Youth Ambassador

Job Description

Title: Youth Ambassador

Location: Pennsylvania-Mechanicsburg

Posted Date: Apr 27, 2023

Organization: Mechanicsburg Child Welfare Training Programs

Description: The Youth Ambassador brings a youth and foster care perspective to the various state initiatives of the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Resource Center). The Youth Ambassador will gain a representative perspective of Pennsylvania’s older foster youth through extensive interaction with youth throughout the State who are or have been in substitute care. Based on these interactions, this individual will provide feedback to the Resource Center staff and other statewide stakeholders in efforts to enhance child welfare practices for better outcomes for children, youth, and families throughout Pennsylvania.

The Youth Ambassador must be able to effectively articulate experiences as a youth in out-of-home care and have the ability and willingness to share those experiences and make connections to other youth’s experiences in a group context. The Youth Ambassador functions as a member of the Statewide Quality Improvement Department. The incumbent must be or have been in substitute care past the age of 14 and have been eligible for Independent Living services within the past 3 years.

Must have excellent analytic, problem solving, writing, presentation, and collaboration skills. Must have skills in facilitating and presenting on behalf of the Resource Center/University with numerous other large organizations, including universities, counties, state government and other public and private human service organizations.

Experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred. A commitment to achieving equity and inclusion in the child welfare system is a must.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity.

EOE, including disability/veterans.

Valid driver’s license required. Travel is required for the position. Must be able to travel long distances throughout Pennsylvania.

PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.

Candidates who desire consideration for this position MUST complete each of the following steps: apply online and attach each of the following: cover letter and resume. Candidates are encouraged to also attach a writing sample. Writing sample can be a full document or excerpt of a document, should not exceed 5 years old, and should be limited to no more than two pages. The writing sample should address your lived experience as an older youth in foster care.

The Child Welfare Resource Center operates in a hybrid work approach where work can be completed remotely, in the Mechanicsburg office, and in the field as necessary and appropriate. Time for this position is estimated as 75% remote work, 10% in the Mechanicsburg office, and 15% in the field. Typical field travel required will be statewide throughout the Commonwealth.

Please review the Posting Deadline at and for more information about the Resource Center, visit us at

When posting, please include the following:The University offers: • A robust retirement savings plan option, including• 100% University match on employee contribution of 3-8% of base pay• 150% University match on employee contribution of 3-8% of base pay after vesting.• Enhanced University match for those nearing retirement• 11 Paid Holidays• Paid Vacation, Sick, and Personal Days• Additional Paid Time Off (Winter Recess) during the period between Christmas and the New Year• Paid Parental Leave• Above-average Employer Contribution toward Medical, Prescription Drug, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, and LTD insurance plans• Flexible Work Schedules

High School Diploma or GED with less than 1 year of related work experience. This individual must have an understanding of experiences within the foster care system, and have the ability and willingness to articulate those experiences in a group context. A valid driver’s license is required.

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement.

Assignment Category: Full-time regular

Job Classification: Staff.Child Welfare Ambassador

Job Family: Child Development

Job Sub Family: Child Welfare

Campus: Mechanicsburg

Minimum Education Level Required: High School Diploma/GED

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Work Arrangement: On-Campus: Teams that work on campus, in an office, or in a lab.

Hiring Range: TBD Based on Qualifications

Relocation_Offered: No

Visa Sponsorship Provided: No

Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check

Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks are required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter

Optional Documents: Writing Sample

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