Miami Youth Advocate/Freedom Coach (Full Time)

S.O.U.L (Sisters Organizing for Understanding & Leadership) Sisters Leadership Collective (SSLC) mobilizes systems-involved girls and nonbinary youth of color—Black, Brown, and Indigenous—to build power and resist/disrupt all forms of violence, economic exploitation, and oppression. Our four pillars are leadership, radical artistic expression, healing, and social justice. Growing out of the dire need for gender-specific services and leadership development for young women impacted by school pushout and the justice system in urban areas, SSLC launched in August of 2014 in Miami and NYC.

Summary

SSLC has an immediate opening for a dynamic, committed Youth Advocate/Freedom Coach. The Youth Advocate/Freedom Coach is the lead position on S.O.U.L. Sisters’ Heart and S.O.U.L. team. Heart and S.O.U.L. is a program rooted in emotional justice with a focus on healing, transformative justice, education, advocacy and peer leadership. Heart and S.O.U.L. creates brave spaces for our girls and non-binary youth to explore topics of emotional justice and gain the knowledge and tools to not only enhance their well-being, but to heal. The Youth Advocate/Freedom Coach reports directly to the Miami Program Manager. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Hold trauma-informed supportive coaching sessions through our Freedom Coaching model with youth program participants, this includes developing session plans and facilitating session goal-setting with youth;
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date client administrative documents (session notes, follow-up information, assessments, evaluations, etc.);
  • Provide case coordination and follow-up for youth participants including community-based referrals to resources,  to youth when needed;
  • Support with crisis intervention and follow up support when needed–this may include being available to support/respond off hours;
  • Create and/or facilitate psychoeducation workshops on various healing justice and social-emotional well-being topics as offerings for various SSLC programming sites; 
  • Coordinate and communicate updates and with parents, program staff and other participant support systems as needed to address program and youth needs.  This may include via text, phone call, social media message, whatsapp, slack, or zoom; a cell phone will be provided for work use. 
  • Maintain, develop, and liaise as a partnership with other like-minded organizations and service providers including, state, county, schools, and community agencies
  • Position yourself as an advocate for the participants in other settings and systems participants navigate in including their home, school or as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

Training & Staff Development Required

  • Trauma Informed Care Training
  • Restorative Justice Training
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Child Protection Training

Experience & Competencies Required

  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Working knowledge of Miami-based youth resources and supports;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure—with a sense of humor;
  • Have strong organizational skills and a flexible attitude;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks;
  • Be a self-starter with integrity, professional discretion and professionalism;
  • Have experience with administrative tasks including calendaring, task management & professional email communication;
  • Have a strong analysis of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and principles including gender and racial justice;
  • Have experience working with marginalized youth and possess a passion for positive youth development;
  • Have experience and passion uplifting and centering Black girls and femmes;
  • Be LGBTQIA+ affirming;
  • Have reliable transportation;
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills including active and empathic listening skills;
  • Have self-awareness and understanding of own self-care practices;
  • Possess emotional intelligence;
  • Bring your authentic, whole self to position.

Must have at least one year of experience working with systems-involved youth and/or girls and non-binary youth. Must have 3 – 5 years experience doing case management work or resource support; identifying needs and connecting participants and families to resources and services.  Social Work degree (BSW), MSW preferred or other therapeutic degrees. 

Knowledge of Microsoft, Google and social media applications required. Spanish and/or Haitian Creole speakers are a plus.  Miami-Dade County natives are strongly encouraged to apply. Folks with direct systems involvement or systems-impacted individuals (e.g. legal system, foster care, experiences of homelessness, government assistance programs, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements And Working Conditions:

  • Works both remotely and in-person;
  • Frequently sits for long periods of time;
  • Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard;
  • May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, and bending;
  • Driving to various sites across the county

Start date: Starting on or near August 15, 2021. 

Office & Work Hours: General office hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 AM – 6 PM; work hours are 35 hours per week, in-field work may be required as needed, some nights and weekends expected. 

Location: Position based in our Miami office

Salary: $50,000; benefits include paid vacation, sick days, flex time and holidays.

How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Nerea Arce Masnu:  nerea@soulsistersleadership.org. Please include “Miami Youth Advocate/Freedom Coach” in the subject line.

S.O.U.L. Sisters is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women (trans or cis) and people of color are encouraged to apply.