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AmeriCorps VISTA LGBT Community Engagement and Employment Outreach

Date Posted

September 5, 2020

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

30-40 hours/week

Organzation

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Pathfinders

Contact Person

Kat Klawes – kat@wislgbtchamber.com

Job Purpose

This VISTA service member will work with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Pathfinders. This VISTA will work 30 hours a week and the goal of the VISTA is to:

  • Increase the use of and enhance the effectiveness of career readiness programming and resources for LBGT citizens in Wisconsin.
  • Create and strengthen partnerships of businesses and organizations across the state.
  • Oversee and create career readiness programming and support at Pathfinders for youth in crisis.

Essential Duties

  1. Oversee and manage the Chamber’s Workforce Development program in partnership with Pathfinders; including creation of job seeking preparedness resources.
  2. In conjunction with Chamber and Pathfinders, assist with community building events such a “Chamber on Tap” and “Coffee Connections”.
  3. Assist with coordination of “LGBTQ+ & Allies Career Fairs”.
  4. Oversight of Chamber job board; including posting open positions. Additionally, reach out to employers to grow the reach and overall use of job board.
  5. Attend staff meetings of both Pathfinders and the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
  6. Developing promotional and marketing materials for Chamber events (including online marketing, email marketing and direct marketing).
  7. Conducting regular communications with Chamber members and other organizations to foster and create new partnerships.
  8. Creating surveys and analyze feedback from after events, programming, or development of new career resources.
  9. Create and support programming with Pathfinders with their work with youth facing issues like homelessness, sexual abuse, mental health issues, exploitation and trafficking.
  10. Raise awareness within the state about the importance of inclusivity in the workplace and expand promotional programming.

Job Relations

  1. Will work with Pathfinders to bring safety and educational programming to youth in crisis in the Milwaukee area.
  2. Will work with community centers and neighborhood programs to develop responsive career readiness programming for youth LGBTQ+ ages 11-25.
  3. Will work with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce to promote LGBT owned businesses and foster inclusivity.
  4. Will be supervised jointly by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Pathfinders. The VISTA will work 10-15 hours a week with Pathfinders and 10-15 hours a week with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce for a total of 30-40 hours per week.

Requirements

  1. Organizational skills and attention to details.
  2. Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  3. Interpersonal and communication skills.
  4. Ability to manage others and delegate tasks.
  5. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  6. Familiarity with LGBTQ+ issues.
  7. High School diploma.
  8. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, G Suite, and virtual meeting software.
  9. Access to reliable high-speed internet.
  10. Reliable transportation or ability to travel to Pathfinders up to three days a week.
  11. At least 30 higher education credits (trade school, community college credit, or college credit)
  12. Work will be both virtual and in-person. Candidate must reside in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Compensation

  1. A monthly living stipend of $1,212.00
  2. Healthcare: AmeriCorps VISTA health benefit plan
  3. Student loan deferment: AmeriCorps members are eligible to postpone the repayment of qualified student loans through loan forbearance.
  4. Childcare: AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  5. Education award after completion of service year of $6,000.

Response

Send a cover letter and resume to Kat Klawes, Program Manager, at kat@wislgbtchamber.com Call Kat at 920-634-8981 for questions.

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.

Housing Specialist

Date Posted

April 12, 2021

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

Contact Person

Human Resources – hr@pathfindersmke.org

Job Purpose & Reporting Structure

Under the direction of the Director of Supported Housing, the 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 and assisting with moves as youth transition in and out of apartments. 

 

Essential Duties

  • Serve as an ongoing liaison between landlords, property managers, and Supported Housing program staff, ensuring effective communication and strong collaboration between all parties.
  • Foster existing landlord and property management relationships while developing new ones, promoting Housing First practices whenever opportunities present themselves.
  • Work with the Development team to highlight the supportive work of current housing-related partners via social media and mailed agency publications.
  • 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.
  • Conduct unit inspections when necessary to ensure youth are housed in apartments that meet appropriate safety and habitability standards.
  • Provide ongoing support to landlords, property managers, and Supported Housing program staff with regard to leasing and rent-related payments.
  • Complete all required documentation in an organized and timely manner, and maintain contact notes for all landlord and/or property management interactions.
  • Attend community-based landlord engagement and support events as opportunities present themselves.
  • Participate in all program and agency meetings, trainings, and development opportunities.

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 $40,000-$42,000. 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 and non-binary individuals, individuals with disabilities, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Youth & Family Advocate

Date Posted

April 30, 2021

Closing Date

When Filled

Status

Full-time

Contact Person

Human Resources – hr@pathfindersmke.org

Job Purpose & Reporting Structure

Under the direction of the Program Manager, 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 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. Coordinate program-related projects as assigned by the Program Manager.  Projects can include, but are not limited to, completing youth and parent follow-up surveys, maintaining records and bus tickets for Milwaukee Public Schools project, or representing the program within the community through outreach or participation in targeted work groups or committees.
    8. Communicate with the Volunteer Coordinator, new interns, and community volunteers in order to organize and establish our shelter volunteer schedule on an ongoing basis.
    9. 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

 

Requirements

  • Must reside in the city of Milwaukee or relocate within 90 days of hire.
  • Requires education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in social work or related field.
  • One year of relevant child care experience.
  • Schedule to be determined but may contain a variety of the following: Day shift (7am-5pm), Mid Shift (4pm-12am) and Overnight (11pm-8am). One shift must be an overnight and one shift must be on the weekend which consists of the hours of 4pm Friday through Sunday.
  • Previous youth and family advocacy experience required.
  • Previous experience in working with youth in a residential setting preferred.
  • First Aid, CPR, EAD, and Fire Safety training is required but can be obtained after hire. At least 30 hours of staff development training is also required each year.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse youth and families within a nontraditional group home setting.
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team within the parameters of the project, and to work in a changing environment where there is frequent exposure to stressful/crisis situations.

Additional Information

Starting rate of $16.20-$18.20, depending upon professional background and work experience.  Excellent benefits package includes health/dental insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off plan. Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals and work within a supportive, flexible, creative, and nontraditional environment.

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.

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, 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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