Program Specialist

Department: Life Skills
FLSA Status: Full-time Exempt
Job Location: The Attic Youth Center
Reports to: Associate Director
Direct Reports: None
Starting Salary: $45500

Position Summary:

The Program Specialist works within the Life Skills Department at The Attic, which supports skills-building among LGBTQ youth in five tracks: academic enrichment, job readiness, health & wellness, arts & culture, and youth leadership. The Program Specialists work collaboratively with other Life Skills staff to develop and facilitate creative and engaging center programming while helping to maintain a supportive and respectful environment for all youth that participate in services.  The Program Specialist will also coach youth and young adults in identifying, pursuing, and reaching goals related to programming focus areas.

Essential Accountabilities:

Program Support

  • Develop and implement interactive programs and curricula for groups, workshops, and other programming in the Life Skills tracks.
  • Provide direct life coaching support through groups and one-on-one sessions to young LGBTQ people ages 14-23 focused on identifying, articulating, and planning toward achieving short and long term goals.
  • Provide direct support through groups and one-on-one sessions with youth focused on identifying, articulating, and planning towards their goals.
  • Support planning and implementation of community-based events.
  • Communicate with staff on individual cases; assist in case planning and make referrals within the Attic (counseling, case management, HIV prevention services, etc.) and outside providers as appropriate.
  • Confer with parents/guardians as necessary.
  • Promote and encourage youth participation in community activities.
  • Enforce Attic policies as written to provide a safe space for all youth.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist with staff coverage during drop-in and group hours, and/or throughout typical day as necessary to adequately staff the center, including group monitoring, hall monitoring, and the front of the building.
  • Maintain youth member files and database information; track enrollment and progress, and report outcomes per guidance by agency and/or funding source.
  • Participate in staff meetings, department meetings and consultations, and supervisory meetings.
  • Participate in staff professional development as necessary and/or required.
  • Attend and participate in all Attic annual and special events.
  • Ensure that Community Guidelines are upheld among youth participants and staff.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Teamwork and Collaboration:

Attic Youth Center Values:


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, or human services-related field; at least one (1) year of relevant experience required.
  • Experience working with diverse populations of adolescents in an urban setting, including knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth from various cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in positive youth development and empowerment.
  • Experience working with families, volunteers, and collaborating community agencies.
  • Experience facilitating group discussions and managing a variety of small and large group dynamics.
  • Ability to work with youth in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Ability to plan creative and engaging groups and programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including conflict mediation and public speaking.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment when appropriate and strong decision-making skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Program Specialist job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Program Specialist job.

  • The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Often uses a computer, tablet, or other office technology such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.
  • Retrieve and deliver supplies from storage areas to clients and move boxes and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.

Often works in outdoor weather conditions, especially during Spring/Summer months.

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