CSEC Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Position Overview

The CSEC Outreach and Engagement Specialist provides first responder advocacy, psycho-education and assesses the needs of youth who are identified as CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) or are at risk for exploitation.  Utilizing a strengths-based approach, the CSEC-O&E establishes positive client engagement and communication, engendering trust and building necessary linkages for the youth to specialized services.  The position requires strong advocacy skills, demonstrated flexibility, ability to provide community based targeted case management in a safe, supportive environment for youth to explore and process their life goals for the future.

WestCoast Children’s Clinic’s C-Change Program: Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors is a specialized approach that provides mental health screening, advocacy, clinical case management and psychotherapy to youth at risk of, currently engaged in, or who have exited sexual exploitation, and their families.

Responsibilities

  • Actively seek out and make connections with youth needing CSEC services, meeting youth where they are in terms of assessing immediate and longer-term needs.
  • Make first contact with referral sources(s) to determine best program to meet client needs then facilitate the linkage to services in a way that is effective for the client.
  • Assist youth in accessing and utilizing community services, including but not limited to housing, medical/physical health, education, employment, independent living skills, legal advocacy, placement stability and age-appropriate enrichment activities.
  • Actively engage and participate in meetings with other CBO’s and system agencies to coordinate services for CSEC youth. Consult and collaborate with multiple programs and agencies on best practices for CSEC youth services.
  • Gather and maintain resource list for CSEC from other programs and community-based services to support client needs. Support clients with obtaining and maintaining Medi-Cal when applicable.
  • Assist clients with intake process for WCC and support client with engagement and stabilization for C-Change services.
  • Provide psycho-education on sexual exploitation and preventions in a safe and affirming environment.
  • Empower clients through advocacy in accompanying youth to court appearances, MDT, TDM’s, CFT’s and TLC’s. Support and monitor youth who are placed in Juvenile Hall.
  • Understand and comply with policies, procedures and documentation for EPSDT and other funding resources.
  • Collaborates with treatment teams, including County Partners at Department of Family and Children Services and other providers, keeping them informed of progress and challenges as necessary.
  • Maintains professional behavior and appropriately represents WCC’s mission and philosophy.
  • Maintains a flexible schedule that includes early morning, evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Completes all necessary documentation written in a Medi-Cal billable and timely manner, with a mental health treatment frame, consistent with all standards and regulations.
  • Participates in weekly supervision, case conferences and mandatory trainings
  • All other duties as assigned by manager.

Our Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, criminal justice or social service related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated competence in the skill areas of positive client engagement and communication, plus experience working with adolescents and/or Sexually Exploited Minors.
  • Minimum 3 years experience providing targeted case management and rehabilitation services to Sexually Exploited Minors.
  • Experience working with systems such as law enforcement, DA’s office, juvenile probation and healthcare systems.
  • Cultural humility – knowledge of issues of race, class and ethnicity.
  • Ability to be well-organized and complete timely documentation.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proven effectiveness working either in the community or in a variety of settings: homes, schools, neighborhoods, other agencies, etc.
  • Familiarity with Alameda County resources for transition age youth and knowledge of or ability to learn Medi-Cal reimbursement.
  • Clean California DMV and insurance; local travel and car required.
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work evenings and occasional weekends as needed.

COMPENSATION:

$50,000 depending on education level and experience. Includes competitive benefits package, 403(b) plan, and performance-based compensation.

To Apply:  If interested, please use the online submission form found at www.westcoastcc.org/work-here to submit your cover letter and resume describing how you meet these qualifications. Please note that cover letters are an important part of our applicant review process. It is also helpful to let us know your interest in a particular program(s) and where you saw this posting.

www.westcoastcc.org

WestCoast Children’s Clinic is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

 

About WestCoast Children’s Clinic (WCC) Since 1979, WestCoast Children’s Clinic has provided mental health services to over 20,000 vulnerable children and families, trained generations of clinicians, and published innovative research to inform public policy.  We see over 1,700 kids annually, who all live below the federal poverty level.  Sixty-five percent are in foster care due to abuse, neglect or because their parents can’t take care of them.  Through five community-based programs, WestCoast helps children grow up free to realize their potential.  What we learn from our clients informs our practice, research and advocacy efforts.

Updated 9.19.17