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 providing case management and information and referral services to current and former foster youth from the ages of 17 through 23. 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. This is a ‘mandated child abuse reporter’ position. This is a ‘mandated child abuse reporter’ position.
• Provide client-centered, strength-based, culturally sensitive case management and coaching support to youth, seventeen through twenty-three years of age, soon to emancipate or emancipated from the county dependency and juvenile probation systems.
• Provide on-going assessment of client needs, always monitoring for safety and stability risks. Provide immediate response to urgent client safety and stability needs.
• Refer clients to services and programs (housing, employment, education, mental health, health, youth development, mentoring, etc) that will help them meet their goals. Assist them in accessing public benefits when eligible and needed.
• Assist clients in developing and implementing plans to promote successful transitions to independent living and self sufficiency. Work actively with clients in the domains of housing, education, employment, wellness and permanency. Help them to understand the connectivity between domains and the importance of working on more than one domain at a time.
• Hold regular meetings with clients to monitor and mentor progress toward goals.
• Plan and lead workshops and peer support groups relevant to client needs.
• Client meetings are held in both the office and in the field. Traveling to client appointments, meetings and trainings away from the office is required as needed.
• On a timely basis, maintain comprehensive case documentation in the agency’s data base. Maintain a hard copy file of key documents and records that cannot be maintained in the data base. Assist in preparing database reports of your activities and clients’ status, progress and outcomes for Transition Services Division Manager.
• Participate in outreach in the field to identify and to assist underserved clients.
• Work toward continuous improvement of relevant knowledge base, skills and job performance.
• Participate in team and staff meetings, trainings, and other efforts to improve the quality of individual and agency performance.
• Participate in the regular rotation in the Worker of the Day schedule, performing duties including intake, addressing client’s needs for absent colleagues and assisting with reception desk coverage when needed.
• Meet with and regularly communicate with the supervisor, advising them of urgent client needs and discussing personal efforts and challenges to improving job performance.
• Perform all duties consistent with agency policies and procedures.
• Minimum education requirement is a bachelor's degree in a related field.
• Experience working with at risk adolescent populations.
• Commitment to strength-based and client-centered service.
• Culturally competent.
• Good communication and team work skills.
• Resourceful and patient.
• Excellent time management and documentation skills.
• Ability to be flexible and adaptability with frequent changes within programs
• Desire to learn and apply themes of coaching/motivational interviewing to youth
• Good Driving Record
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.. 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 February 08, 2013.