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.

Current Openings

Youth Housing Case Manager

Position Summary:

The Youth Housing Case Manager has shared case management responsibility for youth 18-24 in the SMYAL Transitional Living Program. Provides client centered case management services to address the resident’s education, mental health, physical health and permanent living situation through coordinated activities and referral. Assists youth in obtaining their own apartment and/or reunification with parents. Connects youth with services with the goal of developing skills for independent living upon completion of the program.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop mutually agreed upon client identified goals and objectives, completes assessment of service needs
  • Follows up on referrals in a timely, accurate manner; Conducts resident intakes and assessments
  • Assist clients in advocating for and obtaining benefits, entitlements, and legal services;
  • Provide crisis intervention services and if necessary, refer clients for psychiatric assessment;
  • Responsible for care coordination with service providers for clients, including primary and ongoing medical, mental health, substance abuse and supportive services;
  • Assist clients in obtaining and, if possible, achieving independent living;
  • Provide weekly face to face case management services;
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining community partnerships with other providers;
  • Present psychosocial needs, strengths and limitations of all assigned clients during supervision and interdisciplinary (staff meetings) care planning meetings and case conferences;
  • Ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all client information;
  • Supervision/coordination of day to day activities of the program


  • Masters in social work, psychology, or therapeutic counseling
  • Experience working with LGBTQ youth preferred; Sensitivity to the needs and problems of LGBTQ youth who are homeless or at risk for homelessness
  • Ability to relate to LGBTQ youth and straight allies, particularly youth of color, low-income youth, and youth who have experienced trauma
  • Experience working/partnering with community based organizations
  • Knowledge of substance abuse/recovery, family systems, and mental health care
  • Good working knowledge of DC area providers and resources to address residents needs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Strong documentation and reporting skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (particularly Excel) and computer literacy
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities well and excel in a fast-paced environment
  • Available to work evenings and weekends, and on call as needed
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) is a plus
  • LGBT individuals, female-identifying individuals, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply:

Applicants may send resume and cover letter to with the subject line Youth Housing Case Manager. Cover letter should address why you believe you can support LGBTQ homeless youth as well as salary requirements. Resumes without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage applicants to apply as soon as able. Please apply by May 30th, 2019 at the latest. No phone calls, please.