Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Community of Friends Position

Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 A Community of Friends (ACOF) was founded in 1988 with the goal of developing housing for individuals and families with special needs. ACOF’s core mission is to develop affordable housing and to collaborate with community-based service agencies, to offer tenants a variety of on-site supportive services. Through this model ACOF is able to provide housing for homeless, disabled and very low-income persons – creating permanent, affordable housing and an environment that promotes stability.

Position Summary:

A Community of Friends is seeking a qualified professional to work in the capacity of Assistant Director of Residential Services. The Assistant Director of Residential Services will provide clinical leadership and program oversight to the residential service site staff at all ACOF properties. This position will perform specialized tasks including training, supervision and consultation with the Residential Services Supervisor staff. The Assistant Director of Residential Services will directly supervise the Residential Services Supervisors and work with the staff at ACOF sites. The primary purpose of this position is to assist the service and site teams in the planning and directing of onsite programming, tenant case plans and staff interventions.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Build and manage the implementation of operational best practices, policies and procedures for service operations,
    intra-agency collaboration, communications, advocacy, staffing, budgeting and reporting to meet high standards.
  • Train and support service staff in best practice service models
  • Provide regularly scheduled clinical consultation with site teams
  • Work closely with partner agencies to ensure seamless integration of housing, treatment and support services.
  • Translate ACOF’s overall mission into strategic communications that support programmatic activities, advocacy
    goals and fundraising.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • LCSW, LMFT is highly desirable. MSW, MFT or master’s degree in human services preferred. BA in social service concentration may be
    accepted depending on related experience.
  • Minimum two (2) years of direct program management.
  • Understanding of public health aspects of poverty and homelessness, including mental health issues.
  • Strong analytical skills with experience in formulating and executing strategy.
  • Superior time-management and project management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a record of promoting systems change and achieving concrete
  • Advanced computer skills including database applications, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Valid California driver’s license. Access to a personal vehicle to be used to conduct ACOF business.
Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to
Robyn Bramhall, SPHR
707-824-0228 office
707-293-6080 cell

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

InnerCity Struggle Positions


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Familias Unidas Component Coordinator

InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is a social justice, community-building, and membership-led organization based in the Eastside of Los Angeles.  ICS promotes safe, healthy and non-violent communities by organizing youth and families in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work toward social justice. ICS was founded in 1994 as an independent center that builds community leadership to improve the quality of life for Eastside residents. 

Recent Accomplishments:

  • ICS won student, parent, teacher and community support to bring autonomy and additional resources into Roosevelt HS, its two feeder middle schools and one feeder elementary school through the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools (PLAS) 
  • ICS secured $200 million from the QEIA (SB 1133) funds for Eastside schools to support class size reduction and increase A-G availability.
  • ICS was one of the lead organizations of Communities for Educational Equity that won the passage of the “A-G Life Prep" resolution in LAUSD to ensure the curriculum would be part of the new high school graduation requirements to ensure all students graduate college eligible.
  • ICS won the building of a new elementary school and two new high schools in East Los Angeles.
  • ICS won the approval of five Pilot Schools at Esteban E. Torres High School (ETHS) resulting in greater school autonomy and a more personalized education for the students at ETHS.

InnerCity Struggle is seeking an experienced Community Organizer to coordinate our Familias Unidas/United Families (FaU) component.  FaU builds a powerful base of parents and community members who are organized to work toward educational justice in public education.  FaU builds community and parent leadership that advocates for a progressive voice on issues and policies impacting the Eastside.

The FaU Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate monthly FaU base meetings with general members.
  • Coordinate monthly FaU Coordinating Committee meetings with parent leaders.
  • Develop outreach strategies to to continuously build the base of parents in FaU.
  • Train FaU members on various aspects related to community organizing.
  • Conduct political education with FaU members.
  • Facilitate meetings, coordinate events, and assist in organizing component and organizational actions.
  • Build alliances with school representatives, parent organizations and other potential allies.
  • Participate in campaign development and strategy.
  • And other duties as identified by the Associate Director.

Qualifications Include:

  • Experience working with parents and community residents
  • Minimum two years experience in community/labor organizing
  • Commitment to systemic social change and strong desire to build a social movement in Los Angeles
  • Understanding of urban educational and school issues
  • Independent worker, initiative-taker, good problem-solver, and detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a team setting and provide/receive constructive feedback
  • Ability to work effectively with school and District officials
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of computer programs preferred (Microsoft Office, Graphics/Layout programs)
  • College Graduate preferred
  • Car is required (with liability insurance)
  • Bilingual in English & Spanish

This is a full-time position. Salary to be negotiated based on qualifications and experience.  Full medical benefits included.  The position is open until filled.

Send cover letter and resume to: Henry Perez, Associate Director. Email:


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Civic Engagement Outreach Coordinator

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is a social justice, community-building, and membership led organization based in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.  ICS promotes safe, healthy and non-violent communities by organizing youth and families from the Eastside to work toward social justice.  ICS was founded in 1994 as an independent center to build community leadership to improve the quality of life in East Los Angeles. 

InnerCity Struggle is seeking a Civic Engagement Outreach Coordinator with voter engagement experience to work on a 3-week civic engagement program in the East Los Angeles area.  ICS’ Civic Engagement Program will begin on Sunday, Oct 16th and culminate on Saturday, November 5th.  Voter contacts will be conducted by phone and door to door canvassing. 

The Civic Engagement Outreach Coordinator will supervise 20 paid volunteers and will manage phone bank and door-to-door outreach operations.   The Coordinator will work a total of 6 hours per day and 30 hours per week. 

The hours will be scheduled:

Sunday – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, 8:30 am - 2:30pm

Outreach Coordinator responsibilities:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation
  • Arrive to the phone banking location on time
  • Track 20 paid volunteers’ hours and work
  • Manage operation and execution of phone banks
  • Dispatch canvassers
  • Work with I.T. staff to troubleshoot technology issues
  • Use a computer-based system to track and report voter contacts on a daily basis
  • Provide support to Civic Engagement Coordinator


  • Bilingual English/Spanish a must
  • Licensed driver with own transportation
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Comfortable working in a large team
  • Ability to work cooperatively under pressure  
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Interest and willingness to engage with voters from East Los Angeles

Please submit response and résumé via email to Lydia Avila, Civic Engagement Coordinator, at  No Phonecalls please.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center (LAMMC) - Hawthorne Campus

MSW needed for Psychiatric Social Worker position at Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center (LAMMC) - Hawthorne Campus
Social Worker will provide both In- and Outpatient services to the chronically mentally ill.

Biopsychosocial assessments
Multidisciplinary tx planning with: pyschiatrists, nurses, pyschologists, psych rehab, case management, and administration
Ongoing therapeutic intervention - primarily behaviorally focused
Daily process and pyschoeducational groups
Family meetings and education, referrals to community programs/FSP programs

LAMMC Partial Program runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are three groups everyday (1 process & 2 psychoed) run by clinical social workers. Other responsibilities include: weekly tx planning with the entire Partial Program team and intake assessments.

Contact Sofia Emamian, LCSW: