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National Youth Advocate Program

Job description

Who We Are:

National Youth Advocate Program has been serving communities and clients since 1978 and we continue to grow each year. Our growth allows us to expand and develop new and innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve.  We offer unique and personalized services for families and individuals in four areas: Prevention/Intervention, Positive Youth Development, Out-of-Home-Placement and Reunification/Permanency.

We know you are compassionate and dedicated to serving your clients and communities and NYAP is dedicated to providing support to those who join our team! We look for individuals that are ready to make a direct impact and are excited to be an instrument in supporting the needs of our children, youth and families.

Working At NYAP

  • NYAP’s commitment to doing what is best for children, youth and their families is a core value and one that we look for in our newest team members.
  • 22 Days Off Each Year! Plus 10 Paid Holidays Per Year!
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Competitive salaries and benefits including a 401(k), Summer Hours Off (reduced work schedule), Tuition Assistance, and Work Anniversary Trips!

If this describes YOU, please apply and our talent acquisition team will review your experience and credentials.

COVID-19 Considerations:

We are safely and successfully working out in the community and in group home settings.

Position Summary 

The Clinician for NYAP’s La Jornada (The Journey) Program focusing on Long-Term Foster Care (LTFC) works to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the minors who have fled their country of origin and arrived in the U.S. without a parent or legal guardian. The Clinician works closely with minors, foster families, sponsor families, and community partners, providing counseling or therapy, advocacy, and support toward the ultimate goal of living safely and successfully in the community. 


The Clinician will perform duties including, but not limited to: 

  • Performing all work in a manner consistent with the National Youth Advocate Program’s mission, values, and philosophies. 

  • Responsible for following the assigned intake, placement, and discharge procedures including conducting/coordinating/reviewing/updating assigned assessments, service plans, screenings, forms, and packets and collecting and uploading assigned documents into NYAP’s electronic health record (EHR) system and the government’s database (UCP) within the mandatory timeframe. 

  • Writing required and additional progress notes for assigned responsibilities, and uploading progress notes and accompanying documents to NYAP’s electronic health record (EHR) system and the government’s database (UCP) within the mandatory timeframe. 

  • Performing and periodically reviewing minors’ risk assessments, behavior management assessments, safety/crisis plans, individual service plans, logs and other assessments and plans for the youth and uploading documents and progress notes to the EHR and UCP within required timeframe. 

  • Reviewing all documents, assessments, and plans with foster parents and sponsor families and ensure all documents, assessments, plans, and related progress notes are uploaded to the EHR and UCP within required timeframe.  

  • Regularly reviewing and modifying plans in collaboration with case management team to assure consistent progress and success on written plan goals. 

  • Providing appropriate individual, group, and family mental health services, transportation, and other professional services, meeting or exceeding established outcomes thresholds on behalf of persons served. 

  • Traveling to foster family and sponsor homes and other community based organizations to provide in-home services to, and on behalf of, minors and families in compliance with organizational, contract, and regulatory requirements. 

  • Coordinating and monitoring services for the minors and family in the community, including but not limited to, medical, educational, psychological, and social services. 

  • Screening for human trafficking concerns, and providing crisis intervention services.   

  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with assigned foster parents. 

  • Assisting in placement efforts with the minors’ sponsor or other permanent living arrangement consistent with the minors’ case plans. 

  • Providing safety assessment, crisis response, and behavioral stabilization services as required to assure safety and stability for minors served. 

  • Participating in the Continuous Quality Improvement activities on a monthly/quarterly basis. 

  • Actively participating in the weekly supervision process. 

  • Performing duties on-call as outlined in on-call description when called upon to respond to after hour emergency situations. 

  • Consistently achieving established productivity thresholds. 

  • Performing other duties as requested. 


  • Master’s degree in social work, or comparable behavioral science field, from an accredited institution. 

  • Five (5) years of direct clinical work experience. Direct service with youth and families strongly preferred. 

  • Bilingual English/Spanish fluency required. 

  • A valid professional license as required and acceptable by state or contract regulations. 

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, automotive insurance, and a good driving record. 

  • Must be able to organize, navigate, and physically escort youth to various travel destinations possibly including airlines, trains, and buses. Travel includes out-of-state trips up to 25%-30% to unify youth with families. 

  • A willingness to work flexible and non-traditional hours in the service of foster caregivers, families of origin, and persons served. 

  • Capacity to be flexible and responsive to youth served, foster caregivers, system partners, and internal customers. 

  • Capacity to remain objective and professional in all areas of job function. 

  • Demonstrates tolerance and respect for the ideas and actions of others. 

  • Demonstrate exceptional customer service focused on caring for people, connecting communities, and promoting peace. 

  • Proficient use of desktop and laptop computers, internet search, people management programs, smart phones and tablets, printers, fax machines and photocopiers as well as software including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs. 

The qualified candidate will follow a team concept and support agency goals, colleagues and ORR liaisons. Candidate must be able to effectively work with and be respectful and sensitive to persons from various cultures, socioeconomic, ethnic, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, disability, religious, and racial backgrounds.

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