Full-Time Assistant Director of Solano Region
The Assistant Director for Solano Region is an energetic, collaborative and results-oriented leader who will manage My First Place – a supported housing program for 18-24-year-old transition-age foster youth – in Solano County. The Assistant Director will also oversee the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Program for dually diagnosed youth, and the Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) which includes the First Foundation Program.
The Assistant Director for Solano Region is responsible for overseeing all Solano County programs and ensuring effective staff supervision and program implementation according to First Place established policies and procedures. The Assistant Director for Solano Region will monitor outcomes, safeguard retention of youth in housing, mediate youth conflicts and supervise the ILSP Supervisor and direct-service staff.
The Assistant Director for Solano Region reports to the Director of Programs. This position requires an educated professional whose passion for First Place’s vision is matched with energetic leadership, sound judgment in the face of complex challenges, and a proven track record of managing direct-service teams.
• Hire, train, develop and supervise a team of direct-service staff that may include the ILSP Supervisor, Youth Advocate(s), Education and Employment Specialists, the Program Specialist and Peer Educator(s), among others. Lead team members in setting personal and program-wide work goals and in maintaining accountability for goal achievement. Facilitate regular weekly regional program staff meetings. Provide regular supervision and ensure that staff are resourced with individual professional development plans. Conduct annual reviews of direct reports.
• Provide effective client-centered supervision that ensures that participants are meeting performance objectives with respect to progress in their transitional living plans, and that program data is being entered on time and correctly to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.
• Lead and coordinate the ILSP Supervisor’s effort to develop, manage, and evaluate highly effective programs and organizational systems. Work to cultivate and oversee adherence to aggressive, measurable, and strategic operational and performance goals for the ILSP and First Foundation program. Provide feedback, counsel and accountability.
• Ensure that all Region program staff are aligned with mission and focused on meeting First Place outcomes through integrating effective responses to evaluative feedback particularly as provided by Impact Tracker data..
Oversee day-to-day operations and effective functioning of all Solano County programs; track outcomes, manage budgets and contracts as they relate to census and revenue,implement case plans, contribute to program policy and ensure retention of clients in housing
Manage effective intake and assessment of all Solano County youth participants. Perform and/or ensure baseline assessments and participation in Step It Up Class. Create baseline summary for each new participant.
Implement First Place policies and protocols in order to create efficient and reliable program operation systems and ensure compliance with all governmental and private contracts and funding agreements.
Support the implementation of First Place’s overall outreach strategy to promote awareness and utilization of First Place programming and services. Design and develop strong outreach strategies that target ILSP eligible youth, as well as youth who will be eligible for First Foundation, THP+ and AB12. Supervise all Solano County outreach to ensure that the waitlists for First Place programs are populated.
Ensure effective service delivery of ILSP, through such means as teen groups, workshops,and themed events, additionally ensuring ILSP program compliance with all state requirements.
Support First Place partners in resourcing youth participants as appropriate; for example,enrolling youth in Travis Credit Union’s financial literacy program.
Provide sound counsel and conflict mediation for youth as needed.
• MFT, LCSW or equivalent professional license required. Two years post-license experience required.
• EXPERIENCE – At least three years’ years of full-time social work or casework employment in the field of family or child welfare services. Milieu experience preferred..
• DIRECT SERVICE EXPERIENCE – at least 5 years’ experience working with underserved and disadvantaged youth, preferably current and former foster youth..
• FIELD KNOWLEDGE – Excellent understanding of education and employment resources for youth as well as awareness of other services for young adults and young parents. Knowledge of which local community referral resources will best meet the needs of youth in the My First Place program.
• PEOPLE, PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SKILLS – Exemplary people management skills, strategic leadership abilities, and the ability to link the development of people with achievement of organizational outcomes. Effective team leadership skills. Cross-functional collaborative capacity. Ability to either take direction or work independently as the situation requires. Strong supervisory skills and proven success supporting staff development and empowerment. Demonstrated success organizing, managing and evaluating programs, events, campaigns or productions.
• STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to effectively present information to top management and program staff. Professional demeanor and the ability to represent the interests of the agency with community stakeholders.
• COMPUTER SKILLS – Proficiency with Office 2000 applications including MS Word, Excel,PowerPoint and Outlook. Experienced with data-base systems. Experience with Efforts to Outcomes database is a plus.
• TRANSPORTATION – Dependable car, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
• Competitive salary commensurate with experience
• Generous paid vacation and holidays
• Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Plan.
• Benefits coverage for employee and dependents
• 401 (k) Retirement plan
• LTD and Flex Spending Account
About the Company:
First Place for Youth is the largest agency in California dedicated exclusively to providing access to affordable housing and resources for transition-age foster youth and has grown to become a nationally recognized model.
First Place programs consistently produce high outcomes; when compared to the general population of former foster youth, our participants are eight times less likely to experience homelessness, twice as likely to graduate from high school and nine times more likely to enroll in college, three times as likely to be employed and three times less likely to give birth before age 21. In Fiscal Year 2012, First Place served more than 2,000 youth in five California counties and has experienced a 70 percent growth in the last four years.