Job Opening – Wanda Alston Foundation

Employment Opportunities

We’re hiring! Join our team and be a part of the life changing work we do everyday to support LGBTQ youth in Washington D.C.   The Wanda Alston Foundation understands the value of its employees and how quality work translates into improved services for the LGBTQ youth we serve. For these reasons, the Wanda Alston Foundation offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to its employees as well as ongoing training and career growth opportunities.

Please contacthr@wandaalstonfoundation.org with any questions.

Currently Hiring:

 

House Monitor

The Wanda Alston Foundation is currently seeking a House Monitor to join our team.

About the Wanda Alston Foundation

At the Wanda Alston Foundation, it is our mission to eradicate lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) homelessness and to ensure LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity and respect. The Wanda Alston foundation works to achieve this mission by providing housing and services to LGBTQ+ youth who are experiencing homelessness. We provide youth with a safe place to call home, provide access to essential services, and assist youth in their goal of finding permanent stable housing to allow for independent living. Our programming is youth-centered, trauma informed, and focuses on personal growth, development, and self-sufficiency. 

Job Description:

The House Monitor works to ensure that all LGBTQ youth, ages 18 to 24, who are residents of the Wanda Alston Foundation youth housing program are safe, supported, monitored and cared for respectfully. This position works with the Case Manager and the Operation Manager to implement tasks, directives, and intervention to assist residents in meeting their case plan goals. The role is essential to ensuring that residents adhere to the program, including the housing rules, policies and regulations. This position reports to the Operations Manager.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the day-to-day operation of the facility, including chore assignment and adherence to House rules and regulations.
  • Monitor building and facility conditions following agency guidelines for maintenance and coordinate the acquisition of furniture and other household supplies.
  • Works with case manager to develop and monitor individual case plans for residents to provide optimum supportive services.
  • Mentor residents and coordinate services as needed such as making doctor’s appointments, helping with schoolwork, and applying to jobs.
  • Implement strategies to motivate resident’s attendance and participation in life skills workshops, mental health therapy appointments, and other programs
  • Coordinate activities of volunteers and social work interns assigned to facility or individual residents.

  • Makes entries into the Daily Log detailing activities and observed behavioral changes in youth
  • Perform other duties as assigned, understanding the changing environment working with youth in a housing environment.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED Required, Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Competency in basic community engagement, medical, social, and practical case management.
  • Experience working directly with LGBTQ young adults preferred.
  • Experience in Group Home living or Shelter facility preferred.
  • Knowledge of substance abuse/recovery work, family systems, mental health concerns, and suicidality.
  • Must be a self-starter who can juggle multiple tasks and needs with the ability to prioritize and execute tasks efficiently.
  • Sensitivity to the needs and problems of primarily Black/African American LGBTQ young adults who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, and who have experienced trauma.
  • Must be able to exercise patience and understanding in escalated or crisis situations.

Other Terms of Employment:

  • Candidates must complete a drug test, TB test, sex offender registry check, Child Protection Register, and criminal background check prior to employment
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for this position
  • Full-Time, exempt position
  • Some nights and weekends are required in this position
  • $17.00 an hour
  • Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance

Resumes and Cover Letters can be emailed directly to jcorr@wandaalstonfoundation.org

Case Manager

The Wanda Alston Foundation is currently seeking a Case Manager to join our team.

About the Wanda Alston Foundation

At the Wanda Alston Foundation, it is our mission to eradicate lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) homelessness and to ensure LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity and respect. The Wanda Alston foundation works to achieve this mission by providing housing and services to LGBTQ+ youth who are experiencing homelessness. We provide youth with a safe place to call home, provide access to essential services, and assist youth in their goal of finding permanent stable housing to allow for independent living. Our main programming is youth-centered, trauma informed, and focuses on personal growth, development, and self-sufficiency. 

Job Description:

The WAF Counseling Center provides trauma-informed counseling and resource referrals for LGBTQ+ individuals who are experiencing or have experienced intimate partner violence. The Case Manager provides individual-centered, trauma-informed case management services to LGBTQ+ individuals. The Case Manager relies on clinical skills to develop and track individual service and treatment plans for each client. The Case Manager addresses client needs such as connecting individuals with medical and mental health services, accessing public benefits and community resources, developing budgeting skills, and connecting individuals with permanent and stable housing. 

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement service and treatment plans for each client
  • Assist clients in need of obtaining benefits, entitlements, and other legal services
  • Provide crisis intervention services if needed and referrals for psychiatric assessment
  • Coordination of care with service providers including medical, mental health, substance abuse, and other supportive services
  • Weekly in-person case management services for each client
  • Develop and maintain of community partnerships to provide superior services
  • Ongoing assessment and adjustment of services provided in collaboration with other staff and community partners
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and integrity when handling client information

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or Human Service Administration from an accredited college or university required; LMSW or LCSW preferred
  • 3+  years of relevant human service, social services, or case management experience
  • Knowledge of case management documentation and record keeping
  • Experience working closely with LGBTQ+ young adults
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence
  • Knowledge of substance abuse/recovery, family systems, medical and mental health treatment
  • Self-starter who can multitask and efficiently prioritize tasks
  • Sensitivity to the needs and challenges of LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing homelessness, at risk for homelessness, or those who have experience trauma
  • Knowledge of community (Washington, DC metro area) providers and resources including LGBTQ+ health care, mental health care, housing, employment, social and needs based services, transportation, and educational resources
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills 
  • Must be able to exercise patience and understanding even in escalated or crisis situations

Other Terms of Employment:

  •     Candidates must complete a drug test, TB test, sex offender registry check, and criminal

         background check, and Child Protection Register prior to employment

  •     COVID-19 vaccination required for this position
  •     Full-Time, exempt position
  •     Some nights and weekends are required in this position
  •     $55,000 salary
  •     Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance

Resumes and Cover Letters can be emailed directly to jcorr@wandaalstonfoundation.org

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