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Economic Roundtable

Director of Homeless Training and Employment Project

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
17 days ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

The Economic Roundtable is partnering with Long Beach City College to provide wrap-around services for students at high risk of becoming chronically homeless.  Utilizing an innovative approach, these high-risk individuals are selected early in their homeless experience, when they have strong motivation to build skills for obtaining a living-wage job.  The Project Director will play a crucial role in assuring students engage with an intensive array of support services and position themselves for graduation from Long Beach City College, transfer to a four-year university, or entrance into a union apprenticeship program.  

The project is starting up in August 2020 with a cohort of 10 participants, who will engage in personal and academic skill development along with team-building activities. Participants will be enrolled in school full-time and provided with housing, meals, transportation, behavioral health counseling, and career connection services. Each cohort of 10 students will be enrolled for approximately six months. 

Description of Duties

The Project Director will work under the direction of the Economic Roundtable and in partnership with Long Beach City College and other service providers to coordinate a program that provides intensive support services to community college students identified as having a high risk of becoming chronically homeless.  The position requires strong interpersonal, client relationship skills along with competent project organization and follow-through to assure that students successfully utilize the array of support services. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit program participants using a data-informed screening tool developed by the Economic Roundtable
  • Build an effective student cohort team whose members collaborate for mutual success
  • Utilize competent case management skills to assist participants in obtaining all public benefits to which they are entitled
  • Assist program participants in developing the skills needed to complete a community college degree program and secure and obtain family-supporting employment.
  • Competently maintain participant and project records including history and attributes, activities, and outcomes for tracking and reporting on individual progress and overall project outcomes
  • Build and maintain a network of support providers to serve the diverse needs of program participants on a consistent basis
  • Coordinate with staff of Long Beach City College to integrate college and project resources and ensure that participants remain in good academic standing as full-time students at LBCC 
  • Connect program participants to part-time employment during the school year and admission into union apprenticeship programs
  • Maintain strong, collaborative relationships with union apprenticeship programs
  • Develop curriculum for and facilitate regularly scheduled workshops with program participants covering topics of personal growth, financial literacy, and workforce preparedness
  • Develop evening, weekend, and recreational programming for program participants 
  • Coordinate with project fundraising activities to support growth of the program
  • Serve as a liaison to public officials, potential community allies, funders and media
  • Perform other duties as needed
  • Competently maintain participant and project records including history and attributes, activities, and outcomes for tracking and reporting on individual progress and overall project outcomes
  • Build and maintain a network of support providers to serve the diverse needs of program participants on a consistent basis
  • Coordinate with staff of Long Beach City College to integrate college and project resources and ensure that participants remain in good academic standing as full-time students at LBCC 
  • Connect program participants to part-time employment during the school year and admission into union apprenticeship programs
  • Maintain strong, collaborative relationships with union apprenticeship programs
  • Develop curriculum for and facilitate regularly scheduled workshops with program participants covering topics of personal growth, financial literacy, and workforce preparedness
  • Develop evening, weekend, and recreational programming for program participants 
  • Coordinate with project fundraising activities to support growth of the program
  • Serve as a liaison to public officials, potential community allies, funders and media
  • Perform other duties as needed

 

Qualifications

  • Warm, collaborative work style that builds trust-based relationships with clients and team members, seeks constructive feedback from others, and involves others in decisions that affect the work team
  • Ability to proactively take initiative as needed to solve problems and act on opportunities 
  • Ability to work independently and track multiple assignments to successful completion
  • Ability to maintain participant and project records including history and attributes, activities, and outcomes for tracking and reporting on individual progress and overall project outcomes
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to effectively use Microsoft Office software for project communications and reporting
  • Comfortably conduct in-person meetings while following public health guidelines to protect against COVID-19 infection
  • Able to build and maintain strong, collaborative partner relationships with LBCC staff, funders, union leaders, public officials, and all other partners to carry out duties
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends and long, irregular hours, and travel when needed
  • Graduate degree in social work or a related social science field is strongly encouraged, but not required
  • Motivation to embrace, protect and champion the vision of this program
  • Strong commitment to racial and economic justice
  • Experience in serving and/or advocating for homeless individuals is essential

 

Background of the Homeless Employment and Training Project

The Homeless Training and Employment Project addresses chronic homelessness as a problem of racial injustice as well as a problem of inadequate income.  The Project provides comprehensive services and skill development that lead to full-time jobs that pay a living wage for rent and a stable life for individuals who will otherwise become persistently homeless.

Insufficient money to pay rent contributes to homelessness just as much as the lack of affordable housing. The most frequent explanation homeless adults give for their lack of housing is the loss of a job, resulting in their inability to pay their rent. Two-thirds of homeless adults in Los Angeles County make an effort to earn money. 

The connection between unemployment and homelessness is strong. This has provided the basis for accurate predictive modelling by the Economic Roundtable of homeless outcomes for unemployed workers. This predictive analytic screening tool is described in “Early Intervention to Prevent Persistent Homelessness,” https://economicrt.org/publication/early-intervention-to-prevent-persistent-homelessness/.

The project has four distinctive features:
1. Predictive screening tools are used to identify individuals at high risk of becoming persistently homeless, at the onset of their homelessness, when they still have the greatest motivation and capability to find a job. 
2. Project partners, including researchers, labor unions, advocacy groups, nonprofit service providers, and Long Beach City College, work together to support students’ educational attainment as a foundation for permanent, sustaining employment.
3. The project enables students to focus on academic success and personal growth by providing comprehensive help with housing, meals, case management, behavioral health services, job training, stipends, transportation, and employment.
4. The project offsets the cost of “heavy touch” comprehensive services by targeting individuals who will otherwise become chronically homeless and have ongoing high public costs. These net cost savings make the project scalable through linkages with public systems for employment services, public assistance, health care, and the justice system.
 

Compensation

This is an independent contractor position. The compensation range for the position is from $85,000 to $108,000 depending on level of education, experience, demonstrated skills, and earnings history. 

To apply

Economic Roundtable is an affirmative action employer. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be considered in order of submission. Qualified applicants will be contacted quickly for an interview.

Submit:  1) a cover letter (see contents list below) 2) your resume, and  3) the names of at least three references with contact information. Email your application material to [email protected]  No phone calls please.

In your letter, please discuss: a) your experience in serving and/or advocating for homeless individuals, b) why you are interested in this position, and c) your relevant experience and skills. 

Applications will be kept confidential. References will not be contacted until candidates are notified and interviewed.