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San Diego Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an organization, we believe that, in order to ensure a maximum quality of life, all persons should be given the opportunity to be exposed to, and learn about, the differences in humanity that bring a richness and unity to life. It is our intent to have staffing that reflects the ethnic makeup of the community.

Our staff has the opportunity to participate in events that are celebrated by the many communities that make up San Diego. The administrative reception area proudly displays trophies and plaques awarded for entries in the Cinco De Mayo, Gay and Lesbian Pride, and Martin Luther King, Jr., parades. Staff workdays throughout the year are punctuated by celebrations that feature the different cultures of the larger community.

Our management encourages participation at all levels, from our youth clients, community members and employees to our Board of Directors. Our staff has the opportunity to gather together to build their team and to set the agenda of their programs.

San Diego Youth Services encourages its staff to work within a social change model, and to utilize a community development approach that empowers the people they serve to be self determinant. We refer to the youth and family clients we serve as “service partners.” This simple terminology represents the agency’s fundamental view that all clients play an active role in meeting their own needs. The work of our staff facilitates the ability of service partners to determine their own life directions.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

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Employee Benefits

San Diego Youth Services offers comprehensive benefits to employees who work regularly at least 20 hours a week.

Leave benefits may include paid-time-off (18 days for the 1st year, 22 days for the 2nd, 27 days thereafter), parental leave, bereavement leave, jury/witness duty leave, sabbatical leave and 13 holidays.

In addition, we provide for a cafeteria-style benefits packet that allows eligible employees to choose from four HMO health insurance plans, a DMO or a PPO dental plan, vision plan, a 403 (b) account (a non-profit retirement savings option) and a dependent-care, expense-reimbursement program.

Employees may also choose to participate in any of the following:

  • Life insurance
  • Personal hospital intensive care insurance, personal recovery coverage, personal sickness indemnity plan, personal cancer protector plan
  • Personal accident expense plan
  • Personal short-term disability insurance
  • Direct deposit of paychecks

Furthermore, employees can purchase chocolates and candies at a discount from See’s wholesale outlet store, as well as discounted admissions to the movie theaters such as AMC, Edwards, Pacific, Regal and UA theaters. We regularly distribute offers that assist employees in participating in recreational activities at promotional rates such as discount coupons to Knott’s Berry Farm, Soak City, Magic Mountain, the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.

Pre-employment Requirements

Upon hire, San Diego Youth Services may require the following documents/information prior to employment, depending upon the position.

  • I-9 Employment
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Copy of driving record
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Criminal record verification including fingerprinting
  • Drug screening
  • TB test results
  • Physical examination
  • Child Abuse Index check
  • Experience verification
  • Education and/or license verification
  • Other as determined by position hired for


San Diego Youth Services is committed to enhancing the professional skills of its employees, consistent with the agency’s goals and the employees’ job descriptions. In addition to development through on-the-job performance, mentoring and supervision, staff members are recommended to obtain formal training hours as follows:

  • All direct service positions requiring a Master’s degree (including licensed staff, AOD staff, MFT Trainees and MSW Interns): 20 hours/year.
  • Foster Parents: 12 hours/year.
  • Child Care Workers: 40 hours/year
  • Core Staff/Direct Services: 12 hours/year
  • Management Staff: 12 hours/year

Actual required training hours may vary from the above recommendation depending on the contracts/projects the staff works on.

The agency publishes an annual training calendar on which all in-house training and workshops are listed, as well as selected development opportunities offered in the community. Examples of training topics are

  • Building bridges with youth
  • Case management
  • Coaching skills for managers
  • Community Care Licensing
  • Cultural Competency
  • Harassment and discrimination awareness & prevention training
  • HIPAA/Confidentiality
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Overview of substance abuse treatment for teens
  • Seeking Safety
  • Trauma Informed Care