Wanda Alston Foundation

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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 contact hr@wandaalstonfoundation.org with any questions.

Currently Hiring:


HOUSE Monitor

The Wanda Alston Foundation is currently seeking a House Monitor to join their team.
About the Wanda Alston Foundation

At the Wanda Alston Foundation, it is their 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. They
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. Thier 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.

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 Make 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
● $15.20 an hour
● Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance

Clinical Director

About the Organization
We are proud to honor the legacy of Wanda Alston, a Black lesbian activist that trailblazed new
opportunities for the LGBTQIA2S+ community and the civil rights movement. Some of her most notable
achievements include Co-Chair of the 1995 United Nations Women’s Conference, Member of the
National Board of Directors of the National Organization of Women, and Peer Advocate for the recovery
movement in DC. Wanda was the inaugural Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT+ Affairs from
February 2004 until her tragic death in March 2005. Founded in 2007, the Wanda Alston Foundation
carries on her legacy of service in providing three residential experiences for members of the LGBTQ+ community:

Wanda’s House – Founded in 2007, our inaugural facility located in Ward 7 hosts up to nine youth
Residents (ages 16 to 24) for a maximum of 18 months.

Alston’s Place – Founded in June 2020, WAF became the fifth organization in DC and the first LGBTQ+
focused housing facility to open an Extended Transitional Housing facility that hosts up to twelve youth
Residents for a maximum of six years.

Counseling Center – Founded in February of 2022, WAF opened a therapy clinic and emergency
housing program for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.
Renita’s – In the planning stages, this will be a maximum 24-month facility to serve 2 adult transmen of
color experiencing homelessness. This program is the first of its kind in Washington, DC.

All facilities seek to provide residents with a safe, supportive living environment, case management,
connection to medical and mental health services, and support to meet education, employment, and
personal development goals. The program seeks to assist residents with life skills development and
access to stable, permanent housing in the community.

Role Summary
The Clinical Director delivers trauma-informed, strengths-based guidance to best support client-centered
case management services, in-house programs and events, and advocating for our youth’s mental health
needs. The Clinical Director provides evaluations, individual therapy, psychoeducation, and support to
Wanda Alston Foundation residents in acute crisis situations to assist with stabilization within the
transitional home. The Clinical Director provides client centered therapeutic services to address the
client’s mental, emotional, and behavioral health goals through coordinated activities and referrals. The

Clinical Director supervises and supports clinical staff and interns by providing clinical supervision and
crisis intervention. The Clinical Director is responsible for providing weekly clinical consultation to staff,
managing our mental health-focused student interns, and informing policy, programming, and initiative
development with a focus on the health and wellness needs of our youth. The Clinical Director also
works to connect youth to holistic supportive services with the goal of developing skills that lead to
sustainable mental health goals. The Clinical Director also supports the Wanda Alston Foundation
Housing program by providing clinical guidance to staff when deemed necessary by case management
staff or Operations Director.  The Clinical Director will report directly to the executive director.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
● Provides assessments of new clients
● Present psychosocial needs, strengths, and limitations of all assigned clients during supervision,
house monitor meetings, as needed, and case consultation
● Recruitment, management, supervision, and appropriate assignment of clinical interns
● Lead creation and facilitation of internal staff skill development with a focus on psychoeducation,
strengths-based youth engagement, and supporting our staff as credible messengers to our residents,
including providing staff orientation for new hires.
● Providing clinical supervision and oversight to Case Managers and interns
● Meeting with residents as needed to address acute or crisis mental health care issues
● Oversight and auditing of client documentation and clinical/case management paper and
clinical records in monthly meetings with Executive Director and Operations Director
● Participating in outside community and agency meetings, building partnerships with community
agencies to gather resources beneficial to the organization
● Ensuring youth perspective is included at all Wanda Alston Foundation staff meetings
● Consulting and creating program policy related to clinical issues and clinical supervision
● Attending and reporting on biweekly CAHP policy meetings
● Program reporting and data acquisition, with a strong focus towards supporting maintenance of
internal reports archive

Required Skills and Qualifications
● Master’s of Social Work degree, or equivalent (i.e. MHC, MPC)
● District of Columbia advanced clinical licensure (i.e. LGSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMPC) with 3+
years clinical experience post obtaining advanced clinical licensure**
● 2+ years of clinical supervisory experience (i.e. interns, fellows, staff)
● 2+ years of case management experience
● At least 1 year of experience working with LGBTQIA2S+ youth
● At least 1 year of experience working in a residential setting, preferably youth focused (i.e.
outpatient, group home)
● Notable experience in developing and implementing strengths-based, trauma-informed care
practices to clients with complex trauma recovering from experiences related to substance abuse and/or
systemic oppression unique to youth experiencing homelessness
● Sensitivity to the needs and challenges of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)
LGBTQIS2S+ youth at-risk or experiencing homelessness
● Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, reliability, and a commitment to and passion for the
Wanda Alston Foundation’s mission
**Open to candidates in the process of achieving their licensure at the time of interview

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 (booster included if eligible)
● 20-30 hours a week (may fluctuate)
● Some nights and weekends are required in this position
● $42 an hour
● Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Wanda Alston Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are
committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate in employment,
volunteerism, or internship provision on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender
identity, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization,
parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.
LGBTQ+ identified people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals with a personal history
of overcoming homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please email us your resume
and cover letter in one PDF document to Human Resources Manager Joya Corr at
jcorr@wandaalstonfoundation.org with the subject line “Applicant – Clinical Director Position.”

Start Date: Immediately

Operations Manager

The Wanda Alston Foundation is currently seeking an Operations 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
(LGBTQIA2S+) homelessness and to ensure LGBTQIA2S+ 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 LGBTQIA2S+ 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 Operations Manager is a high level, key part of this management team and is responsible for the overall
success of the programs that WAF operate. In this role, the operations director is the direct supervisor of
approximately 15 to 20 house monitors who staff the facilities on a 24-hour, 7-day a week basis. The
Operations Manager is responsible for the scheduling, training, and evaluation of house monitors. The
Operations Manager will work closely with the Human Resources Manager to communicate hiring needs and
assist with the onboarding of new hires.
The Operations Manager is also responsible for day-to-day operations of the youth facilities. The Operations
Manager is responsible for the maintenance of the youth housing facilities and must respond to house
monitors’ and/or residents’ maintenance requests in a timely and appropriate manner. The operations
manager will work closely with the case managers and the clinical director to ensure that the needs of the
youth residents are met, and that the programing that WAF provides meet all goals and objectives.
The operations director will report directly to the executive director.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:
 Creating a bi-weekly staff schedule taking into consideration leave requests and PTO
 Finding staff coverage when staff call out
 Facilitating a weekly staff meeting with house monitors
 Assessing and communicating hiring needs to human resources
 Training of new staff
 Evaluating staff performance and conducting performance evaluations on a yearly basis
 Administering warnings of policy violations and process terminations as appropriate
 Responding to maintenance requests and connecting with contractors as needed
 Collaborating with case managers and clinical director to ensure program goals are being met
 Ensuring that all necessary resident and programmatic data is uploaded on HMIS database
 Developing and implementing policies and procedures in alignment with program objectives
 Management of programmatic expenses and tracking of invoices while remaining within budget
 Maintaining and expanding relationships with partnership organizations and stakeholders

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
 Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
 At least three years of management experience required, preferably in nonprofit or startup
 Supervisory experience preferred
 Experience working directly with the LGBTQIA2S+ population preferred
 Microsoft Office and Google Suite proficient
 Must be a creative problem solver
 Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organization skills
 Experience working in group home living, transitional shelter, or emergency shelter facility preferred
 Must be a self-starter who can juggle multiple tasks with the ability to prioritize and execute tasks
efficiently
 Sensitivity to the needs and problems of primarily Black/African American LGBTQIA2S+ young
adults who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, and who have experienced trauma
 Some evenings and weekends may be required in this role

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
● $55,000 starting salary
● Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance

Outreach Advocate

The Wanda Alston Foundation (WAF) is currently seeking an Outreach Advocate.
About the Wanda Alston Foundation
The Wanda Alston Foundation, provides trauma informed support services to LGBTQIA2S+
individuals, through youth housing and counseling center for survivors of partner abuse and
sexual violence. The organization began with youth housing and it is our mission to eradicate
lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit (LGBTQIA2S+)
homelessness and to ensure LGBTQIA2S+ 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 LGBTQIA2S+ 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.

The Wanda Alston Foundation also has a Counseling Center for LGBTQIA2S+ people
experiencing intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence. The Wanda Alston Counseling
Center (WACC) provides trauma-informed counseling, case management, and emergency
housing for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals who are experiencing or have experienced intimate
partner violence and/or sexual violence. A strong part of this program is to provide training to
other providers to advocate for improved quality of care at other organizations. In addition, we
do community education and outreach efforts.

Job Description:
The Wanda Alston Counseling Center is seeking an Outreach Advocate to conduct outreach and
provide trauma-informed support to survivors. The Outreach Advocate will also provide
educational presentations to community partners as part of the outreach efforts and work closely
with WACC intake and clinical staff, to ensure survivors are accessing the full suite of services
available to them. The Outreach Advocate will work with community partners and providers to
coordinate services and facilitate connections using a “warm hand off approach” while carrying
out WACC mission.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:
● Coordinate and execute virtual and in person presentations.
● Assisting in the development and delivery of trainings and workshops for professionals,
college students, community members, and youth to address intimate partner violence
and sexual violence.
● Provide preliminary crisis intervention services to individuals who identify as survivors
during outreach.
● Assist survivors with navigating and connecting to advocacy and other services at
WACC and other community resources.
● Develops and maintains trusting relationships with schools, service providers, families
and their communities through equity-based programs.
● Representing WACC at community events (ex: health fairs, resource fairs, etc.).
● Assist with the planning, organizing and implementation of community and annual
awareness events around intimate partner violence within the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
● Maintain social media presence.
● Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional
engagement.
● Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
● Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
● Experience with community outreach preferred
● Experience with providing trainings and/or group facilitation
● Strong oral and written communication, organizational, problem solving and planning
skills
● Experience working with survivors of partner abuse, sexual assault or other personal
violence.
● Willingness and ability to travel and work occasional evenings and limited weekends
as necessary
● At least 2 years of experience in the field or in a related area
● High school diploma or equivalent; college degree preferred
● Sensitivity to the needs and problems of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals who are homeless
or at risk for homelessness
● Experience working closely with the LGBTQIA2S+ community

Other Terms of Employment:
● COVID-19 vaccination required for this position
● Full-Time, exempt position
● Some nights and weekends are required in this position
● $45,000 annual salary
● Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance

If you are or know anyone interested, they can reach out for more information and/or email their resumes directly to the HR Manager – jcorr@wandaalstonfoundation.org
Apply today by clicking here.

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