Watsonville, CA
Salary: $17.00 to $18.00 /hour

406 Main Street, Suite 207 ∙ Watsonville, CA 95076

TEL. (831) 763-2147 ∙ FAX (831) 724-3447

WEBSITE: http://www.cabinc.org
Our mission is to partner with the community to to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services.


Position: Employment Placement Specialist/Case Manager (Bilingual-English/Spanish REQUIRED)

Program: Alcance – Youth Programs

Location: Watsonville, CA.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: $17-$18 per hour; up to 6% increase after 4 months

Benefits: 24 days annual leave to start & 12 paid holidays per year.

Medical, dental (employee pays half of dental), vision plan and life insurance,

24 days annual leave to start and 12 paid holidays, and Retirement Plan (401K) Retirement

Plan after six months of service)

Reports to: Employment Programs Director

DEADLINE: Submit resume and cover letter ASAP to Karen Chavez at KarenC @cabinc.org.

Overview: Alcance is one of six component programs of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County,

Inc. (CAB) and provides youth and adult alternatives to incarceration, re-entry, and workforce development services through the provision of employment readiness, training, mentoring and placement/job matching.

Alcance follows a strengths-based, outcomes-oriented approach, integrating evidence-based practices and advancing employment and mentoring as one of the most important vehicles for violence prevention for participants. Alcance’s Youth Programs are focused on addressing gaps in how the community supports youth and young adults that have been harmed by poverty and violence through providing culturally respectful services designed to increase youth wellbeing and safety, reduce harm, and build assets. This position is funded by a 3-year Justice Assistance (JAG) grant for the Santa Cruz County Comprehensive School Safety

Program (CSSP) that is a multi-agency school safety program featuring school threat assessment, bullying prevention and juvenile delinquency intervention. CAB and this position’s role in the CSSP are to provide employment readiness services such as resume writing, job search, interview preparation, etc. and assist youth participants with barriers such as language, transportation or scheduling, to obtain work needed supports and documentation and refer and place them into possible employment opportunities.


Outreach and Recruitment:

• Work with community partners including but not limited to schools and law enforcement/probation for appropriate youth referrals, conducting outreach and recruitment activities as needed.

• Conduct presentations with program information and attend collaborative and community/school-based events/meetings.

Case Management and Workplace Readiness Services:

• Provide intensive case management and mentoring to youth impacted by school-based bullying/violence; support with goal setting and access to services and supports that will increase their ability to obtain employment.

• Engage, maintain and track an active caseload of participants, at a given timeframe, that focuses on increasing youth safety and well-being through goal attainment, participation in prosocial activities including employment and/or educational opportunities.

• Build youth assets by providing Job Readiness focused on positive decision making, cultural strengths, and job preparation skills

• Work with other service providers that have lived experience working with resilient youth.

• Provide harm reduction strategies including 1:1 mentoring, advocacy and systems navigation.

• Engage youth’s families and increase access to services

• Plan and implement prosocial activities that will support youth success

Community Mobilization:

• Participate in youth violence reduction partnerships and community meetings within and across county agencies, other public and private entities, service providers, and additional stakeholders to accomplish defined objectives.

• Participate and assist in the preparation of peace promotion activities.

Crisis Response Responsibilities:

• Ensure safety of youth and staff by following established safety protocols.

• Work collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies, schools/districts and other local service agencies.

• May be asked to work occasional evenings, holidays and weekends.

• Must be available to work afterhours, holidays and weekends.

• Assist and support in neighborhood, school and or community conflict mediations.

Other Duties as Assigned.


-2-5 years of experience working in the field of youth programming and/or violence prevention services

-A.A. in Social Work, Public Health, Public Policy, Criminal Justice or closely related field or equivalent degree or experience

-Experience and knowledge of social determinants of health and effective violence prevention and intervention strategies

-Experience working with, or knowledge of, restorative justice principles

-Experience working with at-risk and high-risk youth and/or young adults

-Current valid CA driver’s license, clean driving record and proof of vehicle insurance

Dept of Justice and education-based background check clearance REQUIRED.


-Fluent Bilingual (English/Spanish) Written and Verbal skills; Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations

-Ability to work in a collaborative partnership environment

-A clear understanding of, and the ability to demonstrate, professional ethics, boundaries, and judgment

-Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability

-Action oriented with Strong problem-solving skills

-Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities

-Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks

-Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed

-Communicate with all staff/leadership levels of agencies/systems such as non-profits, schools, law enforcement

-Able to maintain overall direction and structured priorities to ensure contract outcomes are met

-Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population

-Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and internet and social media applications

-Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner


-B.A. in Social Work, Public Health, Public Policy, Criminal Justice or related field or equivalent degree/experience

-Experience or in-depth knowledge of best practices in violence prevention, community empowerment, alternatives to incarceration, youth development and public safety

-Familiarity with Santa Cruz County neighborhoods and community programs preferred

-Experience collaborating across government agencies and facilitating multi-agency processes

The hired candidate will adhere to CAB’s standard of upholding the agency’s mission, values and code of ethics through a commitment to confidentiality and communication.

This position is categorically funded by a grant. A decision will be made prior to the end of the grant period regarding continuation of the position.


Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of age, ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of Family and Medical

Care Leave, disability (mental and physical), marital, familial or parental status, medical condition, genetic information, military and Veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions), race, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

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