Resource Specialist

Full-time, Exempt

United Friends of the Children’s Pathways Housing Programs provides residents, ages 18-24, with housing and support services as they seek to obtain stable and secure housing, education, and employment. Working directly with the Community Manager, the Resource Specialist will play a vital role in helping residents build essential life skills for self-sufficiency by leading weekly life skills learning opportunities, linking youth with internal and external resources, and supporting community engagement events and projects.

  • Duties & Responsibilities:

    Resource Linkages

    • Establish supportive relationships with residents based on trust and respect that promote personal growth, independence, responsibility, and accountability
      Inspire residents and model professionalism and productive self-sufficiency skills.
      Meet one-on-one with residents and their Advocacy Counselors as needed to discuss goals related to career, education, mental/physical health and other life skills including budgeting and finances.
    • Coordinate resource referrals and connect youth to services that promote self-sufficiency.
      Meet weekly with Community Manager to discuss case management and residents’ progress toward goals.
      Partner with Advocacy Counselors and Transitions Team to support residents through the transition from the program, assisting them with linkages to permanent/ stable housing resources.

     

    Community Engagement

    • Create and maintain effective environments for learning and personal growth.
      Build community climates that promote collaboration, engagement, motivation, open communication, respect, and safety.
    • Understand, organize, and prepare to effectively convey life skills curriculum weekly.
    • Facilitate Life Skills curriculum at all housing sites each week, creating innovative, engaging learning opportunities.
    • Regularly assess the effectiveness of life skills curriculum content and contribute feedback for improvement.
    • Partner with the Community Manager to plan and implement community events and opportunities that bring Pathways community members and supporters together to engage in meaningful relationships.
    • Support the Community Manager’s work to maintain and utilize networks of support that facilitate win-win opportunities for program residents and stakeholders.
    • Represent United Friends’ interests and mission in the broader community with the intention of building awareness and securing partnerships to enhance services.

     

    Documentation and Outcomes

    • Create and maintain a community calendar for life skills, events, and other special projects to facilitate collaboration and communication.
    • Track and document all service efforts made on behalf of youth in United Friends’ database within a week of each effort’s occurrence.
    • Regularly assess the effectiveness of Life Skills curriculum content and contribute feedback for improvement.

    Other

    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    General United Friends Responsibilities

    • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement United Friends’ organizational values:
      • Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact.
      • Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community and each other.
      • Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation.
      • Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups.
      • Work together as one organization.
  • Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field
    • 2+ years post-graduate direct service experience with a similar population in a relevant setting
    • Demonstrated experience engaging groups and individuals in effective learning activities
    • Demonstrated initiative, persistence, and resourcefulness
    • Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work
    • Balances multiple competing priorities with strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Works responsibly with sensitive and confidential information
    • Holds self accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works independently and collaboratively
    • Valid California Driver’s License and an insured and reliable vehicle
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree in social work or a related field
    • An understanding and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth
    • Knowledge of the TAY resource landscape in Los Angeles
The Resource Specialist will work full-time during standard business hours, Monday-Friday (except Tuesdays from 12-8pm) and weekends and evenings as necessary. While United Friends’ downtown office will serve as the Resource Specialist’s primary location, working remotely multiple days per week from and frequent travel between United Friends’ housing sites across LA County is required.



To apply, click below and submit resume and cover letter, including desired salary range, to jobapplicants@unitedfriends.org. Please note position title in the subject line.
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