At San Diego Youth Services, we provide critical services to more than 17,000 homeless, runaway and other vulnerable youth each year. You can help save a young person’s life.

Top 3 Reasons to Work at San Diego Youth Services

Mission-Driven Work

Our staff empower youth to thrive by meeting their basic needs and providing lifelong skills for self-sufficiency and achieving their life ambitions. Our vision is to create a world where all youth have equal opportunities to achieve their goals and make their dreams a reality.

Growth Opportunties

Staff development is a priority for us. We offer a multitude of trainings on topics such as leadership development, DEI, cultural competency and more. Thanks to a grant, we are directly contributing $120,000 to staff to fund their educational goals.

Impact Your Community

At San Diego Youth Services, you can make a direct, positive impact on San Diego's youth. Our focus on outcomes is a vital part of determining how we meet our mission. Take a look at our community impact report and statistics to see how we're doing.

Hear from Our Employees

Employee Benefits

Competitive Salary

Offering competitive nonprofit pay scaled to San Diego cost of living.

Paid Time Off & Holidays

Up to 27 days of paid time off (18 days for new hires), 14.5 holidays plus 2 full personal holidays annually.

Retirement savings plan (403b)

Up to 2% employer match immediately available.

Medical, Dental & Vision

Affordable plan options for full- and part-time employees, with medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Stipend for waived benefits.

Additional Insurance

Employee-paid: life insurance, long term disability, AD&D. Voluntary: accident, critical illness, voluntary life, hospital indemnity, short-term disability.

Employer Paid Employee Assistance

Confidential mental health services available to all staff members 24 hours per day.

Career Training

Employer paid internal and external career enhancing professional training.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical licensure hours available during work hours.

Educational Assistance

Provided to eligible and approved direct service staff via a grant from the state of California.

We Are a Public Service Forgiveness Loan Employer

Join Our Team

Interested in making a real change in the lives of San Diego's homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth? We may have the perfect opportunity for you!

We are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

SDYS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Clearances are to be paid up front by prospective staff members and are eligible for reimbursement:

  • In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Background check (regular or CCL)
  • Drug screening
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Reference checks
  • Driving clearances, if required by program of interest

For questions about current job openings, please contact our Human Resources team at