Employment Opportunities


HOUSING SPECIALIST


Description

The Housing Specialists provide innovative support services and programming for a diverse population of youth (primarily ages 18 – 24) in the onsite Transitional Housing program.  Housing Specialists build positive relationships with youth through role modeling and mentoring.

This position will be about 31+ hours per week, Thursday through Sunday, and a combination of swing and overnight shifts. Pay is $13.38/hr with full medical and dental benefits,and 27 paid days off in the first year.

Responsibilities

  • Be available on site to residents on a regular basis, which includes 24-hour staffing at Outside In.  
  • Provide crisis counseling services to residents as needed.
  • Utilize harm reduction philosophy in problem solving to help residents identify healthier options.
  • Provide support for youth to accomplish the goals identified in their Action Plan.
  • Provide individualized support as a Contact Person, meeting with youth weekly to develop and monitor plans to accomplish goals and meet program expectations. 
  • Support youth in a self-governance model of regular, weekly “pod” and quarterly “all resident” meetings.
  • Design and facilitate life skill building workshops that meet the needs of current residents.
  • Coordinate with agency and community to maximize youth access to skill building resources.
  • Support youth in developing constructive use of time through community involvement, healthy recreation, etc. 
  • Identify cleaning needs for all housing common areas and medical housing units and plan to accomplish as needed.
  • Oversee basic upkeep of the units, painting, repairs, etc, involving youth as much as possible.
  • Identify maintenance issues and make requests for repairs.  Follow through to assure completion of needed repairs.
  • Identify security and safety issues.  Communicate needs to support staff as necessary.
  • Involve and empower youth residents in generating community. Support youth generated activities and governance.
  • Share information about interventions with Case Manager when appropriate; participate in case planning to manage future crises when possible.
  • Coordinate with agency and community resources to remove barriers and enhance youth’s chances for success.
  • Plan services to meet the desired outcomes stated in contracts.
  • Work with the team of Housing Program staff to evaluate team function and implement program changes. 
  • Debrief with fellow staff about crisis situations.
  • Discuss challenging situations with youth and get feedback about how to support youth. 
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services and interventions.
  • Review and assure accurate and timely documentation of all services and interventions in resident records and databases.
  • Participate in discussions, events, workshops, and trainings offered by Outside In to foster cultural awareness.

Qualifications

  • Two years relevant experience working with at- risk youth, homeless youth and/or in a shelter or transitional housing program. 
  • BA/BS in related field highly desirable (social services, counseling, prevention services).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Basic computer skills.




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