Youth Navigator

Location: Federal Way, WA (King County)

About Pacific Islander Community Association (PICA-WA)

The Pacific Islander Community Association (PICA, PICA-WA) is an organization that seeks to live out the indigenous values of the Pasifika communities here in Washington State through community organizing, political engagement, and speaking our truth fiercely to systems of power. Our mission is threefold: establish a cultural home, center community power, and further the wellness of our communities physically, culturally, socially, and spiritually. We envision Pacific Islander communities thriving physically, culturally, socially & spiritually.

Job Summary

Employment details:

  • Full-Time, exempt position. 40 hrs/week (Mon-Fri, 9AM – 5PM)
  •  Starting Salary: $60,000 plus benefits
  • Reports to: Youth Services Director

The Youth navigator will be responsible for collaborating with and guiding individuals referred away from the criminal legal system and other systems that harm youth. They will work to build empathetic relationships and work with individuals to formulate a support plan and provide community support that best serves the unique goals and needs of that individual, centering on principles of restorative justice and healing.

Primary areas of support to individuals:

  • Basic Needs: Supporting youth and their family members and community members who have experienced harm in accessing basic needs such as housing and rent support, bill payments, groceries, clothing, mental and physical health services, and other needs
  • Restorative Justice and Healing: Creating collective spaces for healing, and processes for healing and accountability for the youth and community members who have experienced harm
  • Connection: Providing youth with peer-support and mentorship, alongside educational and vocational opportunities, and support services
  • Community: Building and holding space for intentional community support and organizing centered in shared identity (racial, refugee, gender, sexual, religious, cultural, etc.)
  • Cultural Identity Development: Provide intergeneration spaces and programming to nurture the remittance of Pasifika culture and values between youth and adults.

Responsibilities

Youth Navigation

  • Participate in regular professional development to strengthen role as Youth Navigators.
  • Enroll youth in youth navigation through the development of individualized service plans unique to the goals and need of each youth participant.
  • Support with quantitative and qualitative data collection around recidivism, changes in perspective on interpersonal relationships, awareness of possible responses and interventions to harm, self-efficacy, perception of empowerment and ability to make change, mutual-aid instincts, leadership development, problem solving skills, critical consciousness, sense of autonomy, sense of purpose.
  • Track youth progress through continued needs assessment and evaluation of skill development.
  • Engage in active/radical listening to effectively respond to youth needs.
  • Believe in and nurture the development of youth through collaboration, co-creation, and elevation of youth voice.
  • Support the development of accountability, autonomy, and agency of youth.
  • Develop and coordinate Pasifika Wayfinder (NH/PI youth) programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Culturally and linguistically congruent with youth.
  • Directly impacted by or experience with criminal legal system.
  • Abolitionist approach.
  • Trauma-informed knowledge.
  • Understanding of how to provide support to individuals of various ages based in autonomy and choice.
  • An understanding of resources and community organizations available to support youth throughout the county.

Work Experience Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to our mission, vision and values.
  • Experience in and/or working with diverse Pasifika communities which include Micronesian, Polynesian and Melanesian communities.
  • Experience in and/or working with folks of different abilities and neurodiversity.
  • Experience supporting and working with people navigating trauma and/or in crisis.
  • Strong racial and social justice analysis rooted in Pasifika values and principles.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including excellent oral, written and listening communication; strong candidates will have additional languages skills.
  • Ability to think strategically while paying attention to detail and meeting deadlines.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and passion for improving the community PICA-WA aims to serve.
  • Excellent organizational skills, such as convening meetings, scheduling, and note-taking.
  • Experience with project management, event planning, and event coordination.
  • Knowledge and experience to identify social justice issues and be culturally responsive with an equity, diversity, and inclusion framework.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and coordinating across multiple parties to adhere to organizational and grant guidelines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Requires travel to offsite meetings and a valid driver’s license is preferred but other forms of transportation are acceptable if position requirements are met in a timely manner.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, public administration, public health or a related field OR equivalent successful workplace experience.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources, Fa’ana Fanene-Martin at faana@picawa.org with subject line, “Youth Navigator: First Name and Last Initial.” Priority will be given to applications submitted by Monday, July 15 at 9AM.

🔔 Office Closure Reminder

We will be closed from June 5th to June 12th for a Pasifika Wellness Week. We have been given the opportunity for many of our PICA staff to attend the FESTPAC Celebration in Honolulu, Hawai’i during this time.  
 
For PICA, this week is a time to honor our cultures, our communities and each other. Our vision as an agency is to live out the values of Pasifika that center our community power, while affirming our ways of life.  FESTPAC is in direct alignment of PICA’s goal of furthering the wellness of our communities in physical, cultural, socially and spiritual approaches. It is in this framework that our presence will be made in addition to celebrating our history and receiving culturally relevant/culturally specific trainings, workshops, and much more.

 

If you are in need of emergency support during this time, please call 211. Otherwise, you may fill out our referral form here and our team will follow up with you as soon as possible upon our return. You may also leave us a message or voicemail at contact@picawa.org / (206) 686-5221.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!