Friday, October 24, 2008

OPCC Position

Clinical Consultant - Campion Mental Health Center

Position: Clinician/Clinical Consultant for the Access Center and Samoshel, two projects of OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center)
Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week
Reports to: Project Director, Campion Mental Health Center
Salary: Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits

Job responsibilities:

• Provide a wide range of clinical services and consultation to staff and clients at two of OPCC’s projects, the Access Center and Samoshel, which include evaluation, assessment and treatment of homeless mentally ill adults with co-occurring substance addiction.
• When on-site at the Access Center and Samoshel, the clinician/clinical consultant will report to and work with the Project Director.
• Provide crisis intervention as needed.
• Provide clinical consultation to case management staff.
• Develop and provide ongoing in-service training for staff.
• Provide staff consultations as needed.
• Attend weekly staff and case consultation meetings, and monthly in-service trainings at Campion Mental Health Center.
• Attend staff meetings at the two projects as needed.
• Provide clinical supervision/precepting to social work intern(s).


• MSW required, LCSW preferred.
• Experience and comfort in working with a long term homeless population including mentally ill adults with co-occurring substance addiction; knowledge of the DSM-IV and diagnostic skills.
• Experience and familiarity with evaluation, assessment and treatment of substance abuse, along with a thorough knowledge of issues related to chemical dependency.
• Crisis intervention experience.
• Experience and understanding of an advocacy/case management/empowerment model of client support.
• Experience in facilitating various support groups, including parenting and life skills groups.
• Experience in working in a community based and/or residential setting.
• Experience teaching, training or presenting on mental health issues.
• Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• In good standing with the Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Please email cover letter and resume with salary requirements to:
Steve Deitelbaum, Project Director:

Monday, October 13, 2008

3rd Annual Gang Symposium

3rd Annual Gang Symposium
Social Welfare and Gangs: From Laws and Policies to Best Practices
Become informed. Become Engaged. Become a Part of the Solution
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
WHERE: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Moore Hall 100, Los Angeles, CA
WHO: Communities in Schools and Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity Inc. at UCLA.
Co-Sponsored by: the UCLA School of Public Affairs & Department of Social Welfare

WHAT & WHY: Social Welfare & Gangs: From Laws and Policies to Best Practices- a Panel discussion that will be moderated by Robert Arias, Communities in School’s Executive Director. The event will galvanize city officials, community leaders and members, educators, and students, who will gather together to explore the future of Los Angeles’ gang reduction strategies. It is important to understand that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem and that our approaches must be more balanced and more comprehensive. While this paradigm is in fact shifting, Los Angeles residents have a great deal of influence in deciding whether this shift is strengthened or weakened. On November 4th, 2008 voters in the city will be presented with voting ballots that contain two conflicting gang resolutions. Measure A is a local initiative that aims to raise $30 Million for gang prevention and intervention programs. Proposition 6 is a statewide bill that would increase state funding for prisons and enact more punitive gang laws. The purpose of this panel is to explore the various implications that these propositions have on practitioners, youth and other stakeholders. In doing so, our aim is to help our guests gain a comprehensive understanding of not only the nature of problem, but also the nature of the best solutions.

Dr. Jorja Leap, Gang Advisor Sheriff Lee Baca
Kim McGill, the Youth Justice Coalition
Blinky Rodriguez, Communities in Schools
Michael De La Rocha, Councilmember Tony Cardenas’s Office
Mario Rocha, Film: “Mario's Story”
Billie Weiss,So. Ca. Injury Prevention Research Center @ UCLA School of Public Health, and Acting Director VPC of Greater Los Angele
Mark Kleiman, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Aquil Basheer, Maximum Force Enterprises
Mohammad Kahn, Unity One
Shelan Joseph, LA County Public Defenders Office
Nelson Pichardo, Western Justice Foundation.

Joseph Chicas, (818) 433-5479 or,
Robert Hernandez, (818) 441-9742

*This event is not an official sponsorship of Measure A or Proposition 6.

First 5 LA Positions

Multiple positions are available at First 5 LA

Positions announcement are available online at

Thursday, October 9, 2008

OPCC Positions

OPCC the largest homeless service provider in Santa Monica seeks a creative, flexible and mission driven therapist for our innovative residential and outreach program serving chronically homeless men and women living with co-occurring mental illness and substance addiction. Idjavascript:void(0)eal canditates MUST have experience with chronically homeless and feel comfortable working in partnership with women and men who have mental disabilities and co-occurring substance addiction utilizing a harm reduction approach and embrace client empowerment. Experience with evaluation, assessment, and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse. Strong Mental health background desirable. License preferred or license in process. Salary DOE, excellent benefits. Please submit resume with cover letter to or fax 310-828-4617.

NOTES: 3 openings. Local Residents Preferred (No Relo)

Monday, October 6, 2008

College Summit is looking for Executive Director

Executive Director, Los Angeles, College Summit

College Summit offers a unique market-based entrepreneurial approach to dramatically increase college access for America’s low income youth. Recognized by Fast Company magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 as one of the top 25 groups that are “changing the world,” College Summit has successfully launched in California, Colorado, the National Capital Region, Missouri, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The New York Times also recognized College Summit for combining “market savvy and a social conscience with an overwhelming ambition to see their ideas become part of the cultural bedrock.”

The organization’s mission is to increase the college enrollment rate of low-income students by ensuring that every student who can make it in college makes it to college, and by putting college access “know-how” and support within the reach of every student. For ten years, College Summit has significantly increased the college enrollment rate of low-income students, and enabled high schools to generate lasting, structural reforms in their college access and transition systems. College Summit students have enrolled in college at nearly twice the rate of low-income high school students nationwide (79% vs. 46%), and stay in college at a rate of 80%.

College Summit has created market-based demand for its fee-for-service products while continuing to refine and expand its donor-centered fundraising program. Corporations, foundations and communities have quickly recognized College Summit’s benefit to students, to employers hungry for a diverse and well-educated workforce and to communities who are working to break cycles of poverty.

College Summit is driven towards excellence and fortunate to be staffed by leaders with extraordinary vision. All members of the College Summit team share this passion and we seek those who find within themselves an insatiable desire to open the doors of opportunity to all who would walk through.

For more information, visit


The Executive Director will lead College Summit’s growth in the Los Angeles region, responsible for embedding a strong college-going culture and increasing college enrollment results within the community. The Executive Director will take responsibility for overall regional success, including programmatic results, staff management, fundraising, partner cultivation and public relations and will focus on developing robust relationships with partners across the region, including school districts, potential funders, community organizations and individual school administrators. As the external ambassador for College Summit’s regional site and the internal infrastructure builder, the Executive Director will continue to expand College Summit’s impact and sustaining a successful, efficient organization with strong roots in the community.


The Executive Director will be responsible for specific results and will:
• Ensure the programmatic and financial success of College Summit in the Los Angeles region.
• Establish and maintain fee-for-service relationships with superintendents and school district personnel.
• With the support of the national office, establish and maintain local infrastructure to meet regional goals.
• Manage the Program Director, who is primarily responsible for enhancing local school relationships and managing the day-to-day operations of high-quality, on-budget program execution.
• Work closely with the Regional Director of Development to establish an ongoing stream of locally-raised philanthropic revenue that will cover the fixed costs of local operations.
• Establish and strengthen partnerships with senior-level community partners, including business leaders, local community organizations, and government officials.
• Inform and advance public policy initiatives for the region.
• Maintain and enhance the image, brand, and ideals of College Summit.


• At least 10 years of professional experience in education, non-profit, or the private sector, with proven visionary leadership and strong strategic planning capability; strong experience managing a highly capable team
• Demonstrated success working with the top leadership of local educational initiatives and school systems
• Experience building a successful fundraising operation that increases the recurrence and predictability of contributions
• Significant experience with managing via measurement and goal-setting
• Knowledge of the Los Angeles community and existing relationships with education-focused entities
• Experience producing results in a rapidly growing, deadline-driven, fast-paced, dynamic environment
• Entrepreneurial self-starter and creative thinker
• Willingness to travel as needed
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

To Apply:

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format and addressed to Randy Shillingburg, at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

College Summit is an equal opportunity employer.
Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience. In order to attract highly qualified candidates, College Summit offers competitive benefits package, including health, 401(k), disability and life insurance, vacation, and professional development benefits.