need to be able to influence, teach, and motivate youth. The Specialist performs both one on one support and group based work. This position maintains a caseload of 30 youth. The Specialist works closely with the Youth Advocate position to coordinate targeted support to youth


Support youth to identify and work toward employment and educational goals that support their long term permanency.

  • Conduct workshops related to career education, job seeking skills and other pre-employment related classes, resumes, development and interviewing skills.
  • Meet with clients regularly to provide goal-directed employment support, casework and continuous motivation as well as document and track sessions creating case notes.
  • Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy
  • Assess educational status and interests of youth participants on an ongoing basis the Education and Employment Specialist will work with youth on their individualized educational goals focusing on self-sufficiency and identify short-term steps towards reaching these goals
  • Support youth with exploring careers of interest, identifying vocational programs and enrolling and pursuing stackable vocational certifications
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department
  • Complete initial and annual assessments with youth participants
  • Establish and maintain external collaborations with individuals and businesses to develop employment opportunities for young adults


  • Completes documentation including but not limited to Care and Services plans, needs assessments, and progress notes.
  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with Program Manager
  • Participates in agency committee as assigned.
  • Provides on-going orientation and training to staff as assigned.
  • Attend required team meetings and trainings
  • Perform related work as required.


  • 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 transitioning 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
  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Ability to work with high level of detail, work has high level of professional polish down to smallest details, documents and products are well thought out and clear, database is organized and up to date.
  • DRIVEN BY ACCOMPLISHMENT – Clarity on project goals and the personal drive to wake up every morning ready to accomplish goals, finished projects are thorough and delivered on time. High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work
  • COMPUTER SKILLS — Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Project and Outlook. Experience with database systems is a plus.
  • STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose engaging messages, and present data in a clear and inspiring manner.
  • HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM – A high level of professionalism in work and interpersonal interactions with both internal and external contacts, presents to others as organized, informed, and friendly.
  • DECISIVE NATURE – Well-honed ability to independently anticipate and analyze situations, define problems and objectives, recognize viable alternatives, and formulate rapid solutions, with understanding of the inherent risks and the implications of making tough decisions.

Core Competencies

Required of all staff for successful performance at First Place


  • Intentional use of data to improve performance
  • Possesses strong drive, initiative and motivation
  • Detail and Results orientation
  • Demonstrates good work habits
  • Resiliency in persisting through setbacks
  • Demonstrated success, with the ability to think strategically while executing tactically within a resource-constrained environment.


  • Seeks and utilizes resources to inform and contextualize own work
  • Thinks interdependently, framing the goals of one department/project within the entire vision
  • Synthesizes information to make astute recommendations and/or decisions
  • Prioritizes goals for success.


  • Creates an environment that maximizes the return on investment in others
  • Collaborates to set and achieve goals that comport with First Place’s mission, strategic plan and desired measurable outcomes
  • Creates and utilizes development opportunities to address individual needs and capacity to accomplish performance objectives
  • Creates and identifies opportunities for recognition of success
  • Provides supportive environment to learn from mistakes.


  • Courageous, strategic, clear and direct communication that resolves discrepancies and overcomes challenges and obstacles to organizational success
  • Ability to respectfully ask questions, challenge, and communicate both positive and difficult messages to subordinates, superiors, peers and youth
  • Sound judgment regarding the appropriateness of guarding confidentiality to protect the privacy rights of colleagues or youth
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


  • Asks questions in order to learn and encourage dialogue
  • Willing to make mistakes and to be accountable for own work
  • Speaks about issues truthfully and without blame
  • Leads by example, displaying behavior that respects the mission, youth and First Place
  • Holds high expectations for self, one another and for our youth.

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume in ONE document to: