VOCATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR

POSITION SUMMARY

ARC is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Vocational/Educational Coordinator to join its Los Angeles  team. The Vocational/Educational Coordinator plays an integral role in supporting the advancement of  the mission of the organization by bringing a practical, but creative perspective to ARC’s vocational and educational needs. This individual will support and build upon all aspects of ARC’s Vocational/Educational programming and will work with the Vocational/Educational Director to create new partnerships in the community that will serve as a resource for the needs of ARC’s members.  This position will help to explore new and innovative vocational and educational opportunities for ARC’s membership and will help to develop new programming that further advances this new and exciting department.  This position will also work with the Vocational/Educational Director and ARC’s Policy team to reduce barriers to employment and higher education for the formerly incarcerated.

Reporting to the Vocational/Educational Director, the Vocational/Educational Coordinator will maintain the departmental infrastructure and systems needed to support the organization’s continued growth over the next 5-10 years. This position will also carry a joint caseload of members that are enrolled in ARC’s Vocational and Educational programming.

The Vocational/Educational Coordinator will assist in maintaining compliance with government (local and state) contracts and private grants that are related to employment and education.  She or he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Help to create new partnerships with employers and education institutions.
  • Assist in improving current Vocational/Educational community partner relationships.
  • Research and track occupational and educational developments (e.g. changes in law, burgeoning employment sectors, higher-education resources) in order to find opportunities for and barriers to employment and access to higher-education for system-impacted people.
  • Work with supervisor to develop tool to assess the education and vocation goals of ARC members.
  • Support and maintain Vocational/Educational grants and contracts.
  • Document and gather data related to Vocational/Educational grants and contracts.
  • Work with supervisor to participate in developing programming and budgets related to new grants and contracts.
  • Work closely with supervisor to ensure inter-departmental communication is at the highest level.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Vocational/Educational Coordinator will have 3 to 5  years of professional experience at a rapid-growth nonprofit organization.  This person must also be well versed in the obstacles and barriers facing system-impacted individuals in the employment and educational arenas.

The Vocational/Educational Coordinator will have the following experience and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with specialized, directly related training.
  • 3 to 5 years demonstrated experience in the nonprofit sector, including sophisticated fund and grant management, compliance and reporting.
  • Innovative, flexible and self-starter.
  • Ability to multitask while also being highly detail-oriented.
  • Excellent people skills, with experience 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.
  • ARC strongly encourages qualified formerly incarcerated and system-impacted individuals to apply.
  • Passionate about the ARC mission.

SALARY/BENEFITS

  • Salary range $50K – $55K depending on experience.
  • ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents.
  • 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days.
  • Approximately 10 days office closure during Christmas and New Years.

CONTACT – Hiring Committee  at jobs@arc-ca.org

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.  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, 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 population.

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.
  • 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 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
  • Transport members to appointments, events, and activities as needed.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Blair James, Program Director bjames@arc-ca.org

Life Coach – Bromont THP

POSITION SUMMARY

ARC is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic Life Coach to join its Bromont Transitional Housing Program in Sylmar, CA; a 40 bed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitaiton (CDCR) funded re-entry program for individuals who have served longer-term sentences. This is a full-time position that supports members in obtaining an optimal quality of life, we believe in the notion of “thriving, not surviving” and our Life Coaches must embody this as well. This position reports directly to the Program Coordinator, and works a schedule that is based on the needs of the members/caseload, this position’s schedule will also include some weekends and holidays. The Life Coach will be focused on providing life skills by assessing needs, providing case management, and providing appropriate refferals as needed. This is a challenging position that requires a self-motivated multi-tasker with a strong case-management and/or residential services provision background. Lived-experience with a passion and commitment to social justice reform preferred.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and member services team members, work to create a comprehensive schedule of activities specific to each member to include, but not limited to: employment, education, recreation, physical/mental health, spiritual growth, life skills, and/or any other activities to enhance the well-being of the member.
• Maintain familiarity with current and new contracts to ensure compliance with funding source performance targets and deliverables.
• Heavy data-base management focus: case notes, individual service plans, intakes, group notes, incident reports, etc.
• Case manage members to ensure all goals/needs are being met, and documented into required data bases on a weekly basis.
• Ensure that members are in compliance with member agreements and house guidlelines.
• Ensure safety and well-being of all members, staff, and guests/visitors. Support guest/visitor policy and intervene where necessary to maintain compliance.
• Help to develop and maintain support groups, activities, and mentorship programs within the housing community.
• Attend all ARC staff meetings, case conferences, organizational gatherings, retreats, and conferences as requested.
• Oversee/facilitate regular member meetings on site in collaboration with team members.
• Outreach to members though regular in-person visits, providing one-on-one meetings, and facilitating groups with members, in an effort to support positive member growth.
• Coordinate care and interventions with member services team members when signs of members falling off education/employment/program responsibilities are observed.
• Provide education, support and referrals to residents about available support if determined to be beyond the scope of the ARC TransitionalHousing Program.
• Refer individual and group counseling to members through available therapy.
• Other responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Life Coach will have the following experience and attributes: At least 2 years of experience with a criminal justice or related population. Experience with casefile documentation, group documentation, and creating case management plans is essential. Residential experience preferred.

The Life Coach will have the following experience and attributes:
• High School diploma or equivalent.
• Flexible and self-starter; ability to multitask while also being highly detail-oriented.
• Excellent people and communication 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 affective problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
• ARC strongly encourages qualified formerly incarcerated and system-impacted individuals to apply.
• Passionate about the ARC mission.
• This position requires a clearance from CDCR.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers; handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk; and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, balance, stoop, kneel, and/or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Keyboard data entry required.

SALARY/BENEFITS

HOURS: 40 hours per week
CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt
SALARY: 40-45k based on experience
BENEFITS: ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents.
• 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days

Send resume and cover letter to John McClelland, jmcclelland@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.