Lead Youth Development Clinician BAYC Santa Rita

PROGRAM: Santa Rita Transitional Aged Youth (TAY)


REPORTS TO: Director of Clinical Services


STATUS: Full-time; salaried, exempt



At Sunny Hills Services, we seek to improve the welfare of children and youth by helping to provide the resources, support and skills they need to develop along a healthy, age-appropriate pathway. All of our services are rooted in these core principles: 1) a strength-based approach which believes in the value and worth of each client as an individual, 2) acknowledging the importance of family relationships and encouraging positive and on-going engagement with families, peers and communities, 3) engaging children and youth in a developmentally appropriate manner that promotes resilience, self-efficacy and positive self-concept, 4) recognizing that clients’ needs are best met through holistic and individualized service delivery.

BAYC Service Philosophy

BAYC partners with vulnerable youth, empowering them to successfully transition to living independently as the most self-reliant, confident adults they can be. At the heart of our work is recognizing individuals in their individuality, and using our human relationships to help them to create a living roadmap towards knowing themselves. Our youth development approach enlists youth as stakeholders in designing goals that are meaningful and aligned with the youth’s own individual skills, dreams and competencies. We provide mentoring, guidance and course corrections in an environment in which it is safe to make mistakes as an inherent part of learning and practicing life skills. A key methodology is promoting awareness of choice. We work to expand youth understanding of how their own choices serve or do not serve them in achieving their stated goals.


JOB SUMMARY: The Lead Youth Development Clinician (Lead YDC) provides clinical care and intensive case management to transition age youth (TAY), ages 18-21, who have exited Santa Rita detention facility and are referred to BAYC by the Court Advocacy Program (CAP) or the ACBHCS Transition Age Team (TAT). The Lead YDC also provides collateral services to these youths’ families. The Lead YDC is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides community based mental health services, with an emphasis on skill building and case management. The Lead YDC collaborates with both the youth and other support staff in order to assist the youth in successfully transitioning out of Santa Rita and living independently and/or successfully re-integrating with their families or other identified support people. This includes partnering with youth on their mental health goals, housing, vocational, and educational needs, engaging in positive relationships, and enhancing independent living skills. The Lead YDC actively supports and implements a strengths-based, culturally competent, client-centered approach to working with TAY. The Lead YDC will carry a caseload of 10 – 20 youth. The Lead YDC also supervises a Peer Advocate who will be part of each youth’s assigned team.

This exempt position may require work weeks in excess of 40 hours as well as evening and weekend work.


  • Participate in intake and discharge process.
  • Partner with youth in completing strength-based mental health and needs assessments.
  • Meet with youth regularly to partner with them in identifying and working on short and long term mental health and independent living skills goals.
  • Partner with youth in identifying obstacles to living independently, obtaining employment, obtaining post-secondary education, and in developing supportive social and recreational activities. Partner with youth to develop strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • Partner with youth in acquiring access to community settings and resources including but not limited to housing, health care, employment, social security benefits, etc.
  • Serve as a community liaison with court appointed advocates, probation officers, county workers, medical providers and legal representatives.
  • Develop interagency and community network relationships which improve access to relevant community services and benefits.
  • Facilitate process and psycho-educational groups for youth and families.
  • Participate in program outreach.
  • Participate in program development.
  • Obtain and complete necessary clinical records/documents within assigned time frames.
  • Partner with youth in involving family and other informal and formal key players in planning services and supports for each youth. Partner with youth in maintaining relationships with permanent support people and identifying opportunities to strengthen these relationships.
  • Partner with youth in identifying community resources.
  • Coordinate and partner with collaterals to achieve treatment and independent living goals.
  • Partner with youth to develop and monitor working treatment goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
  • Partner with parenting and pregnant youth in accessing resources to help them to become a successful parent, including but not limited to parenting classes, child development classes, etc.
  • Ensure culturally sensitive and relevant treatment.
  • Responsible for writing clinical reports (including but not limited to, Progress Notes, Assessments, Growth Plans and Discharge Summaries) in accordance with Medi-Cal guidelines and within expected agency timeframes.
  • Chart and record services rendered in accordance with agency standards.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and expectations required of the position.


  • Commitment to working in a diverse workplace, and self-awareness regarding issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion/spirituality and disability.
  • Passion for and commitment to working with a diverse group of TAY including youth of color, LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities and pregnant and parenting youth.
  • Enthusiastic and strengths-based approach to partnering with youth and collaborating with peers.
  • Ability to hold yourself accountable for your work.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback to others.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Commitment to effectiveness, prioritizing, efficiency and follow-through.
  • Commitment to self-reflection and personal awareness as a means of being able to remain emotionally available and connected with youth, and function as an engaged team-member.
  • Ability to view families, both biological and chosen, as resources and support systems for youth, and commitment to involve families in services.
  • Knowledge of juvenile and adult justice systems.
  • Knowledge of the foster care system.
  • Knowledge of the obstacles faced by current and former probation youth.
  • Knowledge of the obstacles faced by current and emancipated foster youth.
  • Knowledge of Child Development.
  • Knowledge of the cycle of Domestic Violence.
  • Knowledge of the effects of Substance Abuse.
  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care approaches.
  • Knowledge and/or experience providing Evidence Based Practices, such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Knowledge of parenting skills and bonding techniques.
  • Understanding of youth development/youth-adult partnership frameworks.
  • Knowledge of community resources and public welfare system.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to organize and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with youth and families, as well as other permanent support people and professionals.
  • Experience with and commitment to a youth development model.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Proficiency in utilizing Internet, email and web-based programs.


  • Masters in Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy from an accredited university or college.
  • Licensed (LCSW or LMFT) with California BBS.
  • At least 5 years post-graduate experience working with adolescents, preferably currently and/or formerly incarcerated TAY.
  • California Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint clearance.
  • Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance.
  • Insurable by SHS/BAYC’s automobile policy.


  • Adhere to all Agency Health and Safety policies and procedures administratively as well as related to the care of our clients
  • Adhere to the Agency’s Code of Conduct and Employee Handbook, as well as any other agency policies and procedures.
  • Attend and participate in all required agency supervisions, meetings and trainings.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality related to client, staff and other Agency information

Sunny Hills Services is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, Vietnam era or other veteran status.

How to apply

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@sunnyhillsservices.org

Hayward, California
Sunny Hills Services