Youth and Families Advocate

WE ARE HIRING! Are you interested in a job where you assist people of diverse socioeconomic, racial and cultural backgrounds, in order to improve their health and well-being? Are you excited to work for a non-profit organization that deeply values its staff, and offers great benefits? Do you have experience working within Native communities? 

If you can answer YES! to all of the above questions, then this might be the job for you! Read on to learn more about the position….


  1. Support development and design a system of care to meet the mental health needs of American Indian / Alaskan Native youth and families in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, which includes:
    • Engaging area youth and families
    • Outreaching to and collaborating with local stakeholders at community, county, and tribal level
    • Completing data collection and reporting efforts
    • Collaborate with clinical staff in systems development and implementation
  2. Support development, implementation, and continuation of the AIH&S Youth Programs to promote positive youth development and family engagement, which includes:
    • Engaging youth and families in practice-based prevention activities that strengthen existing protective factors
    • Develop and implement programming that encourages positive youth development
    • Collaborative with stakeholders (e.g. youth, families, local agencies, etc.) on program activities
    • Collaborate with clinical staff in development and implementation of early intervention activities.
    • Contribute to progress and program reports as required
    • Contribute to writing grant applications to support sustainability and development of AIH&S Youth Programs
  3. Conduct outreach for AIH&S Programs and services to area youth and families, including CWD programs and events


  • Maintain an awareness and appreciation of traditions, socioeconomic challenges and the cultural and spiritual needs of American Indians and Alaska Native members of all tribes in the community.
  • Able to work and engage with youth of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds—including their families.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Grant writing and management skills.
  • Must be computer literate with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • The ability to read, write and speak English. The ability to read, write and speak Spanish also is preferred.
  • Successfully pass a background check to be permitted to work with children.
  • A valid driver’s license, good driving record, current auto insurance and reliable transportation.
  • Knowledge and experience of unique health needs of Native communities—with a specific understanding of and appreciation for trauma-informed approaches, practices, and systems.
  • Greet community members of all backgrounds, race, ethnicity, age and gender with tact, courtesy, discretion, humility, good judgement and compassion
  • Understanding of and experience in conducting Community Based Participatory Research—data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Communicate with community members in a clear, concise and helpful manner
  • Systems development experience—experience in designing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining systems
  • Respectful of diverse practices, beliefs, and traditions in community—able to respectfully navigate diverse and sometimes opposing beliefs and viewpoints in community without preference or partiality.
  • Team player—able to work collaboratively on projects, taking on assignments and duties as assigned by supervisor, project lead, or area leads; regularly communicate with project team and supervisor to ensure work products and approaches are meeting the needs of the project; and providing/receiving constructive feedback for quality improvement

This job is a full-time, non-exempt position. It may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties to accommodate special events and programming, including occasional evenings and weekends.


This position starts at a salary of $25-$32 hourly, DOE.

American Indian Health & Services offers a fantastic, well-rounded employee benefits package including: 

– 14 paid holidays per year

– 5.5 hours per pay period of accrued PTO

– 100% employer paid employee-only coverage on Blue Shield Medical (HMO or PPO), and Principal Dental and Vision benefit plans (eligible the 1st of the month following date of hire)

– 401k plan with 4% employer matching contribution (eligible after 90 days)

– Paid AAA membership  (eligible after 90 days)

Job Category: Community Outreach
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Santa Barbara

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