FEP Employment and Education Specialist

Helping children, youth, young adults, and their families find their path to healing and hope is at the core of our work. We can only achieve this by striving for excellence and providing an array of services that are needed and wanted by the community we serve. We are continuing to expand our service array and locations where we provide services, with therapists in more schools and social service agencies. As we expand our services to serve more than 800 children, youth, and young adults each month – regardless of payer, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, or place of origin – we do so with the intention that we would want our own families to use these services should they need them. The staff at Ryther are committed to creating and maintaining a culture that is informed and reflective of trauma recovery and racial equity and social justice principles.


The Employment and Education Specialist will provide community-based education and employment support to eligible clients in the First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Program.  Work collaboratively with the FEP team to support treatment plan goal completion.  This individual will utilize psycho-education, vocational, and employment skills training to engage clients, including those who may be resistant to traditional treatment modalities, and will provide services in client homes, schools, workplaces, and other community settings.


  • Provide support, resources, linkages, and training to help clients reach their vocational and educational goals.

  • Engage clients in various community settings and support them in accessing skills, training, and resources to meet their stated goals.

  • Support clients in obtaining and maintaining employment, as indicated, including providing training in resume writing, applying and interviewing, and basic job-seeking skills.

  • Support clients in obtaining and maintaining education, as indicated, including providing support for applying to schools, accessing training programs, securing financial aid, and basic learning skills.

  • Utilize recovery-focused and strength-based approaches, while adhering closely to the FEP—NAVIGATE model.

  • Assist in creating and monitoring client treatment plans in partnership with the client, family, and other FEP Team members.

  • Outreach to clients and families in homes, schools, workplaces, and other community locations as needed to enhance engagement and foster resilience.

  • Maintain complete and timely documentation, including gathering data in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

  • Participate in initial and ongoing screenings, assessments, and data collection as required for program fidelity and contract compliance.

  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries with clients, families, co-workers, and community resources.

  • Approach clients in a family-centered and culturally relevant manner that reflects the agency and program philosophy and values.

  • Provide referrals and linkages to youth/families and system partners.

  • Assist youth/families in navigating systems to have their needs met.

  • Partner with client, family, other FEP practitioners, and other systems of care representatives to promote youth/family involvement on all levels of care, treatment planning, and service delivery.

  • Attend and participate in clinical consultation, staff meetings, and supervision appointments.

  • Assist in tracking client and family progress using contract-mandated data collection tools

  • Demonstrate a high degree of skill in communication and positive interaction with all Ryther employees, prospective employees, external agencies/companies, and the community at large.

  • Implement Ryther’s trauma-informed care and social justice & equity models across all areas of work.



  • Accredited bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and two years relevant experience, preferably in social or vocational services with young people, or a master’s degree in a mental health-related field.

  • At least 21 years of age.

  • Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural, and spiritual practices.

  • Ability to maintain awareness of culturally relevant issues while interacting with children, families, co-workers, and community members.

  • Valid Washington state driver's license and automobile liability insurance.

  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to meet clients throughout King County as needed.

  • Understanding of family systems and family-centered practice principles.

  • Understanding of child development, child psychology, and a basic understanding of psycho-pharmacology.

  • Awareness of the public mental health system.  Ability to work effectively with individuals with complex needs and multi-system involvement.

  • Knowledge of homeless youth services systems.  Comfortable working with clients experiencing homelessness.

  • Ability to operate as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain client and employee confidentiality.

  • Excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Flexibility and ability to work a varied schedule including some evenings and weekends.

  • Effective computer skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Office & Electronic Health Records.

  • The ability to address and resolve conflict in a professional manner.

  • Strong knowledge of and experience with crisis planning.  Confidence and skill in handling crisis situations safely and effectively essential.

  • Ability to perform a range of physical motions including but not limited to:

    • Lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.

    • Standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time

    • Kneeling, squatting, and stooping

    • Running for brief periods of time