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Outreach Specialist (Jail In Reach)

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

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. VOA - LA 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


The Outreach Specialist is responsible for promoting the program throughout the surrounding areas, targeting low-income households who are at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless and in need of housing stability.

Job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and build partnerships and coalitions with other community and government agencies
  • Provides street outreach, engagement, crisis stabilization, trauma-informed case management, and referral services for clients and their families
  • Conducts initial street screenings, immediate needs assessments, and crisis stabilization
  • Assists in developing relationships and linkages with services, and maintaining accurate records of participant progress
  • Develop, perform, and assist with workshops pertaining to household needs
  • Assists program staff in integrating development strategies and other evidence-informed practices to provide a holistic service approach including providing life skills through “teachable” moments
  • Provide crisis intervention if needed, and make referrals to appropriate community resources
  • Monitor and maintain complete client records, daily activity logs, mileage logs, HMIS, and other reports as directed
  • Screen and evaluate households for eligibility of services
  • Interview clients for emergency assistance and determine eligibility
  • Conduct crisis intervention as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Valid California driver’s license, insurance, and/or reliable mode of transportation


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in the homelessness field, with veterans, or related fields 


  • Proficiency with computers and Microsoft operating system navigation, office, outlook, word, excel, power-point, and internet browser


  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Must be willing to travel/drive company vehicle to various locations
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including but not limited to Words, Excel, and Outlook
  • Flexibility to work holidays, nights, and weekends as needed


  • Dependable, collaborative, reliable, prompt, positive mindset, flexible, organized, and client Focused


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Social Services, public administration, public health or related field
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)
  • Knowledge and experience working with and using HMIS software or programs
  • Knowledge and experience working with and using database software or programs
  • U.S. Veteran or experience working with veterans, people in recovery and/or homelessness individuals

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.