United Friends of the Children

United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.  By building relationships with youth over an extended period, UFC’s programs focus on commitment and consistency.  UFC has two direct service departments: Housing and Education.  Our Pathways Housing Program provides students with housing and support services as they seek to obtain stable and secure housing and employment.  Our Education Programs consist of the College Readiness Program and the College Sponsorship Program. The College Readiness Program provides seventh through twelfth grade foster youth with academic counseling and support to help them graduate from high school and attend a four-year college.  The College Sponsorship Program provides academic, personal and financial support to foster youth to help them graduate from a four-year college or university.

Sep 26, 2019
United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.     UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of the Scholars Program, an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.    Position Overview   Reporting to the Community Impact Manager, the Program Coordinator plays a key role in the Scholars Program, acting as a point of connection for the entire Scholars Program staff. The individual in this position will serve as the external community’s first point of contact for program inquiries, will provide clerical and administrative support to the Scholars Program, and will be a key player in supporting the preparation and execution of all program events.    The Program Coordinator will work full-time standard business hours Monday-Friday, some weekends and evenings as necessary. Based out of United Friends’ downtown Los Angeles office, the Program Coordinator will occasionally travel to other locations throughout Los Angeles County for program events and meetings.    Duties and responsibilities     Program Support   Ensure effective and professional telephone and online communications both within and outside the organization  Manage incoming Scholars Program inquiries and redirect to appropriate staff  Translate flyers, forms, letters, and other program materials from English to Spanish  Provide support for all aspects of staff meetings and retreats  Assist with the gathering of program information for board and grant reports  Enter data into program database, assist with data collection and running reports from database, as needed    Outreach and Recruitment Process   Support the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator and Community Impact Manager with developing and executing outreach efforts   Record all referral forms into program database and follow up with referral sources   Conduct phone interviews with social workers, foster family agencies, and other referral sources   Review applications to ensure completion, prepare student files, and provide to Program Managers for distribution    Assistant to the Director   Support Director with some administrative tasks including phone calls, scheduling meetings, managing calendar, responding to calls, and tracking expenses for budget management  Assist the Director in preparation for Board and Committee meetings  Support Director with follow-up on research, inquiries, projects and plans as a matter of daily project management    Workshop and Events    Assist in the development of promotional materials or informational mailings about Scholar Program events for the greater UFC community   Support Events and Logistics Coordinator with the preparation of workshop materials and logistics for program events    General UFC Responsibilities    Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement UFC’s 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    Other   Other duties as assigned.     Required Qualifications    Bachelor's degree   Bilingual in English and Spanish; oral and written  At least one year of relevant work experience  Must have valid CA driver license  Ability to handle confidential information with sensitivity and integrity  Ability to multi-task and manage the completion of multiple projects, often with shifting priorities, while working under direct supervision or independently  Has a positive, respectful attitude and works well in a team setting  Demonstrated ability to be creative, flexible and well-organized  Ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds  Holds self-accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values  Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook applications and database management experience    Preferred Qualifications    An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth   Has a reliable personal automobile  Experience in a non-profit or office setting  Level of Language Proficiency Bilingual in English and Spanish; oral and written  How To Apply jobapplicants@unitedfriends.org https://www.unitedfriends.org/  
United Friends of the Children Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs
Sep 26, 2019
United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. United Friends has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Position Overview United Friends of the Children’s Pathways Housing Program provides residents, ages 18-24, with housing and support services as they seek to obtain stable and secure housing, education, and employment. Reporting to the Director of Clinical Support, the Community Health Manager (CHM) will be responsible for creating restorative and therapeutic spaces that support United Friends Residents’ social-emotional skill development. The CHM will work full-time during standard business hours, Monday-Friday, and on weekends and evenings as needed. United Friends’ Downtown Los Angeles office will serve as the Community Health Manager’s main work location on Mondays and Wednesdays. Although the CHM may travel between the housing sites, the CHM will be assigned to specific housing sites as the main clinical oversight for those sites. Duties and Responsibilities Clinical Support ●       Provide individual clinical supervision to assigned Advocacy Counselors. ●       Coach and support Advocacy Counselors and the Housing Management Team to ensure consistent provision of high quality, trauma-informed, Housing First-aligned behavioral health services to residents. ●       Respond quickly and effectively to support colleagues and residents when behavioral health crises arise. ●       Participate in team decision-making meetings to address resident and community issues. ●       Complete accurate, timely documentation of all efforts made with and on behalf of youth according to agency standards. ●       Co-review residents’ housing stability plans, perseverance plans, and critical incident reports with Community Managers. ●       Provide clinical intervention to a caseload of program youth that the Advocacy Counselors, Housing Management team, and/or Community Health Manager identify as needing mental health support or services. Clinical intervention includes assessment, long-term therapy, short-term or brief therapy, and/or possible linkage to additional mental health services as determined by the Community Health Manager’s clinical assessment and treatment plan. ●       Conduct group treatment at the assigned housing sites, which may include art therapy, process groups, etc.   Training and Development ●       Identify staff training needs to ensure consistent provision of high quality, trauma-informed, Housing First-aligned behavioral health services to residents. ●       Co-create a comprehensive staff training calendar in partnership with the Director, Clinical Support, the Clinical Support Team, and the Housing Management Team. ●       Partner with the Transitions Team to identify trends for incoming and outgoing residents and guide the design of corresponding early interventions.   Community Engagement ●       Conduct ongoing behavioral health community needs assessment to ensure the relevance and sufficiency of available support. ●       With the Community Managers, co-lead roommate mediations and restorative justice interventions to promote peaceful community environments.  ●       Oversee the development of relevant therapeutic and restorative spaces (i.e., mental health programming including art therapy, process groups, etc.) that enhance residents’ socio-emotional and coping skills, including a wellness calendar of holistic groups for the assigned housing sites and coordinate facilitators for the wellness groups. ●       Develop partnerships with key mental health community agencies and resources near assigned housing sites. ●       Regularly assess the effectiveness of behavioral health interventions and programming. ●       Manage the budget line items related specifically to behavioral health support for the assigned housing sites.   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.   Direct reports ·        None   Required Qualifications ●       LCSW or LMFT with 5+ years’ experience in a relevant setting, including 2+ years team leadership experience; Must be licensed for at least 2 years and able to provide BBS clinical supervision to those pursuing licensure. ●       Experience working with vulnerable populations in a nonprofit housing setting ●       Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds ●       Activates network to produce results that benefit program participants ●       Demonstrated experience engaging groups and individuals in effective learning activities ●       Works collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a multi-disciplinary service team ●       Works responsibly with sensitive and confidential information ●       Balances multiple competing priorities with strong organizational skills and attention to detail ●       Holds self accountable, sets high expectations for self and others ●       Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work ●       Passion about United Friends’ mission ●       Must have valid CDL and an insured and operational vehicle    Preferred Qualifications  ●       An understanding and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth ●       Knowledge of the TAY resource landscape in Los Angeles   Benefits United Friends is an inclusive community that offers the following exciting benefits: Fully paid employee health and dental coverage Voluntary vision, Legal and ID Shield protection, and pet health discount plan Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and other types of leave How To Apply jobapplicants@unitedfriends.org https://www.unitedfriends.org/ Please send resume and cover letter to jobapplicants@unitedfriends.org. 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United Friends of the Children Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs