Part-Time Youth Specialist – Mornings

Reports to: Shelter Program Coordinator

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Hours: Part-time

 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

Youth Specialists are responsible for the daily operations at the Foundation 2 Crisis Services emergency youth shelter, a 17-bed facility that provides a safe environment for young people in crisis ages 11-17. Your responsibilities include coordinating and supervising mealtimes, transportation, enrichment opportunities, bedtime, and other elements of daily life. We offer an environment that embraces Positive Youth Development and practices trauma-informed care.

The schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


  • Salary starting at $15/hour.
  • 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

  • Organized. You possess strong organizational skills and can oversee daily responsibilities.
  • 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.
  • Compassionate. Working with at-risk youth requires compassion and a willingness to understand and exercise trauma-informed care practices.

What you’ll do

  • Assist with morning wake up routines for clients and transportation to school and appointments.
  • Serve as positive role model.
  • Complete daily documentation for clients.
  • Responsible for passing medication (Medication Manager training is available for candidates).
  • Assisting with phone coverage and answering in a timely and professional manner.

What you need

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • An associate degree and one (1) year of human service experience; a bachelor’s degree with one (1) year experience in human service preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent and two (2) or more years of experience working in human services.
  • Experience working with at-risk youth preferred.
  • Education or training in trauma-informed care, strengths-based practices, conflict resolution, and de-escalation techniques preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and be insurable by the agency insurance policy.
  • Pass all background checks completed by Foundation 2 Crisis Services.
  • Submit a copy of college degree or transcript as required by licensure for personnel file.
  • Successfully complete required trainings within required time periods.
  • Complete physical exam prior to the beginning of employment and every 3 years thereafter; be free of communicable diseases as determined by a physician.
  • Comfort using basic computer software.
  • Basic typing and data entry skills.
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills.
  • Live in Iowa.
  • Live within 50 miles of Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • 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 No inquiries by phone. All questions will be answered during a pre-screening phone call. Resumes, applications, and cover letters accepted until position filled.

Because Foundation 2 Crisis Services cares deeply about our employees, clients, and the communities we serve, our agency requires team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All newly hired team members must submit proof of the COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption to begin work at Foundation 2 Crisis Services. Proof of vaccine or completed exemption paperwork will be required on the first day of work.

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.