WHO WE ARE:  Center for Human Service is one of the largest, local non-profits serving Stanislaus County youth and families.  Our mission is simple…to change lives and build futures through programs that strengthen and support youth and families.  CHS is a place that brings together smart, talented people from diverse backgrounds.  We’ve cultivated a truly unique workplace environment that is anchored by our values…integrity, responsiveness, respect, partnerships, innovation and results.

Position Summary:  Provides initial screening, ongoing assessment and service navigation for youth 13-24 years of age, experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  Youth are identified through outreach, phone calls, walk-ins, and referrals from outside agencies. Requires travel to meet with youth within  Stanislaus County.  Responsible for diversion, crisis response and intervention, shelter referrals, interim housing placement and linking youth with appropriate services. Requires some evenings, weekends and occasional overnight.

Position: Service Assessor / Navigator
Hours: Full-Time / Non-Exempt / Evenings, weekends and occasional overnight
Department/ Program: Transitional Living & Supportive Services
Reports to: Program Manager
Salary/ Hourly Wage:  $17.08-$18.11 DOE
Final filing date: Monday – August 26, 2019

To apply please click on the link below:


  1. BA with one or more years experience in a like field preferred. Progressively responsible experience in a related field will be considered.
  2. Experience working with youth ages 13-24 in a supportive/coaching capacity.
  3. Experience working with youth who are homeless and/or have expressed mental health or substance use concerns preferred.
  4. Experience and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of organizations and with people of all ages, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  5. Knowledge of Positive Youth Development and trauma informed care.
  6. Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
  7. Must be computer literate (Word, Excel, databases, etc.).
  8. Pass agency paid criminal justice screening including fingerprints.
  9. Pass agency paid health screening and/or drug testing, if required.
  10. Valid California driver’s license and current proof of auto insurance coverage.
  11. Pass agency paid MVR clearance with no more than 2 points- if you are under the age of 25 our insurance company will not allow any points.


  1. Conduct initial screening and assessment with youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness found through outreach, walk-ins, phone calls and referrals, with the objective of determining housing barriers, needs and appropriate interventions.
  2. Establish goals in partnership with youth, concentrating on strengths and coach youth in reaching those goals.
  3. Divert youth from homelessness. This could include negotiations/mediation to remain in current living situation, linking/scheduling with appropriate resources and services including emergency shelter, temporary housing, permanent housing or Rapid Re-Housing assistance.
  4. Stay connected with individuals to ensure all appointments and linkages are completed.
  5. Practice assertive, progressive engagement with individuals and families through persistent and creative engagement to motivate, encourage participation, and promote follow-through.
  6. Maintain client intake documentation and forms.
  7. Assist in scheduling, preparation and facilitating Coordinated Entry meetings.
  8. Document service encounters as required, input data in an accurate and timely manner in Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), excel spreadsheet, and/or case management files/database as program requires.
  9. Work with other service providers within the Continuum of Care to ensure that referrals and by-name lists are up to date and that clients are receiving quality care.
  10. Prepare reports as required
  11. Participate in program development and create/maintain partnerships with other homeless service providers.
  12. Work in the spirit of cooperation.
  13. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Represent the agency in a professional and competent manner.
  2. Advocate for the best interests of the agency and clients we serve.
  3. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, clients, supervisors and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ancestry, political affiliation, citizenship, disability, medical conditions, marital status, amnesty and military or veteran status.
  4. Will promote and support a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce and be responsive to the population within our service area.
  5. Maintain confidentiality and confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or agency regulations.
  6. Participate in assigned scheduled agency meetings, in-service trainings, conferences and other trainings as determined by the supervisor. This includes serving as an agency representative at assigned community meetings.
  7. Observance of assigned working hours and program appointments by demonstrating promptness and thorough preparation.
  8. Performance of assigned duties with a positive attitude and in the spirit of teamwork, collaboration and cooperation.
  9. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  10. Perform job duties in a safe manner to ensure a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  11. Participates in and/or supports agency fund development activities and events.
  12. Preparation of assigned reports, work records, statistical data, job performance evaluations, work plans, etc. in a timely manner.

Selection process:

  1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications.
  2. Ranking of qualified applicants.
  3. Top 3-5 candidates scheduled for oral interview.

Medical/ Fingerprint Requirements:

This position may require a medical screening and fingerprinting.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Center for Human Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruiting, hiring, training, promotion and compensation are provided fairly to all persons on an equal opportunity basis. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Immigration Reform and Control Act:

Center for Human Services complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 by employing only United States citizens and non-citizens who are authorized to work in the United States. All employees are asked on their first day of employment to provide original documents verifying their right to work in the United States. In addition, this agency participates in E-Verify to electronically verify employment eligibility after an offer of employment has been accepted.


Center for Human Services reserves the right to revise this job announcement to better meet agency service needs. The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in this flyer is information which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this position. Additional information can be found in the CHS Personnel Policies. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the CHS Administrative Office.