The Latin American Youth Center- Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) is a not-for-profit organization serving immigrant youth and youth of color in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. LAYC seeks to help youth become successful and happy young adults by providing a comprehensive set of programs to meet youth where they are, and help them build the skills they need to succeed and become change agents in their community. For additional information on LAYC, please visit our website: www.layc-dc.org
This position is listed for the Prince George’s County, Riverdale MMYC Site. The Housing for Hope Rental Assistance (RA) is a part-time position that develops community within the housing program. They are required to respond to changing needs and situations. RA position is one that requires flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, and commitment, as well as strong administrative and peer counseling skills. The areas of responsibilities listed below are representative of the major expectations of the RA. The RA lives on-site and supervises youth in the Housing for Hope program. The RA assumes primary responsibility for responding to the personal needs of unit residents, for shaping an environment that supports academic and personal development, and for managing critical administrative tasks, including duty and crisis management. The RA receives direct supervision of the Housing for Hope lead Case Manager.
LAYC/MMYC is a culturally competent organization that prioritizes recruiting and supporting staff who have shared life experiences with our youth.
- Ability to work well and communicate with culturally diverse populations.
- Develop positive interpersonal relationships with each unit resident.
- Receive and serve each individual student with care, candor, humanity, respect, and efficiency.
- Show interest in residents’ personal activities. Find ways to relate to residents based on their interests, establishing effective communication through listening, responsiveness, openness, availability, and approachability.
- Introduce residents to each other, facilitate connections among unit members, and help unit members develop good interpersonal relationships among themselves.
- Conduct team-building activities and life skills lessons to build unity and inclusion
- Maintain approachability and availability by spending time on the unit interacting regularly with residents.
- Be aware of resources and strategies related to personal and academic student success and serve as a referral agent to appropriate university and community services related to these needs.
- Respond to personal crises and emergencies of residents with promptness, dependability, and in a manner that shows care and consideration for individual needs and differences.
- Support and foster the rightful place of all community members by respecting the individual differences of all community members and holding others to this standard by confronting residents displaying behavior that is disrespectful towards others or the community.
- Demonstrate personal investment for community development through anticipating individual student needs and taking appropriate action to meet those needs.
- Conduct unit discussions and develop unit and roommate agreements concerning such issues as quiet hours, lounge use, and other issues necessary to the establishment of an environment characterized by investment and mutual respect and conducive to academic pursuits. Uphold these agreements in the resolution of unit problems.
- Defend the rights of individuals so long as they do not conflict with LAYC- MMYC policy, laws, or norms.
- Maintain the student living conditions by educating and encouraging students to respect the physical unit (neatness and safety), to maintain a reasonable noise level, and to respect the rights of other students.
- Assist roommates and unit/apartment-mates by mediating conflicts if they arise.
- Report any needs or concerns to the Housing for Hope Case Manager
- Attend all scheduled staff seminars, meetings, in-service training programs, workshops off and off-site related to skill and program development
- Create and maintain an availability schedule for residents to reach out with any questions or concerns.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bilingual or fluent/ proficient: English and Spanish required
- Bachelors in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field; preferred but not required
- Minimum of two years of experience working with at-risk youth
- Driver’s License required
- Experience in managing crisis situations
- Knowledge of community and local resources in DC and Maryland
- Ability and desire to maintain a flexible schedule (including late nights and weekends)
- Knowledge of criminal background checks and the ability to complete clearances
- Bilingual: English and Spanish preferred
- Knowledge of case management, monitoring, and reporting
- Ability to work well and communicate with a culturally diverse population
- Ability to translate Positive Youth Development techniques into practice
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimum supervision
- Excellent oral and written skills
- Proficient computer skills, experience with ETO or other data collection system a plus
This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
LAYC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. LAYC is committed to providing opportunities without any regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.
Please send resume to Program Manager, Jackeline Lizama, firstname.lastname@example.org