FT Youth Specialist – 2nd Shift, Wed – Sat, Sign-on Bonus

FT Youth Specialist – 2nd Shift, Wed – Sat, Sign-on Bonus

Reports to: Shelter Supervisor

Location: Foundation 2 Youth Shelter

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 1:30-11:30PM

 About Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Foundation 2 Crisis Services is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that provides critical crisis intervention and prevention services across Iowa. We operate a 24/7 crisis center, including phone, text, and chat services. We also operate an emergency youth shelter, mental health support groups, community-based crisis programs, training, and more. We have been saving lives for over 50 years. Join our team today!

 Overview of the role

Assist with daily schedules for clients and transportation from school and appointments. Complete daily documentation for clients. Responsible for passing medication (Medication Manager training is available for candidates). Providing programming for youth including off campus activities, leading groups, and completing life skills. Building rapport with clients, and offering ways to de-escalate when clients are escalated.


Wednesday: 1:30-11:30pm

Thursday: 1:30-11:30pm

Friday: 1:30-11:30pm

Saturday: 1:30-11:30pm


  • Salary starting at $15/hour.
  • $1,000 sign-on bonus.
  • Generous paid time off, including floating mental wellness days.
  • Retirement plans with Foundation 2 Crisis Services’ matching contributions.
  • Go to sleep at night knowing that work you did matters. Foundation 2 Crisis Services staff save lives every day.

Who you are

  • Client-centered. You are dedicated and passionate about working with individuals in crisis. You know it is an honor to be trusted to support people at their most vulnerable.
  • Roll model and leader. You are a mentor and compassionate leader who is excited about supporting staff and colleagues.
  • Compassionate. You have compassion for clients and a willingness to understand and exercise trauma-informed care practices.
  • Team player. You enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and are proud to represent your program.
  • Positive. You recognize the power of a positive attitude and have the desire to build positive relationships with coworkers and clients.

What you’ll do

  • Ensure that paperwork is complete including the following: intakes/discharges, DO’s, Referral Sheets, individual sessions, etc.
  • Ensure that youth are being cared for in a Trauma Informed environment, using positive youth development.
  • Ensure implementation of shelter goals; includes role modeling, appropriate boundaries, ability to manage a group, assist with behavior management, etc.
  • Assist in development and implementation of shelter operational policies, procedures and programming; supervision of youth, providing transport.
  • Attendance and punctuality, appropriateness at meetings and around team members; using good judgment and problem solving skills, etc.

What you need

  • HS Diploma or equivalent with 2 years of experience in human services. Associate degree with 1 year of experience in human services. Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of experience in human services.
  • Comfort using basic computer software.
  • Basic typing and data entry skills.
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and be insurable by the agency auto insurance policy.
  • Pass all background checks completed by Foundation 2 Crisis Services.
  • Submit copy of college degree or transcript as required by licensure for personnel file.
  • Live in Iowa.
  • Live within 50 miles of Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Successfully complete required trainings within required time periods.
  • Complete a physical exam prior to the beginning of employment and every three (3) years thereafter.
  • Be free of communicable diseases as determined by a physician.
  • Education or training in trauma-informed care preferred.
  • Knowledge/experience working in the mental health, substance use, and/or problem gambling field preferred.

Your Application

We’re excited to hear from you! To join the Foundation 2 Crisis Services team, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@foundation2.org. No inquiries by phone. All questions will be answered during a pre-screening phone call. Resumes, applications, and cover letters accepted until position filled.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Foundation 2 Crisis Services, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Foundation 2 Crisis Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, veteran, or disability status.