Ain Dah Yung Center
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Jobs

Part-Time Front Desk Staff - At-Risk Residential Support

Ain Dah Yung Center is seeking Front Desk Staff members to work every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 12am to provide culturally sensitive residential support at Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung, our permanent supportive housing project. Can’t commit to every evening shift on the weekend? No problem! We have On-Call positions to fill in when the regularly scheduled staff needs a day off. Salary for this position is $15-$17, depending on experience. Front Desk Staff provide general assistance and support to residents during non-business hours. The program operates using both Housing First philosophy and Harm Reduction approaches. All residents are transitioning from homelessness and have needs focused on mental wellness, chemical health, and trauma.

Meaning "Our Home" in Ojibwe, the Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) provides a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness. Meaning "Our Good New Home", Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung is a 42-unit permanent supportive housing project for American Indian youth ages 18 to 24. This program offers young adults who have experienced homelessness their own efficiency apartment with a complete suite of on-site services.

Job Description:

  • Maintain structure and security of the building, monitoring for unsafe activities or events.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with resident that are appropriate.
  • Provide corrective interactions around enforcement of Mino Oski rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Respond to resident’s needs. Provide lock out services to let residents into their units and assist them with administrative needs (faxing county documents, copying needed items, assistance with the computer lab, etc.).
  • Provide support for residents to participate in community activities and social networks within the building, community, and in conjunction with the transition coach.
  • Facilitate resident safety through check-in, engagement, monitoring camera footage for security, safety concerns inside and outside the building. Education about tenant rights and responsibilities, assessment of tenant safety needs, and providing housing crisis intervention.
  • Reinforce learning and practicing skills that support housing stability, reduce harm for themselves and others, and work toward person-centered housing support plan goals.
  • Effectively handle a variety of situations requiring tact, judgment, de-escalation techniques, and follow-up. When appropriate, call local crisis intervention or law enforcement as applicable.
  • Respond & aid with emergency situations and crisis intervention including de-escalation and if necessary, calling the authorities & appropriate staff.
  • Administer either nasal or injectable Narcan in an emergency.
  • Maintain Resident Interaction log. Complete Incident Reports as appropriate.
  • Communicate concerns about residents, critical issues, or ongoing complaints to transition coach.
  • Maintain community resources, lists and bulletin boards.
  • Answer and route telephone calls and emails and perform related administrative duties.
  • Assist the other service team members in directing residents and guests to meetings, helping with their administrative needs.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as needed. Meet with supervisor regularly.
  • Administrative supportive duties as needed

REQUIREMENTS:

  • AA degree in social services, child development, elementary/secondary education or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 year experience in human services. Experience working with youth or young adults in homeless services or residential support a plus
  • Strong desire to serve people from diverse cultures, economic and social situations.
  • Strong people skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population and share information with team members.
  • Maintain professional communications/boundaries with program participants, co-workers, and others.
  • Cognizant and sensitivity to the needs of homeless youth, at-risk families and to the needs of the American Indian Community is a must.
  • Knowledge of the Native American culture, values, and family systems preferred.
  • Ability to recognize and respond to behaviors related to mental health needs, chemical use, and trauma.
  • Ability to respond to the unique cultural, economic, and social needs and resources of residents, using these unique resources to meet their goals.
  • Experience with trauma-informed care service
  • Have knowledge of Housing First, Harm Reduction, and tenants’ rights.
  • Maintain professional communications/boundaries with program participants, co-workers, and others.
  • High level of personal and professional integrity includes the ability to maintain
    confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational and communication (verbally & written) skills
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Office equipment including telephone systems, multifunction copier, MS Office and Outlook and learn the use of security camera and door system software.
  • Must be at least 21 years or older and pass DHS Background Check.

TO APPLY

If interested, please email cover letter and resumé to jobs@adycenter.org.

Or mail to:

Ain Dah Yung Center
1089 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Fax is available at (651) 224-5136.

Kinship Worker

Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) has an exciting opportunity to be involved in the Circle of Support program. ADYC is seeking a full time Kinship Worker to assist in the development, implementation, and contribution in the Circle of Support Program. The purpose of the Circle of Support Program is to build healthy and supportive natural networks for the American Indian youth experiencing homelessness or that have recently transitioned out of homelessness.

This role will work closely with the youth identified by our Street Outreach team, Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung (supportive housing program), and the Beverly A. Benjamin Youth Lodge (transitional housing program) to assist to connect, reconnect, and find important people in the young person’s life who are able and willing to become part of the youth’s larger circle of relatives. Many youth who have experiences of homelessness have histories of child welfare involvement, specifically out of home placements, like foster care. The removal from their homes leads to periods of disconnection from their biological family members, impacting the young person’s natural support networks. The Circle of Support Program aims, in part, to restore long term familial connections and work with the young people and the family to explore what the possibilities of being in relationship again.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

People Search and Engagement 60%

  • Build solid skills in using The Family Connections Tool
  • Meet with youth and their current supportive team to identify and research important people in their lives
  • Services also include child behavior management, establishing family structure, and guided and direct parent-child interaction sessions
  • Create a case plan to address safety, wellness and client/family goals
  • Tailor services to the individual client’s needs in the areas of effectively and safely parenting their children (in-home parenting) and educating parents regarding child abuse prevention
  • Create portfolios for participating youth in Connect our Kids database
  • Use the People Search and other functionality in The Family Connections Tool to locate ‘important people’ and organize the information within the youth’s portfolio in the Tool
  • Do initial engagement of ‘important people’ identified by the youth and located in the Tool
  • Add any new supportive adults into Connect our Kids Database
  • Meet with youth, as needed about updates on their important people contacts
  • Coordinate services in concert with client/family
  • Facilitate initial communications/meetings between youth & newly ‘found’ important people.
  • Support and educate through home visits as needed
  • Provide support to youth as they navigate the emotional aspects of search and engagement.
  • Provide culturally relevant referrals as appropriate to plan
  • Connect family to relevant community resources and events
  • Keep staff updated on all members of youth’s circle of support
  • Manage all aspects of Connect Our Kids database, including additional users’ access to youth’s ‘cases’ in the system.
    Circle of Support Program Development and Recruitment 20%
  • Develop and implement training and workshops for staff and youth around the purpose of support network search and engagement
  • Work with collaborative agencies to build out pilot program for Circle of Support implementation
  • Provide training to ADYC staff and community partners on goal and approach of the program.
  • Collaborate with ADYC’s housing related programs to identify young people for this program and provide data to aid in the program evaluation.
  • Run groups with identified youth to engage them in the program
  • Exemplify professional conduct
    Relationship & Collaboration Management 10%
  • Communicate with Mentor program consultant monthly for updated mentor/mentee matches
  • Schedule regular check-ins with individual mentor/mentee relationships
  • Provide monthly content for mentoring matches meetings
  • Plan and execute special events for mentoring programs
  • Assist with any data collection/evaluation

Data Collection and Evaluation 10%

  • Maintain case notes and program documentation
  • Provide timely, accurate data as required in the search and engagement pilot program.
  • Provide data as requested for evaluation of current ADYC programs on a regular basis
  • Develop tools for gathering and managing data for program evaluations of the Circle of Support program (outside of what might be required for the pilot)
  • Understand and maintain any funding specific requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent/combination of school/work experience
  • Minimum two years working with at-risk/county connected youth, preferably ages 15-24
  • Experience working with youth and/or young adults of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, preferably in a housing and/or nonprofit organization
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation skills a plus
  • Must have the cultural knowledge and experience to effectively engage indigenous youth and families
  • Commitment to valuing and fostering youth’s right to connections to their biological family and other people who are important to them
  • Strong knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act and their application within judicial proceedings of court and legal advocacy preferred
  • Strong understanding of homelessness, and knowledge of community and educational resources
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices preferred, specifically Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Person-Centered approaches
  • Knowledge of relevant safety measures to promote effective operations for the protection of people, data, and property
  • Skilled in developing positive rapport with peers, families, and community members
  • Ability to engage members of collaborative partnerships in healthy discussions, cooperation, and working relationships within the community
  • Ability to build and sustain meaningful relationships with community partners and young people of various abilities and diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of the demographics, American Indian culture, lifestyles, & customs
  • Knowledge of tribal and county health and social services programs
  • Familiarity with urban Native community and regional tribal communities
  • Maintain confidentiality and understand its implications in both the workplace and the community 18. Knowledgeable about and able to respond effectively to the complexities of participants’ lives and the co-occurring challenges and conditions associated with long-term homelessness
  • Ability to interact with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, respect, and professionalism
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and problem solving in a variety of circumstances
  • Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and act as a role model to clients.
  • Ability to promote a professional work environment that is affirming, respectful and understanding of diverse people
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong and reaching conclusions to solve the problem
  • Knowledge and experience working with Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word and the internet as well as Database skills
  • A valid MN driver’s license and reliable transportation with no moving violations within the last three years.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Job requires significant sitting, some standing and walking.
  • Ability to work both in a normal office setting and in the outdoors.
  • Ability to engage in physical activities
  • Will be required to transport clients (agency vehicle available) as well as
    travel to meetings and trainings.

TO APPLY

If interested, please email cover letter and resumé to jobs@adycenter.org.

Or mail to:

Ain Dah Yung Center
1089 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Fax is available at (651) 224-5136.

Transition Coach

Ain Dah Yung Center is seeking a full time Transition Coach to provide housing case management to at-risk young adults. The role of the Transition Coach is to assist these young adults gain/maintain housing in our permanent supportive housing program, Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung (MOADY). The program operates using both Housing First philosophy and Harm Reduction approaches. All residents are transitioning from homelessness and may have needs focused on mental wellness, chemical health, and trauma. Salary for this position depends on experience.

Meaning "Our Home" in Ojibwe, the Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) provides a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness. Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung, meaning "Our Good New Home", is a 42-unit permanent supportive housing project for clients ages 18 to 24. This program offers young adults who have experienced homelessness their own efficiency apartment with a complete suite of on-site services, including mental health, case management, safe harbor, and suicide prevention. Culturally specific indigenous approaches and traditions are interwoven throughout all programming.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Coordinated Entry System, Foster Care System, and larger community to assist eligible persons gain entry to the housing program.
  • Complete client-intake and move-in processes (e.g., lease signing); focuses on recovery and client-centered care; assists in creating and following harm reduction plan; resolving crises as appropriate.
  • Collaboratively develop an individualized plan, helping residents access needed resources, support & life skills to maintain housing stability & balance in all areas of life.
  • Work as part of a team to provide culturally appropriate, comprehensive case management services to single young adult residents.
  • Meet with residents regularly to assist them in developing and achieving goals in the areas of budgeting/finance, education, employment, mental and chemical health, transportation, housing, community involvement, family and social relationships, and other related supportive services.
  • Document interactions & client progress with caseload of up to 21 participants Assess resident physical and mental wellness, needs, preferences and abilities and using these to develop tailored care plans.
  • Establish person-focused system of support that integrates practices, procedures, and services within and across agencies, systems, and policies.
  • Solicit and coordinate interventions and services with partner or other identified
    agencies and organizations for residents accepted into the housing program such as counseling services, job services, independent living skills training, education services, related supportive services.
  • Connect residents with professional services including Adult Protective Services and maintaining consistent communication with clients to assess their wellbeing periodically and make changes to their plan as needed.
  • Support residents in a manner that is holistic and recognizes the interconnectedness of their mental, physical, spiritual, and social health.
  • Foster a positive, engaged resident community; assist clients with identifying and addressing community concerns/issues.
  • Build relationships by interacting with individuals in an honest, dependable, authentic, caring, and supportive way
  • Interact with youth/families to help them understand the interconnectedness of past, present, and future as they decide where they want to go and how to get there.
  • Engage in constructive problem solving and conflict resolution; assists other team members in doing the same; facilitate peer mediation as needed.
  • Interact with youth/families without labeling or judging them based on background, experiences, choices, or behaviors.
  • Run groups and develop programing focused on learning life skills, mental health, healthy relationships, etc.
  • Maintain knowledge of culturally specific services available in the community.
  • Collect and record all required statistical information; accurately reports data in a
    timely manner in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • Maintain up-to-date and organized client files through an electronic records system.
  • Assist in building relationships between residents and property managers; working to prevent eviction.
  • Participate in agency efforts to promote a mutually respecting, multicultural environment.
  • Participate in training opportunities related to economic, racial and cultural diversity.
  • Complete and maintains up-to-date knowledge and expertise in areas related to job duties, including the completion of HIPAA and Vulnerable Adult training.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Child Psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Must have at least 4 years of experience working within the field of Human Services, and at least two years direct care and/or case management experience in a community service agency.
  • Prior program administration and/or residential management experience preferred.
  • Candidates must be knowledgeable of the Native American Indian culture, values, and family systems as well as community & educational resources.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices preferred, specifically Harm Reduction, Housing First, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Person-Centered approaches.
  • Experience working with young adults of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, preferably in a housing and/or nonprofit organization.
  • Experience working with young homeless and/or formerly homeless individuals.
  • Experience delivering services to those who have experienced mental illness, alcohol or drug addiction, domestic violence, homelessness, or other trauma.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion, both personally and organizationally.
  • Maintain confidentiality & understand its implications in both the workplace & the community.
  • Knowledge of laws including Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), government regulations, federal privacy act and agency rules.
  • Knowledgeable about and able to respond effectively to the complexities of participants’ lives & the co-occurring challenges/conditions associated with long-term homelessness.
  • Ability to interact with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, respect, and professionalism while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Ability to recognize that most Native youth and families carry historical and intergenerational trauma, as well as, present day traumas that can impact their ability to build relationships, trust government institutions, interact with social service systems and mainstream organizations.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and problem solving in a variety of circumstances.
  • Must be able to think clearly and act appropriately under pressure.
  • Must be able to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to promote a professional work environment that is affirming, respectful and understanding of diverse people.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Zoom, and either Android or Apple smart phones.
  • Must have valid MN Driver’s License and pass DHS Background Check.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours due to community events.

Physical & Environmental Demands:

  • Travel between sites and other business-related destinations.
  • Learn technical information for assessment, testing, reporting, and evaluating, including the administering of the Community Assessment.
  • Communicate effectively with high-risk populations and community partners.
  • Frequent talking and listening.
  • Facilitating educational groups of young adults.
  • Standing, stooping, bending, and lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Frequent use of hands and fingers to operate computer, phones, and writing utensils.
  • Occasional exposure to high-risk situations.

TO APPLY

If interested, please email cover letter and resumé to jobs@adycenter.org.

Or mail to:

Ain Dah Yung Center
1089 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Fax is available at (651) 224-5136.