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GRYD Group Facilitator

Youth Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time | From $17.42 to $18.34 per hour

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing programs as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at

Peace and Healing Center in REPAIR Zone 8

VOALA is proposing to implement a Peace and Healing Center in REPAIR Zone 8 (Southeast Los Angeles). The Peace and Healing Center will incorporate community engagement, interracial conversations, and community building, and trauma-informed services and trainings to promote well-being, resilience, and community healing for individuals and families impacted by systemic and institutional racism in Southeast Los Angeles.


The Peace and Healing Facilitator monitors and leads participants in economic and social justice education and life skills education groups (as appropriate). Expected to guide and motivate group participants through various group discussions of related topics, and foster the growth and development of all group participants.


  • Facilitate group education sessions with the following goals:
  • Spiritual Resilience Training (SRT): SRT is designed to address moral injury
  • financial literacy;
  • progress toward greater economic stability, including increased skill attainment and employment; and
  • reduced recidivism (as appropriate).
  • Document and chart group education sessions clearly and concisely
  • Interact with staff and participants, providing guidance and assistance as per program rules and procedures
  • Designs and conducts workshops using the principles of Storywork that focus on the powers of story to transform and lead cultural and individual change to promote lifelong learning
  • Coordinates with executive and program management to develop and implement projects, workshops and training that incorporate wellness activities and promote lifelong learning
  • Engages and facilitates community groups and individuals in the role of oral history and the transforming potential of story
  • Coordinates with community partners, and conducts community outreach and events
  • Coaches staff throughout the organization in the implementation of Storywork principles.
  • Other duties as required



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Bachelor's Degree in social work, social services, public administration, public health or related field (or a combination of education and experience may be considered, totaling 4 years).


  • 2 years’ experience in group facilitation


  • Understanding of social and economic healing programming
  • Understanding of and familiarity with Group Programs for marriage, parenting and related issues
  • Knowledge of community resources for parenting, marriage assistance, and social support
  • Knowledge of racial healing and reconciliation
  • Knowledge of the needs of the target clients as a whole


  • Basic Microsoft operating system navigation, including Outlook, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • Have positive communication with children and other family members
  • Enabling access to & sharing of information with group members
  • Teaching children to problem solve
  • Setting limits and using non-violent discipline techniques
  • Rebuilding and developing trust
  • Enhancing family relationships
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with uncooperative clients.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
  • Able to identify successes, challenges, and barriers impacting the completion of plans prepared for clients.


  • Active listening (reflective listening)
  • Follow instructions and VOALA procedures
  • Be a positive role model for others
  • Availability of time to commit to the group
  • Being accepting, empathic and supportive to others
  • Apply principles of professional boundaries and ethics to on the job situations
  • Able to de-escalate threatening/volatile situations with clients, or in the workplace


  • Understanding and experience working with recovering individuals and their impacted family members


  • Choice of 3 medical insurance plans
  • Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)
  • Vision insurance plan
  • Voluntary Supplemental Coverage
  • Accidental Injury Coverage
  • Hospital Care Coverage
  • Critical Illness Coverage
  • Paid vacation time
  • Paid sick time
  • 10 company paid holidays
  • Company funded 401a retirement pension plan
  • Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Programs to maintain your health and well-being
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)
  • Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance
  • Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.