Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 700+ employees provide services for more people than any other LGBT organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
Our Center Ambassadors help expand the passion for our mission to build a better world where LGBT people can thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. As ambassadors, Center staff members participate by attending and then helping to organize a Get Centered! tour. Besides being a great way to grow our Center family, these tours ensure that awareness about the Center's programs and services expands to all parts of our shared community.
Position: Housing Service Coordinator
Program: Regional Coordination
Department: Children, Youth & Family Services (CYFS)
Reports To: Associate Director – CYFS
Compensation: $49,920 Annually
Status: 100%, Full Time, Exempt, Regular
Probation: 180 days
Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance: also including Long-Term Disability, an Employee Assistance Program, and a 403(b) retirement plan
JOB SUMMARY: The Housing Service Coordinator will work with leadership and staff at the Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) and the Department of Probation to increase linkages between systems and connect young people who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness with resources that can end their housing crisis.
1) Coordinate with leadership and staff at DCFS and Probation offices within SPA 4 to determine needs and service focus for youth;
2) Perform problem-solving short-term housing interventions that seek to assist youth to maintain their current housing or identify an immediate and safe housing alternative within their own network of service providers, family, friends and social supports;
3) As a member of the Housing Navigation team, when necessary provide screening, triage, crisis intervention, and access to crisis housing and other housing resources through the Coordinated Entry System;
4) Assist participants with collecting documents necessary for services and housing;
5) Connect participants to supportive services such as mental health, health, substance abuse, employment and education and attend case conferencing meetings to coordinate services with other providers;
6) Provide housing location services and support when needed to prevent homelessness;
7) Provide linkage to mainstream resources, such as Department of Public Social Services, Social Security, and Medi-cal;
8) Accurately document services and complete data entry into Homeless Management Information System and the Youth Services database system and prepare monthly reports as required;
9) Participate in staff meeting, planning meetings, other meetings as needed, and in-service trainings.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
1) Knowledge of or experience working with the LGBTQ community and familiarity with issues of particular relevance to LGBTQ people;
2) A passion for the Center’s work and its mission to make the world a better place for LGBTQ people;
3) 6-8 years of education in psychology, sociology or related field, Bachelors preferred, or equivalent work experience and training;
4) 2-3 years of experience providing direct services to high-risk youth including counseling and advocacy;
5) Knowledge of DCFS and the Department of Probation;
6) Working knowledge of Trauma Informed Service Model, problem solving, principles of harm reduction, and positive youth development;
7) Sensitive to the needs of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender youth and youth experiencing homelessness;
8) Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including organizational, detail and interpersonal skills;
9) Strong computer skills and knowledge including word processing, spreadsheets, and database operations;
10) Bilingual skills (English/Spanish fluency) strongly preferred;
11) Access to reliable transportation and the ability to be insured;
12) Ability to work a flexible schedule to be able to connect with youth when they are available, including evenings and weekends;
13) Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expression, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration status, and physical abilities in a multicultural environment.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of their race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical/physical/mental condition, pregnancy/childbirth and related medical condition, age, marital status, or veteran status.
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