Monday, March 26, 2012

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking Posting

Social Services Director

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking 
Los Angeles, California
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Social Services Director provides the day-to-day management of the CAST direct client services program. This highly responsible position supervises the direct services staff and manages the development, coordination and implementation of comprehensive services to victims of slavery and trafficking. The position provides expertise and technical assistance to local and national collaborative efforts. As an integral part of the CAST Senior Management Team, the Social Services Director promotes the philosophy, services and activities of CAST and meeting the diverse needs of the Los Angeles community. The Social Services Director contributes to policy formation and long-range management planning. This position must be experienced in the theory and provision of support services to underserved and diverse populations, and intervention and treatment services in the areas of trafficking, torture, sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The Social Services Director must demonstrate a commitment to program innovation, particularly in the area of empowerment programs, holistic programming, multi-disciplinary collaborative approaches, and culturally competent programs. Full-time, exempt position.
Program Development: Develop resources, infrastructure, and systems that ensure comprehensive continuity of service including housing options, life skills, and employment. Develop new and innovative models based on thorough assessment and evaluation. Build new relationships with service organizations to build capacity of community resources available to clients. Create specialized services and tools for assessment/service planning. Develop policies, procedures and required program documentation. Develop comprehensive resource directory and relevant educational materials for staff. Assist in development of organizational structure, strategic planning, and resource/grant development.
Program Management: Strengthen and manage the infrastructure required to expand and deliver direct services to clients. Manage and oversee all aspects of the program. Manage a programmatic budget. Oversee resource development and donation program for Shelter Program. Design and execute program evaluation component and data collection methods. Maintain a coordinated working relationship with the CAST Management Team to coordinate services, research and development, advocacy and training. Provide supervision and case consultation to social services staff and interns. Review case management and shelter files, monthly logs, and appropriate documentation to ensure quality service and contract compliance. Provide extra coverage and/or support in crisis cases and perform crisis interventions. Assess for acute mental health/health problems and provide mental health counseling if needed.
Supervision/Human Resources: Recruit, interview, hire, and supervise direct services staff. Provide oversight of MSW intern program. Maintain annual employee review system that provides accountability for quality performance and staff development. Ensure staff safety by overseeing staff and client safety screening and by providing safety trainings. Research and coordinate professional development trainings for direct services staff.
Capacity Building: Conduct research, assessment, and provide technical assistance to local and national organizations as appropriate. Identify and provide technical assistance to organizations with the goal of building capacity to address trafficking. Identify emerging issues, service models, intervention and treatment trends by reviewing the literature, and staying abreast of developments in the field. Develop training curricula and other educational materials. Actively participate and take leadership roles in collaborative coalition and task force efforts.
Public Relations/Marketing: Develop outreach and marketing plan for program. Initiate and seek resources for the program. Assist Executive Director with promotion of the organization and cause. Contribute to special events for CAST including press conferences, special promotions, and more in order to increase the visibility of CAST. Contribute to the CAST newsletter, conference/training materials, website content information and other written materials as needed. Design workshops and speak at professional conferences.
Additional Duties: Work closely with the Executive Director and the senior management team in strategic development and meeting the goals and objectives of the organization. Contribute to policy formation and long-term planning. Advocate for benefits, employment services and other trafficking victim needs with AUSAs, ORR, DOJ and Refugee Programs. Contribute to the professional tone and approach of the organization within the constructs of the agency mission and philosophy. Other duties as identified and assigned.
  • M.A. in related field. MSW or MSW/JD preferred. Must be eligible to supervise MSW staff and interns.
  • Must have program development experience, minimum five years, in a senior management position responsible for a direct services program (rape crisis center/domestic violence shelter, refugee assistance agency, or community-based agency). Experience in model program design and development, implementation and evaluation, personnel management, strategic planning, and program management. Experience in development and monitoring of budgets, negotiating and managing contracts and projects successfully.
  • Experienced supervisor knowledgeable of California employment law, employee recruitment, supervision and retention, and the ability to coordinate a staff to respond to service requests and meet project objectives and deadlines. Must be able to lead a diverse and multi disciplinary staff. Demonstrated sensitivity to issues involved in working with multicultural groups and organizations.
  • Ability to be proactive in identifying emerging trends and resources, and to translate trends into program development and services for clients. Strong assessment skills to determine program needs and the capability to design services to respond to those needs. Must have excellent research skills and the willingness to “go the extra mile” to shape solutions and identify resources.
  • Extensive knowledge of issues related to human rights, comprehensive programming, and shelter/residential program operations as well as advocacy and policy issues for underserved populations. Familiarity with the rights of victims of crime and both legal and social service resources available to them. Knowledgeable of federal and state funding requirements and service standards as well as program operations including intervention and long term support services, multidisciplinary response team operations, community education programming, multicultural approaches and more.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral are essential. Ability to communicate with diverse groups. Bilingual/multilingual preferred. Experience in group facilitation. Experience in designing workshops and presentations to diverse professionals and audiences. Comfortable and experienced with telecommunications systems including the Internet, email, telephone, TTY, data bases, and word-processing systems including Microsoft Office 2000 (including Access), and Windows XP.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a multifaceted and fast-paced program. Must be organized, flexible, multi-task oriented, and detail 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. Able to manage time effectively and make independent decisions.
  • Ability to maintain positive, cooperative and professional demeanor with clients, community partners, CAST staff/board, vendors, consultants, and members of the public. Skill and enjoyment in interacting with people and creating an accessible work environment.
  • Ability to travel, including overnights and some weekends. Must have own vehicle including a valid California driver’s license and insurance.
  • Willingness to abide by the mission and philosophy of CAST.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes medical, life, disability, sick/vacation leave, and a 403(b) plan. Opportunity to work with a team of committed individuals, be supported, and given every chance to succeed.
Application Instructions
Applications for this position should be emailed to with the position title, Social Services Director, in the subject line. Applicants should attach resume, cover letter, and salary history to the email. Clearly state how you learned about this position. CAST is an equal opportunity employer.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

ROC United Posting

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-U) is a national restaurant workers’ organization that seeks improved wages and working conditions for the nation’s low-wage restaurant workforce. ROC engages in three areas of work: waging campaigns for justice against low-road employers; promoting responsible employers taking the ‘high road’ to profitability; and conducting research and policy work to lift conditions industry-wide. ROC’s strategy for change is to develop the leadership of restaurant workers to lead and advocate for workplace justice and research & policy campaigns that improve the lives of restaurant workers.
ROC is seeking a full-time senior-level Communications Director to lead and direct ROC’s traditional media work and to launch ROC’s new trans-media Consumer Engagement Campaign and online organizing campaign. Applicant should have a minimum of 5 years experience in a senior directorship position. Job requires demonstrated ability to plan and implement press strategies in support of ROC, including press outreach via Internet, phone and direct contact. The applicant should also have experience and ability to write press advisories and press releases. The Communications Director will also work with other communications staff, write and edit op-ed pieces for ROC spokespersons, arrange editorial board meeting, help local ROC chapters around the country implement their own press strategies, and work with others to maintain and update the ROC website.
Finally, the applicant should have the ability to work well with others, to work independently once direction is given, and to be flexible working with ROC volunteers and supporters.
LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE –New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Bay Area, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, & Detroit
Responsibilities include:
·       Direct ROC’s Communications team,
·       Creating a strategic plan for communications work, including a multi-year transmedia campaign that includes the promotion an upcoming book and movie on the organization’s work, and the use of these cultural tools to advance our ongoing campaigns
·       Handle Press Relations, including building relationships with editors, journalists, and bloggers; write press advisories and releases, reach out to media in local and national markets and web-based media such as blogs;
·       Develop and implement national social media outreach plan
·       Build capacity of local ROC chapters to conduct traditional and social media outreach
·       Develop visual content to support ROC campaigns and projects, including innovative media such as video & graphics, contracting consultants as necessary;
·       Work with Development Director and Executive Staff to support fundraising campaigns
·       Direct ROC’s Consumer Engagement Campaign; and
·       Other Responsibilities as needed
Qualifications:·       Minimum 5-7 years of communications experience, at least 2-3 of management experience
·       Strong framing and storytelling skills
·       Strong supervision and teambuilding skills
·       Strong interest in and commitment to labor/community organizing and social, economic and racial justice
·       Experience and skill in use of social media tools
·       Ability to effectively communicate, both in writing and verbally, relaying complicated information in a user-friendly manner
·       Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and manage own projects
·       Excellent oral and written communication skills
·       Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate some weekend and evening hours
·       Restaurant experience a plus
·       Bachelor’s, Master’s or Professional degree (MSW, JD, MPP) degree in a relevant field (not mandatory)
·       Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply
How to Apply:Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Saru Jayaraman at   Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SHIELDS for Families Postings

SHIELDS for Families is seeking applicants for therapist positions, inclusive of both Marriage and Family Therapist and or candidates with a Master’s degree in Social Work (both licensed or registered), who are ready for a challenge and wish to be part of an innovative team of Clinical StaffThe therapist will provide crisis intervention, intake assessment to individuals/families, as well as group therapy to adults, children and families with a history of mental illness or substance abuse.  Therapists are assigned to provide services to clients in the communities of South Central Los Angeles.  The role of the selected Therapist is to complete client psychosocial assessments and provide diagnoses; formulate a plan of treatment to promote maintaining individual goals designed to facilitate individual growth, improved social interaction, and the ability to manage mental illness and/or substance abuse and live independently.  Depending on the position, the therapist may have the opportunity to be trained in PEI Evidence Based Practices, as well as other advanced clinical training.

The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining a productivity standard of 70% per month and a caseload of a minimum of twelve clients.  Primary duties include providing a milieu of services with individual, family therapy, and community based social rehab activities, collateral contracts and case management services.  The minimal requirement is a Master’s degree in MFT/MSW with internship experience providing services to individuals with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse in a social services/mental health environment. The salary range for this position is $48K - $55K, salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

We provide an opportunity for Student Loan Forgiveness for those who meet the requirements. 

We have several openings for Spanish speaking applicants. A bilingual stipend is available for individuals successfully completing testing.

Please apply online at   You may attach a cover letter and resume to your online application. SHIELDS for Families is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, ancestry, or marital status.

SHIELDS for Families is seeking experienced Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are ready for a challenge and wish to be part of an innovative team of Clinical Staff who supervise therapists assigned to provide services to clients in the communities of South Central Los Angeles.  The role of the selected clinician will be to supervise, mentor and motivate registered master’s level interns in various programs, including, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Reintegration of Adult Ex- Offenders.  Depending on the position, the supervisor may have the opportunity to be trained in PEI Evidence Based Practices, as well as other advanced clinical training.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting one on one and group supervision, monitoring team member’s work and coordinating support services to assist clients with independent living. Administrative and supervisory duties include billing, Q.A. Reports, administering grants, review of clinical documentation, training new staff and assisting with crisis intervention. A  Master’s degree in Social Work and a minimum of two years post licensure with two to five years of hands-on experience working with interns required. The salary range for this position is $65K - $80K, salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please apply online at   You may attach a cover letter and resume to your online application. SHIELDS for Families is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, ancestry, or marital status.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Downtown Women's Center Posting

Medical Social Worker – Women’s Health Center

The mission of the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. Founded in 1978, DWC was the first organization to exclusively serve mentally ill and elderly homeless women on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The DWC Day Center now offers 85,000 meals, case management, and other supportive resources on a drop-in basis to 4300 homeless women each year, while the DWC Residence provides a permanent home and a range of services to 71 women who were
once without safe, affordable housing. Please visit for more information.

The Downtown Women’s Center seeks a full-time Medical Social Worker to provide individualized case management, health linkage services, and counseling to homeless and formerly homeless women. Through personalized support and advocacy, this position works to connect women with medical and mental health services, housing, basic needs, public benefits, and job training. The Medical Social Worker is a member of the Clinical Health Services (CHS) team and works as part of a team of clinicians and health professionals to
empower women to achieve and maintain personal stability. This position reports to the Director of Clinical Health Services. The Medical Social Worker will play a key role in the success of the new DWC women’s health center. The position will provide direct services to clients with a focus on helping women access services and treatment necessary to manage chronic health and mental health issues. This position will collaborate with staff and local service providers to connect clients to a medical home/primary care provider
and ensure that the client receives coordinated medical services. This position may: conduct clinic intake assessments, coordinate activities of medical and mental health professionals including appointment scheduling, facilitate timely and appropriate treatment through client support and advocacy, assist with coordination of care plans, schedule health education and screening activities, and facilitate client support groups. This position will lead and support health initiatives designed specifically to address women’s health
needs (i.e. breast health, cervical health, etc.) in the Skid Row community.

• Provide individualized case management services to clients; create individual service plans that address each clients’ medical and mental health needs and goals, identify and provide needed resources and referrals
• Coordinate mammography services including by not limited to screenings, medical linkage, and coordination of care
• Work to effectively resolve individual barriers through follow-up, advocacy, and collaboration with DWC staff and other community service providers
• Provide counseling and therapeutic services as needed; crisis intervention and group facilitation as necessary
• Maintain accurate and timely records of: activities, case management notes, and services provided to each client
• Develop and maintain relationships with clients, staff, and local service providers; participate in community meetings pertaining to medical services benefitting clients and serve as a representative of DWC
• Support the development of measurable outcomes and the implementation of ongoing program evaluation. Provide regular, written reports to the Director of Clinical Health Services and additional reports as assigned
• Provide supervision and guidance to interns and volunteers in the provision of services to clients
• Develop, implement, and manage interagency holistic health programming and activities to address health education, prevention, and treatment; including provision of women’s health and education services
• Other duties as assigned to support the mission of the organization

• Master’s degree required (MSW, MPH, MA in related field); master’s degree in social work (MSW) preferred
• Two years experience working as a social worker/similar position and knowledge of community resources required
• Knowledge of the complexity of poverty and women’s homelessness, health issues, mental illness, trauma, substance abuse and older adults preferred
• Ability to problem solve and demonstrate an understanding of complex systems required
• Experience working in a medical, mental health, or public health setting preferred
• Excellent active listening and crisis intervention skills with ability to exercise and model good judgment
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, including proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities with effective record keeping
• Ability to work effectively on multiple teams while meeting the needs of both the clients and the organization
• Strong administrative skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required
• Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
• Criminal background check and clearance required
• Current valid California state driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle with good driving record
• Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English a plus

SCHEDULE & SALARY: This is a full-time exempt position. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm; with flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Salary range $40,000-$45,000/annually depending on qualifications & experience. TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume
to Please include “Medical Social Worker” in the subject line of your email.

Monday, March 5, 2012

CPAF Posting


Transitional Shelter Program

Non Exempt Position

Center for the Pacific-Asian Family, Inc. (CPAF) was founded in 1978 with a mission 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 and outreach, education and advocacy on the issues of family violence and violence against women through the Community Program.

Summary Statement: The Family Advocate (FA) develops and implements a comprehensive response for and with survivors of domestic violence striving to achieve independent living at CPAF’s Transitional Shelter Program (TSP).  This includes providing advocacy, emotional support and supportive services.  In addition to carrying a caseload, the FA will assist in the development and coordination of shelter programs at TSP. The FA works closely with the other FA’s, interns and volunteers to ensure an effective and holistic response to all residents.

Responsibilities (Duties and Tasks):

·         Direct Services:  Coordinates orientation, intake and assessment of families into TSP; develops and updates goal-oriented action plans with women & children; provides emotional support/counseling services, case management and maintains up-to-date files on clients and program activities; works with other teams to coordinate supportive services.

·         Program Development & Planning:  Develops, facilitates and schedules supportive programming (i.e. evening workshops, annual events, etc.) with other TSP team members, interns and volunteers.

·         Outreach:  Represent CPAF and TSP in coalitions, network meetings and public forums.  Presents and/or trains within the South Bay community on a quarterly basis to build community partnerships, provide public education and establish resources and referrals for TSP residents.

·         Teamwork:  Provides general support asked of all staff.  Recruits, trains and works closely with interns and volunteers.  Also answers crisis calls, responds to emergencies, provides coverage of the shelter, provides transportation (with own vehicle if necessary) and maintains a functioning office and shelter.


·         Enjoys and has experience working with women and children of different backgrounds.  Understands and appreciates Asian/Pacific Islander cultures; is able to work with diverse communities (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, transgender, class, etc.).

·         Committed to eliminating family violence and violence against women, including spousal and child abuse.  Practices non-violence, including non-corporal child discipline.

·         Experience in case management and facilitating women’s programs.

·         Experience in working with community-based organizations such as and not limited to public and social service agencies, schools and faith-based groups.

·         Plans work schedule respective to program needs, coordinates multiple tasks, has strong work ethic and is well organized.

·         Able to work in a flexible, evolving environment and is willing and able to work evenings and weekends.

·         Addresses crises and conflict through open communication.

·         Korean or Vietnamese-speaking preferred.

Salary Range:   DOE + excellent benefits. Full-time, exempt position.

Qualified and interested parties: Please send us your cover letter with your resume to HR Department, by e-mail to or fax to 310.517.0306.  Please state which position you are applying for and where you saw our job posting.  Thank you.