Family Advocate – Hutton House


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.

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Position Summary:

Conduct youth outreach and engagement. Develop strategies to connect youth experiencing homelessness with community resources.  Assist with public relations and youth development activities.

Position: Family Advocate / Shelter Services
Hours: Full-Time (weekends,some evenings & occasional overnight)
Department/ Program: Shelter Services/Hutton House
Reports to: Program Manager
Salary/ Hourly Wage: $13.37; DOE – Differential pay for Bilingual English/Spanish
Final filing date: Monday – December 17, 2018

To apply please click on the link below: 


  1. BA/BS in related field with experience in crisis intervention, case management, group, family or individual counseling. Years of experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  2. Meet all state licensing requirements for group homes; including all employees/applicants be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  3. Experience in goal setting and clarification, case planning, crisis resolution and conflict mediation.
  4. Experience and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of organizations and with people of all ages, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  5. Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  6. Knowledge of community resources.
  7. Knowledge of adolescent culture and positive youth development.
  8. First Aid training within seven (7) days of employment, re-certification as necessary
  9. Computer skills including knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  10. Pass agency paid criminal justice screening including fingerprints.
  11. Pass agency paid health screening and/or drug testing.
  12. Valid California driver’s license and proof of auto insurance coverage.
  13. Pass agency paid MVR clearance with no more than 2 points – if under the age of 25 our insurance company will not allow any points.


  1. Conduct outreach and engagement through consistent one-on-one and group contact with youth.
  2. Develop knowledge of the best places and strategies to connect with youth experiencing homelessness.
  3. Through consistency, compassion, acceptance and ability to link youth with resources that meet their immediate needs, work to establish trusting relationships.
  4. Work closely with the community Outreach and Engagement Center’s outreach team.
  5. Inform the Community System of Care about issues of youth homelessness, potential service improvements and data.
  6. Develop and maintain linkages with community agencies to effectively access services for youth.
  7. Develop and maintain relationships with other youth serving entities to inform and educate them about issues homeless youth face and make them aware of services to address issues.
  8. Conduct assessments and complete intake documentation with youth and families by phone, in their homes or agency shelter.
  9. Develop and facilitate psycho-educational, parenting and support groups at Hutton House and other sites as assigned.
  10. Talk with youth and families to clarify and focus the family’s issues, set goals concentrating on an individual’s/family’s strengths and assist families in reaching their goals.
  11. Provide or arrange for group and individual sessions to assist participants (youth and adults) to understand age-appropriate behavior, family dynamics, conflict resolution, anger management, life and social skills, substance use, personal hygiene and other topics as required.
  12. Assist with public relations, speaking engagements, etc.
  13. Participate in staff meetings and in-services.
  14. Perform childcare and supervision duties to include, but not limited to:
  • Supervision, protection and care of children individually and in groups at all times.
  • Assistance to each child in working with a group and in handling individual problems.
  • Administration of discipline and setting of limits for behavior.
  • Notation of the child’s progress, identification of the possible need for professional services and communication of such finding to other staff.
  • Assistance in dressing, grooming, bathing and other personal hygiene.
  • Assistance with administering medication and completion of corresponding documentation.
  • Central storing and/or distribution of medication.
  • Arrangement of and assistance with medical and dental care.
  • Maintenance of house rules for the protection of clients.
  • Supervision of client schedules and activities.
  • Maintenance and/or supervision of client cash resources or property.
  • Monitoring food intake or special diets.
  • Household duties used toward the development of self-help skills for youth.
  • Support staff duties used toward the development of self-help skills for youth.
  • Support staff duties (office work, cooking, house cleaning, laundry and maintenance) must not interfere with childcare duties.

15. Perform 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.