Youth Specialist

Hayward, California, United States | RA | Full-time


Youth Specialist - Transitional Housing Program

The Youth Specialist provides case management services to transition-age foster youth participating in the Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) and Transitional Housing Program Plus Foster Care (THP+ FC).  The THPP and THP+FC provide structured, supportive independent living for qualified youth some of whom have a child or are pregnant, and/or are have higher needs.  The goal of the programs is to provide a safe environment so that youth may practice the skills necessary to be self-sufficient. Youth live independently in apartments with a roommate and regular assistance provided by a support team. The Youth Specialist will carry a shared caseload of 10-13 youth with the Clinical Case Manager.

Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination is mandated for all Side by Side staff, except in the cases of approved medical or religious accommodations.


  • Meet with youth weekly to partner with them in identifying and working on short and long-term independent living skills, employment, and educational goals.
  • Partner with youth in improving independent living skills (cooking, budgeting, shopping, cleaning, hygiene, laundry, maintenance, etc.), managing time, and balancing responsibilities
  • Use a strengths-based approach to partner with youth in creating a Transition to Independent Living Plan and developing and monitoring the progress of monthly goals.
  • Responsible for documentation of meetings in Electronic Health Records.
  • May be responsible for writing clinical Progress Notes in accordance with Medi-Cal guidelines and within expected agency timeframes.
  • Partner with youth in identifying community resources.
  • Partner with youth in identifying obstacles to living independently, obtaining employment, obtaining post-secondary education, and developing supportive social and recreational activities. Partner with youth to develop strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • Partner with youth to develop and monitor working goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
  • Partner with parenting and pregnant youth in accessing resources to help them to become a successful parent, including but not limited to parenting classes, child development classes, etc.
  • Ensure culturally sensitive and relevant treatment
  • Complete monthly budget and collect rent and utility payments.
  • Serve as a community liaison with court-appointed advocates, medical providers, and legal representatives.
  • Plan and facilitate one monthly group
  • Provide support and monitor youth during times of crisis.
  • Support youth in moving in and moving out of program, including but not limited to packing up youth’s belongings and physically moving from one location to another
  • Complete monthly reports for tracking and statistical purposes.
  • Complete Transition to Independent Living Assessments semiannually.
  • Regular on-call responsibilities.
  • Transport youth in vehicles on a daily basis
  • Support Housing Services Manager in coordination, identification, and acquisition of housing stock to meet programmatic needs.
  • Serve as the program liaison with landlords and/or property management staff.
  • Receive and respond to property management concerns of program participant tenants. Work with program staff to resolve conflicts between program participants/tenants and landlords.
  • Understand and ensure compliance with California landlord/tenant law and/or the Transitional Housing Misconduct Act.
  • Conduct regular checks of all BAYC’s transitional housing apartment units and report any concerns to program staff.


  • BA in Social Science field
  • Experience working with transition-age youth, preferably current and/or former foster youth
  • Fulfillment of TB clearance, fingerprinting and state clearance, and any other mandatory state/federal requirements.
  • A valid California driver's license, dependable personal automobile for use on the job, insurable by SHS’ insurance policy based on DMV record and personal vehicle insurance.
  • Knowledge of the foster care system, youth development/youth-adult partnership framework,  the cycle of Domestic Violence, Parenting skills and bonding techniques, youth-friendly community resources and public welfare system
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel
  • Commitment to self-reflection and personal awareness as a means of being able to remain emotionally available and connected with youth, and function as an engaged team-member
  • Passion for working with a diverse group of Transition Age Youth (TAY) including youth of color, LGBTQ youth, and youth with disabilities. 


  • Competitive base salary with regular increases $58-60k
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance premium for employee (Kaiser)
  • Up to 27 PTO accruable plus 9 holidays every year                 
  • 403(b) 
  • Commuter pretax benefits
  • Supervised hours for clinicians, and no cost CEUs

About Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services/BAYC

Join us at Side by Side, to walk with young people impacted by adversity on their individual journeys to heal from trauma, restore resilience, and embrace their own potential. From therapeutic housing to substance abuse treatment, we provide comprehensive services that honor the young person’s unique needs and strengths to prevent the escalation of dangerous conditions and behaviors and set them on a positive path.

Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, Vietnam era or other veteran status.