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My Path Forward Part Time After Hours Program Support

TITLE:  After Hours Program Support Staff

DEPT/PROGRAM:  My Path Forward

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  My Path Forward Case Manager (assigned)

STATUS:  Part-time

PRIMARY FUNCTION

The My Path Forward [MPF] After Hours Program Support Staff will use a trauma-informed approach to supporting young adults, ages 17-25, who have aged out of foster care in order to meet their case management goals. Services include bed/curfew checks, crisis management, and providing limited program transportation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Services to Young Adults:

  • Provide after-hours [evenings, overnight, weekend] program supervision and support to youth in My Path Forward (MPF) and My Path Forward- Independent Living Arrangement (MPF-ILA);
  • Provide apartment checks/curfew checks;
  • Provide crisis management as needed;
  • Provide limited transportation to/from after-hours employment locations and grocery shopping;
  • Enforce all program and property rules and expectations;
  • Coach young adults on how to handle issues in a way that promotes self-advocacy;
  • Communicate regularly with My Path Forward Team to ensure participants’ needs are met and issues are efficiently and effectively addressed within a timely fashion;
  • Participate in crisis management as needed;
  • Document all youth contacts in a timely manner;
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on child and youth development.
  • Knowledge of best practice for coaching and teaching young adults.
  • Knowledge of young adult needs, attitudes and beliefs.
  • Knowledge of the role and importance of permanency for young adults.
  • Knowledge of the needs of youth aging out of foster care.

SKILLS

  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Skilled at engaging young adults.
  • Skilled at negotiating services and identifying resources as they relate to young adults.
  • Skilled at collaborating with clients, staff and professionals in the community.

ABILITIES

  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team.
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity.
  • Ability to communicate and build relationships with a variety of internal and external customers.
  • Ability to present program to others in a clear and meaningful manner.
  • Ability to frequently problem-solve both independently and as a small team.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with program staff to address ongoing issues and needs of clients.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • College degree from an accredited college or university in a related subject (i.e. criminal justice, education, counseling, social work, human services, etc.), preferred but not required.
  • Three to five years of experience working independently providing coaching, case management, criminal justice services, or a related field to youth and young adults.
  • An in-depth understanding of trauma-informed care.
  • Commitment to the mission, goals and services of Children’s Home Society of Virginia.
  • Acceptable driving record and adequate auto insurance.