Youth Services Advocate
Established in 1984, Equitas Health is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 17 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, retail pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.
BRAVO – Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization founded in 1996 became a division of Equitas Health in January of 2019. BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking through prevention, education, advocacy, case management, violence documentation, and survivor services.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) is the largest and longest standing organization serving LGBTQIA+ youth in the state of Ohio. KYC works in partnership with young people to provide safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth, ages 12-24, in our drop-in center, schools, and in the community.
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The Youth Services Advocate is responsible for providing direct case management and advocacy to survivors of hate/bias violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the LGBTQI community, with a focus on 12 to 24-year-old youth, through phone and in-person advocacy and support, case linkage to services. Individual assesses client’s needs for safety, develops care plan, and performs ongoing services.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, traveling, driving, having reliable transportation to transport clients and meet clients. Utilizing a computer for typing, attending meetings, conducting assessments, providing direct case management services for youth experiencing violence and youth accessing housing services through Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Assess needs, provides direct case management services, conducts safety planning, makes linkages to other services, and directs to appropriate individual;
- Provides linkage to services to local and statewide resources;
- Support Survivors of violence through their experience
- Work with people receiving BRAVO services in environment traveling, as needed, to provide direct services;
- Conduct liaison work with educational systems, housing programs, criminal justice system, medical systems, and social services, as needed, to advocate for the persons needs and maintain continuity of care;
- Provide crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and referrals as needed;
- Maintain documentation for program and fiscal reports as required by supervisor;
- Engage in community outreach, education, and develop relationships with programs statewide
- Maintain social work supervision with the onsite supervisor.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor Degree preferred in social work or related field or equivalent professional experience.
- Licensed Social Worker or equivalent licensure preferred
- Must have a strong intersectional social justice lens and be committed to restorative,
anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices
- Must be culturally humble, and demonstrate competence working in culturally specific environments, HIV/AIDS, minority health, sexual practices, and a demonstrated competence in working with persons of color, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex communities
- Community-based Case Management and housing services experience desired
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and other computer applications required
- Reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required
- Knowledge and adherence to social work standards and ethics
- Maintain work in multiple locations in central Ohio, with occasional statewide travel.
- Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing
- Work effectively with clients who may be upset, distraught, irate, emotionally or mentally or otherwise unable to function with a reasonable range of constructive behaviors;
- Work independently, under pressure, and to set and achieve goals
- Effectively plan programming independently and in collaboration with other staff and outside organizations
Background and reference checks will be conducted. Hours may vary, including working some evenings and weekends based on workload. Individuals are not considered applicants until they have been asked to visit for an interview and at that time complete an application for employment. Completing the application does not guarantee employment. In accordance with Equitas Health’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, pre-employment drug testing will be administered. EOE/AA
It is the policy of Equitas Health that no employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, gender-identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, HIV status, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, union activity, military, veteran, and economic status, or any other characteristic protected in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all phases of its personnel activity including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, separation, recall, compensation, benefits, education, recreation, and all other conditions or privileges of employment.
Equitas Health values diversity and welcomes applicants from a broad array of backgrounds.