This position is full-time with benefits and works closely with the Supportive Housing Case Managers to develop, coordinate and implement community activities both internal and external to meet the needs of the families, youth and children living at Gage East Apartments. This position will also provide regular programming designed for school aged children. The Youth and Family Activities Coordinator provides services as a member of a team and implements the program goals based on "Housing First" and "Harm Reduction" philosophies. This position also works with the Site Director to implement grant-funded activities and complete programming evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Understand "Housing First" and "Harm Reduction" philosophies and apply to specific duties.
• Work independently and as a member of a team to effectively support tenants.
• Initiate and develop innovative activities for youth, children and families that support developmental outcomes. This could include on-site programming and off-site field trips.
• Coordinate and lead school aged youth in after school activities. This could include: tutoring, mentoring, homework help, conflict resolution, etc.
• Actively promote culturally responsive approaches to meet the needs of all tenants at Gage East.
• Procure and maintain necessary supplies for programs and activities.
• Recruit community partners and volunteers to support after school activities and events.
• Collaborate with outside agencies with their programs for children, families and youth.
• Collect and record client data using evaluation tools for the purposes of data entry as well as grant requirements.
• Help create flyers/media print/newsletter articles/community list-serve and postings to Gage East events.
• Outreach to community for events and activities.
• It is a requirement of this position to work as an active member of the team, participate actively in cross-departmental projects and to contribute to fostering a safe and secure environment for tenants of Gage East and staff.
• Understand and adhere to confidentiality.
• Guides, encourage and correct the youth, children and families while they undertake the varied activities that have been developed for them.
• Be aware of trends that support emotional, physical and mental growth.
• Create an environment that promotes safety and learning.
• Perform outreach activities, such as attending meetings with other organizations and parents/guardians; coordinate with other partners under direction of the Site Director.
• Be available for the on-call rotation at the site.
Bachelor’s degree in human services, education, recreation therapy or related field with a minimum of one year experience developing community building activities. Experience working with low income or homeless children is preferred. This position requires a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation. This person must pass and maintain Minnesota Background Study clearance.
• Must be reliable, motivated, and a team player.
• Enjoy working hands-on with children.
• Demonstrate strong organizational skills.
• Have experience working in a structured children’s setting.
• Be familiar with resources in the community, and have ability to research and access new opportunities.
• Demonstrate competency using computer programs such as Microsoft Word, as well as ability to learn and use new systems as needed.
• Must be able to work some evening hours.
• Ability to read, analyze and complete documentation required by government agencies and communicate through speaking, listening and writing with residents and outside agencies.
• Self-motivation and the ability to work independently including prioritizing job duties.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Understand and be sensitive to the effects of trauma on an individual and its impact on successful residency, including an understanding of homeless populations.
• Skill in understanding and maintaining positive relationships with diverse residents, applicants and co-workers.
• Regular attendance, reliability and punctuality.
• Sensitivity and effectiveness when working with people from diverse backgrounds and with special needs.
Must be able to safely navigate stairs, bend, squat, kneel, reach overhead, and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.
Center City Housing Corp is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, sexual orientation/identity/expression, marital status or familial status.