Monday, December 14, 2009

Zero To Three Position

Policy Coordinator
LOCATION: ZERO TO THREE Western Office in Los Angeles, California

The Policy Coordinator is responsible for managing the overall direction of one or more policy-related projects, including assuring completion of deliverables and scope of work related to contracts held by the Western Regional Office. In particular the Policy Coordinator will join a dynamic team in supporting the Prenatal-Three Workforce Development Project and the California Early Learning System Project. The Policy Coordinator also assists in monitoring statewide and national policy developments affecting infants and toddlers and in designing and implementing a policy agenda for the Western Regional Office.

Sample duties:
Facilitate project-related meetings, including meeting outreach, development of meeting agendas, meeting facilitation, preparation of summary reports and follow-up activities.
Conduct research and assist in drafting recommendations and writing policy briefs, talking points, testimony and other materials.
Work with the Western Regional Office Director and policy partners formulate policy positions and strategy on a range of California issues and legislative initiatives to support a birth to three policy agenda.
Garner visibility for ZERO TO THREE and infant/toddler policy issues through presentations at conferences and meetings.

Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent and experience that includes:
Understanding of broad early childhood issues (service and policy), background in early childhood development, early childhood and family policy, professional development, adult education, or related fields. Familiarity with workforce development issues a plus.
Strong oral and written communication skills, including writing, editing and proofreading, meeting facilitation and public speaking.
Knowledge of Los Angeles County and California services for children birth through age three.
Strong interpersonal skills and dependability in a team-oriented environment.
Experience working with culturally diverse groups and ability to integrate diverse perspectives into work approaches, reports, and process.
Demonstrated knowledge and practice in collaborative approaches to service delivery.
Bilingual skills a plus.

To apply submit cover letter and resume with salary history to:

ZERO TO THREE, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
Attn:  Human Resources Department
2000 M Street, NW Ste. 200
Washington, DC  20036
Fax: (202) 857-2661

Volunteer Needed at Tower Cancer Research Foundation

We are looking for a graduate-level student to work at Tower Cancer Research Foundation to help with PR/marketing of Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line (RLCIRL), a free telephone/internet community outreach service to cancer patients living in LA County. RLCIRL was created in memory of Ronnie Lippin who died of a rare form of breast cancer. Funding was provided by the philanthropic donations of her family and friends.

We need someone to manage and develop facebook as a promotional tool to get exposure of RLCIRL to the LA cancer community, their families and friends.
We believe that our service is very useful and needed. RLCIRL provides direct contact with a medical social worker who assists cancer patients, family and friends with immediate support and referrals to cancer related information and resources.

In addition to having strong skills in using facebook, if possible we would like this individual to have skills in marketing/development for a non-profit organization.

My hours are M,Tu.,Th. F., 12:30-4:30 and W. 4:30-8:30, however, we could be flexible with the schedule, if needed. Volunteer position is open immediately.

Individuals interested should email me their resume and I will contact them.

Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW
Social Work Manager, Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
9229 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
P: 310-205-5724 ~ F: 310-247-1807

RLC Information and Resource Line ~ Toll Free: 877-RLC-2120

MLA Partner School Position

Job Opening - Associate Director of Parent and Community Engagement for an
MLA Partner School

The Associate Director of Parent and Community Engagement works very closely with parents, school site staff, community members and other stakeholders to accomplish an uncompromising vision for the school community. This position is responsible for organizing large numbers of parents and developing a strong parent collaborative. Additionally, this position works with school and community stakeholders to develop effective policies and programs to ensure school safety. The Associate Director of Parent and Community Engagement also manages the allocation of resources, coordinating the efforts of partnering organizations to ensure efficiency and equity.

Primary Responsibilities
Ensure active and productive parent and community involvement
1. Create and implement plan for parent collaborative.
2. Build leadership capacity of parents.
3. Work closely with administrator to oversee vision and day to day operations of school parent center.
4. Develop training and professional development program for parent liaison & community rep positions.
5. Manage course offerings, activities and other diverse opportunities for parents
6. Oversee and align school siteʼs parent activities to achieve school's vision (ELAC, CEAC, Title 1).
7. Create and manage large scale community events (i.e., block parties, community fairs, community clean ups, etc.).
Ensure safety within greater school/neighborhood community
1. Align community efforts to improve safety around neighborhood (safety collaborative, neighborhood council, etc.).
2. Work with key stakeholders to develop sound safety policies and practices, and ensure consistent implementation.
3. Coordinate with partners to provide safety intervention programs for students.
4. Oversee school uniform policy and program, ensuring consistent enforcement, increased student buy in and expansion of package offerings.
Implement Resource Management System (RMS) to maximize efficiency of community
1. Participate in the identification, outreach and screening of potential partnering
2. Assist in the creation of clear operating agreements with partnering organizations.
3. Coordinate the work of community partners to provide engaging, high quality after school courses for students and families (7 to 7 program).
Required Experience
• Bachelorʼs degree required, advanced degree preferred
• Training or relevant experience in community organizing, grassroots marketing, parent development and/or project management
• Experience with using data to assess success/challenges and inform decision making
• Knowledge of urban schools and communities
• Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with a candidateʼs skills, experience and education. Full benefits package.

To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to

About MLA Partner Schools
MLA Partner Schools is a nonprofit organization working to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles. MLA creates high performing urban schools that combine innovation, equity and access, offering a collegeready education to every child in the surrounding neighborhood. These schools become community focal points that support and strengthen their communities. An MLA Partner School is a public school designed and managed in a collaboration between MLA, LAUSD and community stakeholders. The cityʼs first Partner School, West Adams Prep, opened in September 2007 to serve 2500 students with a first-rate education, setting a new standard for public schools and anchoring a strategic revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. Manual Arts High School recently joined MLA Partner Schools bringing MLAʼs
student enrollment to over 6000. MLAʼs vision for the coming years is to create a network of schools within the same geographic area that commit to making every neighborhood child college-ready.
For more information on MLA Partner Schools, visit

Monday, December 7, 2009

SouthLA YouthBuild Position


About the South Los Angeles YouthBuild
The South Los Angeles Youth Build is a comprehensive 10 month academic preparatory, occupational skills, and leadership development program for low-income young people ages 17–24 residing in South Los Angeles. Participants in South Los Angeles YouthBuild will obtain their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income youth and families in South Los Angeles. South Los Angeles YouthBuild is a program of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC).

Position Summary
The Case Manager, will be part of an innovative team of service providers and educational experts that will work collectively to create/run an innovative program for young people in South Los Angeles that face the greatest barriers to finding employment. The case manager will provide one-on-one supportive services to at-risk and transition-age youth who are preparing to join the workforce. The Case Manager will assess basic needs, identify barriers to employment, develop an Individual Service Plan to address those barriers, and coordinate services to help youth prepare for and secure living wage jobs with a career path upon graduation of the YouthBuild program.

• Contact, receive and review referrals to the South Los Angeles YouthBuil Program from local schools, community-based organizations, and government agencies, including walk-ins.
• Participate and coordinate outreach activities that include making presentations to non-profit organizations, government agencies, probation/parole staff and agencies, schools, and conduct door to door outreach in the targeted neighborhood.
• Conduct program orientation and intake.
• Conduct individual needs assessments with regard to: basic needs such as housing and food; education level and school enrollment; current income, employment, and past work experience; eligibility for Independent Living Program services through the foster care system; gang affiliation; and involvement with the justice system.
• Develop an Individual Service Plan identifying barriers to employment and action steps to address those barriers.
• Place youth in part-time entry-level work with on-the-job training as part of CRCD’s construction training component.
• Assist youth to enroll in Los Angeles Trade Technical College to complete a high school diploma, general equivalency degree, and/or college level courses required.
• Assist with facilitation of the program’s employment readiness, leadership, and life skills workshops.
• Track youth participation in each program component (educational, construction, counseling, leadership development and employment readiness and life skills workshops).
• Meet with youth on an individual basis at least bi-weekly to monitor progress in each program component; identify resources to meet supportive service needs such as tutoring or counseling; problem-solve; review the Individual Service Plan and modify as needed.
• Assist with placement in construction apprenticeships, CRCD construction sites, and other employment opportunities.
· Build relationships with local employers, including construction trade unions, and stay informed of pre-requisites for union apprenticeships and other employment opportunities.
· Build relationships with community-based organizations and government agencies to promote collaboration, solve problems, and identify resources for youth.
· Provide information & referrals for youth and young adults who cannot participate in the program due to eligibility criteria or limited program capacity.
· Follow CRCD/LATTC procedures with regard to recordkeeping, documentation, confidentiality, and maintaining case files.
· Collaborate and confer with other CRCD and LATTC staff as appropriate to coordinate services and implement the program.
· Meet weekly with other case-managers to plan activities, to strategize on service delivery for members, and other activities identified by the network.
· Assist with fulfilling grant and contract requirements for the program.
· Participate in program evaluation process.
· Oversee and coach interns, and other staff responsible for providing direct support to youth in the program.
· Facilitate and coordinate life skills workshops and edutainment activities for young people.
· Report to YouthBuild Program Manager.

· Be a strong advocate to young people; respect the ideas and intelligence of young adults and strong commitment to supporting young people succeed in an innovative training program, to reorient their lives, nurture their leadership skills, and enable them to make a difference in their community.
· Demonstrated dependability, maturity, and initiative.
· Ability to handle crisis situations with a minimum of supervision.
· Excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to maintain program/guest/agency confidentiality, and treat each individual with dignity and respect.
· Ability to set and observe appropriate personal limits and boundaries.
· Ability to accept supervision and work with CRCD staff and community social service providers cooperatively.
· Flexibility to deal effectively with a variety of people, situations, problems and changes.
· Ability to work alone and as part of a team.

Education/Experience: Bachelors degree in social work, sociology, psychology, counseling or
related field. One year experience working with young people, ex-offenders, youth in foster care system as a social service provider preferred or relevant experience may be substituted for degree.

Preferred Experience: Experience working with the African American and Latino community; knowledge of Los Angeles community resources and social service providers.

Experience/Skills: Must be computer literate in Word and Excel. Ability to gather information
and assess client situation rapidly and accurately. Excellent oral and written communication
skills. Ability to write clear, accurate log notes, and complete other paperwork thoroughly and accurately.

Other Requirements: Vehicle, valid California driver’s license, and proof of automobile liability insurance required.

Salary: DOE
BENEFITS: Health and dental, vacation, sick and holiday pay
START DATE: This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.
TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter with salary history/requirements and resume

Coalition for Responsible Community Development
3101 S. Grand, Los Angeles CA 90007
Attn: Noemi Soto
Or fax to 213-743-6198
Or e-mail to:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color and minorities are encouraged to apply.