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

The Youth Housing Clinical Specialist supports youth and staff across five of SMYAL’s Youth Housing Programs. The Clinical Specialist provides client-centered therapeutic services to address the resident’s education, mental health, physical health, and permanent housing needs/goals through coordinated activities and referrals. The Clinical Specialist supports housing staff by providing clinical supervision and crisis intervention. The Clinical Specialist 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. Works in tandem with the Director of Youth Housing to support Youth Housing staff and residents.


  • Master of Social Work or equivalent master’s degree 
  • LICSW or fully licensed in mental health field: All applicants MUST be fully licensed
  • 2+ years case management experience
  • 2+ years of providing supervision
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities and issues, housing interventions, and mental health support
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check 
  • Ability to pass an employee drug screening 


Reports to:
Director of Clinical Services

Monday-Friday 11am-7pm
Weekend hours based on need

Job Duties: 

  • Provides individual and group counseling. 
  • Provides clinical supervision and oversight of clinical case management to youth housing staff.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Complete resident intakes, orientations, and graduations (exits). 


Salary and Benefits:

This is a full time salary position. This position is expected to work in person. Salary is $75,000 with excellent benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement, vacation and sick time, training opportunities, and clinical supervision.

To Apply:

Applicants may send resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Youth Housing Clinical Specialist.” Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please. Please apply by October 8th.