Wednesday, November 30, 2011



Job Title:                           Director of Social Services Department

Reports To:                         Executive Director

Status/Salary Grade:      Exempt

Department:                      Management

Position Summary:          This position is responsible for the management, administration and      implementation of all the Society’s programs and services related to homelessness, social services, and housing programs.  The incumbent will provide overall leadership for the Society and the Advisory Committee on all homelessness, social services, and housing issues.

Position Functions:         

1.       Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Society’s goals and objectives in regards to homelessness, housing, and social service issues.

2.       Ensures the department is operating efficiently and its programs and services are effectively meeting the needs of clients and the community.

3.       Recruits, trains, and supervises the department’s senior administrative staff.

4.       Recommends, advises and administers the Society’s and the department’s policies, procedures, plans and objectives relating to the Center’s programs and staff.

5.       Works with the Chairperson of the Center Advisory Committee and the Director of Shelter Services on recruitment of new members and developing short and long term recommendations for the department.

6.       Teams with other Los Angeles Council Directors on issues relating to the department’s finances, fund raising, communications, personnel and the Advisory Committee.

7.       Collaborates with officials from federal, state and local government, academic institutions and social service agencies on issues relating to homelessness, housing, and social services.

8.       With the support of the Shelter Director, prepares and manages the fiscal budget for the Social Services Department.

9.       Supervises overall strategic plan of the entire Social Services Department.

10.   Directs Shelter Director, Residential Assistants, and Clinical Staff on HR issues related to hiring, termination and employee discipline. Works in coordination with the Shelter Director to develop bimonthly staff trainings and completes performance evaluations for managers and clerical staff.

Project Management
Manages the development, expansion, and enhancement of new and current client based programs
1.       Directs the development, expansion, and enhancement of homelessness, housing, and social service operation including: Emergency Family Shelter, Men’s Advanced Program, Case Management, collaboration with other agencies,  IT development, databases, and communication systems between residential/clinical staff. Responsible for development of client databases for all program clients.
2.       Develops and manages new programs to expand the services provided by the department.
3.       With input from the Director of Human Resources, conducts or delegates safety team meetings and emergency/disaster preparedness programs within the Social Services Department.  In addition, assists the Human Resource Department in the Master Disaster Plan for the Society.

4.       Manages or delegates “Hike for the Homeless” fundraiser and serves as point of contact for all logistical details. Liaisons with City officials at Griffith Park and works to identify type of donors and participants for the hike 
5.       Manages SVDP Housing development and off-site housing programs. Develops social services, housing plans, and budgets. Researches best practices in affordable and sheltered housing and maintains SVDP National Housing Directory. 
6.       Manages various special projects and grants that arise.  Works with the Development Department to seek funding via foundations, grants and individual donors. 
7.       Manages or delegates volunteers and coordinates when volunteer or tour groups come to the shelter. Coordinates bi-annual volunteer appreciation events. Manages and expands Urban Plunge Program. Maintains the master calendar of student groups staying at the Center. Provide orientations and logistics to ensure groups have adequate food, and sleeping arrangements. 
8.       Responsible for MSW Internship Program and Skid Row Seminar Series.  Provide at least one hour of supervision per week for each student.
9.       Coordinate bi-weekly speakers for MSW Skid Row Seminar Series, which runs from September to May.

10.   Develop and evaluate existing social service, homeless, and housing programs to include computer learning center, movie social groups, and legal clinics.

11.   Represent the Society at various collaborative meetings

12.   Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) preferred.  Master’s Degree in Social Work required.  Ten  or more years related work experience with at least five of those years in administrative, management or supervisory positions.  Excellent oral and written communications skills.  Thorough knowledge of homelessness, housing, and social service issues.  Knowledge of individual and group counseling techniques and psycho-social development and resources.

Physical Requirements of the Job: Requires ability to sit at computer for long periods of time. Job position requires significant time sitting, some standing and some travel time between offices.

This position description generally describes the principal functions of the position and the level of knowledge, skills and experience typically required.  It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Family Services of Santa Monica Posting

Family Services of Santa Monica is seeking a Program Director.  This position has primary responsibility for the administrative function and the delivery of clinical service programs both at agency and in community.  This candidate will be familiar with a wide variety of effective clinical treatment options and be able to develop, implement and monitor those options in collaboration with agency leadership and supervisors.  This candidate will excel in organizational management and demonstrate the ability to manage staff, develop strategic objectives, manage the agency budget understand funding resources, contracts and development opportunities. This position requires the ability to market and team with community partners on behalf of the agency and its’ programs. This candidate will be an external local presence to build partnerships and establish relationships with the funders, political constituents and community leaders. 

The successful candidate will be a L.C.S.W., MFT or Licensed Psychologist with a minimum of 10 years’ experience; 4 of which have been in administration.  This candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills; have the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, have experience with public relations, and fundraising with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures. FSSM is looking for an administrator who is mission-driven, and self-directed with a passion, idealism to engage the community and support the agency.

Persons of color or diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Family Service of Santa Monica, a division of Vista del Mar Child and Family Services,  is a private, non-profit mental health agency which has been serving the Santa Monica and nearby communities for the past 85 years. We offer flexible scheduling and excellent benefits.

Interested candidates should send their resume to For questions, please call (310) 836-1223, ext. 230. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Public Counsel Posting--Filled!

Children’s Rights Project

Foster Youth Advocate

Job Opportunity

Public Counsel Law Center is proud to announce an opening in the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAFY) team  of the Children’s Rights Project for a full-time foster youth advocate. 

Who We Are
Public Counsel Law Center is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world.  Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.  Our staff of thirty-three attorneys and five social workers along with thousands of volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals assist over 26,000 low income children, youth, adults, and families, as well as eligible community organizations each year. 

Transition-Age Foster Youth Advocate, Children’s Rights Project

Project Description
Through a combination of education advocacy, legal representation, transition support, and case management, the Transition-Age  Foster Youth program strives to ensure that foster youth in grades 9-12 graduate from high school, have access to post-secondary education options, and receive the necessary resources to achieve success.  

Job Description
The Foster Youth Advocate works closely with a Staff Attorney partner and with the TAFY team, and has the following general responsibilities: 

  • Conduct outreach, intake and assessment with foster youth who are students at an on-site clinic at Fremont High School.
  • Advocate for individualized and effective transition and education plans with foster youth and monitor the progress of foster youth
  • Provide case management to foster youth with a specific focus on grade promotion, enrollment in the “A-G” curriculum and access to post-secondary education in the form of two-year or four-year colleges;
  • Work collaboratively with foster youth’s Children’s Law Center attorneys, caretakers, social workers and others involved in providing care, support to the youth.
  • Provide foster youth and their caretakers with “Know Your Rights” trainings on Transition Independent Living Plans (TILP) and Individualized Transition Plans (ITP);
  • Conduct outreach and training presentations for teachers, counselors, administrators and other school staff at Fremont High School and for other agencies working with transition-age foster youth.  ;
  • Meet regularly with the supervising Staff Attorney and with the TAFY team to identify issues that require legal interventions including systemic barriers to TILP and ITP development and implementation and assist in devising strategies to remove those barriers.
  • Develop and maintain complete and accurate case files and notes for all youth; obtain and review all relevant education, mental health, health and other records; enter case information into computerized case management system; and work with TAFY team to collect, analyze, and report on outcome data.
Skills Required/Preferred: 
  • A Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) (preferred);
  • Proficiency in the Spanish language;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and phone skills;
  • Public speaking experience;
  • An interest and/or experience in juvenile court proceedings, including the dependency and delinquency systems,; and
  • Knowledge of the special education, college access, and transition planning processes and experience with advocacy in these areas.
Salary:  DOE
Availability:  Immediately
Application Deadline:  Continuous until the position is filled.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter and list of references by email to:

Martha Matthews and Laura Faer.
Children’s Rights Project
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

No telephone inquiries please.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

South Central Family Health Center Opportunity

Seeking MSW/LCSW candidates for per deim clinical position at the South Central Family Health Center in Los Angeles. Must be Spanish speaking; license eligible MSW candidates welcome; supervision provided.

Hourly rate for MSW $30.00-$35.00 per hour based on experience.
Hourly rate for LCSW $35.00-$40.00 per hour based on experience.

16 to 24 hours per week with potential for full-time employment offer if interested. Will be working with families and individuals of all ages. Warm supportive clinic setting. Must be able to work collaboratively with medical providers and maintain independent caseload.

Interested candidates should reply to Lorraine Tafoya, LCSW ( Please attach resume.