Family Partner - Community Youth Coaching, (Columbus, NE)

Reports To: Program Director

Classification: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Flexible 40 hr/week schedule. Must be available to work with the family as their schedule allows including non-traditional business hours such as early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays as needed; including rotational on-call availability.

Rate of Pay: $16.25/hour  


At CEDARS, our mission is to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. For nearly 75 years, thousands of kids and families have found refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. As one of Nebraska’s most trusted child-service organizations, we make sure that kids feel safe and secure. At the same time, we’re giving parents, foster families, and partnering agencies the support they need to care effectively for kids.


Community Youth Coaching is a youth-guided, family-driven service designed to provide an innovative, strength-based, supportive and individualized alternative to detention. The program works to strengthen community safety through intensive relationship building, skill building, and positive youth development. We aim to collaborate with the family in coaching and guiding the youth to influence positive behavior change.


  • Provide direct-care and individualized coaching in the natural communities and homes of youth and their families
  • Provide frequent, meaningful, and intentional contact with assigned youth to develop a mentoring relationship and influence positive behavior change
  • Facilitate assessment and service planning with the youth and family
  • Provide guidance, teach and model skills to help support the needs of the youth and/or family
  • Support assigned youth’s daily schedule, including transportation needs for court, school, and appointments with Probation and other community agencies
  • Document all aspects of service delivery and monitoring of service outcomes in a professional and timely manner
  • Assist the youth and family in the identification and access of informal supports and other community-based resources


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, psychology or closely related field is preferred
  • At least 2 years of experience working with children and families and/or other work related experience is preferred
  • Must have a genuine interest in and concern for all youth and families
  • Strong relationship skills, organizational and communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record


  • You have prior experience working collaboratively as part of a case management team with children and families
  • You have a genuine interest in and concern for all children, youth and families with a strong commitment to child and family centered service delivery and family preservation.
  • You understand the underlying issues caused by trauma
  • You are sensitive to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the clients and families CEDARS serves
  • You have a passion for working collaboratively with other professionals, case managers, schools and the community to ensure consistent and ongoing efforts and progress.
  • Autonomous worker who can manage time wisely
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • You have ability to use electronic data entry retrieval systems and effectively use computers


As a full-time active employee, you are eligible to participate in the following benefits:

  • medical, dental, and vision coverages
  • flexible spending accounts and health spending accounts
  • personal leave, emergency leave, paid holidays, and floating holidays
  • retirement plan with 5% company match
  • life & long-term disability insurance
  • employee assistance program
  • wellness and engagement program
  • early childhood childcare discount
  • opportunities to collect overtime hours if desired
  • shift differentials for overnight hours worked and holidays
  • mileage reimbursement
  • extensive training and professional development opportunities


At CEDARS, we embrace diversity, and we know the journey towards belonging never ends. Click (here) to learn more about our journey.

If you are passionate about helping children and youth and building stronger families, CEDARS may be the right FIT for you!