Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

MISSSEY seeks to recruit and hire talented and passionate people who will be outstanding contributors to our organization. We maintain a strong commitment to survivor leadership and inclusion, and we highly encourage survivors, women of color, former systems-involved youth, and QTPOC to apply for any of our open positions. Applications are generally accepted on a rolling basis. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@misssey.org (unless noted otherwise in job description).

Foster Youth Services Case Manager

Drop-In Center Coordinator

 


 

 

Foster Youth Services Case Manager Position Description

 


 

MISSSEY, Inc. (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is a community-based organization in Alameda County, CA, founded in 2007 to respond to the epidemic of sexual exploitation, where comprehensive services are provided in a safe environment to support and serve sexually exploited and at-risk youth. Through MISSSEY’s Training Institute, staff provide training for law enforcement, social services personnel, and other professionals in identifying and working with CSEC – children and youth who have been sexually exploited.  Workshops and information are also offered throughout the community to raise awareness among the public.

 

Case Manager Position Summary

MISSSEY believes that with the right opportunities and support, domestically trafficked youth can overcome the circumstances of their exploitation and lead quality lives with purpose. Case management services are provided in the community as well as to children and transitional age youth incarcerated in public institutions.

Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the Case Manager is responsible for implementing and maintaining MISSSEY’s case management services, including one-on-one services to victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, engaging with families, collaborating across systems and disciplines, and working as part of a service delivery team. Through a trusting relationship with clients, the Case Manager focuses on facilitating the move “out of the life,” recovery, and growth of the young people they serve. The Case Manager works within the limitations of the organization’s resources and in compliance with grants, contracts, and agency policies and procedures.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct Services

  1. Assess participant’s basic needs for shelter, food and clothing; functional status; physical and mental health; and risk factors such as substance abuse.
  2. With participants, develop and implement goal-oriented case plans based on participants’ overall needs and hopes for the future.
  3. Meet individually with participants on a weekly basis to:
  • Identify appropriate resources and advocate for services for them.
  • Assist participants to secure identified resources.
  • Support participants’ enrollment and attendance at school and their academic achievement.
  • Facilitate referrals to individual and family therapists in the community.
  • Ensure housing is stabilized, including placements through the foster care system as needed.
  1. Provide crisis intervention services as needed.
  2. Lead psychoeducational workshops for program participants.

 

Indirect Services

  1. Work collaboratively with child welfare workers, probation officers, family members and participant-identified healthy supportive adults, housing providers, therapists, and others to carry out case plans, maintain participant stabilization, and advocate for participants’ overall needs.
  2. Assist foster parents, parents, family members, participant-identified healthy supportive adults, and service providers in understanding the youth, their special needs, the impact of their experiences on their self-esteem, and how to best support their recovery.
  3. Advocate for youth at Team Decision Meetings, in Emancipation Conferences, at court hearings, schools, foster homes, and with their child welfare worker.
  4. Attend partner meetings in the community as assigned by your direct supervisor.
  5. Keep up-to-date records of contacts and activities in compliance with contracts, grants, and agency policies and procedures.

 

Other

  1. Annually, as part of supervision, develop a professional development plan identifying personal goals, objectives, and activities.
  2. Actively participate in supervision, case conferences, and staff trainings.
  3. Maintain confidentiality at all times.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, counseling, sociology, or other related degree preferred; relevant experience may be considered.

 

Experience

  • Relevant experience providing case management with highly at-risk youth and young adults is required.
  • Experience with client documentation and data entry is required.
  • Experience working in gender specific services is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience accessing relevant government and community resources in Alameda County is preferred.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent speaking and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with program participants and co-workers.
  • Ability to take the initiative, be dependable, flexible, and resourceful, and to follow directions.
  • Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites, Google Docs/Calendar, and Internet usage.

 

Additional Requirements

  • Current driver’s license, clean driving record, along with cleared background check.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full time (40 hours a week), non-exempt position with benefits.

  • Annual salary is $44,100.
  • Medical, paid time off, and other benefits available to both part-time and full-time staff.

 

MISSSEY is an equal opportunity employer. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

 

 


 

 

Drop-In Center Coordinator Position Description

 


 

MISSSEY, Inc. (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is a community-based organization in Oakland, CA, founded in 2007 to respond to the needs of commercially sexually exploited youth. We are a survivor-centered organization supporting young people, ages 12-24, through direct services including intensive case management, a daily drop-in center, advocacy, and prevention. In addition to providing direct services, we work diligently for systemic change and contribute to the growing movement to end commercial sexual exploitation. Commercial Sexual Exploitation is a serious human rights issue that deserves a powerful, collective response.

 

Position Summary

The Drop-In Center provides a safe environment for female-identified at-risk youth and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation to learn new life skills, build peer relationships, access resources, receive crisis support, and build internal resources that reduce their vulnerabilities to being victimized by the commercial sex industry. The Drop-In Center Coordinator ensures that programming in the Drop-In Center is gender responsive, culturally relevant, trauma-informed, strengths-based, and developmentally appropriate (GCTSD), as well as informed by survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Drop-In Center Coordinator is responsible for developing and maintaining drop-in center services, including peer support and transition services to survivors accessing the drop-in center. The Drop-In Center Coordinator serves as a role model for survivors accessing the space and leads all activities and support services for the center. The Drop-In Center Coordinator involves the community in the drop-in center as volunteers and plays a critical role in MISSSEY’s volunteer program. Additionally, the Drop-In Center Coordinator works within the limitations of MISSSEY’s resources and in compliance with grants, contracts and agency policies and procedures.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Drop-In Center Coordination

  1. Facilitates a robust, five-day-a-week drop-in program for exploited and vulnerable youth.
  2. Provides services in the drop-in center in compliance with contracts and grant awards, including the following:
  • Educational and life skills workshops
  • Creative arts activities
  • Peer support
  • Healthy food
  • Special events and field trips
  1. Supports the development of a drop-in center curriculum in keeping with contract- and grant-related goals and objectives, and monthly calendars of events; facilitates workshops on a daily basis.
  2. Orients participants to the drop-in center; provides support and resources to all participants.
  3. Serves as a role model for participants.
  4. Assists participants in appropriate behavior and in developing interpersonal relationships; resolves conflicts between participants as needed.
  5. Provides crisis intervention and de-escalation to participants as needed.
  6. Facilitates intakes, assessments, and develops safety plans with clients eligible for drop-in services as needed.
  7. Oversees the incentive program for drop-in center participants, matching financial incentives with achievements.
  8. Ensures that the drop-in center space is attractive and clean, and that supplies are stocked and used wisely.
  9. Plans menus, shops on a weekly basis, and prepares food for the drop-in center; monitors food budget ensuring compliance with budgeted allocations.
  10. Conducts outreach to young people to engage in drop-in center services, and maintains sign-in sheets of all participants that visit the drop-in center in a binder; inputs data into database on a daily basis.
  11. Works collaboratively with the Program Manager and Director of Programs to evaluate programming and collect participant feedback.
  12. Supports workshop facilitators, volunteers, and interns in conducting their work in the drop-in center space.
  13. Works with partners and fosters meaningful collaboration with supportive services for the drop-in center, including attending and facilitating meetings with outside providers prior to drop-in center hours.
  14. Speaks and trains the community, including conducting youth presentations.
  15. Provides on-site support and guidance to entry level Drop-In Center staff.

 

Other

  1. Annually, as part of supervision, develops a professional development plan identifying personal goals, objectives and activities.
  2. Actively participates in supervision and staff trainings.
  3. Assists with development of partnerships to foster and strengthen drop=in center programming.
  4. Communicates relevant information and needs between clients and other direct service staff.
  5. Maintain confidentiality at all times.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, counseling, sociology or other related degree preferred. Experience working with youth will be considered.
  • Experience in program development, developing curriculum, and facilitating groups required.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to be dependable and present
  • Ability to multi-task and deal with high numbers of youth at one time
  • Knowledge of at-risk youth and commercial sexual exploitation
  • Ability to have healthy boundaries working with youth
  • Ability to respond to youth in crisis with de-escalation techniques and appropriate support
  • Ability to serve as a role model for youth being served
  • Ability to administer policies and procedures that ensures the safety and confidentiality of program participants
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with participants, colleagues and supervisors
  • Ability to assume a leadership role in initiating workshops and activities
  • Ability to work with teens and accommodate the specific needs of teens
  • Excellent communications skills

 

Additional Requirements

 

  • Background check clearance.

 

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full time, non-exempt position with benefits, including 3-week starting vacation

  • $44,100 annually.

MISSSEY is an equal opportunity employer. Survivors of human trafficking, women of color, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.