Salary Range – $54,908 – $68,635
United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.
UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Starting as early as the 7th grade and following students through college graduation, The Scholars Program forges trusting relationships with youth as they navigate some of life's most pivotal moments. By building relationships with young adults over an extended period, United Friends’ programs focus on commitment and consistency. The College Counselor carries a caseload of up to 75 young adults in college years 2-5 who have experienced foster care and are attending colleges nationwide. They build meaningful relationships with their students in order to ensure they receive the best possible guidance and support in their journey through college.
Utilizing a five day a week full-time schedule between Monday-Friday, the College Counselor will work from United Friends’ office in downtown Los Angeles and travel to various locations across LA County for individual meetings with young adults, workshops, and special events. Some evening, weekend, and overnight work is required.
Duties and responsibilities
- Build collaborative relationships with youth that nurture socio-emotional development, self-advocacy skills, and academic and career success.
- Maintain consistent and frequent communication with students on caseload via phone, videoconferencing, email, and in person to uphold the relationship-based model of services.
- Provide quality, timely educational case management to youth, utilizing United Friends’ database to document efforts.
- Monitor students’ progress to ensure their completion of college graduation requirements.
- Refer youth to campus and community-based support services as needed.
- Engage youth in career planning activities and conversations to build job readiness skills.
- Connect youth with summer internship and job opportunities.
- Support youth in the successful completion of career development opportunities.
- Utilize organizational database and other data tracking sources to measure progress.
- Analyze caseload outcomes and trends and work with Education team to improve program model and service delivery.
- Assist with coordination of small and large-scale events.
- Attend community-building events to establish and maintain relationships with Scholars Program youth.
- Attend monthly clinical supervision meetings to discuss case planning, progress with scholars and any challenging cases.
- Assist with outreach and selection process of Scholars Program candidates.
- Cultivate relationships with and serve as a liaison/advocate among community partners to increase awareness of youths’ needs and to ensure students’ success.
- Other duties as assigned.
General UFC Responsibilities
- Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement UFC’s organizational values:
- Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact
- Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community and each other
- Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation
- Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups
- Work together as one organization
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
- 2+ years of case management experience
- Demonstrated experience working with underserved college students
- Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
- Strong problem-solving and crisis intervention skills
- Balances multiple competing priorities
- Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work
- Holds self-accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values
- Must have valid California Driver’s License and an insured and reliable vehicle
- Master’s Degree in a related field
- An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth
- Demonstrated success in maintaining relationships through technology (e.g., phone, email, social media)