POSITION SUMMARY 

Emerging adults transitioning home from incarceration from the juvenile justice system face a variety of challenges through which they need consistent and dedicated support. In addition to facing the challenges of community reentry, including overcoming the trauma of incarceration, emerging adults also need support working through the challenges of transitioning to adulthood. Therefore, ARC is looking for an experienced Life Coach (case manager) in the Los Angeles area who has a passion for working with young people and is committed to supporting emerging adults through these challenges. This position’s focus will be providing direct case management services to individuals transitioning back into the community from the juvenile justice system.  The Life Coach’s role is to take full responsibility for the needs of these individuals – that includes basic tasks such as obtaining identification, government benefits, teaching life skills, referring individuals to therapy, providing mentorship, enrolling caseload in career readiness groups and other skills 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. This position will be supervised by ARC’s Associate Director of Members Services. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS 

  • Provide individualized case management, advocacy, and referral services to transitional age youth.   
  • Incorporate Life skills development, including experiential learning, healthy decision making, 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, identifying consistent transportation, encouraging higher education, and teaching financial literacy.  
  • Maintain electronic/file documentation in accordance with all regulatory and internal policies while remaining HIPAA compliant.  
  • Create and maintain Individualized Service Plans (ISP’s) for caseload.   
  • Engage emerging adults in individual case management sessions regularly to discuss progress/regression of service plan goals and encourage caseload to identify strengths-based solutions to move forward.  
  • 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 48 hours of program entry.  
  • Facilitate LifeSkills groups, such as: cooking, basic computer skills, employment preparation, budgeting skills, navigating the college application process, 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 appropriate reentry resources through outreach and collaboration with community providers  
  • Transport members to appointments, events, and activities as needed.    
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisory team.  
  • Work with the Member Services team in the LA office to coordinate services, support young members, and attend ARC activities in the community. 
  • Collaborate with all office departments to identify employment, educational, volunteer, and civic engagement opportunities for young members. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

The Life Coach must have a minimum of 3 years working with emerging adults with proven ability to assess and fully understand the unique needs of this special population. Experience working with formerly incarcerated adults will not satisfy this qualification. The candidate must possess either an Associate Degree (or greater) in a related field or must be enrolled in college working toward a degree. This person must also be well versed in the obstacles and barriers facing system impacted individuals in the employment and educational arenas.  Lived experience is considered an asset. 

The Life Coach will also have the following experience and attributes: 

  • Experience with supporting and providing services to emerging adults. 
  • Flexible and self-starter; ability to multitask while also being highly detail oriented. 
  • Intermediate Computer Literacy, with full understanding of Microsoft applications.  
  • Experience implementing a youth development curriculum. 
  • Familiarity with relational and rewards-based approaches preferred.  
  • The ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships with emerging adults. 
  • Experience with trauma informed care and willingness to implement this model in working with staff, community partners and members. 
  • 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 and open to learning new ideas. 
  • ARC strongly encourages qualified formerly incarcerated and system-impacted individuals to apply.  
  • Clean driving record and insurable by ARC’s carrier. 

 

SALARY/BENEFITS 

 The salary for this position is between $50,000 and $60,000 depending on experience, with 75% medical, dental and vision benefits.  We offer a generous vacation policy, including 10 paid vacation days and 6 paid sick days. This role is entirely in-person. It is ARC’s policy that all staff be fully vaccinated before hire, including a booster shot if eligible. 

COVID REQUIREMENT STATEMENT 

 On or before first day of employment must be able to provide electronic proof of being fully vaccinated, including a Booster, if eligible. 

HOW TO APPLY  

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and résumé to Harvey Knight at hknight@arc-ca.org.  In your cover letter, please highlight your experience supporting and providing services to emerging adults, particularly those directly impacted by the juvenile justice system, if applicable.