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Housing Specialist

Date Posted

February 27, 2020

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-Time/Non-Exempt

Job Purpose and Reporting Structure

Under the direction of the Pathfinders Director of Supported Housing, the Pathfinders Housing Specialist serves as the agency’s main point of contact for all landlord and property management partners, fostering existing relationships and growing a strong and supportive landlord base. The Housing Specialist also assists Supported Housing Department staff and program participants with apartment searching, leasing, and managing payments, in addition to coordinating moves as youth transition in and out of apartments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1.  Serve as an ongoing liaison between landlords, property managers, and Pathfinders Supported Housing program staff, ensuring effective communication and strong collaboration between all parties.
  2. Foster existing landlord and property management relationships while developing new ones, promoting Housing First practices whenever opportunities present themselves.
  3. Work with the Pathfinders Development team to highlight the supportive work of current housing-related partners via social media and mailed agency publications.
  4. Seek out new apartments for youth program participants that align with the youths’ goals and preferences, and schedule showings (in conjunction with case management staff) whenever appropriate to do so.
  5. Conduct unit inspections when necessary to ensure youth are housed in apartments that meet appropriate safety and habitability standards.
  6. Provide ongoing support to landlords, property managers, and Supported Housing program staff with regard to leasing and rent-related payments.
  7. Complete all required documentation in an organized and timely manner, and maintain contact notes for all landlord and/or property management interactions.
  8. Attend community-based landlord engagement and support events as opportunities present themselves.
  9. Participate in all program and agency meetings, trainings, and development opportunities.
  10. Complete other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

 None

Requirements

  • Requires education generally equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in the human services field or a related field. Requires knowledge and belief in Housing First philosophy and strategies.
  • Previous experience working with landlords or property managers in a professional capacity is preferred.
  • 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 $30,000-$35,000. 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. 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, the disabled, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Back-Up Youth and Family Advocate

Date Posted

February 25, 2020

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Part-Time/Exempt

Job Purpose and Reporting Structure

Under the direction of the Program Manager, oversee the activities for a 24-hour runaway and homeless youth shelter.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  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 and appropriate discipline 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 Vice President of Housing Services or Manager of Operations.
  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 Other duties may be assigned.
  8. Other duties may be assigned.

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.

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 the Youth Work Certification program or its equivalent. 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. 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, the disabled, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Youth Anti-Violence Advocate

Date Posted

January 7, 2020

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-Time/Exempt

Job Purpose and 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 and Responsibilities

  1. Meet in-person or by telephone with youth who have experienced violence and provide advocacy/accompaniment services.
  2. Provide accompaniment, crisis intervention, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary.
  3. Support youth to assess available community resources and support connection to the community organization or to the appropriate Pathfinders services.
  4. Listen, validate, and assess youth who have experienced violence and help them develop personal safety plans.
  5. Educate youth on their rights and accompany clients to family court or legal proceedings as requested.
  6. 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.
  7. Facilitate regular outreach and support groups and provide weekly street outreach with the Street Beat team.
  8. 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.
  9. Develop strong collaborative relationships within Pathfinders and the outside community. Develop knowledge about community services, agencies and other individuals to support the client.
  10. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None required.

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 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- $38,000. 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. 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, the disabled, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

AmeriCorps Peer Advocate

Date Posted

October 29, 2019

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

23 hours/week average for at least 1 year

Position Summary

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 23 hours per week (minimum of 850 hours annually during the grant period of September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020) and in return receive a living allowance of $308.66 semi-monthly, plus an educational award of $3,047.50 upon successful term completion that can be used for either new advanced education tuition or for re-payment of existing student loans. Health insurance is available at no cost for AmeriCorps Members, and child care benefits assistance is provided to qualifying AmeriCorps Member. Extensive pre-service and in-service training opportunities are required and are provided free of charge to participating AmeriCorps Member throughout Wisconsin.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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 group home, 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
  • 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.
  • Position involves a variable work schedule that may include some overnight and weekend hours.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Position 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, 2019 through August 31, 2020. A second full-year term may be available upon successful completion of first-year AmeriCorps Member service.
  • Expected to meet with aftercare supervisor regularly.

Additional Information Response

Send letter of interest, current resume, and salary expectations via email to hr@pathfindersmke.org. Please specify which position you are applying for. Agency information obtained at www.pathfindersmke.org. No phone inquiries will be accepted.

An Equal Opportunity Organization

Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women, the disabled, 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.

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

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

Southeastern Education Center

Youth Mentor

Youth Mentors meet with their student during normal school hours to provide guidance, support and assistance to build life skills, academic success and confidence. A 1-hour commitment per week is required.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and participate in activities that will strengthen the relationship and build self-esteem.
  • Assist youth in setting goals and work towards accomplishing them.
  • Attend sponsor/youth group events.

Qualifications:

  • Be 21 years or older.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be a willing listener, supportive, patient and flexible.

Fill out an Internship Application

For more information on internships at Pathfinders, please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager, Lauren Domski at ldomski@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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