Self-Sufficiency Advocate

We are YSS!

As a Self-Sufficiency Advocate (SSA), you will provide aftercare services to former foster care recipients between the ages of 18 and 21 and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) eligible participants. In addition to assessment and case management, this service includes assisting each young adult in moving toward self-sufficiency and self-responsibility. As an SSA you will also:


  • Oversee and carries out all responsibilities identified in the Iowa Aftercare Services Network Contract.
  • Provide face-to-face contact with each client a minimum of twice per month.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the relevant sections of the Code of Iowa.
  • Maintain collateral contacts with schools, employers, and therapists to monitor progress.
  • Attend meetings as scheduled.
  • Provide completed billing monthly ensuring that all aspects of billing are included and that it is accurate.
  • Carry out all aspects of documentation requirements.
  • Provide assessment and case management of young adults.
  • Ensure the immediate safety and basic needs of each young adult.
  • Transport clients when necessary.

Please note that this description is not intended to be a complete list of the responsibilities required for this position. Duties may change at any time, with or without notice.


Abuse. Neglect. Chaos. Conflict. Many kids escape frightening and often dangerous situations, finding safety and solace at YSS. Our programs offer struggling youth and families, support, and direction toward something they may have never experienced - hope.


YSS offers a compelling opportunity to work with one of Iowa’s oldest and largest youth-serving nonprofit organizations. Our mission is centered around providing hope and opportunity by putting kids first. With locations across the state and tailored centers in each community, we are deeply committed to addressing the unique needs of the youth we serve. Our diverse leadership team brings together a wide range of specialties and expertise, all dedicated to our mission. With a rich history spanning over four decades, YSS has a strong legacy of making a positive impact in the lives of young people. Join us in creating a brighter future for youth and discover:


  • A team of bright, collaborative, dependable, and  fun colleagues
  • An exciting, welcoming workplace
  • A clear, mission-driven purpose to create hope and opportunity by putting kids first
  • Opportunities for development
  • Programs focused on your personal wellness
  • Discounts on pet insurance for your furry family


Full-Time Employee Benefits include...

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Supplemental accident, critical illness, and hospital indemnity insurance
  • Accrued paid time off, plus paid time off for holidays, your birthday, and volunteering
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee recognition program
  • Retirement offerings

What we ask...

We want to create a world where youth are valued and empowered to stand strong. To do this, we ask our staff to embrace YSS core values - Commitment, Collaboration, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity, and a “Can Do” Spirit.


Required Education, Knowledge, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelors degree in human services or a related field
  • Minimum of two years of related experience
  • Must be at least 21 years of age to meet insurance requirements to drive YSS vehicles
  • Must have a valid Iowa drivers license

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Entry Level

Job Function : General

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