Teen Advocate

Teen Advocate

Department
Tu Ha’ Buts Learning Center

Reports To
Education Director

TS Range
7/8

FLSA Status
Non-Exempt

Opening Date
February 15 , 2013

Closing Date
March 1, 2013

SUMMARY
The Teen Advocate will manage programmatic activities provided through the Tu Ha’ Buts Learning Center’s Change How U Manage (CHUM) teen-centered program including after-school, weekend, school-break, seasonal, and summer activities, which will be based upon the prevention philosophy of the Tu Ha’ Buts Learning Center and implemented per program policies, procedures and operating principles in cooperation with other tribal departments and other Tribal programs to better serve the Tribal community.

The Teen Advocate is responsible for implementation of an enhanced teen-focused program operated in the Tu Ha’ Buts Learning Center’s Teen Center. The position will be the key staff person who provides direction, structure, curriculum, connection to community services and resources and a safe and welcoming environment for teens involved in the CHUM program. The Teen Advocate is responsible for the maintenance of all files and records related to teen activities, programs, and grant materials assigned. This 40 hour a week position requires flexible scheduling and will include evening and week-end hours.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES including the following:
Plan, implement and supervise structured after-school activities specifically for at-risk teens in the CHUM Program (30+ youth ages 12-17)

Provide opportunities for active participation of other community teens as peers.

Coordinate CHUM Program curriculum implementation, including homework help, post-high school planning, college visits and talking circles.

Connect teens in the CHUM Program to services in the community as needed.

In coordination with TLC staff, help plan and implement annual summer programming for teens.

In coordination with TLC staff, help plan and implement school-break activities.

As applicable, help plan sports tournaments on-site and off-site for tribal youth.

Recruit and assist in the selection of specialists for teen program needs, not limited to sports and culture.

Monitors activities and programs for the safety of all program participants and staff.

Responsible for multimedia promotion of teen programs and activities.

Maintain accurate and complete records and reports for all CHUM Program activities.

Maintain proper care of the facilities, and secure building in coordination with other staff.

Maintain flexible schedule to include evening, weekend and/or holiday hours.

Encourage respect for staff, personal property, equipment, and facilities.

Promote a positive high morale among program participants and staff.

This position requires a high level of confidentiality.

Adhere to and promote all Squaxin Island Tribe and TLC Policy and procedures.

Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelors and a minimum of 1 year relevant experience (see below); OR Associates Degree and a minimum of 3 years relevant experience (see below); OR High School Diploma or GED and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience (see below) OR 7 years of relevant experience (see below).

Any combination of the following meet the relevant experience requirement:

-youth program management;
-working directly with youth ages 12-17 in addressing delinquency and/or truancy;
-planning and implementing daily, seasonal, school break and summer youth activities; and cultural, recreational and sports programs;
-planning and implementing youth prevention curriculum and activities;
-writing newsletter articles;
-maintaining detailed activity, program, and attendance records;
-grant reporting;
-inventory control and
-equipment management;

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
bility to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, are, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must have a current Washington State Driver’s License. Due to the nature of working with youth, applicant must pass a WATCH and Tribal Court Background Check. Must have CPR/First Aid certification or be able to get within 30 days of job offer.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; the employee is also frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms; the employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must also frequently lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee may occasionally be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, and outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.

THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE FOR THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOL OR USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS WHILE EMPLOYED IN THE YOUTH PROGRAM.  USE OF TOBACCO IN FRONT OF YOUTH OR DURING WORK TIME IS NOT ALLOWED. TOBACCO USE IS ALLOWABLE DURING BREAKS ONLY IN DESIGNATED LOCATIONS.  ANY VIOLATION OF THESE POLICIES IS CAUSE FOR IMMEDIATE TERMINATION.

INDIAN PREFERENCE
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Contact
Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781.