Host Home Recruiter and Case Manager

Position Description

Position:          Host Home Recruiter and Case Manager
Department:    Cascade Youth & Family Center, (CYFC): Basic Center
Reports to:      Community Programs Director and Vice President of Operations­­­­­­­­­­­

Position Summary:

Responsible for recruiting a stable and diverse supply of youth Host Home families. Present information on being a Host Home Family at service group meetings and organizations, place advertisements, provide website content, develop brochures, hold special events and develop additional recruitment campaigns. Hold monthly introduction and orientation sessions for potential host home families. Identify, screen and train youth Host Home families and provide additional training as needed.

The Case Manager serves CYFC Basic Center youth in short term and emergency shelter programs. Provide mediation services to families and youth in crisis, creating options through community and Agency resources. Intake and assessment of identified youth with referrals created for appropriate resources.

This position is a full position with variable shifts including nights and weekends, although primary hours are Monday through Friday. Emergency on call availability is a core expectation of position.


Host Home Recruiter

  • Locate, recruit and screen host home families for runaway, marginalized and homeless youth
  • Liaison between Basic Center and Host Homes
  • Provide, document and monitor all aspects of recruitment, training, licensing and certification process for Host Home families
  • Monitor, interact and tailor training on a continual and individual family basis
  • Interview and do home-site visits with potential Host Home families
  • Meet bi-annual recruiting quotas through ongoing Host Home recruitment
  • Perform and document required home studies of Host Home families
  • Facilitate quarterly reports
  • Report all Host Home concerns, potential DHS violations and recruitment shortfalls to Program Manager

Case Manager

  • Maintain professional contact with schools, juvenile department, law enforcement and other agencies as required to effectively facilitate referrals, positive relationships and case management.
  • Provide intake completion and comprehensive assessment through use of standardized instruments for at risk youth under the age of 18
  • Identify and create community resources and services to support healthier family options
  • Shelter runaways and work to problem solve, redirect and secure placements for at risk youth in short term and emergency shelter
  • Facilitate family mediations, problem solve and provide conflict resolution to promote the healing of damaged families
  • Provide thorough documentation and reporting
  • Provide backup crisis and support services for Basic Center and CYFC as requested.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Program Manager


  • Knowledge, Skills and Ability: Knowledge and awareness of requirements for a safe, nurturing, healthy home. Knowledge of DHS Host Home requirements and ability to train in order to implement these standards of certification. Able to identify areas of Host Home weaknesses and develop appropriate training to improve. Ability to create training options and bring in resources to increase Host Home standards and competence. Ability to understand, supervise and communicate effectively, professionally and in a positive manner with runaway, homeless and underappreciated youth and their families, as well as community based  professionals and Agency coworkers. Advanced problem solving, conflict resolution and mediation skills. Knowledge of intake and assessment procedures regarding at risk juveniles, ages 11-17. Knowledge of juvenile justice and area youth service systems, including education institutions, family resource availability and Agency options. Ability to provide crisis intervention, mediation and effective referrals. Strong communication, organizational and management skills. Comfortable speaking in front of groups and working as a part of groups. Able to work independently and as a team member. Valid Oregon driver’s license and CPR/1st Aid certification required.
  • Experience and Training: Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and groups as well as in developing and implementing strategic plans required. A master’s degree with major study in social work or a closely allied field and one (1) year of experience in the care and rehabilitation of youth, or a bachelor’s degree with major study in social work, psychology, sociology or a closely allied field and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in the care and rehabilitation of youth. A minimum of one (1) year of case management. Valid Oregon driver license and CPR/1st Aid certification required.
  • Physical Requirements: This is primarily a sedentary position. The employee frequently is required to use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is not meant to be all inclusive, and it is subject to change