Youth Specialist I

Altadena, CA, USA Req #634
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Sycamores provides a spectrum of equitable mental health services, through various programs, to multicultural populations of all acuities. Although we serve a variety of consumers, the agency focuses primarily on providing care to low-income, high at-risk youth. The role of the Youth Specialist is to provide care, supervision and behavioral interventions that develop coping and problem-solving skills, teach social skills, and teach transference of those skills into the home, school, and community. These interventions are provided to youth in the residential programs. These interventions are developed within the collaborative planning process and are prescribed by the program.


-High school diploma or AA degree with one year of direct care experience required; two years of direct care experience preferred, OR Bachelor’s degree plus one year of direct care experience preferred.

-Maintains all required licenses and certifications.

-Valid California Driver License and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.


Shift Schedule

Sunday 9 am – 9 pm

Monday 1 pm – 10 pm

Tuesday 1 pm – 10 pm

Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm


Physical Demands

•For Residential staff only, the ability to physically manage and/or de-escalate consumers/residents. This includes the physical ability to restrain consumers in conformity with Pro-ACT training.

•Ability to practice physical intervention for safety of consumers according to training and policy.

•Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

•Frequent driving in the community with consumers.

•Frequent/continuous intermittent standing/walking, occasional/intermittent sitting.

•Continuous use of bilateral upper extremities in fine motor activities requiring fingering, grasping, and forward reaching between waist and chest level.

•Reaching at or above shoulder level may be necessary.

•Bending, squatting, kneeling, pushing/pulling, twisting, and climbing.

•Occasional/intermittent lifting and carrying objects/equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.

•Continuous use of near vision, hearing, and verbal communication skills in handling telephone calls, interacting with customers and co-workers and performing job duties.

•Requires physical presence in the office during shift.


All candidates who are presented with a conditional offer of employment must satisfy a pre-employment background check, drug, and health screen.


Sycamores is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.


Further, Sycamores is a Fair Chance employer and complies with California Government Code Section 12952, Employment Discrimination: Conviction History.

Due to the direct contact we have with vulnerable populations, services we perform in the community, relevant CDPH orders, and CDC guidance, Sycamores mandates COVID-19 vaccinationsAccordingly, employees are required to (i) have a COVID- 19 vaccine which is authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization by the first day of work OR (ii) obtain a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief. To request an accommodation, please notify Deon Johnson at djohnson@sycamores.orgAll offers of employment are conditioned on satisfying one of above. No inquiries of vaccination status will be made until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. Sycamores prohibits discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic, including disability, perceived disability, or religion. Sycamores will not retaliate against any employee or candidate for requesting a reasonable accommodation pursuant to this policy.  

This is a Residential Based position based out of the Altadena office. 

Other details

  • Job Family Non-Billing Direct Care
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
Location on Google Maps
  • Altadena, CA, USA