Job and Internship Opportunities


SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

SMYAL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental handicap, or political affiliation.

Current Openings

General Job Description:

The Youth Housing Program case manager has shared case management responsibility in the Extended Transitional Youth Housing Program. The case manager provides client-centered case management services to address the resident’s education, mental health, physical health, and permanent housing needs/goals through coordinated activities and referrals. The case manager assists youth in obtaining appropriate permanent housing and/or reunifying with their family or kin, if clinically appropriate. The case manager works to connect youth to holistic supportive services with the goal of developing skills that lead to sustainable independent living upon graduation from the program. 


  • Master of Social Work or equivalent master’s degree 
  • 2+ years case management experience
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities and issues, housing interventions, and mental health support
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check 
  • Ability to pass a employee drug screening 

Reports to: Director of Youth Housing and Director of Clinical Services

Job Duties: 

  • Develop mutually agreed upon client identified goals, complete assessment of service needs, youth primary goal is permanent stable housing in the community; provide weekly 1 hour case management to each resident of the 12 youth residents. 
  • Coordinate psychosocial, legal, and medical referrals as needed. 
  • Provide SPDAT and need assessments to non-resident community youth as needed. 
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed, facilitate peer mediation, and if necessary, refer clients for psychiatric assessment. 
  • Assists clients in advocating for and obtaining benefits and entitlements. 
  • Plan and lead group meetings with residents.
  • Assist in program management duties including but not limited to, coordinating with volunteers and outside stakeholders, participating in community events, engaging in population advocacy.
  • Liaise with other service providers and assist in outreach efforts. 
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining community partnerships.
  • Responsible for distributing food and transportation funds to residents, reconciling receipts and tracking purchases.
  • Present psychosocial needs, strengths and limitations of all assigned clients during supervision and interdisciplinary (staff meetings) care planning meetings, and case consultation. 
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate, up to date, client records and documentation, and clinical notes. 
  • Responsible for ensuring residents are held accountable to program rules and responsibilities. 
  • Screen program candidates for admission, completing resident intakes, orientations, and graduations (exits). 

Operations Duties:

  • Perform monthly unit checks to ensure that units are safe, clean, and adhere to program rules and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with outside organizations for supply donations and volunteering events. 
  • Create new resident kits and prepare units for resident move in and move out.

Salary Range: $50,000 to $55,000

To Apply:

Applicants may send a resume and cover letter to Tim Saxton at with the subject line Case Manager Position. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please. Please apply by Friday, January 22nd. This is a full-time salary position. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement, vacation and sick time, training opportunities, and clinical supervision