Why Work For Simpson?
Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & RACIAL JUSTICE
Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.
How Can You Contribute?
As a Middle School Mentoring Program Coordinator with the Children & Youth Services program, you will oversee the Middle School Mentoring Program which serves 20, 5th-8th grade students in our Family Housing Program. The mission of the program is to build on the inherent potential of youth through exploration, connection, and support. The coordinator will be responsible for supporting the activities and development of mentoring pairs which includes consistent communication with parents, mentors and mentees.
This position is part of the Family Housing Program at Simpson Housing Services. The goal of the program is to provide stable housing and effective support services to homeless families in transition.
The Middle School Mentoring Program is part of the Children & Youth Services department whose mission is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by partnering with parents to support children’s academic success, stability and well-being.
Hours will be primarily be Mondays to Fridays (9am to 5pm), 1-2 evenings per week and 1-2 Saturdays per month are required. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position.
Ongoing program coordination:
Recruitment and training:
Provide support for students to reach program goals:
Provide educational advocacy services to children and families:
Work as part of an effective Family Housing team member:
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and record-keeping in a timely manner:
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
Scope of Position
This position will coordinate the Middle School Mentoring Program which serves about 20 students each year. Services will be provided in participant homes, at Simpson Housing sites, in schools, and libraries.
Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or parenting issues.
Employee may provide back up for other education support advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
Essential Physical Functions
Employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the community and public places (such as apartment buildings). Employee must be able to drive a van. Employee must be able to lift 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 60%, Time outside: 40%, Agency travel time required: 10%
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to local schools, attending community meetings, accompanying participants to appointments, and program outings/trainings.
Percentage time spent in direct care: 35%