Beyond Emancipation (B:E) is Alameda County's primary provider of services for former foster youth. Our mission is to help these young people make successful transitions to adulthood and, emancipation planning, education and employment services, and housing.
Our clients represent a diverse microcosm of the world and inspire us daily. Their struggles, both personally and within the foster system and our society at large are difficult and systemic. Working with them to persevere and succeed is what B:E is about. (See beyondemancipation.org/youth for youth stories.)
Since B:E was founded in 1996, the organization has grown rapidly. Our budget in 2012-13 will be approximately $2.5 million. Contracts with Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA), corporate and foundation partners, and individual donors support our work. The organization is in strong financial shape with a board designated reserve. We are currently in the second year of a major initiative to infuse a coaching approach to our work with youth and the organization as a whole. The office environment is casual, friendly, mission-focused, and fast-paced. We enjoy strong relationships with the SSA and the Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP), sharing space in East Oakland near 880 and a short walk from the Coliseum BART station.
More information is available at: www.beyondemancipation.org.
Responsible for assisting Alameda County Social Services Agency staff in scheduling and supporting Transitional Living Conferences (TLC) for dependent youth in foster care, group homes and residential treatment center placements. This is a full time, nonexempt, forty hour a week position with traditional work hours scheduled Monday through Friday. This position requires that the employee be able to work until 5:30PM five days a week with some flexibility to work into the early evening or on Saturday.
• Responsible for working with Child Welfare Workers (CWW) and Child Welfare Supervisors (CWS) to efficiently schedule Transitional Living Conferences (TLC) and to help assure as broad participation in the conferences as possible, including the youth, the CWW, FFA and group home staff, mentors, kinship members and other relevant persons in the youth’s life.
• Attend TLC’s at several locations within the county and occasionally in neighboring counties. Arrive early for the conference to prepare the space and materials. Assist conference participants in identifying youth needs and in developing plans for promoting successful transitions from foster care to independent living, with a priority focus to assure a seamless transition to safe and secure housing. Assist CWS’s with co-facilitation duties as requested. Take detailed notes for each TLC and distribute them to appropriate parties before they leave the site.
• Develop and refine youth-friendly resource materials to complement and enrich the conference experience and its productivity.
• Assist in maintaining schedules and documentation of all TLC’s, as well as database entries and reports for Beyond Emancipation, funders and stakeholders.
• Offer coaching to youth who are transitioning out of care, as needed, to ensure that they are on track with implementing their aftercare plans.
• Network with the Social Services Agency’s child welfare units, Foster Family Agencies, group homes and residential treatment programs to provide dependent youth and program staff with information and resources regarding the aftercare planning process.
• Assist the Transition Services Division Manager and county staff in exploring and implementing innovations in practice to continually move toward better and best practice in a youth-centered aftercare planning process.
• Represent Beyond Emancipation at meetings and community events as assigned, including Team Decision Meetings (TDM), as requested by the county.
• Participate in staff and unit meetings, trainings and other efforts to improve quality of program operations and service deliverables. Participate in the Worker of the Day duties and rotation.
• The balance of duties assigned to staff with the same job titles and job descriptions may vary as determined by the supervisor. Job duties may change, as this position responds to emerging needs related to aftercare planning for emancipating foster youth.
• Minimum requirement bachelor's degree in a related field.
• Excellent computer and database skills. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft software (Outlook, Excel, Word & Publisher) and online calendars.
• Legible handwriting for TLC documentation.
• Excellent attention to detail, time management and documentation skills.
• Knowledge of the child welfare system.
• Experience working with at risk adolescent populations.
• Commitment to strength based and client centered service.
• Culturally competent.
• Excellent communication, writing and team work skills.
• Resourceful and patient.
• Good driving record, consistently maintained, and reliable personal transportation.
This position requires sitting and using a computer for extended periods. In addition, lifting and moving equipment or boxes of files may be occasionally required.
This is a full time, non-exempt, salaried position. Your schedule will vary based on need and could extend into the early evening, with some weekend hours. Exact salary will be determined upon hiring and is dependent on experience. Benefits are generous, with fully paid health and dental insurance including dependent coverage. Paid time off includes vacation, sick, and personal days, as well as holidays. Voluntary vision and retirement plans are also available.
We recognize that in order to better serve our clients we need to continue to build an organization that supports, understands and lives diversity - in our staffing and in our values. Our commitment to a coaching model is a step towards building a supportive community and we encourage diverse candidates who will be a leader in integrating our work and values to transform the life of our clients. B:E is an equal opportunity employer, and we seek to develop a diverse workforce.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are due on November 20, 2012.