Employment & Internships

Employment

Join the Pathfinders team! Take a look at the list below for all of our current openings. Internships below.

CCS Care Coordinator

Date Posted

May 23, 2024

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

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Trauma Informed Care Therapist - Supported Housing

Date Posted

March 22, 2024

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

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Back-up Youth & Family Advocate - Youth Shelter

Date Posted

March 27, 2024

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Part-time

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Program Assistant - Supported Housing

Date Posted

March 27, 2024

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

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Therapist - Youth Shelter

Date Posted

June 18, 2024

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

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IT Support Specialist

Date Posted

May 23, 2024

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

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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.

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 five 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

Objective: 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 three-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)

Objective: 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 Anti-Sexual Violence

New Paths Graduate Intern (Clinical and Non-Clinical)

Objective: Under the supervision of the New Paths Therapist, learn all skills needed to provide support to victims of sexual violence/exploitation/trafficking through therapeutic support, advocacy and groups, offering support to them through the long term effects of trauma.

Responsibilities:

  • To learn skills to facilitate weekly groups for youth who experienced sexual violence, and/or sexual exploitation/trafficking.
  • To learn skills to meet in-person with youth who have been victimized and provide crisis intervention, therapeutic and advocacy services
  • To learn skills to assess clients, identify trafficking-specific signs, and collaborate with partners, and develop a specialized plan for support
  • To learn skills to provide case management, crisis intervention, harm reduction outreach, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary. Refer clients to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate.
  • Learn procedures to compile records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence with client and other systems and social services providers involved.
  • Attend CRAY meetings, Pathfinders meetings and New Paths Meetings.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing a field placement in a social work or psychology Master’s program.
  • Must be experienced in working with youth programs and adolescent trauma.
  • Must be able to make independent decisions in an environment where there is exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality and adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude in a population comprised of diversity in gender, socio-economic and ethnic group, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies/procedures and accept supervision.

Training:

Scheduled orientations and in-service trainings, on-going training and weekly supervision with the New Paths Therapist.

Commitment:

Position requires a two-semester commitment or a specific time agreed upon between the Volunteer Manager and field liaison and/or advisor.  Interns are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Fill out an Internship Application

New Paths Undergraduate Intern

Objective: Under the supervision of the Program Manager, learn all skills needed to provide support to victims of sexual violence/exploitation/trafficking through crisis intervention and stabilization, advocacy and groups facilitiation, offering support to them through the long term effects of trauma.

Responsibilities:

  • To learn skills to facilitate weekly groups for youth who experienced sexual violence, and/or sexual exploitation/trafficking.
  • To learn skills to meet in-person with youth who have been victimized and provide crisis intervention and stabilization, safety planning and advocacy services.
  • To learn skills to assess clients, identify trafficking-specific signs, and collaborate with partners, and develop a specialized plan for support.
  • To learn skills to provide case management, crisis intervention, harm reduction outreach, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary. Refer clients to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate.
  • Learn procedures to compile records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence with client and other systems and social services providers involved.
  • Attend CRAY meetings, Pathfinders meetings and New Paths Meetings.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing a field placement in a social work program or equivalent program.
  • Must be experienced in working with youth programs and adolescent trauma.
  • Must be able to make independent decisions in an environment where there is exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude in a population comprised of diversity in gender, socio-economic and ethnic group, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies/procedures and accept supervision.

Training:

Scheduled orientations and in-service trainings, on-going training and weekly supervision with the New Paths Program Manager.

Commitment:

Position requires a two-semester commitment or a specific time agreed upon between the Volunteer Manager and field liaison and/or advisor.  Interns are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Fill out an Internship Application

CRAY Graduate Intern (Non-Clinical)

Objective: Under the supervision of the CRAY Manager, provide support to the CRAY Collaborative improving the local response to commercially sexually exploited young people, learn all skills needed to provide support to young people who have been commercially sexually exploited, and offer support to them through an on-call advocacy response.

Responsibilities:

  • To support the growth of New Paths and CRAY through program development and administrative
  • duties in collaboration with the CRAY Manager.
  • To be on call twice monthly to provide urgent accompaniment and advocacy to commercially sexually
  • exploited young people through the CRAY initiative.
  • To build relationships with community partners and to lead and participate in projects through CRAY.
  • To learn skills to assess clients, identify trafficking-specific signs, and utilize a human trafficking screening tool.
  • To support the Youth Advisory Board as an opportunity for young people with lived experience to advise CRAY on how to improve services for young people who have experienced sexual exploitation.
  • To support the development of CRAY outreach, materials, and communications.
  • To learn skills to provide crisis intervention, harm reduction outreach, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary. Refer clients to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate.
  • Learn procedures to compile records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence
  • with client and other systems and social services providers involved.
  • Attend CRAY, New Paths, and other community meetings.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing a field placement in a social work or psychology Master’s program.
  • Must be experienced in working with youth programs and adolescent trauma.
  • Must be able to make independent decisions in an environment where there is exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality and adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude in a population comprised of diversity in gender, socioeconomic and ethnic group, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies/procedures and accept supervision.

Training:

Scheduled orientations and in-service trainings, on-going training, and weekly supervision with the CRAY Manager.

Commitment:

Position requires a two-semester commitment, or a specific time agreed upon between the Volunteer Manager and field liaison and/or advisor. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Fill out an Internship Application

Hand-in-Hand Graduate Intern (Clinical)

Objective: Under the supervision of the therapist, learn skills needed to provide individual, family, and group case management, advocacy and counseling services to youth sexual abuse survivors aged 6-18.

Responsibilities:

  • To learn skills to assess clients with sexual abuse victimization, and also personal and family adjustments, home, school, and physical and mental health issues, using assessment tools to determine nature and degree of needs. Secure information, such as medical, psychological, and social factors contributing to client’s situation and evaluate these and client’s strengths and capacities.
  • To learn skills to counsel clients individually, in family, and in therapeutic groups regarding sexual abuse and surrounding issues. Develop treatment plans for meeting client’s needs and help client to improve healthy coping strategies and express thoughts and feelings related to trauma history.  Review treatment plan and revise as needed to determine quantity and quality of services provided.
  • To learn skills to provide case management, crisis intervention, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary. Refer clients to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate.
  • Learn procedures to compile records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence with client and other mental health and social service providers involved.
  • Attend biweekly clinical consultation group.
  • Attend weekly clinical supervision.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing the second field placement in a social work, counseling or psychology Master’s program.
  • Must be experienced in working with child and adolescent trauma and sexual abuse.
  • Must be able to make independent decisions in an environment where there is exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality and adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude in a population comprised of diversity in gender, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies/procedures and accept supervision.

Training:

Scheduled orientations and in-service trainings, clinical consultation, on-going training and weekly supervision with the assigned supervisor.

Commitment:

Position requires a two-semester commitment or a specific time agreed upon between the Volunteer Manager and field liaison and/or advisor.

Fill out an Internship Application

Youth Drop-In Center

Program Assistant

Objective: 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)

Objective: 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

Comprehensive Community Services

CCS Graduate Intern (Clinical)

Objective: To assist with the mental health needs and overall life skills of youth ages 5-23 and their families in need.

Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and complete the youth intake processes, which includes initial meetings, service explanations, assessments, and the ongoing development of services.
  • Provide ongoing support, care, and guidance for youth, which includes meeting physical, emotional, and crisis needs. Provide positive role modeling and reinforce positive behavior using standard therapeutic practices.
  • Develop professional skills in empathy, relationship building, active listening and trauma informed care by providing individual and group therapy with youth.
  • Accurately complete and maintain client files and program documentation.
  • Assist youth with basic independent living skill on an individual or group basis.
  • Provide telephone crisis counseling, information, and referral to meet the needs of youth, adults, and other community agencies.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    1. Individual must possess a bachelor’s degree and enrolled in a graduate program.
    2. Have experience working with youth and/or their families.
    3. Willingness to go through Wraparound Milwaukee training.
    4. Be emotionally stable.
    5. Possess a non-judgmental attitude.
    6. Willingness to work cooperatively with paid staff and accept supervision.
    7. Demonstrate a lifestyle and value system that is in accordance with the interests of the clientele served.

Training:

Scheduled orientation and training sessions, on-going training with the assigned supervisor.

Commitment:

Position requires a 2-semester commitment or a specific time agreed upon with the assigned supervisor.  The Clinical Intern is required to work all scheduled shifts.  Clinical Interns are responsible for communicating with their assigned supervisor during unforeseen or scheduled absences.

Fill out an Internship Application

Supported Housing

Supported Housing Intern

Objective: To provide case management services to young adults ages 18-25 seeking safer, more stable housing.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the process of, and support, in assessing barriers that prevent stable housing for vulnerable individuals and families.
  • Build relationships and learn case management skills in determining what support could be most helpful, using strengths-based, solution-focused models.
  • Learn how to provide advocacy and case management support services to clients, which may include:
    1. Assist clients with filling out applications, acquiring vital documents, and explaining lease agreements.
    2. Learn to support independent living skills development, such as assisting clients in developing cooking, cleaning, and home-management skills.
    3. Observe and learn procedures for facilitating home visits, discussing client’s progress on goals using supported decision-making and motivational interviewing.
    4. Assist clients in connecting to internal and external resources, as appropriate.
  • Learn to complete case notes weekly to accurately reflect client progress.
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings on Thursdays 10-11:30am, as schedule allows.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing studies in social work, human service or related field.
  • Must be referred by field liaison or advisor.
  • Individual must be 21 years or older.
  • Reliable transportation and proof of auto insurance is preferred.
  • Experience providing advocacy and/or resources to youth/ young adults with experiences of trauma and vulnerability is a plus.
  • Posses a non-judgmental attitude with a population comprised of diversity in gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic group, sexual orientation, and physical and mental abilities.
  • Must accept supervision and be able to adhere to program policies/procedures (i.e. confidentiality and boundaries).
  • Demonstrate a value system that is in accordance with the interests of the clientele served (NASW Code of Ethics).

Training:

Scheduled orientation and training sessions, ongoing training with the assigned field instructor during shift.

Commitment:

Position requires a one-semester commitment or a specific time agreed upon between the Volunteer Manager and field liaison. Two-semester commitment preferred. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Fill out an Internship Application

Programs & Services

Programs & Services Executive Assistant

Objective: Under the supervision of the Sr. Vice President, provide support to senior level programmatic and service needs that increase capacity in addressing systematic impact; learning skills needed to provide support to the Youth Action Board (YAB) as part of the Youth Homeless Demonstration project in partnership with the City of Milwaukee. Increase research and reporting capacity on Runaway and Homeless Youth Services (RHY), and attend senior level internal, and external meetings as scheduled.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the capacity of senior leadership through leadership development and administrative duties in collaboration with the Sr Vice President and Youth Action Board.
  • Be accessible via phone and email for efficient communication.
  • Build relationships with community partners and make proper connections and hand-offs to internal leaders.
  • Learn skills to compile research and information relevant to RHY population and use for reporting, messaging, recruitment, community, and internal/external presentations.
  • Use information gathered for crisis intervention, harm reduction outreach, and advocacy services, and service coordination as part of YAB assistance.
  • Refer members to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate.
  • Learn procedures to compile records, meeting minutes, prepare reports, and agendas.
  • Attend scheduled internal and assigned community meetings.
  • Weekly one on one meetings to include scope of work, timelines, due dates, assignment planning, and other actions for successful field placement.
  • Coordinate YAB member engagement in YHDP Process.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing a field placement in a master’s program (social work, psych, public health, etc..).
  • Must be experienced in working with youth programs and adolescent trauma.
  • Must be able to make independent decisions in an environment where there is exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality and adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude in a population comprised of diversity in gender, socio-economic and ethnic group, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies/procedures and accept weekly supervision.

Training:

Scheduled orientations and in-service trainings, on-going training and weekly supervision with the Sr. Vice President of Programs & Services.

Commitment:

Position requires a two-semester commitment at minimum, or a specific time agreed upon between the Volunteer Manager and field liaison and/or advisor. Interns must work at least 16 hours per week.

Fill out an Internship Application

For more information on internships at Pathfinders, please contact our Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager at community@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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