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Back-Up Youth & Family Advocate

Date Posted

May 11, 2021

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Part Time/Non-exempt

Contact Person

Human Resources – hr@pathfindersmke.org

 

Job Purpose & Reporting Structure

Under the direction of the Senior Youth and Family Advocate, oversee the activities for a 24-hour runaway and homeless youth shelter. 

 

Essential Duties

  1. Initiate and complete youth intake interview processes, which includes initial meetings, service explanations, assessments, and the development of shelter contracts. Assist therapists with client intervention plans, advocacy, and referrals.
  2. Provide support, care, supervision, and guidance for youth, which includes meeting physical, emotional, and crisis needs.  Reinforce positive behavior and administer consequences as needed. Demonstrate positive role modeling for youth.  Oversee the day-to-day activities of resident youth in the shelter. Ensure that meals are properly prepared and in compliance with established nutritional standards. Assist with the purchase of groceries and program supplies as authorized.
  3. Accurately complete and maintain client files and program documentation. Exchange client and program information with fellow YFAs during established shift changes.
  4. Tour the facility and grounds daily to ensure a safe environment and compliance with licensing regulations.  Maintain status about current equipment and furnishings in the house and report problems to the Program Manager.
  5. Provide daily prevention education group activities for residents. Provide resident youth with basic independent living skills on an individual or group basis.
  6. Provide telephone crisis counseling, information, and referral to meet the needs of youth, adults, and other community agencies.
  7. Attend monthly meeting to pick shifts and get briefed on any changes, updates and other important information

Supervisory Responsibilities

Provide ongoing training, supervision, and guidance to program volunteers and field placement student interns. Complete verbal and written evaluations and feedback, and communicate this feedback to the volunteer or student’s assigned supervisor.

 

Qualifications Requirements

  • Varied schedule based on coverage needs of a 24/7 program. Looking for a candidate to have some varied availability during the week from 7am-5pm and/or 4p-12pm and/or 11pm-8am. Back-Up staff share shift coverage responsibilities of Friday and Saturday overnights so candidate must have this availability at least a few weekends a month. 
  • Requires education generally equivalent to a high school diploma. A Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with emphasis in social work or related field is preferred. At least one semester as a volunteer or student advocate assistant experience and demonstrated competence in supervising youth preferred.  Individuals not possessing a four-year degree in the human services field must successfully complete internal job training. Previous experience in working with youth in a residential setting preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and business correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of residents or employees of the organization.  
  • First aid certification is required but can be obtained after hire.
  • Ability to work independently within the parameters of the program and to be able to work in an environment where there is frequent exposure to stressful/crisis situations. Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality. Ability to working with non-judgmental attitude in a population comprised of diversity in gender, socio-economic and ethnic group, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities. 

Additional Information

Starting pay $14.60/hour. Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals.

 

Response

Send letter of interest, current resume, and salary expectations via email to hr@pathfindersmke.org.  Please specify which position you are applying for. Organizational information can be found at www.pathfindersmke.orgNo phone calls will be accepted.

An Equal Opportunity Organization

Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women and non-binary individuals, individuals with disabilities, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

New Paths Advocate

Date Posted

May 18, 2021

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full Time

Contact Person

Human Resources – hr@pathfindersmke.org

 

Job Purpose & Reporting Structure

Under the supervision of the New Paths Program Manager, provide support to youth survivors of sexual violence and trafficking through advocacy and accompaniment (forensic exam, interviews with Milwaukee Police Department, District Attorney’s office, etc.) and offer support to them through the long term effects of trauma.  Responsible for helping clients explore their options, know their rights, access needed community resources, and develop safety plans.

 

Essential Duties

  • Meet in-person or by telephone with youth who have experienced violence and provide advocacy/accompaniment services.
  • Provide accompaniment, crisis intervention, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary.
  • Support youth to access available community resources and support connection to the community organization or to the appropriate Pathfinders services.
  • Listen, validate, and assess youth who have experienced violence and help them develop personal safety plans.
  • Educate youth on their rights and accompany clients to family court or legal proceedings as requested.
  • Work two on-call shifts per month from 4 pm to 12 am to provide in-person advocacy to commercially sexually exploited youth at local hospitals, police stations, or shelters.
  • Facilitate regular outreach and support groups and provide weekly street outreach with the Street Beat team.
  • Compile records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence with youth and other providers involved.  Develop, maintain, and submit necessary reports for program evaluation and statistical compilation.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships within Pathfinders and the outside community.  Develop knowledge about community services, agencies, and other individuals to support the client.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

                            

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None required.

 

Qualifications Requirements

  • Education generally equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or human services, and/or life experiences and two years’ experience working with youth. Must possess working knowledge regarding the issues surrounding, and impact of, sexual violence, domestic violence, and sex trafficking on survivors.
  • Experience working with a diverse population of adolescents and young adults within a nonprofit setting is also required.
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to maintain privileged client information.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook computer programs is required.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule of morning, afternoon and evening hours as program operation dictates.
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team within the parameters of the program, and to work in a changing environment where there is frequent exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must have a valid WI driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and a reliable vehicle.

Additional Information

Starting salary range $33,700- $35,100. Excellent benefits package includes health/dental, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off plan.  Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals.

 

Response

Send letter of interest, current resume, and salary expectations via email to hr@pathfindersmke.org.  Please specify which position you are applying for. Organizational information can be found at www.pathfindersmke.orgNo phone calls will be accepted.

An Equal Opportunity Organization

Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women and non-binary individuals, individuals with disabilities, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

AmeriCorps Peer Advocate - Youth Shelter

Date Posted

June 21, 2021

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

33 hours/week average for at least 1 year

Contact Person

Bailey Padron – bpadron@pathfindersmke.org

 

Job Purpose & Reporting Structure

Funded through a grant from the Federal AmeriCorps Member Program administered by the State of Wisconsin, AmeriCorps Members commit to a year of community service averaging 33 hours per week (minimum of 1,700 hours annually during the grant period of September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022) and in return receive a living allowance of $629.17 semi-monthly  ($15,100 total), plus an educational award of $6,345 upon successful term completion that can be used to pay off federally subsidized loans or to pay tuition at schools that accept federally subsidized loans.  Health insurance is available at no cost for AmeriCorps Members, and child care benefits assistance is provided to members who meet the required qualifications.  Extensive pre-service and in-service training opportunities are required and are provided free of charge to participating AmeriCorps Member throughout Wisconsin.

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

    1. Duties of the AmeriCorps Member Peer Advocate are to supervise the daily activities of runaway and homeless youth within the Pathfinders 24-hour licensed shelter, work to build rapport with residents, and to assist with youth development opportunities and training. Responsibilities include recruiting youth for Service Learning program and aftercare services, assisting callers to the program’s crisis hotlines, supervision of community volunteers, and youth group facilitation and supervision.  Manage aftercare program by providing case management, supervision of “peers” engaged in service learning, and assist with youth activity groups.  Co-facilitate Sunday Youth group at the Pathfinders Drop-In Center with other AmeriCorps Members by providing a safe place for shelter residents and ex-residents to congregate for a meal and an engaging group activity.
    2. Additional duties include maintaining appearance and safety of the group home facility, instructing youth on independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry, providing youth and family support and assistance.
    3. “Position involves a variable work schedule that may include some overnight and weekend hours”
    4. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications Requirements

    • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.  A High School degree or its equivalent is preferred.
    • At least two years related experience working with youth and families is preferred. Previous experience working within a youth residential setting is a plus.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Organized, reliable, and able to maintain privileged client information.
    • Ability to work effectively within a nontraditional youth group home setting with a diverse population.
    • Must commit to the position for the full year from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022. A second full-year term may be available upon successful completion of first-year AmeriCorps Member
    • Expected to meet with aftercare supervisor regularly.

    Response

    Send a letter of interest and, if possible a current resume, via mail or email to the address noted above.  Applications can be downloaded and agency information obtained at www.pathfindersmke.org.

    An Equal Opportunity Organization

    Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women and non-binary individuals, individuals with disabilities, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Community Case Manager

    Date Posted

    August 20, 2021

    Closing Date

    When Filled

    Status

    Full Time / Non-exempt

    Contact Person

    Human Resources – hr@pathfindersmke.org

    Job Purpose & Reporting Structure

    Under the direction of the RHY Program Manager, the Community Case Manager provides assistance to youth ages 17-25 seeking immediate safe shelter options by providing individual case management assistance that provides basic needs resources, case management services, and access to resources provided by a network of over one dozen collaborative community partner organizations.

    Essential Duties

      1. Work cooperatively and effectively with the agency’s Drop-In Center team and Street Beat youth street outreach specialists in order to coordinate services and maximize youth access to necessary resources and assistance in a compassionate and dignified manner.
      2. Spend a minimum of 1 day a week in the Street Beat vehicle as part of the street outreach team to assist in community engagement.
      3. Provide leadership and guidance in community housing assessments.
      4. Provide survival aid resources including basic needs (food, clothing), immediate safe sleeping option, assessment/case planning and identification requests, and transportation assistance- removing barriers and building assets to achieve individual goals.
      5. Work cooperatively in collaboration with short term subsidized- hotels, shelters, Coordinated Entry and other safe sleeping spaces while providing immediate safe placement.
      6. Each placement is assigned community case management for relationship building and goal setting, support with crisis intervention, and activities for working towards goal attainment until safely housed. Referrals will be put in place when the youth decides they are no longer in need of services.
      7. Maintain a caseload of 6-7 clients (when applicable) with additional triage responsibilities.
      8. Utilize a housing first approach, professionalism, client centered care, continuity of care and shared community resources.
      9. Keep a record of required client services, data, and program success and growth areas with the objective of improving front door access to shelter and housing.
      10. Maintain compliance with all applicable guidelines, policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
      11. Participate in all Drop-In Center, Street Beat, internal coordinated entry client staffing and CCM meetings.
      12. Other duties may be assigned.

    Requirements

    • Education generally equivalent to a high school diploma. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with emphasis in human services field preferred, but not required.
    • Minimum two years’ experience working with youth is required.
    • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening hours.
    • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to maintain privileged client information.
    • Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance.

    Additional Information

    Pay rate of $16.83/hour.  Excellent benefits package includes health/dental, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off plan.  Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals.

    Response

    Send letter of interest and current resume via email to hr@pathfindersmke.org.  Organizational information can be found at www.pathfindersmke.orgNo phone calls will be accepted.

    An Equal Opportunity Organization

    Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women and non-binary individuals, individuals with disabilities, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    How to Apply

    Send a copy of a current resume, cover letter and Pathfinders application to hr@pathfindersmke.org or mail to:

    Pathfinders
    4200 N. Holton St. Suite 400
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

    Internships

    Student interns are a valuable part of our organization and a key to providing the highest level of service possible to the youth we serve. Throughout Milwaukee, many practicing professionals in Social Work, Psychology and other social service fields have expanded their knowledge and skills through opportunities at Pathfinders while working towards undergraduate and graduate degrees.

    We are currently full for graduate placements in our Drop-In Center but will likely accept applications for Fall 2021.

    Application Process

    Pathfinders’ approach to Trauma-Informed Care means that our priority is to ensure the safety and growth of the youth we serve; accordingly all interns must adhere to and complete the following process before beginning their work:

    1. Complete Pathfinders online internship application

    2. Complete an interview with the Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager

    3. Complete all necessary personal paperwork

    4. Return three completed reference forms

    5. Pass background checks and Milwaukee County Caregiver approval

    Applicants seeking Master’s level internships and applicants that have lived outside the state of Wisconsin within the last 3 years will need to schedule and complete a fingerprint background check that will be coordinated by Pathfinders.

    6. Attend the intern orientation held at the beginning of each semester

    Emergency Youth Shelter

    Assistant Advocate

    Assistant Advocates assist with the needs of its residents and maintain the high level of care provided to youth at our Shelter. Under staff supervision, Assistant Advocates have direct and constant one-on-one interaction with the residents and provide them with a positive role model. A six-month commitment to work one 4 ½-hour shift per week is required.

    Responsibilities:

    • Answer phones, provide information and crisis counseling.
    • Complete intakes and resident orientations.
    • Participate in daily groups.
    • Assist staff with general house management.

    Qualifications:

    • Be 20 years old or older.
    • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Have experience or interest in working with teens and their families.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with paid staff and accept supervision.

    Fill out an Internship Application

    Graduate Shelter Intern (Clinical and Non-Clinical)

    Graduate Interns assist with the needs of its residents and maintain the high level of care provided to youth at our Shelter. Under staff supervision Graduate Interns have direct and constant one-on-one interaction with the residents and provide a therapeutic plan to advance the life skills of residents.

    Responsibilities:

    • Facilitate an initial assessment of youth’s mental health and basic needs to create a treatment plan.Facilitate an initial assessment of youth’s mental health and basic needs to create a treatment plan.
    • Provide individual and family therapy to residents as well as non-residents clients.
    • Answer crisis calls, assist with house supervision and the facilitation of group sessions.
    • Advocate for youth and help to develop youth life skills.

    Qualifications:

    • Possess Bachelor’s Degree and be enrolled in appropriate Graduate program.
    • Be emotionally stable and have a non-judgmental attitude.
    • Have experience or interest in working with teens and their families.
    • Demonstrate a lifestyle and value system in accordance with the interests of the of the clientele served.

    Fill out an Internship Application

    Youth Drop-In Center

    Program Assistant

    Drop-In Center Program Assistants build relationships and provide positive role models for Drop-In Center youth members. They supervise and interact with the youth and assist staff with day-to-day Drop management.

    Responsibilities:

    • Supervise & interact informally with clients as a positive adult role model.
    • Monitor kitchen/locker room/showers/laundry room/computer lab access
    • Participate in client orientations.
    • Participate in groups/programs.
    • Assist staff with documentation, filing and supportive related duties.

    Qualifications:

    • Be 20 years or older.
    • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
    • Have experience or interest in working with teens and young adults.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with paid staff and accept supervision.

    Fill out an Internship Application

    Drop-in Center Graduate Intern (Clinical and Non-Clinical)

    Graduate Interns will assist in interviewing and assessing youth between the ages of 11-25 years of age who have a history, current, or at-risk of traumatic situations or are presenting in crisis.

    Responsibilities:

    • Address needs surrounding personal and family adjustments, housing, school, and physical and mental impairments, using assessment tools and approach based on Pathfinders values and mission.
    • Provide youth access to individual and therapeutic groups regarding trauma.
    • Develop strength based treatment goals for meeting self-identified needs and help youth based on their motivation to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior.
    • Provide crisis intervention and advocacy services. Refer youth internally and externally to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate.
    • Support Youth Outreach Drop-In Center staff as needed with routine shift management. This will include new youth orientations and providing assistance with task to provide essential immediate and basic needs as requested.

    Qualifications:

    • Must be pursuing studies in social work, human service or related field.
    • Individual must be 21 years or older.
    • Possess experience/interest working with teens and young adults.
    • Demonstrate emotional stability.
    • Possess an open-minded attitude and a willingness to work with a diverse population regarding race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.
    • Must adhere to program policies/procedures (i.e. confidentiality and boundaries).

    Fill out an Internship Application

    For more information on internships at Pathfinders, please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager, Dominique Lee at dlee@pathfindersmke.org.

    Pathfinders is deeply committed to diversity in all that we do. We welcome applications from all individuals including those who mirror the diversity of our youth and the community we serve.

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