CENTRAL CALIFORNIA LEGAL SERVICES, INC.
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION NAVIGATOR
WHO WE ARE: For over 50 years, Central California Legal Services (CCLS) has been representing and advocating for low income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance. Our mission is to provide high quality no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.
CCLS seeks three full-time Navigators to work with its Homelessness Prevention Project. The ideal candidate will have experience working in collaborative environments and exceptional interpersonal skills.
|Position:||Homelessness Prevention Navigator|
|Experience:||Minimum 1 year in a community benefit organization or nonprofit|
|Application Deadline:||October 11, 2019|
|Location:||Fresno, Visalia and Merced Offices (as needed)|
|Term of Employment:||Full-time, Permanent|
|Other:||FLSA Non-Exempt; Union Position|
HOW TO APPLY: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references
(including at least one supervisor OR a reference from an agency with which you partnered) to:
Debra D. McKenzie
Director of Administration
Central California Legal Services
2115 Kern Street, Suite 200 Fresno, California 93721
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROJECT: CCLS’s Homelessness Prevention Project is an interdisciplinary, whole-person pilot project within our Housing Team that will address both the legal and social needs of housing clients, with a specific focus on low-income students and their families, students without parents or guardians, and students who are aging out of foster care. The goals of the Project are to promote housing stability, empower clients to effectively participate in their legal cases, and end the cycles of poverty that cause their legal issues. The Project will integrate the provision of legal services across substantive teams at CCLS (e.g., Housing and Health Teams), as well as the provision of non-legal services, such as assisting clients with accessing benefits and other social services. The Project will also entail outreach to target communities at community college and K-12 school sites. In addition to providing more impactful direct services to our housing clients, the Project will deepen CCLS’s understanding of our client community and help us to more effectively respond to their needs.
NAVIGATOR: Under the direction of the Homelessness Prevention Supervising Paralegal, the Homelessness Prevention Navigator will be key to ensuring CCLS addresses each client’s legal and social needs as comprehensively as possible, both directly and in collaboration with other agencies and organizations. Navigators will meet with each client to evaluate their situation, and develop a comprehensive, individualized service plan. Navigators will then guide implementation of that plan, helping the client engage with CCLS’s internal legal teams and external community and governmental partners. Other duties may arise that satisfy the EAF Homelessness Prevention grant, which will fund this position.
- Conduct intake of new clients both in person and remotely;
- Interview clients and assess legal, social, medical, educational, psychological and other needs;
- Develop a service plan to assist each client or family for resolution of all legal or social problems affecting their well-being;
- Work with other CCLS advocates to ensure the delivery of high-quality legal services based on the Homelessness Prevention Project service model, described above;
- Coordinate communication and advocate on behalf of clients with government and social service agencies, medical and legal professionals, in addition to all others that may provide assistance for clients to achieve resolution of their problems;
- Attend weekly Homelessness Prevention Team case review meetings;
- Participate in community outreach and education events;
- Interface with other CCLS and California advocates on issues of mutual interest;
- Form productive relationships with client groups and community-based service providers;
- Carry out CCLS policies and procedures;
- Data collection and reporting as required;
- Attend training and keep abreast of changes in the law;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Superior interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in the legal rights and social needs of low-income people, elderly and disabled persons;
- Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in Spanish or Hmong, strongly preferred.
- Ability to follow CCLS policies and procedures;
- Knowledge of, experience with, or ability to learn housing law;
- Ability to conduct client interviews and investigations, to reason analytically, to problem-solve, to write persuasively, and to advocate effectively both orally and in writing;
- Demonstrated ability to work closely with others in a small unit setting;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations including ability to provide leadership within a culturally diverse environment; must maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public;
- Competency/experience with PC systems and standard software (Microsoft Office, Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other relevant databases);
- Reliable transportation, a valid CA Drivers’ License with appropriate car insurance.
SALARY/BENEFITS: $16.33 per hour; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance coverage; employer contribution to 403(b) plan based on length of service; 14.5 paid holidays; generous vacation and sick leave policy; if qualified, participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program, and/or a Bilingual Supplement.
CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply. This position is a non-exempt position and is covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.