Thursday, April 9, 2009

Venice Community Housing Corporation Position

YouthBuild Program Case Manager


VCHC YouthBuild is a full time comprehensive job training, education and leadership development program for at-risk young adults, ages 16-24 in the Westside areas of Los Angeles, Venice and Mar Vista.  Youth receive paid, on-the-job construction skills training while they help to build affordable housing.  They also receive instruction in preparation for their High School Diploma, case management, life skills training, job placement services and other support during a 12 month cycle, to ensure their success in and upon graduating from the program.  It is a full time program; students will be on premises from 8:00am – 3:00pm Monday through Friday.

Essential Functions

·         Provide intensive case management to 15-30 youth, and have primary responsibility for documenting case management using the Department of Labor MIS database.

·         Develop and refer youth to additional resources and services as needed.

·         Meet with youth weekly, conduct intake assessments, assist with goal setting and life/career plans and follow up assessments while maintaining case files.

·         Facilitate or organize group support sessions, assist with planning and implementation of leadership development, recreational, community service and other activities.

·         Teach a life skills and job readiness curriculum daily, to a group of approximately 15 students. Life skills instruction includes, but is not limited to, conflict resolution, anger management, leadership, urban living skills, personal finance, goal setting, parenting and job readiness.

·         Coordinate efforts with other members of the YouthBuild team, including the classroom teacher, construction trainer, job developer, program coordinator/manager and program director.

·         Identify and prepare youth for post graduation placements, and track students post graduation.

·         Assist youth with legal issues and advocate on behalf of youth with probation, parole and in court.

·         Attend weekly YouthBuild staff meetings, biweekly clinical case review sessions and all agency-sponsored professional development opportunities.



·         Bachelor's degree in social services or related field; MSW strongly preferred. At least 3 years experience may be substituted for degree.

·         At least three years experience working with at-risk youth or other disadvantaged youth/adults in crisis intervention and case management; experience with YouthBuild strongly preferred

·         Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, computer literacy (PC)

·         Demonstrated group work experience including life skills and job preparation instruction;

·         Commitment to working with disadvantaged youth and people from diverse backgrounds.

·         Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with youth while also setting clear boundaries;

·         Commitment to working closely as a team player with YouthBuild staff;

·         Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and follow up with participants in a timely manner.

·        Driver's License and Insurance


$35,000-$40,000 annually depending on experience and qualifications plus benefits including medical, dental, vacation, sick time, 12 holidays and 2 personal days.


Application Procedure

Please email your resume with a cover letter describing your qualifications to the Director of Operations at:  Please do not send attachments. Paste your cover letter and resume into the body of the email. You can also fax your resume to (310) 399-1130 or mail it to Venice Community Housing Corporation, 720 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.  NO PHONE CALLS.

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