We’re Hiring! ACT Youth Lived Expert

The REACH Center works with thousands of at-risk youth and young adults ages 12-24 each year to provide them with educational opportunities, career development, peer mentoring, and other supportive services. REACH has a strong track record of leveraging institutional partnerships to serve young people, and coordinates programs that annually place approximately 500 people in jobs, graduate 50 students on average from GED classes, and provide housing for up to 175 youth experiencing homelessness each year. REACH is at the forefront of youth development, career readiness, and the fight against youth homelessness in the Greater Puget Sound Region. The work of the REACH Center contributes to positive systems change and has sparked interest in widespread replication of the REACH service delivery model.

POSITION TITLE:Youth Lived Expert – Peer Outreach Specialist
SCHEDULE: 40 Hours per week
REPORTS TO:ACT Program Manager
SALARY RANGE:$40,200 to $42,000


This position was developed to support the work being done by a collaborative team of local non-profits and service providers called ACT on Youth Homelessness. The team initially came together via the Pierce County’s 100-day Challenge to move the needle on youth homelessness. The team housed an unprecedented 176 young people in 100 days.

The REACH Center is seeking one Youth Lived Expert Peer Outreach Specialist to identify and build rapport with youth and young adults experiencing housing instability or homelessness with a particular emphasis on Youth of Color and/or LGBTQ+ youth. This role is designed for a Young Adult with lived experience in systems of care. This position assists clients in obtaining positive and stable housing situations which include however are not limited to; diversion strategies, housing programs, foster care placement, extended foster care, and social service coordination.

In collaboration with the ACT team, Specialists will provide individualized client support by helping each client develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP) to address their barriers as well as health and wellbeing concerns. It is also the duty of Specialists to help clients identify their strengths and natural supports. Most duties will be performed via a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team approach. This position reports to the ACT Program Manager with additional supervisory support provided by the Lead Peer Outreach Specialist.

Individuals with personal, shared, or lived experience as an immigrant, refugee, or homeless young adult are strongly encouraged to apply.



Please e-mail a Cover Letter that specifically addresses how your background makes you the best fit for this position, your resume, and three (3) References to Jobs@TacomaCommunityHouse.org.

Your paycheck is only part of your total compensation package. Employees also have access to a benefits package worth about 25% of your salary.

Compensation – $40,200 – $42,000/year depending on qualifications.
Insurance – We offer a comprehensive health care benefits package including medical, dental, and basic life insurance.
Retirement – Tacoma Community House employees may participate in a 403b plan which includes generous support from the agency after 1 year of service.
Paid Leave – Leave benefits include 24 days of paid time off in the first year and 11 paid holidays.

We Are a Welcoming Workplace

Inclusion and empowerment are an integral part of who we are – our history, our culture, our identity.  These values lead us in our operations as we strive to build and nurture a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and connects to each other in our dedication to equity and social justice.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

The REACH Center is a partnership project of Tacoma Community House.  While all work-related duties will be performed at and for The REACH Center, this position will be filled by Tacoma Community House, one of the longest-serving nonprofits in Tacoma.  In our relationships with staff, our participants, and our community, Tacoma Community House does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, national origin, marital or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence or perception of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.  Applicants in need of accommodations are encouraged to call (253) 383-3951.