Life Coach/Case Manager – Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

POSITION SUMMARY

ARC is looking for an experienced Life Coach (case manager) to work with Transitional Age Youth (TAY) in the Los Angeles area.  This position’s focus will be providing direct case management services to individuals being released from the Department of Juvenile Justice facilities and other local youth carceral facilities.  The Life Coach’s role is to take full responsibility for the needs of these individuals – that includes basic tasks such as obtaining identification, teaching life skills, referrals to therapy, legal services, mentorship, career readiness participation and training.  The ideal candidate for this position has both lived experience and demonstrated experience with youth aged 18-25.  This position requires full and thorough knowledge of the specific and unique needs of this community.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Provide individualized case management, advocacy, and referral services to transitional age youth.
  • Incorporate an emphasis on skills development, including experiential learning, healthy living, creative arts, and public service.
  • Meet regularly with youth in-person and virtually to maintain a positive relationship with the youth.
  • Facilitate structured cognitive behavior therapy sessions in group-based settings with program participants.
  • Implement and maintain a non-punitive environment that motivates youths to engage in the process of individual change.
  • Support individuals in developing foundational independent living skills, securing full time employment, encouraging higher education and teaching financial literacy.
  • Maintain electronic/file documentation in accordance with all regulatory and internal policies while remaining HIPPA compliant.
  • Create and maintain case files, including Individualized Service Plans (ISP’s) for caseload.
  • Engage clients in individual case management sessions regularly to discuss progress/regression of service plan goals.
  • Identify ongoing needs and provide linkages to ancillary resources as needed.
  • Provide referrals for group and/or individual mental health counseling; educational, vocational, and/or employment preparation and placement services; and a variety of social and recreational activities.
  • Ensure all newly released members participate in a comprehensive needs assessment within 24 hours of program entry.
  • Facilitate groups, including cooking, basic computer skills, employment preparation, budgeting skills, activities of daily living and others which are relevant to the development of independent living skills.
  • Participate in continuing education trainings, community-based provider meetings, and ARC staff trainings as assigned.
  • Develop resources through outreach and collaboration with community providers.
  • Collaborate with other staff members to ensure adherence to safety and security measures.
  • Meet program participants at the ARC office when they first return to the community.
  • Transport members to appointments, events, and activities as needed.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, as needed by supervisory team.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisory team.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years working with Transitional Age Youth (TAY), with proven ability to assess and fully understand the unique needs of this special population. Experience working with formerly incarcerated adults will not meet this qualification.
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent) and specific course training on TAY.

The life coach should also have the following experience and attributes:

  • Intermediate Computer Literacy, with full understanding of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Flexible and self-starter; ability to multitask while also being highly detail-oriented.
  • Experience implementing a youth development curriculum.
  • Experience having worked with the emerging adults.
  • Familiarity with relational and rewards-based approaches preferred.
  • The ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships with TAY.
  • Experience with trauma informed care practices and approaches.
  • Excellent people skills, with experience in collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse and dynamic team environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to ARC’s mission.
  • Strong and effective problem-solving skills.

SALARY/BENEFITS

  • Salary $45K.
  • ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents.
  • Employer funded life insurance.
  • 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Lili Herrera lherrera@arc-ca.org.

Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and to build healthier communities. ARC seeks to accomplish this mission in a three-fold approach: (1) to advocate for fair and just policies that: reduce crime, decrease the use of incarceration, and serve the needs and well-being of formerly incarcerated people; (2) to provide supportive services and resources to those affected by the criminal justice system that improves outcomes; and (3) to build healthier communities by returning motivated, mentally prepared, and high character men and women from incarceration to communities to serve as ambassadors for change. In brief, ARC is a support network, a connection to services and support, and an advocate for just and fair policies.