POSITION TITLE:      Youth Force Program Counselor


REPORTS TO: Assistant Manager of Youth Employee Services   

 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.

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: 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 responsibility is to model ideals of professionalism while providing positive reinforcement as well as constructive criticism to the program trainees. Counselor transports multiple youth to work sites using LSYS vehicles daily and supervises youth in the completion of projects. 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. Will work closely with the Assistant Manager of Youth Employee Services in a collaborative effort to help 18-24 yr olds prepare for the pursuit of employment. 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. Other responsibilities include identifying higher needs youth who are new to services, work closely with them to provide a supportive employment environment and assist with appropriate program linkage and referrals. The counselor will also collaborate with community partners to organize appropriate work projects for the program and coordinate cultural and educational excursions that will provide broad exposure for Larkin Street youth.       

 SUPERVISES:                     None

 EXEMPT STATUS:               Non-Exempt

 UNION STATUS:                         Union


  • Oversee short and long term manual labor projects, and provide appropriate feedback to youth trainees.
  • Co-facilitate professional 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 LSYS 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 SF 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 LSYS vehicles.
  •  Assist Youth Force manager and supervisor in assessing youth for ability to participate in employment and education programming.
  • Collaborate with mental health team to coordinate care of higher needs youth.


  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
  • Good 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 and manage priority action items
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • 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 Degree in social work or related field


  • Ability to solely manage a group of up to 7 youth in the completion of various work projects.
  • Experience, or comfort with database management (MS Office).
  • 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.
  • California Driver’s license with clean driving record (required)


  • Starting at $17.69
  • 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.

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