Relief Overnight Residential Youth Counselor - New Roads and Youth Haven

· Kirkland, Washington
Employment Type Relief
Compensation $18.00 - $18.50 Per Hour + $250 Signing Bonus


This position is eligible to receive a $250 signing bonus!


Friends of Youth will be requiring all employee, vendors/contractors, and volunteers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by October 18, 2021. The updated policy is intended to comply with all State, Federal, and local laws, and is based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Governor Inslee’s amendment of Proclamation 20-05 and 20-14, requires vaccinations for Health Care providers. As we are all still in our Covid-19 journey with many lives affected, lost loved ones, those with long term symptoms, and the emerging cases from the Delta variant, this is the best decision for the youth and young adults we serve, as well as our staff. For more information please contact Human Resources at


For over 70 years, Friends of Youth has been driven by a belief that all youth should have every opportunity to succeed, and partners with youth and families to provide the relationships, resources, and skills they need to attain personal growth and success. With 24 program sites serving 18 cities in the Puget Sound Region, Friends of Youth provides safe places and emotional support for youth facing circumstances including homelessness, foster care, and behavioral health challenges. By joining our team, you will make a difference in the lives of young people by supporting them in taking their next steps toward safety, stability, and belonging. We are always excited and happy to meet anyone who shares an interest in and passion for contributing to our mission. We hope that you will join us! 



The Relief Overnight Residential Youth Counselor works in a collaborative environment to support unaccompanied refugee and immigrant youth ages 16-20 at New Roads, and youth experiencing homelessness ages 7-17 at Youth Haven. Relief Overnight Residential Youth Counselors work intermittently to ensure care and supervision is provided 24/7 while assisting with youths’ homework, recreation time, and meals.  


  • Provide care and supervision of youth, including performing regular bed checks and monitoring whereabouts; positively structures morning routines for youth by instructing and guiding youth in self-care tasks, including personal care, wake-up routines, and preparing meals according to posted menus.   
  • Assist youth with establishing and achieving their goals, while modeling appropriate behavior and healthy relationships.  
  • Record interactions, health and behavioral observation in youth charts, objectively taking note of activities or incidences, and filing charts according to the organization system.   
  • Perform house laundry, dishwashing duties, and other chores to maintain a clean and healthy living environment; provides general sanitation support, including the cleaning of offices and restrooms. 


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.  
  • Minimum one year of experience in working or volunteering with youth.  
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.  
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one by date of employment. 
  • Passion for working with youth and young adults ages 7-21.  



  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English. 
  • Experience working or volunteering with refugee and/or immigrant youth. 
  • Experience working with youth in foster care or experiencing homelessness.  



Non-Bilingual starting rate of $18 per hour and Bilingual in Spanish starting rate of $18.50 per hour + $250 signing bonus*.



Relief staff can pick shifts from the available openings. Shifts are overnight, 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. Work is performed onsite/in-person. 



  • Demonstrates a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.   
  • Ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.  
  • Understand the dynamics of homelessness and trauma experienced by the youth and incorporate knowledge into daily interactions with youth. 
  • Knowledge of Strength Based Practice, Harm Reduction, and Trauma Informed Care. 
  • Understanding of clear and appropriate boundaries with youth. 
  • Ability to perform CPR and First Aid and to administer Naloxone, if needed (training provided).



  • Must be 21 years of age or older. 
  • Must satisfactorily pass criminal background check.
  • Must satisfactorily pass tuberculosis (TB) test.   
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license.   
  • Must have a safe driving record as defined by Friends of Youth. 
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or approved medical/religious exemption request).



Friends of Youth welcomes, honors, and celebrates our clients, colleagues and communities’ diverse identities, histories, knowledges, languages, and cultures. Our organizational values shape the way we work individually and collectively, as we prioritize young people’s belonging and achievement. We work to challenge, alter, and ultimately dismantle interconnected systems of structural and historic oppression. We collaborate with community stakeholders and partners to develop policy and decision-making frameworks that advance racial equity. 



Friends of Youth is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. As an organization on a journey towards becoming anti-racist and anti-oppressive, we are committed to equitable hiring practices. As an equal opportunity employer, Friends of Youth does not discriminate against employees or applicants based on race, ethnicity, cultural identity, creed, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, religion, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, marital status, parental status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, are/have been system-impacted and other people from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with Disabilities to apply for this position or to perform the essential functions of this position. It is our commitment to assess our current systems and create more opportunities for access and inclusion. To request accommodation or support, please email the Human Resources Team at  


For a copy of the full job description, please e-mail  

*The signing bonus is a one-time bonus that must be repaid if the employee leaves their position at Friends of Youth before six months.  

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  • Location
    Kirkland, Washington
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation
    $18.00 - $18.50 Per Hour + $250 Signing Bonus