Monday, December 9, 2013


Title:  Assistant Director, Research & Evaluation Unit                               
Division:               Core
FLSA:    Exempt                                                                                                 
Supervisor:          Eric Wat, R&E Director

Pay Range or Rate: $62,400 Annually        

Special Service for Groups (SSG) is a multi-service nonprofit agency currently operating over 20 programs primarily in Los Angeles County.  Under its Research & Evaluation (R&E) unit, SSG provides various forms of training, technical assistance and capacity-building related to research and evaluation for SSG programs and our community partners, including other community-based organizations, schools, clinics/hospitals, and funders. Under the direction of the R&E Unit Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for conducting trainings and providing individualized technical assistance, as well as guiding R&E team members in providing research, evaluation and capacity building services. The tasks, duties and responsibilities of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions
  • ·       Provide technical assistance to local nonprofits and SSG programs on community-based participatory research, program evaluation, and organizational development.
  • ·         Design and conduct community trainings and workshops around program design, evaluation and community-based research.
  • ·         Provide guidance to R&E team members to ensure successful completion of projects, including creating spaces for reflection and identifying opportunities for staff development.
  • ·         Develop and maintain relationships with peers in the field of capacity building, community based research, and program evaluation.
  • ·         Develop and maintain relationships with other service providers and organizations that serve the agency's targeted communities.
  • ·         Identify and pursue opportunities for business development, including but not limited to writing proposals, developing initiatives and projects, and meeting with funders.
  • ·         Support R&E Unit Director in the long-term planning and development of Unit.
  • ·         Facilitate focus groups, interviews and other methods of data collection in communities.
  • ·         Present research results to community groups, elected officials and SSG staff.
  • ·         Conduct secondary research to identify data and literature relevant to SSG agencies and partners, including the use of online, academic, library, Census and community resources.

·     Represent the agency in a variety of community settings including funder, provider and community meetings, and major events.
·         Assist with management of daily operation of R&E, as needed.

Secondary Functions
·         Support the planning and development of SSG as a whole: Work collaboratively with SSG Development Team and other Core units.
·         Participate in the development, writing, and production of research publications, as well as distribution and dissemination.
·         Perform data requests for SSG agencies and its partners.
·         Collect additional information from SSG programs and partners (including staff, volunteers and clients) to generate policies in support of SSG agencies and partners.
·         Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
·         Master's degree or higher in a professional field, especially in Urban Planning, Public Policy, and Public Administration.
·         Minimum of 5 years’ experience in conducting research and evaluation in Los Angeles or similar communities.
·         Minimum of 2 years’ experience in project management, including guiding staff in completing deliverables in a timely and professional manner.
·         Knowledge of Appreciative Inquiry, community-based participatory research (CBPR), empowerment evaluation and other research/evaluation approaches.
·         Knowledge and practice of effective and creative communication styles to maintain team morale, including active listening, conflict mediation, and openness to new ideas.
·         Familiarity with strategic planning, organizational development, and business development.
·         Good writing and editing skills are essential.
·         Knowledge of and ability to work with low-income or racially diverse communities, including residents and CBO staff of diverse cultures, languages and educational backgrounds.
·         Ability to work independently and coordinate work with others, as well as ability to provide guidance to staff.
·         Ability to facilitate inclusive decision-making processes.
·         Proficient skills in use of Internet, MS Word, and MS Excel.
·         Knowledge of Southern California non-profits, community-based organizations and funders.
·         Possess a valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation, and appropriate automobile insurance.
·         Background check and proof of employment eligibility required.
·         Regular attendance.

Non-Essential Qualifications - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
§         Ability to speak and write fluently in languages other than English.
§         Knowledge and experience in using MS PowerPoint, InDesign, etc.
§         Knowledge and experience in using data analysis software, especially SPSS, Atlas.ti, and MAXQDA.
§         Knowledge of nonprofit management and philanthropic/funding trends.
§         Ability to perform duties on some weekday, evenings, and weekend days when required.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position will support R&E Director in supervising staff and maintaining team morale.

Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions)
This position takes place primarily in the SSG/Research and Evaluation office and in the field (including Los Angeles and surrounding Counties).

Physical Requirements 
The position requires primarily sitting and working at a computer workstation, including reading and typing.  This position requires driving. 

Mental Requirements
The position requires the ability to process and analyze information from multiple sources and to articulate the significance of that information.  This position also requires the ability to work independently and prioritize in order to meet deadlines.  The position requires work schedule that is responsive to the needs of research participants.                                                  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Homeboy Industry Posting

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.   
POSITION TITLE: Director of Curriculum and Training 
REPORTS TO: Director of Re-Entry Services 
The Director of Curriculum and Training is responsible for the overall design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the educational component for Homeboy Industries, which serves an average of 500 community clients, trainees, and part-time workers monthly.  The Director of Curriculum and Training manages the day to day operations of the Education department, including student services, educational outcomes and the supervision of volunteer teachers, facilitators, and trainees that participate in the 45 classes offered within the agency.  Additionally, the Director takes the lead in initiating partnerships with educational institutions to strengthen the educational philosophy and goals set for men and women re-directing their lives. 
  • Develop, implement, and communicate the goals of the education department, and align them with the mission of the agency.
  • Build a strong team of staff with varying skill sets and capacities to execute the goals of the department.
  • Organize existing educational courses offered in six areas: Academic, Life Skills, Substance Abuse, Support Groups, Work Readiness, and Extracurricular to best serve three client populations: community-based, trainees, and part-time youth.
  • Strengthen and mange data/systems to improve student services, including the following requests: enrollment, attendance, letters, certificates, progress reports, and communication with DCFS, DPO’s, and courts.
  • Design core curriculum tailored to the needs of trainees employed full-time in our 18-month program.
  • Train and manage volunteer teachers and facilitators who provide classroom instruction.
  • Implement a service-learning component to our 18-month model.
  • Collaborate with other departments and partner agencies to address the issues at stake for former gang-members and youth re-integrating into the community.  
  • Review all proposals and ensure that new programs and opportunities supplement the overall vision and goals of the department.
  • Oversee and maintain important partnerships related to education (Learning Works @ Homeboy; Peace Over Violence; Children’s Institute).
  • Initiate relationships with educational institutions to strengthen the training offered in our social enterprises and access to post-secondary education.
  • Strong organizational and management skills required and a proven track record in leadership and team building.
  • Mission driven individual with strong work ethic; challenge seeker and problem solver; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation
  • Experience with pedagogies of empowerment, strength-based approaches is a strong plus.
  • Experience working with individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
Master’s in Public Administration, Education, Social Work, or related field preferred, or B.A. in Sociology or related field plus 5+ years experience working with gang-population and high-risk youth.                                                                 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus. 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
Salary to be negotiated depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time exempt position with a benefits package including health, dental, vision and retirement account.   

To Apply: All resumes must be emailed to Jennifer ( 

Free Seminar Series on Skid Row

Monday, September 9, 2013

USC Hybrid High School Posting

USC Hybrid High School (USC HHS) is an open-enrollment college preparatory charter high school located in downtown Los Angeles. In the 2013-14 school year, USC HHS will serve approximately 240 ninth and tenth graders and will expand to twelfth grade by Fall 2015. USC Hybrid High School’s mission is to prepare students from traditionally underserved communities to use their talents, college degrees and careers to make a positive multigenerational change. USC Hybrid High is seeking a Counselor (MSWs with PPSC are encouraged to apply) to serve as a member of the student support team and advise the school’s administrative team. S/he will provide therapeutic counseling to students and/or their families and consult with and provide professional development in the area of student social-emotional growth and development to USC Hybrid High School teachers and advisors. High school experience preferred. For a full job description or to submit an application, please visit

Friday, September 6, 2013

Child Abuse Prevention Center - Orange County

The Child Abuse Prevention Center is seeking a Full-Time Program Director to grow its new School Readiness Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) program. The program identifies children ages 0-6 experiencing developmental/behavioral issues in order to intervene at the earliest age possible and prepare children for attending school. It is estimated that as many of 50% of children with developmental delays or behavioral issues are missed prior to reaching school age. The new program will be the first of its kind in South Orange County, significantly advancing the health and well being of young children in this region. 

The Program Director will market the School Readiness Program to families and to community stakeholders, creating lasting positive change in the families we serve while meeting the goals outlined in the contract.   Responsibilities include: 1) Ensure program quality; 2) Increase and expand program awareness, reputation of integrity within the community and use of services; 3) Ensure the success of a dedicated team of direct service professionals. The Program Director will develop successful working relationships with ECE providers, pediatricians, community based organizations, and leaders in the fields of early identification and early childhood mental health.

Comprehensive benefits and competitive compensation packages commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Qualified interested candidates should submit salary history, cover letter and resume to

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Sociology or related degree
  • Minimum of four years of experience in the mental health field
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a supervisor and in development and administration of social services
  • Experience with early childhood mental health preferred
  • Valid California Driver’s license
  • Live scan fingerprinting

Torrance Unified School District Posting


Must have a valid Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Psychology, School Counseling, School Social Work or School Child Welfare and Attendance with Licensed Psychologist, MFT or LCSW. Masters degree in job-related area. Any combination of training, experience, and/or education equivalent to a Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or social work.
Letter of Introduction, current resume, completed EDJOIN application, college transcripts, CBEST card (or other basic skills exam), valid PPS credential & License, CSET results (if applicable), NCLB (if available), two letters of recommendation that have been written within the past year (one of these letters should be from your current supervisor or immediate preceding supervisor).
Apply online:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Social Model Recovery Systems Posting

The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Program Director in the operations of the PCADD/Mid Valley Outpatient programs. The Clinical Coordinator will assist in the delivery of behavioral health services to participants with substance use/abuse and other vulnerabilities in a safe and sober environment.
1.        Assist Program Director in all program activities.
2.        Facilitate the delivery of treatment services to participants through individual counseling, group process, multi-family sessions and educational groups.
3.        Provide clinical oversight and supervision of master and bachelor level student interns.
4.        Monitor Chart Reviews and completion of follow-ups.
5.        Attend quarterly Chart Reviews and Internal Quality Improvement Committee (IQIC) meetings.
6.         Maintain constructive relationships with family members, human service agencies and other professionals.
7.         Facilitate groups for participants and families and document interaction.
8.         Assist agency staff with grant writing ventures and other funding opportunities. 
9.       Attend program and agency meetings as assigned.
10.      Familiarization with all licensing regulations and the Welfare and Institution Code.
11.       Uphold principles and philosophy of Social Rehabilitation; uphold all agency policies and procedures.
12.        Ensure an alcohol and other drug free environment.
13.        Answer the phones as necessary and fill out referral forms completely and fully.
14.        Perform all other duties as assigned.
The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.         MSW/LCSW with a minimum of two years experience working in a behavioral health care setting.
2.         The ability and experience to supervise student interns and volunteers.
3.         Knowledge of 12-Step programs and/or philosophy.          

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from participants, families, regulatory agencies, and/or members of the public.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.

Ability to utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to find solutions and effectively deal with variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.

1.         Have valid California Class II driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one within 60days of employment.)
2.         Have own vehicle and vehicle insurance (including liability insurance).
3.         Have CPR and First Aid certifications.

4.         Must be certified or registered in accordance with California State Certification Regulations 

Felipe A. Kaiser, BS, CADCII
Regional Program Director
Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence /
Mid Valley Outpatient
Programs of Social Model Recovery Systems
(626) 795-9127   (626)795-0979 fax

(626)453-3432   (626) 453-3431fax

Monday, August 26, 2013

CAST Postings

Shelter Program Manager

PURPOSE: Under the direction of the Director of Empowerment Programs (DOE) the Shelter Program Manager (SPM) provides the day-to-day management of the CAST shelter program, a program specifically designed for female survivors of human trafficking and their small children.  This highly responsible position supervises shelter staff and manages the overall development of the program. The SPM will oversee both house and residential management and will work to further enhance the shelter-based educational programs to support service provision for its residents.  In collaboration with the DOE, the SPM will also lend support in resource development for the program. This is a Full time, exempt position.
Program & Resource Development
§  Build CAST housing network of potential partners and resources for CAST’s Social Services Program, particularly those regarding housing. 
§  Collaborate with team in evaluating and developing effective policies and procedures.
§  Secure donated services and goods to support shelter program
§  Support Emergency Response Coordinator with breaking cases as needed.

Staff Supervision/Human Resources
§  Supervise shelter Case Manager and interns as needed.
§  Recruit and supervise shelter staff & volunteers who facilitate onsite psychosocial activities such as yoga, health, or gardening workshops.

Resident Management
§  Manage application and orientation process for shelter residents. 
§  Oversee resident intakes & discharges.
§  Make final decisions related to resident admission & discharge in consultation with Social Services team.
§  Provide crisis intervention and supportive counseling for shelter residents as needed.
§  Provide or coordinate client accompaniment as needed.
§  Facilitate conflict resolution between residents as needed.
§  Monitor residents’ adherence to mandatory savings plan and shelter guidelines.
§  Keep records and daily log of shelter activity and resident concerns.
§  Participate in monthly case conferences with each resident’s assigned Case Manager/Social Worker to assess progress towards goals and objectives for program participation.
§  Ensure adequate psychosocial support is available to residents through onsite schedule of activities.
§  Implement resident satisfaction survey and evaluation procedures to assess program success.
§  Respond to after-hours emergencies.

House Management
§  Draft residents’ chores schedule.
§  Ensure timely repairs and maintenance. 
§  Supervise maintenance staff.
§  Ensure adequate provision of food and other supplies.
§  Monitor adherence to program budget for food, supplies, and maintenance costs.

Safety and Security Monitoring
§  Assess and manage emergencies according to CAST’s emergency protocol.
§  Assess when external assistance is needed and contact appropriate party, i.e. supervisor, law enforcement, medical assistance, etc.
§  Monitor safety and security of house and participate in shelter safety trainings.
§  Manage law enforcement/emergency personnel response when called to house. 
§  Respond to client concerns regarding house safety and work with team to address them.
§  Participate in the ongoing development and evaluation of shelter safety and emergency protocols.
§  Provide training and technical assistance to shelter volunteers and partners to ensure appropriate response to emergencies.

Additional Duties:
§  Work closely with the Social Services Team in strategic development and meeting the goals and objectives of the program.
§  Attend monthly staff meetings and Social Services team meetings. 
§  Attend community meetings as requested.
§  Assist in grants management and contribute to program reports.
§  Contribute to the professional tone and approach of the department and the organization within the perimeters of the agency mission and philosophy.
§  Other duties as assigned.

1. BA/BS with demonstrated experience in residential setting. BSW/MSW preferred. Extensive experience may be considered in lieu of degree. 
2. Previous shelter experience absolutely required.
3. Bilingual (English/Spanish, SE Asian language preferred). Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and/or with individuals who have limited English proficiency.
4. 2+ years work experience in the social services field.
5. Willingness and ability to learn about the complex issues of human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to abide by the mission and philosophy of CAST. Knowledge and understanding of immigrant and refugee rights and trafficking issues. Willingness to complete a CAST Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking Training.
6. Demonstrated ability in coordinating creative, responsive, culturally-appropriate programs. Strong aptitude in effectively managing and supervising interns/ volunteers.
7. Knowledge of and experience in supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution techniques. Ability and willingness to work with individuals who may have a history of traumatic experiences. Ability and willingness to effectively intervene in and resolve resident disputes. Awareness of and strong commitment to confidentiality issues with demonstrated commitment to strengths-based, client-centered practice.
8. Familiarity with social service delivery system in Los Angeles.
9. Ability to maintain a positive, cooperative, and professional demeanor with clients, CAST staff/board, partner organizations, donors, consultants, volunteers/interns, and members of the public.
10. Sincere commitment to working independently and responsibly. Must be a self-starter, able to work in a team environment, and manage time effectively.
11. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
12. Ability to operate computer systems, including internet, email, databases, and word processing software (Microsoft Office Suite).
13. CA driver’s license with access to insured and registered vehicle.
14. Physical demands are typical for an office environment, including sitting, reaching, lifting, speaking, hearing, and seeing. Reasonable accommodations will be made.       
15.Public speaking experience with ability to provide technical assistance in training to community and international partners on shelter model development.

CAST is an equal opportunity employer.

The Compensation:
CAST offers a highly competitive and generous compensation and benefits package, including medical, life, disability, sick/vacation leave, and a 403(b) plan.
CAST is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.  Principals only.
Send resume, cover letter to

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