IHYC Overnight Youth Specialist

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Des Moines, IA

The Overnight Youth Specialist will supervise and care for Transitional Living Center clients during designated awake hours of 9pm-1am and 6am-9am, while providing an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. The Overnight Youth Specialist will be able to sleep between the hours of 1am-6am, as long as the phone can be heard and picked up in case of emergency. Ensures that all basic needs of clients are met, and that the youth are provided with a safe, stable environment in which to work toward independence.

  • High School Diploma/equivalent is required.
    One year of experience in the human services field is required.
  • Ability to actively learn and listen.
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills to problems solve.
  • Ability to convey information effectively through speech and writing skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate effectively with others.
  • Ability to manage resources effectively.
  • Ability to manage one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Clean out office duplex every shift. Clean out recently vacated duplex units and get a duplex unit prepared by doing laundry and making beds.
  • Housekeeping cleanliness skills
  • Assist youth who are not eligible for program services in finding suitable resources.
  • Provide program information to potential clients, parents, referral sources, and other groups, both in person and over the phone, as needed.
  • Supervise TLP clients during assigned hours of 9pm- 1am and 6am-9am and as necessary from 1 am-6am.
  • Relate to clients in a caring, supportive manner, while enforcing program rules and guidelines consistently, firmly, and fairly.
  • Oversee client activities such as chores, curfew, bedtime, wake-up, and personal hygiene.  Is aware of clients' presence and behavior at all times.
  • Be aware of clients' guests, monitor their actions, and ask them to leave if needed.
  • Assist clients in meeting basic needs such as food, clothing, bedding, personal care products, transportation, and safety.  May take youth to outside sources to meet these needs, if necessary.
  • Conduct urinalysis tests as needed, is aware of clients' behavior, and handles possible usage appropriately.  Conduct room searches, if needed, to ensure that there are no weapons or illegal substances in the facility.
  • Alert on-call staff of major incidents or emergencies.  Conduct emergency bed intakes as needed.
  • Attend to clients' medical needs, dispense medication, and complete all necessary documentation.
  • Inspect facility for maintenance problems and report issues to Associate Director that cannot be resolved.
  • Ensure safety, cleanliness, and appearance of the facility and complete Overnight shift responsibility checklist nightly before going to sleep and provide checklist to Coordinator.
  • Assist with inventory of household supplies, personal care products, and food items.  Order Food Bank supplies as needed.
  • Work with clients on life skills such as cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, budgeting, interpersonal relationships, personal hygiene, anger management, self-esteem, social skills, problem solving, job hunting, transportation, and leisure activities.
  • Work with clients to ensure that they complete paperwork such as DHS application, Living Skills Assessment, Daniel Memorial, etc., as requested by the Lighthouse TLP Coordinator.
  • Complete all necessary logging, shift reports, and other documentation.
  • Attend all Team meetings and Staff meetings unless the Lighthouse TLP Coordinator is notified of conflict in advance.
  • Provide phone and receptionist support during non-office hours. Make sure that while sleeping the YS cell phone is near and present.
  • Attend in-service trainings as needed.
  • Attend bi-weekly or monthly supervisory meeting with the Program Coordinator



For more information, please contact Amanda West at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
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