Philadelphia Area Resources for COVID-19

Youth Care Coordinator, The Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 10:15am
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 10:15am
Job Summary: 

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to improve access to and quality of health and human services for underserved and vulnerable populations.  Health equity is at the heart of all our work. We believe in and are firmly committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status. This commitment applies to all aspects of the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promotion.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Youth Care Team (YCT) uses a multidisciplinary approach to enhance care for Philadelphia adolescents and provide an affirming and confidential space to identify and navigate support options to meet youth sexual, reproductive, and mental wellness goals. The Youth Care Coordinator (YCC) provides direct service through education, resource linkage, and assessments to adolescents both in person and virtually. The YCC will participate in local health and wellness events and initiate provider meetings to contribute to program awareness and outreach efforts. The YCC works in close collaboration with providers to enhance sexual, reproductive, and mental wellness and increase access to care and identify needs. This position must be flexible to provide services in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, community-based locations, and virtual spaces. The YCC provides education, resources, referrals, health supplies and a confidential supportive space to aide youth in navigating and setting wellness goals. Strength based communication, motivational interviewing, trauma informed, harm reduction, medically accurate, informed consent, and judgement free care approaches are to be used in working with this population. The position requires strong verbal communication skills, a collaborative communication style, experience working with adolescents, experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, professional demeanor, strong time management and organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and take initiative. Accurate activity reports must be maintained.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

  • Initiate screening assessment for all youth referrals received to identify behavioral, reproductive, and sexual health status. Provide medically accurate sex education and resource options for identified areas of need and coordinate follow-up services 
  • Educate providers and adolescents about the benefits of behavioral health care, reproductive health care, sexual health care, and the benefits of inclusive and affirming care for gender and sexually variant youth
  • Identify adolescents' behavioral and reproductive health needs using evidence-based assessment tools and one-on-one communication with adolescents to co-develop wellness goal plans
  • Address and reduce barriers to service on the systematic and individual level for all youth including LGBTQIA youth. This will include collaborating with the Youth Coalition and Advocacy Coordinator of the Youth Care Team
  • Collaborate with providers to deliver enhanced services to adolescents
  • Conduct outreach to increase awareness of the program and it services to increase youth participation and referrals from connected agencies
  • Facilitate group education presentations and workshops in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, community-based locations, and virtual spaces
  • Maintain charting requirements in REDCap database and Just Health screening platforms to coordinate care for adolescents
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and follow all regulations and guidelines related to patient confidentiality
  • Prepare accurate and timely quarterly, annual and other reports as required
  • Collaborate with MCFH communications team to post on YCT social media platforms to promote youth related public health messaging
  • Keep current on adolescent best practices for reproductive, sexual, and mental wellness
  • Attend meeting as required by MCFH
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

EDUCATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Strong verbal communication skills and ability to build rapport with youth quickly
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary clinical team and with adolescents
  • Competent and affirming of transgender and gender non-conforming people as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer communities
  • Ability to track program activities and submit accurate and timely reports
  • Ability to work both independently, and as part of a team
  • Strong public speaking, group facilitation, organizational, initiative, and time management skills
  • Ability to remain calm and professional in stressful situations
  • Exceptional patience, compassion, and listening skills
  • Passion for working with young people and supporting their autonomy
  • Strength in translating complex health information for youth to comprehend
  • Comfortability talking about and positively framing topics in sexual and mental health in a shame free way
  • Motivational interviewing, strength-based communication, trauma informed, informed consent, and harm reduction skills
  • Commitment to practicing and implementing an equity lens into all levels of work internally and externally
  • 3-5 years’ work experience in any of the following: public health, adolescent health, mental health, sexual health, reproductive health, case management, or social justice
  • Familiar with Philadelphia’s adolescent sexual, reproductive, and/or mental health field resources
  • College degree or Master’s in human sexuality or health related field is preferred. Related work experience will also be weighed.
  • Demonstrated experience in communicating effectively with persons of differing genders, sexualities, abilities, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds as well as cross sector organizations successfully
  • Must obtain child abuse clearances, PA State background check, FBI fingerprint clearance, and complete the mandated reporting certificate course upon hiring

POSITION TYPE AND WORK SCHEDULE

  • Full-time position, working 37.5 hours a week.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Salary commensurate with experience. 37.5 hours/week. Comprehensive benefits package. 

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination must be produced upon hire

DISCLAIMER
The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these
are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.