Job Title: Living Skills Coordinator Reports To: Domestic Violence Shelter Program Director
Answering to the Domestic Violence Shelter Director, the Living Skills Coordinator is responsible for assisting clients under the program to build competencies which will allow them to live independently. It is the chief role of the coordinator to source out, arrange or facilitate activities that will raise the capacity and increase the self-esteem and wellness of the clients, providing activities that develop life skills; build capacity and independence in residents. The Coordinator will also work to develop and identify opportunities for staff development. The Coordinator will ensure the agency’s mission is represented in a professional, responsible and respectful manner at all times.
High School Graduate or equivalent
Minimum of two (2) years working with vulnerable populations
Basic computer skills
Ability to work independently and make some decisions when necessary
Understanding of confidentiality importance
Excellent customer service
Able to maintain a supportive, calm and professional attitude at all times
Follow agency policies and procedures
Must be able to read and write English
Work with local community organizations and groups to develop life skills programming that includes, but is not limited to: financial literacy, employment skills, hygiene, health, food literacy, drug awareness, mental wellness, educational planning, tenant’s rights, first aid, relationship building, parenting skills, self-esteem, networking skills
Network within the domestic violence/transitional housing services community to raise awareness and build collaboration opportunities
Coordinate regular client events to encourage community building
Work with staff to develop weekly meetings with residents in all houses and program to steer life skills program according to the needs of the clients
Provide the Program Director with weekly reports on current activities
On occasion, assist other program requirements when the need arises
Defines a clear set of goals and of life-skills themes to be covered
Submits monthly reports including, but not limited to the number of sessions, attendance, activities and the various topics and themes that were addressed
Follow ups, as needed, with community agencies to continue to build and grow program
Submit receipts for materials and activities
Assists with program development, implementation and evaluation
Provides leadership in maintaining satisfactory community relationships
Adhere to Policy and procedures while in the workplace and during activities off site
At times, accepts responsibility for tasks, as directed by the Program Director and Executive Director, which are not outlined in the job description but which are an important part of the agency’s goals and/or program outcomes.
Job Skills and abilities:
Extensive knowledge of community resources for victims of domestic violence
Extensive experience working with individuals experiencing life at the margins
Ability to work independently
Excellent organization, time and general management skills
Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills with individuals
Knowledge of domestic violence, mental health and behavioral issues
An ability to meet clients where they are at and an understanding of the impacts of trauma on human development
Ability to provide leadership and healthy role modeling to clients
Understanding/sensitivity to various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds of the clients the agency serves
Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries in the workplace and to work professionally (ethically) especially with regard to matters of confidentiality
Must have a valid California Driver’s License;
Clean driving record;
Employee will be required to complete a TB test, fingerprinting, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen), 40 hour Domestic Violence training and CPR/First Aid certification.
Hours: Monday – Friday (40 hours per week, may require varied hours)
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.
Valley Oasis is a community based organization dedicated to eliminating social and domestic violence and homelessness through community awareness, intervention, prevention, safe shelter, and supportive services.
For more than 33 years, Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council, now known as Valley Oasis, has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hurt, needy and politically under-represented members of the Antelope Valley.
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