Youth Program Specialist

Division / Program: 
One Day At A Time (ODAAT)
Position Details
Position Summary: 

As the Program Specialist, this particular staff member will assist coordinator and support programming for Youth Recovery Mode Services. As a specialist for ODAAT Youth Services Division, the specialist can expect to help youth grow as individuals, and educate, empower and divert youth from drug exposure and/or use along with specialized training in HIV testing and linkage to care.  

Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Implement evidence based practices and tools such as Too Good for Drugs in a individual, group, or school setting
  • Document activity with youth and families and maintain a chart that captures individual and group setting notes, ASAM criteria, pre and post data of evidence based material, biopsychosocial assessment, service plan and related met goals, and a discharge summary with noted outcomes and referrals.
  • Support Program Coordinator with delivering ODAAT services to at-risk youth and families including drug and alcohol service and HIV testing when appropriate.
  • Support Program Coordinator with supplying youth and families with general information and referral services for mental health, recreation, housing, employment, education, health and other services
  • Work collaboratively with youth, parents, youth service providers, schools, city staff and law enforcement to develop effective outreach that ensures that youth have access to programs, services and opportunities needed for healthy social and emotional development.
  • Initiate, develop and organize community outreach activities with youth in their communities. Facilitate connections between youth and job readiness training, educational supports, mental health services, HIV testing, etc
  • Attend/complete mandatory ODAAT, UAC, EI Learning Collaborative, ASAM, AACO, and OAS meetings, trainings and in-service events, based on a pre-authorized schedule from coordinator.
  • Other agency related duties as required or assigned
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 


  • Bachelor’s is required in Social Work, Education or Related degree;
  • ASAM trained preferred or willingness to attend training
  • HIV Testing certification or willingness to attend training
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to prioritize and meet deadlines
    • Able to develop rapport, provide information, and refer with sensitivity to cultural issues and trauma
    • Display a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently
    • Possess excellent time management skills and the ability to work with minimum supervision
    • Evening work schedule required during school year, including some weekends to meet parental and youth clientele schedules; and availability around In- and Out-of-School Time hours; and some holidays; Limited time off during the summer OST hours
    • Other duties as assigned
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and needs of at risk youth populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and negotiate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated relevant experience
  • Clear understanding of and commitment to a Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing approach
  • Clear understanding of and commitment to supporting diverse communities and cultures.



  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license preferred.
  • PA Child Line, PA Criminal and FBI clearances are required.
Contact Info
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