Youth Specialist

Nov 24 2021
Job Description



Posting Name: Youth Specialist


Location: Hilo, Big Island


Compensation: Based on experience with competitive benefits package


Schedule: Full Time position – Core hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45am-4:30pm.  Travel may be required.




Summary: As a Youth Specialist with Ola I Ka Hana, you will provide academic, vocational and life skills guidance services to assigned caseload of youth participants and their families in a positive youth development setting. You will facilitate the development of and monitor the progress towards Individual Service Plans.  In addition, will refer youth participant and family members to appropriate outside agencies or qualified individuals when applicable.  We are looking for someone who has a strong passion to work with youth, are customer service focused, and can inspire and engage the participants and their families. 



Essential Duties:


·         Outreaches, assesses, and enrolls qualified participants to provide academic, vocational and life skills guidance services. 


·         Appraises aptitude, interests, and personality characteristics of participants.  Confers with program participant, guardian, social workers, and other service providers to develop and implement a comprehensive and youth-centered Individual Service Plan.


·         Provides mentorship and support to assist participants to overcome social and emotional problems. 


·         Creates and/or coordinates learning materials or environments geared to meet the needs of each participant as identified in the Individual Service Plan.


·         Provides Job Readiness, basic skills enrichment training, applied learning opportunities (addressing community service, health and fitness, and humanities) to participants.  Works closely with participants to assure the concepts put forth are clearly understood and participants are able to display a degree of competency.


·         Works with participants to increase motivation, provide consistent reinforcement to learning, continuous assessment of level of functioning, and continuous feedback to consumers on all learning activities.


·         Facilitates or conducts excursions for participants in the community which are directly related to the new skills being sought by the participant through program services.


·         Works with the participant’s family and circle of support to address barriers to youth’s success.



Minimum Qualifications:


·         Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university


·         One to two years’ related experience and/or training


·         Experience working with at-risk youth and work experience in human services setting


·         Knowledge of Youth Development research and strategies, youth organizations, as well as programs and resources available within the community that support positive youth development


·         Must have a valid Hawaii driver’s license and a driver’s abstract


·         Must have access to an insured vehicle with a valid registration and safety check


·         Must be CPR/First Aid certified


·         Required to have a TB Clearance




At Goodwill Hawaii our mission is simple, yet powerful, we help people with employment barriers reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.  We are the third largest non-profit agency in Hawaii and our motivation is sustaining Hawaii’s community through the power of work.   Last year we placed nearly 1,500 people into employment, resulting in $22 million in annual wages earned as a result of these job placements.  Join the Goodwill Hawaii family and help strengthen our Hawaii community, one job at a time. 




Goodwill Hawaii is committed to fully complying with all Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action laws and regulations.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. We also foster a drug-free work environment.