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Lead Job Developer/Case Manager (Adult Re-Entry Rental Asst)

Adult Services | Compton, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA
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 program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

PROPOSITION 47 PROGRAM - ADULT REENTRY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

Through Proposition 47, the State of California provides grants to develop mental health services, substance use disorder treatment and diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system, including housing-related assistance, job skills training, case management and other community-based supportive services.  The Adult Reentry Rental Assistance program at VOALA will work with ODR Housing program to provide permanent supportive housing to individuals who are homeless, have a mental health and/or substance use disorder, and who are incarcerated in the Los Angeles County Jail. The program is offered to both the re-entry population who are already sentenced and pretrial defendants who have pending criminal felony cases.  The Adult Rental Reentry Assistance program works closely with the assigned Intensive Case Management Services provider who works with the client as they transition from custody to community.

JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

The Lead Job Developer/Case Manager will arrange, coordinate, monitor, mentor, and assure all delivered services by the Job Development teams meet the needs of assigned clients.  This includes assisting Job Developers in: assessing and reassessing client needs, educating clients on Program and community resource opportunities, developing employment and service plans, scheduling appointments, and providing necessary follow-up to ensure plans are progressing on schedule.   The role includes coordinating the efforts of multiple BSCC program teams of Job Developers and Case Managers, and training various program staff on issues relating to employment of re-entry clients.

Specific Programs are:

  • Project Homes
  • Rapid Rehousing Program (RRHP Compton)
  • Adult Re-entry Warm Handoff
  • Youth Reinvestment Program

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Lead Job Developer assists efforts to establish and maintain working relationships with employers, industry organizations, and public agencies to source job openings and secure employment and vocational training opportunities for veteran participants.  The position requires a combination of administrative/office duties and field/outreach work.

  • Assign and monitor case load of team:
    • Designates participants to Job Developer for intake
    • Coordinates efforts of various Job Development teams
    • Trains staff of various programs on finding employment for re-entry clients
  • Monitors Job Developers on a regular basis to determine quality and effectiveness of services provided
    • Review cases with Program Coordinator and Team
    • Audit case file on a regular basis for completeness and accuracy
    • Conducts crisis intervention as necessary
  • Conducts comprehensive file reviews and assessment of data collected to assure all necessary documentation is collected by case managers
  • Develops an individualized employment plan with each participant
    • Conduct employability assessments of potential participants, this includes, but is not limited to assessing level of ability, readiness for work, physical and mental capabilities of participants, educational background, skills and identification of challenges and barriers to employment
    • Write complete and detailed individualized employment plans outlining activities and community referrals, with concise and clear goals to be tracked
  • Develops a service plan for each participant
    • Conduct comprehensive screenings and assessments with veterans to collect functional, environmental, financial, employment, housing, educational, and health information, as appropriate
    • Draft a Service Plan that complements the Employment Plan
  • Provide career counseling and job coaching, including labor market trends to job seekers, coordinating job skills training, as outlined in participant employment plan, 
    • Provide job readiness skills training (soft skills) in areas of resume preparation, interviewing and job search techniques
    • Arrange interviews with employers and working with participants on job retention issues
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with local employers, creating long-term permanent placement opportunities for program participants
    • Develop a resource base of employers committed to giving priority hiring attention to HVRP
    • Represent the interests of the agency, (Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles) the program and its participants in outreach events, networking, and public relations opportunities, as assigned
  • Develop and coordinate linkages with job skills training resources in high-demand fields
    • Coordinate with outside resources such as: EDD Worksource Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, Local School Districts and Community Colleges, various community and faith-based providers, Veterans Administration, and other Veteran social service and employment resources to ensure participants have access to available services to ensure success (this list is an example, not a restriction, any other resource that is available should be investigated)
  • Meet regularly with program participants, aiding their job search by scheduling interviews, referring job leads and community services to ensure participant success
  • Monitor and track job placement activities on a regular basis to ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress and completed milestones as required by funder
  • Participates and assists with outreach events
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

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

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience (4 years) in employment placement and vocational counseling activities.
  • OWDS Certified (Offender Workforce Development Specialist)

EXPERIENCE:

  • 2 years of experience in case management or as a job developer
  • 2 years of experience working with re-entry clientele

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Skills in sourcing jobs, and cold calling potential employers
  • Knowledge of local employment market
  • Current California driver's license and clean driving record

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Microsoft operating system MS Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, Power-Point, and internet browser

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including relationship building
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to conduct presentations to groups
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to work independently in the community and make sound, timely decisions

INTERPERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Client- focused, prompt, collaborative, and a team player

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prior experience as a supervisor or team leader managing 2 or more individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)

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 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.