ABOUT US: Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 3,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.

Larkin Street was founded in 1984 by a group of local business owners, church members, and neighbors who were concerned by the rising number of young people engaging in risky behaviors on the streets of San Francisco. With comprehensive youth service programs located throughout San Francisco, Larkin Street Youth Services is now an internationally recognized model successfully integrating housing, education, employment and health services to get homeless and at-risk youth off the streets.

We raise the bar by redefining success from securing independent housing to achieving a permanent pathway out of poverty. We have established bold goals for the youth in our services:

• Living-wage employment
• Two years of post-secondary education
• Safe and stable housing
• Physical and emotional well-being

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Provide guidance, information and services – within the agency’ mission and goals – to homeless and runaway youth and young adults in a shelter and/or transitional or supportive housing program(s)




• Set and contribute to a safe, dignified, orderly atmosphere by enforcing program rules, policies, and procedures.
• Conduct regular rounds of facility (including bed checks and locker checks,) and interact with clients to share information, provide supplies, and facilitate interventions.
• Ensure safety of clients by controlling access to facilities and helping to ensure adequate health and safety standards are maintained throughout the facility.
• Perform minor janitorial and maintenance duties while reporting major facility issues.
• Respond to emergencies appropriately, including contacting appropriate staff, and interacting and cooperating with police, fire, and medical personnel as needed.

• Model appropriate personal interaction and life skills at all times
• Ensure that client chores are done
• Must be available for evening, overnight and weekend shifts.
• Responsible for supporting program services within the milieu. For example, crisis intervention or helping to maintain the safety of the program.
• Responsible for contributing towards the care and welfare of staff and to the clients we serve.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).
• Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items.
• Ability to notice symptoms of use and abuse, recover and treatment philosophies.
• Working knowledge of issues facing homeless youth who are actively using substances.
• Must be a self-starter with excellent follow-through skills.
• Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
• Ability to reach, bend and walk.
• Finger manipulation.
• Ability to comprehend complex materials.
• Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.

• BA Degree preferred or three years of social service experience required – or equivalent experience in a residential program.

• One year previous experience working with homeless and runaway youth in the arena of substance use, newly housed or mental health required.
• Ability to work with and relate to diverse high-risk youth living on the streets.
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment of diverse staff, clients and volunteers.
• Weekends and overnight shifts may be required.
• Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.

*Candidates for this position must complete and to pass DOJ livescan fingerprinting in order to work in a licensed facility*
*Where Federal or State law imposes a criminal record history requirement that conflicts with a requirement of the Fair Chance Ordinance, the Federal or State law will apply – per Fair Chance Ordinance Police Code, Article 49*

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

• Starting at $17.69
• Employee Assistance Program
• Health Advocate Service
• 403(b) retirement plan