PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:   The Residential Counselor will be reporting to the Program Manager.  The primary responsibilities is to counsel individuals and provide group educational and guidance services.                         



  • The collection, organization, and analysis of information about individuals through records, tests, interviews, and professional sources.
  • Compilation and studies occupational, educational, and economic information to aid clients in making and carrying out objectives.
  • Assists individuals to understand and overcome social and emotional problems.
  • Engage in research and follow-up activities to evaluate counseling techniques.
  • In conjunction with internal resources, the Counselor may teach domestic and practical skills or hold group meetings.
  • May work in conjunction with the other members of staff to ensure the continuum of services for the clients.
  • Oversight and maintenance of community spaces.
  • Safety awareness of situations and spaces
  • Effective management of resources including foodstuffs (communal dinners), laundry and perimeter of facility.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work preferred or equivalent experience in a residential program.


  • 2-3 years of experience working with high-risk youth in a shelter and/or transitional or supportive housing program(s) preferred.
  • Ability to notice symptoms of use and abuse, recovery 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.
  •  Must also have ability to work with high-risk youth and with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers.
  • Must have a clean driving record.
  • Opportunities for Bi-Lingual in Spanish are available.



  • 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.


Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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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