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Transition to Adult Living Coach

Primary Function of Position
To assist in providing a full range of life skills preparation services to unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) in foster care or supervised independent living. Provision of services as outlined in the state and federal regulations and in compliance with policies and procedures of Catholic Community Services Refugee Foster Care Program. All services are provided in a manner that will facilitate self-sufficiency within the service period.

Major Position Responsibilities
1. Prepare Unaccompanied Refugee Minors for independence in the United States through life skills courses, educational planning and support, and career building.
2. Assess skill level and needs for the youth on your case load and meet with them every-other-month to build on those skills. Document each visit.
3. Teach the Life Skills curriculum to youth with an engaging, hands-on approach. Make suggestions for quality improvement of the curriculum based off of trends. The curriculum includes:

o Education: study habits, financial aid,
o Career planning
o Housing: lease agreements, rent, utilities, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.
o Money management, budgeting, taxes, credit scores, etc.
o Physical and mental health awareness and maintenance
o Public transportation, driver’s licenses, and insurance requirements
o Communication and social relationships
o Laws, immigration, safety, and emergency response

4. Advocate with schools on ESL needs and services and help youth understand how literacy affects long-term employment and self-sufficiency. Connect youth to resources that build literacy.
5. Attend all IEP and 504 meetings to advise what services should be sought.
6. Help youth through the transition to post-secondary education including the options of universities, community colleges, ESL programs, vocational trainings, etc. Teach youth how to apply for FAFSA and other available scholarships. Teach youth how to access Educational and Training Vouchers and track all eligibility documents, applications, and awards.
7. Conduct outreach to local businesses to develop job leads for youth, teach youth how to build their resumes, practice interviewing skills, etc. Help youth overcome barriers to employment including connecting to Vocational Rehab and other community resources.
8. Track youth’s grades, employment, salary, progress, etc.
9. Participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly Transition to Adult Living team meetings, quarterly group life skills activities, and ongoing transition plan meetings.

Work Environment – inside/outside, office, warehouse, noise, temperature, etc.
1. Work will be performed primarily inside but will occur in youths’ homes, places of employment, educational institutes, and other locations as needed in addition to being performed in an office.

Physical Demands including bending, sitting, lifting and driving
1. Work requires the ability to sit and stand for long periods, to walk moderate distances, to drive, and occasionally to assist youth with physical activities such as carrying groceries or household supplies.
2. Driving is required for this position.

Skills, Knowledge, and/or Abilities
1. Strong coaching skills.
2. Works independently in safe, appropriate manner.
3. Demonstrates both problem solving and problem prevention.
4. Displays sensitivity to the needs of clients, client’s families, visitors, co-workers, volunteers and other persons with whom the employee may interact.
5. Recognizes time as a valuable resource and responds promptly to needs of clients and co-workers.
6. Consistently performs work assignments in a time-efficient manner. Adheres to deadlines.
7. Proficiency in English oral and written communication. Bilingual preferred.
8. Must maintain confidentiality regarding client’s information.
9. Proficiency in computer skills to maintain case files, complete documentation, scheduling and e-mail in Microsoft Office 365.
10. Ability to perform functions as itemized in nature and scope of position.

Education, Training and/or Experience
1. Associate’s degree in social work, education, or a related field from an accredited institution.
2. Familiar with and supportive of the mission of Catholic Community Services of Utah and the vision of the Catholic Church articulated by the diocesan bishop.
3. Experience with teenage and young adult English Language Learners.
4. Experience with multi-cultural and refugee community.
5. Experience advocating for youth in school settings.

Background Screen/BCI requirement
1. Must pass a national BCI/FBI background check.

Licenses, certifications and credentials
1. Current Utah driver’s license, proof of auto insurance with minimum policy liability limits of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per occurrence, 21 years of age or older, a clean driving record, and ability to meet CCS vehicle safety requirements.

Position status and expected schedule
1. This position is full-time and non-exempt.
2. The general schedule will consist of 40 hours to be worked between Monday and Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 9:00 PM. Rotating weekend on-call schedule 3-4 times a year.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This job description lists typical examples of work and is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to a position. The employer reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position with or without notice.

CCS is an equal opportunity employer.

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Last Updated: 2/17/22