Advocacy Counselor
United Friends of the Children
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Post Date: Jan 14, 2020
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: 02/01/2020
Salary: 54,908 - 68,635
Location: US - California - LOS ANGELES
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United Friends of the Children’s Pathways Housing Programs provides residents, ages 18-24, with housing and support services as they seek to obtain stable and secure housing and employment. Reporting to the Community Manager, the Advocacy Counselor (AC) carries a caseload of up to fifteen 18-24 year old former foster youth. The AC’s primary objective is to build meaningful relationships with his/her youth in order to provide them with the support and guidance necessary to reach their educational, career, and personal goals.

The Advocacy Counselor will work full-time during standard business hours, Monday-Friday and weekends and evenings as necessary. Also, working one weekend per month is required. United Friends’ Downtown LA office will serve as the Advocacy Counselor’s work location on Mondays. The Counselor will work from the Inglewood housing site Tuesday-Friday each week and on weekends. Occasional travel between United Friends’ housing sites across Los Angeles County is required.

Case Management
•        Support and guide the residents while maintaining an advisory relationship based on trust and respect.
•        Promote personal growth, independence, responsibility, and accountability among the residents in the housing program and inspire them to reach their full potential.
•        Work with assigned residents to develop a thorough and individualized case plan within the required time frame.
•        Meet one-on-one with residents on caseload on a weekly basis to discuss goals related to career, education, mental/physical health and basic life skills including budgeting and finance.
•        Facilitate the move-in procedure including completing paperwork and coordinating with Property Management regarding apartment readiness.
•        Work closely with the Property Management team to ensure that AC’s assigned residents are paying rent and maintaining their housing units in accordance with program rules.
•        Conduct needs assessments, coordinate resource referrals and connect youth to services through effective case management.
•        Give regular feedback to residents regarding their progress with respect to their case plan.
•        Monitor residents’ adherence to program rules and institute and enforce improvement plans where necessary.
•        Provide crisis intervention assistance and personal counselling as needed.
•        Attend community building activities in order establish and maintaining relationships with Pathways youth.
•        Meet weekly with Director, Clinical Support to discuss case planning, progress with residents and any problematic cases.
•        Participate in Life Skills classes as needed on a weekly basis.
•        Guide residents through the transition from the program assisting them with developing a proper exit plan into a permanent/stable housing situation.
Documentation and Outcomes
•        Track and document all service efforts made on behalf of youth in United Friends’ database within a week of each effort’s occurrence.
•        Continually expand and update professional and technical knowledge within the education, foster care, and case management fields.
•        Using a strengths-based and solutions-focused approach, track youths’ progress towards achievement of the Pathways Program milestones and work with the Pathways Team to develop interventions for youth as problems arise.

Required Qualifications

•        MSW, MFT, or related Master’s level degree
•        3+ years post-graduate case management experience with a similar population in a relevant setting
•        Excellent knowledge of substance abuse and mental health issues preferred
•        Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a multi-disciplinary service team
•        Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work

•        An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
•        Strong problem-solving and crisis intervention skills
•        Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
•        Holds self accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values

Contact Details
Address: 1055 WLSHIRE BL 1955
State/Province: California
Zipcode: 90017
Country: United States
Ph: 323-842-0118