Employment Type
Beginning of employment
January 2024
Job Location
Richmond, CA
Base Salary
$90,158-$109,710 Per year
Date posted
December 11, 2023
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Position title
Youth Services Specialist - K-12 Substance Use Prevention and Support
About Us

The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) mobilizes resources for our students and aligns the efforts of our partners to ensure that all students succeed in college, career, and life. Therefore, our work is to connect public schools with tools, funds, and people power. Learn more about our work at www.edfundwest.org.

The Ed Fund seeks to hire (2) Youth Services Specialists to support the district's Full Service Community School and Positive School Climate Initiatives. These positions will be employed through the Ed Fund but will report directly to the Director of School Climate for WCCUSD.

Position Overview

The Youth Services Specialist will play a crucial role in supporting school sites in addressing issues related to substance use among students. This position involves working directly with students, providing counseling, case management, and implementing preventative systems to promote a healthy and substance-free school environment.

Key Responsibilities

Individual and Group Support:

  • Provide individual counseling to students struggling with substance use.
  • Conduct group sessions to address common challenges and foster a supportive community.

Preventative Systems Development:

  • Collaborate with school staff to develop and implement preventative systems to curb substance use.
  • Facilitate small working groups to explore alternative means of correction for students using substances.

Community Engagement:

  • Establish and maintain connections with community-based organizations to enhance support services.
  • Collaborate with external resources to provide a comprehensive approach to substance use prevention.
  • Collaborate with other substance use programs to ensure alignment

Counseling and Case Management:

  • Create and implement treatment plans for students addressing substance use concerns.
  • Work other school-based mental health professionals on co-occurring disorders for a holistic approach to student well-being.

Skills Development:

  • Assist students in developing social, communication, and emotional regulation skills to navigate risky situations.
  • Teach coping mechanisms to support students in managing stress and challenges.

Collaboration with School Personnel:

  • Consult and collaborate with school personnel to integrate substance use prevention within a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework.
  • Coordinate services within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to provide a comprehensive network of assistance.

Education and Training:

  • Deliver educational programs and training sessions to students, staff, and families on substance use and abuse.
  • Raise awareness and promote a culture of well-being within the school community.

Referral and Support:

  • Refer students to relevant support groups and external agency resources as needed.
  • Collaborate with external agencies to ensure a continuum of care for students requiring additional support.

Other duties, as assigned, depending on the data and need

Desired Competencies and Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or a related field.
    • Relevant experience in substance use prevention, mentorship and counseling may be substituted for Masters Degree
  • Strong knowledge of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work empathetically with diverse student populations.
  • Ability to build partnerships with community partnerships
  • Data analysis skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $90,158 - $109,710 plus a generous benefits package including:

  • 100% medical and dental for individual AND family
  • 5% employer contribution to 401K
  • 15 accrued vacation days (20 after 3 years), plus 4 personal days/year.
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation during winter break
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Parental leave

To apply for this position or additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to LaShante Smith, Director of School Climate, at lsmith2@wccusd.net and Robert Bunce, Executive Director, at robert@edfundwest.org

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