Full-time Program Coordinator - Youth Outreach

Division / Program: 
ODAAT
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Wed, 11/29/2017
Department: 
ODAAT/Youth Services Division
Program Summary: 
ODAAT Youth Services Division works with youth to enable them to grow as individuals and become a productive member of their community. This is achieved by providing customized support for their unique needs and building trusting relationships between youth leaders and adults. This position, funded by the Department of Behavior Health/Office of Addiction Services, is an exciting opportunity to work as part of an outreach team to serve the needs of youth at risk for drug use or self-identified use. This comprehensive youth engagement initiative for at risk youth will include prevention, early intervention and program development activities that are monitored through clinical assessment and evaluation.
Position Summary: 
The Program Coordinator can expect to deliver supports and programs consistent with recovery planning and resiliency building. Youth life plans established with youth will target to enhance their capacity to function in all aspects of community living. Responsibilities include developing and implementing life skills programs based on youth life plans, providing case management to individuals on caseload, providing appropriate personal and physical care, crisis response, counselling and emotional support, where appropriate services may be extended to children in school or home with their families.
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provide clinical support and case management under the Harm/Risk reduction and Trauma-informed service spectrum delivering ODAAT services to at risk youth and families
  • Provide brokerage/resourcing and advocate for youth and families using evidence-based practices. Provide general information and referral services to the youth for mental health, recreation, housing, employment, education, health and other services
  • Work collaboratively with youth, parents, youth service providers, schools, city staff and law enforcement to develop effective service delivery plans that ensure that youth have access to programs, services and opportunities needed for healthy development by:
    • Engaging youth to identify issues, needs, goals aspirations, skills, abilities and services needed as well as barriers to accessing these services
    • Providing youth with information, contacts and referrals needed to facilitate access to programs, services and opportunities
    • Engaging parents through existing parent groups, faith communities, etc., and provide education and information on issues related to parenting, etc.
    • Organizing and participating in public education seminars, workshops, groups and training for youth, parents and service providers
  • Initiate, develop and implement community outreach activities with youth and communities in Philadelphia. Facilitate connections between youth and their neighborhood and promote awareness of the positive role of youth in the community;
  • Develop an understanding of neighborhood demographics, and location of services, programs and community assets available in the local neighborhood;
  • Identify emerging community issues, service gaps and opportunities for action to build on community capacity.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
  • Bachelor’s degree required in social work, education or related degree. Master’s degree preferred;
  • 3-5 years of experience working with the youth preferably at-risk youth;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.);
  • Proven clinical skills required including case note development, client assessments and file maintenance;
  • Proven team leader capable of supervising facilitators and classroom activities;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines;
    • Able to develop rapport, provide information, and refer with sensitivity to cultural issues;
    • Ability to work and communicate with staff, clients and their families, donors, vendors, community agencies, etc. to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner, yet appropriate assertive as situation may demand;
    • Display a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently;
    • Possess excellent time management skills and the ability to work with minimum supervision;
    • Ability to transport individuals as needed, and travel to various sites and locations occasionally;
    • Knowledge of budget management preferred;
      • Able to work an occasional flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends, and availability by telephone and/or cell phone during non-work hours;
      • Other duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and needs of at-risk youth;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and negotiate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team of service providers;
  • Demonstrated relevant experience;
  • Clear understanding of and commitment to a harm reduction approach;
  • Clear understanding of and commitment to supporting diverse communities and cultures;
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required;
More Details: 
LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license;
  • PA Child Line, PA Criminal, and FBI clearances are required;
  • Access to personal vehicle preferred (with valid automobile insurance) but not required;
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Interested applicants should email their cover letter and resume along with salary requirements (including position in subject line) to: Ebony Gardner One-Day-At-A-Time (ODAAT) E-mail: jasonf.odaat@gmail.com Telephone calls will not be accepted UAC/ODAAT is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Additional Application Info: 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS • Able to lift/move weight up to 25lbs. • Vision adequate to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently. • Must be able to sit for three (3) or more hours per day. • Must be able to stand for two (2) or more hours per day. • Must be able to operate a computer/hand-held digital device for more than two (2) hours per day. • Ability to drive or ride in a moving vehicle for no less than 2 hours per day, preferred. WORK ENVIRONMENT The employee will work in an office and public, service-delivery, and school environment. Hectic situations can occur in the public area of the facilities characteristic to working with the youth and the related concerns and situations related to at-risk youth. Potential exists for volatile and unpredictable situations to occur. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.