Why Work For Simpson?
Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & RACIAL JUSTICE
Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.
How Can You Contribute?
This position will build the capacity of Simpson’s literacy programs to offer culturally relevant learning opportunities for K-5 students in order to improve the quality of their individual lives, family functioning, coping and life skills, and school success.
This position is part of the Family Housing Program at Simpson Housing Services. The goal of the program is to provide stable housing and effective support services to homeless families in transition. Employee may provide back up for other education support advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
This position works closely with the Education Support Coordinator at Passage to serve 20-25 youth enrolled in the Passage Tutoring Program. Services will be provided at Passage Community, at Simpson Housing sites, at community programs/events, and in schools. Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or parenting issues.
This is a 12-month AmeriCorps VISTA position through Literacy Minnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit an application twice:
- Via this page: On the top right corner of this page, click on the Apply for this job button
- Via the Americorps portal: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=94675
Research and develop curriculum that reflects the cultures and identities of young people and families at Passage:
- Research best practices in culturally responsive programming, including pedagogy, curriculum, strategies for selecting materials, and enrichment practices
- Design Afro-Centric activities and pilot the use of these activities in Passage programming through weekly individualized lesson plans for 10-15 youth
- Evaluate material for racial bias and work with staff to identify new or replacement materials to increase the relevance of library materials to young people and families at Passage
Develop tools and systems to evaluate program impact and design a continuous improvement process to eliminate cultural bias and increase responsiveness to stakeholders:
- Design quarterly evaluation procedures to collect, analyze, and act on feedback from young people, parents, and tutors
- Assess students three times per year using FAST assessments to measure individual growth and impact of Afro-Centric activities on student literacy growth
- Present findings to Children and Youth Services staff, parents, volunteers, and other stakeholders
With input from families, identify milestones to measure effectiveness of cultural programming:
- Create and implement survey to collect parent input on cultural programming; have ongoing informal meetings with parents and youth to collect feedback
- Create and implement exit surveys for parents
- Analyze survey results and report results to staff, parents, youth, volunteers, and other stakeholders; work with staff to incorporate this information into future tutoring activities
Develop training for volunteers on new programmatic systems and tools:
- Evaluate current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training offerings for volunteers; explore additional opportunities and partnerships
- Develop tool to track if, when, and how volunteers are talking with young people about race and/or culture; collect and analyze responses; work with staff to incorporate this information into future volunteer trainings
- Work with staff to recruit volunteers.
Work as part of an effective team to meet goals of program:
- Be present on site during tutoring time, 5:00-6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday, in order to build relationships with young people and volunteers; assist with set up and clean up
- Assist with trainings and recruitment as needed.
- Communicate and coordinate services with all team members. Attend weekly team meetings, other required meetings.
- Work in conjunction with Family Housing advocates.
- Assist with planning and implementation of Family Housing workshops and other family outings as requested.
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and recordkeeping in a timely manner:
- Maintain case files on youth served, including case notes, resources provided, signed data privacy, intake and discharge summaries, Release of Information, attendance and grades.
- Assist in compiling statistical reports for tutoring program and mid and year end school attendance.
- Collect data as needed for reporting program objectives.
- Maintain accurate records including employee time sheets and travel expenses.
- Participate with funding reports, grant writing and site visits.
- Create project Green Book Sustainability Manual
- Other duties as assigned.
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
- Interpret and promote the program to constituents, speak to community organizations or church groups.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with staff, volunteers, participants, and other stakeholders.
- Network with providers of similar services
- Participate in professional meetings, workshops, and staff meetings.
Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities and skills:
- Ability to work very well independently, with excellent skills in teamwork and collaboration.
- Ability to be flexible and manage time.
- Knowledge of Harm Reduction/Housing First Model and commitment to that model.
- Ability to communicate effectively, positively and professionally with participants, providers, family members and others.
- Ability to work with individuals from very diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to perform non-traditional tasks while meeting participant needs.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Adhere to a standard framework of boundaries in all interactions with guests, volunteers, staff and public.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Scope of Position
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Driving is not required and will only be permitted during work hours if the employee’s driving record is acceptable per our insurance driving policy.
- Familiarity with literacy tutoring practices is desired.
- Training in working with low-income families, diverse populations, and those who are homeless is desired.
- Knowledge of mental health, chemical dependency, physical or sexual abuse is desired.
Essential Mental Functions
The employee must be able to engage in systems thinking, including holding multiple pieces of information and the relationships between data points at the same time.
The employee, in collaboration with parents, youth, and staff must determine the needs of the youth and how to best meet those needs through the development of new systems or improvement of existing ones.
The employee must draw on the ability to empathize, problem solve, and the ability to accept people unconditionally with an openness to new ideas.
To interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.
The employee must understand and apply knowledge homelessness, social support systems, advocacy, youth stages of development and case management in terms of providing services to individuals or families in crisis.
Home visitation requires the employee to be aware of personal safety.
Essential Physical Functions
Employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the community and public places (such as apartment buildings).
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 80%, Time outside: 20%, Agency travel time required: None
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to local schools, attending community meetings, visiting with area nonprofits.
Percentage time spent in direct care: None
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in weekly team meetings, ongoing coaching with Passage Education Support Coordinator, and weekly direct supervision meetings with Children and Youth Programs Manager.
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: Will provide volunteer supervision for tutors
Budget Responsibility: None