Campus Peer Navigator position will support students experiencing homelessness and housing instability to connect to on-campus and community-based resources, access temporary or permanent housing outside of CES (via Problem-Solving) and facilitate entry for eligible students into the appropriate CES population system as needed. Peer Navigator co-locates at local community college campuses in order minimize any barriers accessing or providing direct CES services for students.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
All of the responsibilities listed below are considered essential functions of this position. Additionally, this position is expected to ensure adherence to the core operating values and the strategic direction of the agency.
Utilize culturally-relevant active listening and motivational interviewing with participants to support them to access temporary or permanent housing outside of the Coordinated Entry System (CES)
Liaise and Co-locate with community colleges to assist students experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Provide services to students in college campus with accessing mainstream or CES resources to end their housing crisis
Identify safety or health issues that may need to be considered during identification of housing
Provide mediation between households and property owners/family/friends to assist in resolving housing crisis
Partner with legal service providers to resolve housing crises
Deliver both field- and place-based supportive services, as appropriate, to participants
Acquire resources and make successful referrals, including follow-up to ensure the participant successfully accesses and initially retains housing
Able to minimize barriers to accessing CES (e.g. transportation, schedule conflicts with classes)
Ensure services are documented (e.g. face-to-face, phone and collateral contacts) in the LA CoC homeless management information system (HMIS) in a timely and thorough manner
Assist in budgeting with participants, and determine what level of minimal assistance is necessary to be successfully housed or have housing crisis resolved; facilitate access to CES for participants, as appropriate, including the completion of the Initial Triage and Initial Assessment phases of system access, assessment and housing location
For participants entering CES, provide a warm handoff to sustained case management services where possible, or provide initial case management for up to 60 days upon the participant gaining CES access
Increase linkages between post-secondary education systems and homeless services
Coordinate with contractors operating at campuses and promote consistency of service agreements and operational activities across the District
Participate in Peer Navigator Learning Community meetings and Higher Education and Homeless Workgroups meetings
Continuously try new approaches and explore new solutions
Deliver services based on participant strengths
Attend trainings and participate in regular technical assistance such as learning collaborative
Comply with contract SRS and agency KPI’s
Attend regularly scheduled agency wide meetings, community meetings and other meetings as assigned
Conduct all functions in accordance with Agency guidelines, policies and procedures
Comply with applicable certification requirements and ethics
Arrange work schedule or required hours to the benefit of the Department/Program
Other duties as may be required
Associates or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Minimum 2 years of experience working as a case manager with homeless population and possess knowledge of housing and other area resources
Must be proficient in record keeping including tracking, maintaining, and reporting statistics according to program guidelines and requirements
Must have the ability to meet the physical requirements of this position
Experienced and strong understanding of CES/LAHSA
Database experience (HMIS) strongly preferred
Familiarity with TAY and HUD programs
Knowledge and experience with motivational interviewing, evidence-based practices, harm reduction, and trauma informed care
Former college student or experience in working in a college campus setting
Must have a valid California Driver’s License;
Clean driving record;
Drug screen; (Employment pending clean drug screen)
Complete 72 hour Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Training;
CPR and First Aid Certification.
Hours: 20 hours per week, days may vary
An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
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