REPORTS TO:            Program Manager

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.

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


  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate Service
  • 403(b) retirement plan



Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to- [email protected] including the title “Relief Counselor” –  in the subject line of the email.

Larkin Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. Larkin Street Youth Service seeks qualified candidates with interest in the non-profit sector or social work. 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.