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Student Advocate - Center for Academic Re-entry & Empowerment (CARE)

Buchanan YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
CARE Program Director
Salary range: 
$22.00 to $25.00 per hour

Careers with a Cause

The YMCA of San Francisco was named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by its employees as well as one of the Healthiest Employers.   Join our team and make a lasting impact every day in communities across San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.  Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—are transforming lives through YMCA programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. When you work for the Y, you’ll be supported with training, mentoring and career development opportunities. Plus, we offer great benefits to help you grow stronger in spirit, mind and body, even as you’re helping others.

About the Job

Under the supervision of the Center for Academic Re-entry and Empowerment (CARE) Program Director, the Student Advocate will work as a part of an interagency team to provide case management and service connection. The Student Advocate works in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) teachers, counselors, and administrators.

This position requires an understanding of conflict resolution and restorative justice. This position will provide intake assessments, create a service plan with youth, and track ongoing progress towards graduation. They will provide support to youth and their families at school, in court, and at other sites when needed. It is necessary for the Student Advocate to be familiar with students and family support services and agencies. They will cultivate and maintain relationships with SFUSD, the Department of Children Youth and their Families (DCYF), the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), Juvenile Probation Department (JPD), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), and all other CARE partners.

The Student Advocate is an integral part of program innovation and implementation. This position will plan and facilitate classes for high school-aged youth centered around personal development; Emotional Intelligence, Goal Setting, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Public Speaking, Financial Literacy, and Workforce Development. They will plan and chaperone off-site field trip opportunities.

Lastly, the Student Advocate requires an understanding of the YMCA movement and will engage with cohorts and additional working groups to help advance the Y's Mission. They will participate on the Buchanan YMCA Coordinator Team and will fulfill all duties required from this team. It is imperative for the Student Advocate to excel in communication, relationship building, and program promotion. When needed, they will attend branch and community meetings.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • BA/BS preferred. Or, 3+ years working with opportunity youth
  • Curriculum and event planning, youth empowerment, and office admin skills 
  • Must be available Monday – Friday during program and meeting hours. Nights/weekends as needed
  • Related Experience: 3 or more years in a classroom and providing case management
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish and/or Cantonese preferred
  • YMCA approved CPR and FA certifications: 
  • Health screening and TB Clearance

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All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees