Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Center for the Pacific Asian Family Position

Job Title: Family Advocate, Full time

Center for the Pacific-Asian Family, Inc. (CPAF) was founded in 1978 to proactively address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse against Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women and children. The mission of CPAF is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian-Pacific women and their families. CPAF’s services include a 24-hour crisis hotline; residential services through its Emergency and Transitional Programs; individual, family and group counseling; case management for residential and nonresidential survivors. CPAF also provides outreach, education and advocacy on the issues of family violence and violence against women in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Summary Statement: Family Advocates would work with both residential and non-residential clients in a multi-cultural environment providing emotional support, individual counseling, advocacy, crisis management, and general team support to survivors. A Family Advocate will also work closely with other advocates to ensure an effective, coordinated response to families. Bilingual persons of Asian languages are encouraged to apply.

Estimate % of time Responsibilities
(including tasks and duties)

60% A. Case Management of women, children and families of SA & DV
1. Coordinates orientation, intake, assessment of families
2. Develops goal oriented action plans
3. Emotional support/counseling
4. Maintains up-to-date files
5. Provides advocacy to other agencies/services in regards to case
*if applicable, bilingual survivor’s advocate may be required to perform above duties in additional language(s)

15% B. Hotline/Crisis Management
1. Answering crisis calls of the hotline
2. Responding to crisis situations/emergencies
3. Providing transportation/intake to incoming clients
*if applicable, bilingual survivor’s advocate may be required to perform above duties in additional language(s)

15% C. Team Support
1. Works with other teams to coordinate and provide supportive services
2. Basic support and coverage of the shelter
3. General support of CPAF staff

5% D. Interpretation
1. In addition to case management, interpretation on the hotline, giving information to shelter clients, etc.

5% E. Other duties as assigned
1. Outreach
2. Training of new staff/ volunteers
3. Special projects

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
• Comfortable dealing with issues surrounding domestic violence, family violence and sexual assault with women and children.
• Able to address crisis and problem solve.
• Able to work in flexible, evolving environment and willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
• Enjoys and has experience working with women and children of different ages.
• Committed to eliminating violence against women, sexual violence and family violence.
• Understands and appreciates Asian/Pacific Islander cultures; is able to work with diverse communities (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, class, etc.)
• Bilingual/bi-cultural preferred. Ability to speak at least one of the following languages: Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, or any other API language. Prefer Mandarin speaker.
• Demonstrated experience working with volunteers or being a volunteer, and ability to coordinate multiple tasks.
• Able to work collaboratively with CPAF teams and community based organizations.
• Well-organized, self-directed and highly motivated.

Interested parties, please contact Sally Park at or 323.653.7913 x203

Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, citizenship, marital status, disability, political affiliation or belief, veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. CPAF is committed to fostering a diverse and safe work environment where employees respect one another and share a commitment to our organization’s mission, values, and strategies.

Sports4Kids Position

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center Position

St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center

Position: Social Worker/Men's Advancement Program and the Women and Children’s Program
Hours: As scheduled/needed
Minimum 40 hours a week

Status: Exempt

Reports to: Shelter Director

Requirements: Master’s Degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
Five year’s experience, two of which must have been in a supervisory capacity
Valid California Driver License

Personal and work references indicating history of responsibility, honesty,
compassion and objectivity
Understanding and ability to work with principles of harm reduction as well as of
abstinence in dealing with addictions
Commitment to principles of Social Work as they involve person-in-environment concept
Commitment to principles of Social Work as they involve ability of people to change
Experience in leading groups
Ability to multi-task and willingness to work outside the constraints of the Job Description

Purpose – to provide clinical supervision and coordination of the Men's Advancement Program and the Women and Children’s Program

To represent the Center/Society in the community by regular attendance at assigned community meetings

To be a part of upgrading skills of all Center staff by developing, leading and participating in staff development curricula and programs.

Background –

Men’s Advancement Program
The Men's Advancement Program is not a 'treatment program' as such nor is it a recovery program. It is a program for employed men who have the desire and capacity to retain their employment, to advance in it where possible while concomitantly upgrading their skills either for current job advancement or for future employment, and to save a substantial portion of all their earnings toward eventual independent housing. It provides the support system for these behaviors to take place.

Having said that, the clients eligible for the program are generally late-middle-age formerly addicted men with past incarcerations and spotty work histories who have only been employed in their current positions for a short time. Some have mental health issues that can be addressed successfully in the community by therapy and medication. Most need help in understanding, developing and integrating a work ethic. Many of the services required by these men are similar to or identical to those offered in a formal treatment program designed to deal with mental health, recovery, and developmental issues. These issues must all be handled in the Program's non-specialized residential setting. Most mental health, family, and work issues are handled in-house; it is for these skills that trained Social Workers are employed. Other more specialized needs – medications, recovery meetings, et cetera – are appropriate for referral to services in the community.

Women and Children’s Program
The purpose of the Women and Children’s Program is to provide temporary housing to mothers with the intended goal of helping them secure permanent housing. Clients must be single mothers with at least one child. Similar to the Men’s Advancement Program, clients are required to attend weekly case management sessions as well as save a substantial portion of their earnings (or government benefits) toward eventual independent housing.

Women in the program range in age from mid 20’s to late 40’s and often have multiple children. Some of these children may not be in the mother’s custody. The women (and sometimes children as well) often present mental health needs that can be addressed successfully in the community by therapy and medication. Many need help in developing realistic budgets and goals that will lead them out of their homelessness. The social worker will assist in advocating for a client’s government benefits, provide assistance with Section 8 or other low-income housing referrals as well as connecting the children to appropriate resources. A key role for the social worker will be in assisting clients in their social functioning as it pertains to relating with other women in the shelter. The social worker will work individually (and in groups) with women to resolve conflict that may occur between clients within the program.


Assure that the population of the Programs is consistent with that of the Program’s missions and stated goals they are designed to serve.

In consultation with the Director, other Center Social Workers, and program staff, revise
the Programs goals as justified by research and program experience to better meet the
needs of the skid row client population.

Assume case management responsibilities for all men and women in both Programs. Delegate some of this responsibility to graduate level interns or other staff members, as appropriate.

Recruit applicants both Programs.

Evaluate applicants for admission to both Programs. Develop a system for involving input from other Center staff in the evaluation process before being accepted into a program.

Oversee development of Program Plans for all clients at the point of intake. Assure that clients agree to all aspects of that Plan.

Assure that all Program participants are assigned to – and attend - at least weekly case management sessions and appropriate group meetings at least bi-weekly.

Ensure that all assigned chores are completed as scheduled.

Ensure that all clients (in the Men’s Program) are employed and saving in accordance with their Program Plans. Also, unless otherwise designed in the Program Plan, ensure that all men clients are enrolled in and attend an appropriate skills enhancement program.

Ensure that clients within the Women’s Program are seeking appropriate employment or schooling

Assure that all case recording is current and is completed and stored in accordance with Program standards.

Assure that clients unable or unwilling to follow their Program Plans are referred to more appropriate programs within the Program' guidelines of tolerance for non-compliance.

Supervise and evaluate all staff assigned to each Program.

In concert with the Director and other Center Social Workers, assume responsibility for regularly attending assigned community meetings. Meetings will be assigned based on the Center's needs and the Social Worker's interests.

Provide direct supervision to interns assigned to the program. (In some situations, this may involve being a 'preceptor' since some graduate schools require that a primary supervisor has been employed by the agency for at least one year.)

Assist the Director and other Center Social Workers and staff in determining staff meeting agenda and training programs.

Such other duties as assigned

All parties interested in the above position should contact Jim Bibb at or at (323) 224-6280

Monday, May 11, 2009

CAST Position



Under the direction of the Clinical Services Coordinator, the Case Manager provides intensive case management and crisis intervention to survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The Case Manager must excel at client-centered advocacy, managing competing priorities, and facilitating access to services for clients. This highly responsible position contributes to social services policy formation and long-range program planning, and assists in developing and maintaining relationships with community partners who will accept referrals of CAST clients for services. This position requires advanced project management expertise, independent decision making ability, and excellent interpersonal and team building skills. Also involves extensive travel throughout Los Angeles County developing partners and providing services to trafficking survivors in the Los Angeles region. Full-time, exempt position.

The Case Manager position is contingent on the continuation of funding and the consistent enrollment of Clients in the CAST Client Services program. As such, this position will be reviewed for continuation on a quarterly bases to ensure appropriate funding levels and enrollments.


Case Management: Manage and perform on-going assessments and service planning with clients. Provide crisis intervention and supportive counseling. Coordinate, drive and accompany clients to health, mental health, legal, employment, education, criminal/civil case, and DPSS appointments. Assess and distribute emergency funds and resources to clients. Manage case files and detailed progress notes. Participate in initial screening and assessment of new referrals. Provide oncall support for shelter program.

Client Advocacy: Ensure that client rights and needs are protected at the local service delivery level. Identify barriers to services and advocate for higher quality of services with outside service organizations. Advocate for culturally and linguistically appropriate services for clients.

Budget Management: Manage funds for client services. Monitor resource needs, assure ongoing access to resources by setting monthly allocations for limited resources and accessing more resources as needed. Monitor and allocate grant funds available for client services. Participate in preparing ongoing progress reports and final reports to grant making organizations.

Model Development: Identify and develop new tools to be used in the planning and implementation of case management services. Develop new protocols related to direct client services to be used by the Social Services Program. Evaluate and revise case management model as needed with Social Services Team. Assist in development of strategic planning and resource development to ensure the ongoing availability of services to trafficked survivors.

Additional Duties: Work closely with the Social Services Team in strategic development and meeting the goals and objectives of the program. Work with the Training and Advocacy Team to develop and deliver technical assistance on CAST’s Case Management Model at related conferences and workshops throughout California and the country. Contribute to the professional tone and approach of the organization within the perimeters of the agency mission and philosophy. Other duties as identified and assigned.
Additional Qualifications:

1. B.A. or M.A. (preferred) in relevant field. Extensive experience and demonstrated skills and aptitude considered in lieu of education.
2. Bilingual (English/Spanish, Korean, Thai preferred). Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and organizations.
3. Demonstrated experience in case management and/or providing direct services to clients, preferably in a community-based organization.
4. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Strong assessment skills to determine client needs.
5. Knowledge of issues related to providing services to immigrants, survivors of human trafficking, human rights and violence against women, including knowledge of the service delivery system in Los Angeles and the regulations governing public and private benefits as well as Federal benefits available to trafficking survivors. Knowledge of multidisciplinary and multicultural approaches.
6. Ability to deliver oral presentations to diverse professionals and audiences, including workshops and presentations on the CAST Case Management Model.
7. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience in group facilitation.
8. Ability to recognize and identify resources of value to trafficking survivors and organizations providing services to trafficking survivors. Ability to synthesize information to ensure usefulness to the Case Management Team.
9. Must be organized, flexible, and multi-task oriented. Able to identify and respond to shifting priorities. A self-starter that can work within a team environment and handle a variety of tasks with urgent deadlines. Must be detail oriented.
10. Ability to maintain cooperative and professional demeanor with CAST staff, board, volunteers, vendors, consultants, allied professionals, and members of the public. Enjoyment in interacting with people and creating an accessible environment. Capacity to work in a fast-paced program and manage multi-faceted services.
11. Accept and abide by mission and philosophy of CAST. Willingness to complete a CAST Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking training.
12. Availability to travel extensively throughout the Los Angeles region, with some statewide and national presentations involving overnights and weekends. Have a car, insurance and a valid driver’s license.
13. Physical demands are typical for an office environment including sitting, reaching, handling, speaking, hearing, and seeing. Reasonable accommodations will be made.

Candidates must have work authorization in the United States.
CAST is an equal opportunity employer.

Reports to: Social Services Director
Salary Range: 35K-38K
Schedule: M-F 9am-6pm with occasional evening and weekend hours
How to Apply:
Remitt resume (word, txt formats) to Enter Case Manager in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Homelessness Policy Coordinator

Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Homelessness Policy Coordinator

The Office of the Mayor is seeking to fill the position of Homelessness Policy Coordinator to lead and coordinate the Mayor’s policies on homelessness. This position will require working closely with city, county, state and federal governmental entities, as well as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, to ensure that necessary resources are available and that policies and programs are well coordinated.

The Homelessness Policy Coordinator will report to the Deputy Mayor of Housing & Economic Opportunity in the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The Office is seeking qualified candidates for this new position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Completing and implementing a state and federal homelessness legislative agenda in consultation with the Mayor, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and other homelessness policy experts.
2. On behalf of the Mayor, provide support to local planning efforts that would result in a reduction of homelessness in the City of Los Angeles.
3. Serving as the Mayor’s liaison to, and working closely with, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
4. With direction and support from Inter-Governmental Relations department, serving as liaison to City Council offices engaged in solutions on homelessness, and building joint efforts and a coordinated approach.
5. Partnering and coordinating with LA County, other jurisdictions, non-profit organizations, service providers, philanthropic organizations, and other relevant community stakeholders to implement citywide and regional systems that effectively address homelessness.
6. Stay abreast of homelessness-related trends that would have implications on current policies and/or require development of new homeless related policies. This might include, developing and maintaining communications with private sector, policy institutes, elected officials, non-profit organizations as well as regularly reviewing policy reviews and relevant data.
7. Develop policy strategies designed to address underlying systemic forces shaping homelessness and homelessness prevention in Los Angeles’ and relevant crosscutting public policy areas.
8. Exercise initiative in identifying homelessness issues that require changes in or creation of city policy in areas such as, but not limited to, social services, housing, criminal justice, and strategies to promote employment and wages for low-earning workers.
9. Communicate the Mayor’s policies and positions to senior level decision makers in government, private and non-profit sectors and philanthropy.
10. Provide assistance to others on Mayor’s staff on homelessness matters involving their own subject areas, such as education, economic development, intergovernmental relations and housing.
11. Planning and coordinating the Mayor’s visits to, and meetings with, private sector, service providers, other government representatives and local communities.
12. Draft and present memos and briefing for Mayor and Senior staff on homelessness policies, strategies, issues, and events.

Minimum Qualifications:

 B.A. is required; a Master’s Degree is preferable, in public policy, public administration, planning, or social work.
 5+ minimum years experience in a relevant area of work.
 Experience in government or a similarly complex organization strongly desirable.
 Ability to effectively problem-solve, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks and objectives.
 Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity.
 Aptitude to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented, political environment.
 Experience in quantitative analysis and proven analytical ability.
 Excellent writing and communication skills are mandatory.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Includes full benefits package.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Deputy Mayor Helmi Hisserich
C/O: Jessica Lopez, Assistant to Deputy Mayor Helmi Hisserich
200 N. Spring St., 13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

FAX: (213) 978-0780

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Children's Clinic Position

*Organization:* Children's Clinic, The
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 933-0400
*Job Title:* MSW
*Job Type:* Full-time
*Policy Focus:* Health Care
*Organization Description:*
For over 66 years, The Children's Clinic, Serving Children and Their Families has been dedicated to providing comprehensive health care in a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate manner to medically underserved, low-income and high-risk populations in Long Beach and surrounding communities.

The Clinic is a true medical home for the greater Long Beach and surrounding communities providing medical care and counseling for well-child visits; acute and chronic care; adult clinic; teen clinic; community outreach and education; immunizations; laboratory testing; prescribed medications; linkage to community resources; and evening and Saturday hours in clinics.

*Position Description:*


Reporting to Medical Director, the MSW is responsible for providing for the delivery of social services including psychosocial evaluation and treatment, advocacy, crisis intervention, teaching, referrals to community services, and assisting as needed with program planning.

-Assists with the development of departmental policies and procedures, and ensures adherence to them. -Provides psychosocial assessment of adult and pediatric patients with complex social, financial, cultural, and psychological issues. -Identifies patient problem areas and strengths/support networks, develops treatment plans, and documents patient progress in accordance with established standards. -Initiates appropriate contacts and follows up with referral sources. -Maintains knowledge of community services available in the area. -Attends community meetings. -Develops and maintains educational and Clinic materials as assigned. -Maintains current in the field by attending seminars, continuing education courses, workshops, etc.


-Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited university. -Knowledge of and ability to work within a complex health care system. -Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as a team member in an interdisciplinary environment. -Demonstrated competency in strategic planning, critical thinking, communication, negotiation and organization skills. -Excellent written and oral communication skills required. -Excellent attendance record and performance history required. -Must demonstrate customer service skills appropriate to the job. -Ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to the workload. -Bilingual skills in Spanish.

Contact Darcel Noble, Director of Human Resources: (562)933-0537; fax: (562)933-0438; email:

Latino family Institute Social Worker Position

Job Summary:
Responsible, under the direction of Program Manager, to provide adoption, kinship and foster family program services, including but not limited to training and counseling services to children and families, coordination of activities with multiple public and private service providers, facilitate and monitor placements, case management, support activities of case managers.

Education & Experience:
o Master’s degree in Social Work - MSW;
o At least two (2) years of social work experience/internship in the field of family or child welfare;
o Demonstrate knowledge of public child welfare system;
o Possession of a valid California driver’s license is required and must be insurable with the agency’s insurance carrier;
o Bilingual (English/Spanish). Must be able to speak and write fluently in Spanish.
o (2) years of full-time social work employment in licensed foster family or adoption agency;
o Demonstrate knowledge of special needs children and of adoption, kinship adoption, and foster family program services and systems.

Key Responsibility Areas:
o Responsible for client caseload and maintaining the productivity levels as required;
o Provides routine home visits, case management, and psychotherapy/play therapy as needed to clients using a variety of modalities (including family, group and individual);
o Provides case management and treatment planning while achieving the agency’s productivity goal;
o Provides training, counseling, support groups and case management services to children, foster, adoptive and kinship families, and birth parents;
o Establishes and maintains linkages with Department of Children and Family Services, Courts and other public and private agencies/resources specific to project goals and objectives;
o Participates in supervision and case consultation services and educational training;
o Assists with recruitment, assessment and evaluation, certification of adoption and foster family homes;
o Assists with intake/admission of children into adoption and/or foster family programs;
o Assists with matching of children and families, provision of direct and support services;
o Ensures successful placements through careful monitoring and post-placement services;
o Maintains appropriate agency program records;
o Manages all kinship adoptions charts (approximately 20 at a time); case management includes:
o Direct contact with Program Manager to perform tasks below on kinship adoption cases and to make the families issues/concerns/questions known to the Program Manager;
o Direct contact with the families to request forms required in the home study process;
o Writes letters as needed to the appropriate County;
o Attends and signs adoption placement paperwork with the family and the County Social Worker;
o Completes all paperwork needed to finalize a kinship adoption.
o Performs Fost/Adopt & Foster Care Recruitment and facilitates placements:
o Attends Outreach/Recruitment events to promote agency and recruit families (some weekends required);
o Performs foster care initial intakes via phone; collaborates with County CSW and LFI contracted foster family to secure a foster care placement;
o Conducts foster placements by going to DCFS and/or LFI contracted foster home to sign County foster placement forms (possibly transporting the child/ren to the LFI contracted foster home);
o Performs monitored visits between birth parent/s and foster or adoptive families;
o Facilitates and/or co-facilitates support groups for foster and adoptive families;
o Participates in other projects, special events, trainings and meetings as required;
o Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:
o Displays exceptional ability to prioritize/organize workload, multi-task and problem solve;
o Consistently displays flexibility, adaptability and manages time effectively;
o Works exceedingly well in a fast-paced environment;
o Responsible and accountable;
o Possesses an outstanding level of cooperation and willingness to function as part of a team;
o Flexibility to work any hours necessary to maintain effective department operation;
o Possesses exceptional skills with multiple computer applications, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel, and the ability to adapt to new processes;
o Superior level of oral and written communication with staff and management;
o High level of initiative, self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal management direction;
o Excellent interpersonal skills to include: patience, listening ability and telephone etiquette;
o Demonstrates professional communication with clients, peers, subordinates, and management.

Working Conditions:
o Availability to cover any work shift including, but not limited to, some weekends and evenings for home visits, quarterly trainings, support groups, recruiting events;
o Works within a standard office environment;
o Ability to maintain set production standards.

General Statements:

o This description does not include any marginal functions that are incidental to the duties and responsibilities. Also, it does not imply that these are the only tasks to be performed by the incumbent. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related tasks requested by their supervisor.
o The physical demands and work environment characteristics that may be described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and responsibilities.
o Any requirement may be modified to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.
o Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.
o Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. The incumbent must have the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty and responsibility proficiently.
o This description does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. ALL EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIPS AT LATINO FAMILY INSTITUTE, INC. “AT WILL.”