Youth Service Specialist ( Aftercare Case Manager)

Harris County

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

US$45.2-51.9k (annually)

Dec 6

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Under the supervision of the Manager of Houston Alumni and Youth (HAY) Center Programs and Contracts, this position provides follow-up services to former foster youth aged 18-21.

These follow-up services include:

  • Ongoing intensive case management to assist the youth with developing and meeting their transitional goals.
  • Provides intensive case management to address current and former foster youths transitional needs by engaging in program intakes, case planning, self sufficiency assessments, wraparound meetings, and face-to-face contact with clients on a consistent basis (minimum of quarterly basis).
  • Submits requests for payment for youth who qualify for financial assistance to include rental assistance, utility payments, food cards, bus cards, and checks/reimbursements for other approved expenses.
  • Submits internal and external referrals to assist youth in acquiring additional transitional services (housing, mental health, physical health, education, employment, transition coaching (mentorship) etc.).
  • Completes weekly and monthly case management reports as required by the PAL contract and submits to direct supervisor within a required time frame.
  • Enters all required documentation in agency database within a required time frame.
  • Participates in HAY (Houston Alumni & Youth) Center events and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) statewide and regional activities as required. Assist with in-care services (Casey Life Skills assessment, Life Skills Training) as needed.
  • Maintains adequate case and financial records. 

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email



  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice or closely related field. 


  • One (1) year full time paid case management (including case documentation) experience working in an educational, institutional, counseling, or social service setting working with youth who have challenging life circumstances. 
  • Training and experience using a personal computer with a variety of software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Case Management Software.
  • Reliable transportation with a valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent/transition age youth stages of development
  • Knowledge of behavioral assessment administration/interpretation tools
  • Knowledge of the transitional needs including life skills and linkages for youth aging out of the foster care system.
  • Follows written and oral instructions
  • Possesses excellent organizational skills
  • Must be detailed oriented and self-motivated
  • Must interact with all levels of staff
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Problem solve and demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Works with limited supervision and independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Interacts and maintains professional working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds
  • Exercises flexibility, tact, and diplomacy
  • Have good public relations
  • Ability to become CPR certified

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice or closely related field. 

General Information


  • Monday -- Friday 8:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. (Saturdays if needed) 


  • $45,177.60--$51,916.80 
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods Plus Mileage Reimbursement 

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

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