CENTRAL CALIFORNIA LEGAL SERVICES, INC.
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION OUTREACH WORKER
WHO WE ARE: For over 50 years, 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 two full-time, Homelessness Prevention Outreach Workers to work with its housing team and the Homelessness Prevention Project. The ideal candidate will have experience implementing outreach efforts and exceptional interpersonal skills.
|Position:||Homelessness Prevention Outreach Worker|
|Experience:||All experience welcome; 3 years in a community benefit organization or non-profit preferred|
|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 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.
OUTREACH WORKER: Under the direction of the Homelessness Prevention Supervising Paralegal, the Outreach Worker will primarily conduct presentations to educate current and potential clients on housing rights. Other duties may arise that satisfy the EAF Homelessness Prevention grant, which will fund this position.
- Conduct “Know Your Rights” educational presentations on applicable housing law and CCLS housing rights services via in-person presentations and print media to all service areas;
- Conduct outreach to eligible community members in need of assistance with housingrelated issues at community college and K-12 school sites, among other sites;
- Prepare new outreach materials and maintain current materials;
- Distribute outreach materials at local community events such as cultural/health fairs, school activities, local employers, churches, and to others who have daily contact with our eligible community;
- Attend weekly Homelessness Prevention Team case review meetings;
- Utilize existing relationships with community organizations, agencies and other partners;
- Data collection and reporting as required;
- Recruit and collaborate with community partners; Prepare intakes as required;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Outgoing personality comfortable presenting in front of large groups;
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and demonstrated experience in work with culturally diverse populations or in a collaborative effort;
- Willingness and ability to learn about continuing and/or ongoing changes in housing law;
- Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written);
- 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;
- Demonstrate a commitment to working with low-income clients;
- Demonstrate ability to work closely with others in a small unit setting;
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish);
- Willingness to work weekends and evenings, as necessary;
- Working knowledge of computer software, including word processing and databases, as well as accessing the internet and communicating by e-mail;
- 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.