Careers at VCH

Venice Community Housing (VCH) is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at jobs@vchcorp.org.

Venice Community Housing’s mission is to preserve the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice and the surrounding area by maximizing affordable housing and economic development opportunities and providing needed social services to the area’s low-income population.  Venice Community Housing (VCH) is a community based, nonprofit organization engaged in a variety of housing and community development programs. VCH owns and manages 280 units of affordable, supportive and interim housing, and is in a period of growth with an additional 375 units in the predevelopment stage.

We currently have several open positions. For more information, read below:

Case Manager – Intensive Case Management Services (ICMS)

The Resident Services Department of VCH provides programs and services that seek to stabilize, engage, and empower all we serve. The Resident Services team does this through various programs and services, which include but are not limited to providing case management services, educational workshops, tenant engagement activities, supportive services resources and referrals, and after-school programming.

The Case Manager offers intensive supportive services in a permanent supportive housing setting for transition-aged youth ages 18-24 who have experienced chronic homelessness. This position utilizes evidenced-based practices proven to be effective with tenants who have experienced homelessness and have a history of chronic health, mental health, and/or co-occurring conditions. Such services include providing linkages to the community, crisis intervention, finding resources, therapeutic activities, community integration, and community development within the apartment community. The Case Manager will implement evidence-based practices such as Housing First, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. This Case Manager will work with a range of community service providers to coordinate and ensure tenants are stabilizing in housing, improving the quality of their lives, and integrating into the community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Conduct intake and enrollment activities with eligible clients, including assisting clients with gathering other program eligibility documentation, completing project intake forms and authorizations, and enrolling into Intensive Case Management Services
• Assist at all levels of move-in to permanent housing, including assisting clients with becoming document ready, assisting with all applications and paperwork, coordinate client move-in, and orienting new tenants to their unit/building.
• Perform initial comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment with quarterly updates.
• In collaboration with the tenant, create a client-driven, person-centered Individual Service Plan (ISP) addressing short-term and long-term goals to be reviewed and completed every quarter.
• Provide field-based Intensive Case Management services in the areas of, but not limited to: independent living skills, housing stabilization, money management, community integration, employment, benefits establishment, and linkage to community providers for problematic substance use, primary and mental health care, and all other services needed to assist clients in reaching their treatment plan goals.
• Use evidence-based practices in service delivery such as Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Housing First practices.
• Mediate and advocate on behalf of the tenant to help him/her obtain and keep housing, health care benefits, entitlements, transportation, etc.
• Ensure tenant files are up to date with all file paperwork, including case notes, consents, ISPs, homeless/disability verifications, and overall general documentation.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Significant experience in case management or related field; Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field preferred
• At least two years of experience working with homeless individuals with substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or chronic health conditions.
• Bilingual Spanish-English a plus.
• Experience providing counseling and/or case management.
• Effective communication with individuals in at-risk populations.
• Experience and knowledge of Westside community and social services are a plus.
• Reliable transportation and valid California Driver’s License and proof of insurance are required.
• Class B license with passenger endorsement or willing to obtain a Class B license within 3 months of employment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Stationary position 40% of the time. Operates a computer and other office machineries such as fax, copy machine, phone, and computer. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, moves inside and outside the office, apartments, buildings, etc. Frequently moves objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Required to have visual acuity to perform the following tasks: operate a motor vehicle, view a computer terminal, read and write, assess participants, conduct unit inspections, etc.

COMPENSATION
Depending on education and experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Aflac, and life insurance, as well as a 403(b)-retirement plan. We also offer a generous vacation accrual, holiday schedule, and work schedule flexibility. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

Senior Mental Health Specialist

The Resident Services Department of VCH provides programs and services that seek to stabilize, engage, and empower all we serve. The Resident Services team does this through various programs and services, which include but are not limited to providing case management services, educational workshops, tenant engagement activities, supportive services resources and referrals, and after-school programming.

The Senior Mental Health Specialist is responsible for providing direct service delivery to VCH residents and program participants and consultation and support to staff in residential and youth programs. The position will report directly to the Director of Resident Services and be part of a shared program management team with the Deputy Director and the Director of Resident Services.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• As part of the overall programs management team, help develop, enhance and supervise high-quality delivery of all of VCH’s resident and social service programs and provide leadership for the department
• Work with a multidisciplinary team to ensure that resident and program participant goals and behavioral management needs are met
• General oversight of service delivery, consulting regularly with the Director of Resident Services regarding quality control issues to maintain the highest standard of service
• Assist in the management of program activities, including timely completion of progress notes and other documentation related to the programs
• Provide assessment, crisis intervention, mental health and case management services directly to VCH residents and program participants, including some coverage of a 24-hour crisis line
• Conduct functional and strength-based assessment along with comprehensive diagnosis for mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and psychosocial needs
• Help develop resident/youth case management plans that are coordinated and integrated with a comprehensive range of medical and psychosocial services to address social, emotional, and practical needs
• Provide psychotherapy, counseling, and psycho-education utilizing individual, family, and group modalities using evidence-based interventions for residents and program participant
• Utilize both short-term and intensive longer-term interventions that target trauma, mental health symptoms, and reduction of substance use
• Provide consultation to and coordinate care for residents needing specialty mental health and/or substance use disorder services
• Advocate for VCH residents and program participants to ensure access to appropriate care
• Facilitate and lead case conferences for supportive housing cases and other program participants as necessary
• Plan, coordinate, and/or participate in professional development activities for all programs teams
• Support resident/program participant involvement in planning, implementing, and evaluating services
• Assist with the collection and accuracy of all data necessary to meet all funder requirements, measure program outcomes, and guide future development
• Other related duties as assigned by the Director of Policy and Programs or identified by the programs management team

QUALIFICATIONS
• Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, human services, or a related field; (licensure as an LMFT/LMSW in the state of California preferred)
• Three to five years’ experience in providing social services to adults and/or transition-age youth
• Demonstrated understanding of the impact of trauma on behavioral and medical conditions
• Knowledgeable of evidence-based treatments (DBT, CBT, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing)
• Knowledge of principles, procedures, methods, and techniques of mental health emergency procedures such as 5150, CPS reporting, APS reporting, and Tarasoff
• Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with diverse tenants, youth, staff, and partners
• Valid California Driver’s License and proof of insurance
• Experience working with substance abuse disorders, preferred
• Experience in supportive and interim housing programs, or other experience with those that have experienced homelessness, preferred
• Knowledge of Art/ Expressive therapy, kids and family therapy preferred
• Bilingual in English and Spanish, preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Stationary position 70% of the time. Operates a computer and other office machineries such as fax, copy machine, and phone. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs move inside and outside the office, apartments, buildings, etc. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Required to have visual acuity to perform the following tasks: operating a motor vehicle, viewing a computer terminal, reading, and writing.

SALARY
A competitive annual salary will be offered, depending on experience and qualifications, plus benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, Aflac, 403 (b), vacation, sick time, 14 holidays, and 2 personal days. This is an exempt position.

Case Manager – Intensive Case Management Services (ICMS)

The Resident Services Department of VCH provides programs and services that seek to stabilize, engage, and empower all that we serve. The Resident Services team does this through various programs and services, which includes but is not limited to: providing case management services, educational workshops, tenant engagement activities, supportive services resources and referrals, and after school programming.

The Case Manager offers intensive supportive services in a permanent supportive housing setting for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. This position utilizes evidenced based practices proven to be effective with tenants who have experienced homelessness and have a history of chronic health, mental health, and/or co-occurring conditions. Such services include providing linkages to the community, crisis intervention, finding resources, providing therapeutic activities, and community integration, and community development within the apartment community. The Case Manager will implement evidence-based practices such as: Housing First, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. This Case Manager will work collaboratively with a range of community service providers to coordinate and ensure tenants are stabilizing in housing, improving the quality of their lives, and integrating into the community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Conduct intake and enrollment activities with eligible clients, including assisting clients with gathering other program eligibility documentation, completing project intake forms, authorizations and enrolling into Intensive Case Management Services.
• Assist at all levels of move-in to permanent housing including assisting client with becoming document ready, assisting with all applications and paperwork, coordinate client move-in and orient new tenant to their unit/building.
• Perform initial comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment with quarterly updates.
• In collaboration with the tenant, create a client-driven, person-centered Individual Service Plan (ISP) addressing short term and long-term goals to be reviewed and completed every quarter
• Provide field based Intensive Case Management services in the areas of, but not limited to: independent living skills, housing stabilization, money management, community integration, employment, benefits establishment, and linkage to community providers for problematic substance use, primary and mental health care, and all other services needed to assist clients in reaching their treatment plan goals.
• Use evidence based practices in service delivery such as Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Housing First practices.
• Mediate and advocate on behalf of the tenant to help him/her/them obtain and keep housing, health care benefits, entitlements, transportation, etc.
• Ensure tenant files are up to date with all file paperwork including case notes, consents, ISPs, homeless/disability verifications, and overall general documentation.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Significant experience in case management or related field; Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field preferred
• At least two years of experience working with homeless individuals with substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or chronic health conditions.
• Bilingual Spanish-English a plus.
• Experience providing counseling and/or case management.
• Effective communication with individuals in at-risk populations.
• Experience and knowledge of Westside community and social services a plus.
• Reliable transportation and valid California Driver License and proof of insurance is required.
• Class B license with passenger endorsement or willing to get obtain a Class B license within 3 months of employment.

SALARY
Depends on experience and qualifications; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, Aflac, 403 (b), vacation, sick time, 14 holidays and 2 personal days. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Stationary position 40% of the time. Operates a computer and other office machinery such as fax, copy machine, phone, and computer. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, moves inside and outside the office, apartments, buildings, etc. Frequently moves objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Required to have visual acuity to perform the following tasks: operate a motor vehicle, view a computer terminal, reading and writing, assess participants, conduct unit inspections etc.

Web Developer – Request for Proposals

VCH is seeking a web developer to refresh, streamline, and modernize its website to attract new donors, supporters, and volunteers, with an emphasis on engaging people between the ages of 25-45. We are a mission driven organization, looking to work with a developer who cares about challenging housing injustice and creating equitable communities with affordable homes for all.

The Challenge:
• VCH’s homepage is overcrowded and busy. When you land on vchcorp.org, it’s hard to know where to click first or where to find what you need.
• The site feels slow when navigating, and we want to optimize for faster page loading times.
• VCH staff need to be able to update and upload new content easily on
WordPress.
• VCH tenants need a streamlined way to pay rent online.

The Ask:
• Simplify the user experience.
• Provide a custom or out of the box solution for prospective tenants/applicants to add themselves to VCH’s housing waitlist (VCH staff will work with the web developer to come up with the best solution for our population).
• Create WordPress templates (e.g. blog, About page, Contact page, etc.) from the designs created by a web designer.
• The developer’s proposal should be based on VCH’s current number of pages on the website (vchcorp.org) and the implementation of all new designs.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Prior nonprofit experience is a plus.
• Experience working in WordPress.
• Provide link to online portfolio or minimum of 3 live sites of past work.
• Experience in working collaboratively with a web designer.
• Remote work ok – designer does not have to be in Los Angeles.
• Must complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vendor survey in order to be
considered. Click here to access the survey.

Please contact Alie Kadlac at akadlac@vchcorp.org with inquiries. 

 

Web Designer – Request for Proposals

VCH is seeking a web developer to refresh, streamline, and modernize its website to attract new donors, supporters, and volunteers, with an emphasis on engaging people between the ages of 25-45. We are a mission driven organization, looking to work with a developer who cares about challenging housing injustice and creating equitable communities with affordable homes for all.

The Challenge:
• VCH’s website is overcrowded and busy. We are looking to simplify the look and feel, to make it easier to navigate and donate online.
• When you land on vchcorp.org it’s hard to know where to click first or where to find what you need.
• We are seeking design assistance to attract audiences across all age ranges,
with a focus on increasing attention from younger audiences.

The Ask:
• Collaborate with VCH staff on site architecture and minimize the amount of drop down pages, and simplify the user experience.
• Create a more professional and sophisticated look for the site.
• Work with a web developer to implement design changes.
• Create 4-6 new WordPress template pages that are designed more appropriately for the content.
• VCH is not looking for assistance with new content. We are looking to redesign the current site with content editing and creation done in-house. We want to incorporate current information so that users can easily understand our organization without feeling overwhelmed by the website structure and clutter.
• We are open to overhauling the look and feel of the site. Logos and overall
branding will remain the same.
• We are looking to create distinct pages for both top and sub level categories.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Provide link to online portfolio or minimum of 3 live sites of past work.
• Prior WordPress experience preferred.
• Ability to work with a web developer.
• Experience in working collaboratively with a web designer.
• Prior nonprofit experience is a plus.
• Ability to collaborate extensively with VCH’s Development and Communications team, who will provide guidance on the content and website priorities.
• Must complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vendor survey in order to be
considered. Click here to access the survey.

Please contact Alie Kadlac at akadlac@vchcorp.org with inquiries. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Please email your resume with a cover letter describing your qualifications to the Director of Operations at: jobs@vchcorp.org. Please do not send attachments. Paste your cover letter and resume into the body of the email. You can also fax your resume to (310) 399-1130 or mail it to Venice Community Housing Corporation, 200 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. NO PHONE CALLS.

Venice Community Housing (VCH) is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at jobs@vchcorp.org.