POSITION TITLE:  Youth Force Program Counselor            

REPORTS TO:     Assistant Manager of Youth Employee Services


The primary role of the Youth Force Program Counselor is to assist in creating a positive hands-on work environment for transitional-aged youth within the mission and goals of Larkin Street Youth Services. The Youth Force Program Counselor’s chief responsibility is to model ideals of professionalism while providing positive reinforcement as well as constructive criticism to the program trainees.

As the Youth Force Program Counselor, the ability to work with a diverse group of young people across a variety of work settings is of key importance. S/he will work closely with the Assistant Manager of Youth Employee Services as well as the other Youth Force Program Counselor in a collaborative effort to help 16-24-year-olds prepare for the pursuit of employment and education. While this position works closely with all program participants, the primary emphasis is to support our higher needs youth as they enter into our employment services.

This position will require close coordination with our agency internal mental health team and external partners to establish coordinated care for youth requiring these services, as well as provide workforce development and rehabilitation training for our higher needs youth. There will also be a responsibility to identify higher needs youth who are new to services, work closely with them to provide a supportive employment environment and assist with appropriate program linkage.

SUPERVISES:                            None

EXEMPT STATUS:                    Non-Exempt

UNION STATUS:                       Union



  • Work side by side with Youth Employees to lead them in completing short and long term manual labor projects.
  • Provide appropriate feedback to Youth Employees and evaluate their performance.
  • Co-facilitate professional, educational, and personal development workshops that are pertinent to success in the workplace.
  • Assist in generating and maintaining client records including: initial assessments, client progress notes, and program database.
  • Attend meetings at various Larkin Street program sites to facilitate coordinated care.
  • Conduct community outreach to maintain positive relationships with existing local partners as well as to solicit business from new contacts in the San Francisco community.
  • Collaborate with community partners to organize appropriate work projects and coordinate cultural and educational excursions that will provide broad exposure for Larkin Street youth.
  • Transport multiple youth to work sites in the bay area using Larkin Street vehicles.
  • Assist Youth Employee Services manager and supervisor in assessing youth for ability to participate in employment and education programming.
  • Any other duties or responsibilities as directed by your supervisor.


  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description.
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth in which we serve.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Maintaining the strictest of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.


  • Ability to solely manage a group of up to 7 youth in the completion of various work projects.
  • Lift, push, pull 75lbs as will regularly be required by the position.
  • Able to work with commercial power washer preferred.
  • Familiarity with graffiti abatement methods, chemical safety procedures, certification and/or experience in universal safety precautions and personal protection equipment preferred.
  • California Driver’s license with clean driving record (required)
    • Ability to operate a motor vehicle while towing a trailer.


  • BA/BS in Management, Human Resources, Community and Economic Development, Education, Organizational Behavior, or related field preferred


  • Passion for our agency’s mission as well as maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude at all times.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance.
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality.
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision.
  • Excellent judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with youth, especially at-risk, homeless or runaway youth.
  • Knowledge of Harm Reduction model, including appropriate applications in an employment setting.
  • Experience, or comfort with database management (SharePoint, MicroSoft Office Suite, Efforts to Outcomes, SalesForce).
  • Conflict Mediation certification preferred.
  • Restorative Practices knowledge preferred.


  • Starting at DOE
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five)
  • Sick time
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate Service
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment
  • 403(b) retirement plan

This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement.


Submit a cover letter and resume to employment@larkinstreetyouth.org  then in the Subject Box please indicate the position that you are applying for.

Larkin Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. Larkin Street Youth Service seeks qualified candidates with interest in the non-profit sector. We are committed to embracing diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified.

Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer