First Place for youth
About First Place for Youth
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. Founded in 1998, First Place seeks to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-su?ciency and responsible adulthood. Through its ?agship program, My First Place™, and other supporting programs, First Place supports at-risk foster youth at a critical time in their lives when they are learning to support themselves. We currently serve youth in six California counties (Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Solano and Los Angeles). In Fiscal Year 2021, we served over 1400 youth and provided housing and intensive support services through the My First Place program to 551 youth.
First Place for Youth envisions a future where the disparities between foster youth and their non-foster care peers are eliminated. In addition to results-driven direct service delivery, First Place advocates for policies that improve the lives of foster kids. The lessons we learn through our direct service work drive our advocacy e?orts, and our advocacy creates a context in which our direct services can succeed.
JOB SUMMARY: The Evaluation and Learning Research Fellow is a member of the Evaluation and Learning Department team, and provides research, analysis, and project management support to our team. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to applied research and evaluation at a leading, award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for our program youth.
The primary responsibilities of the position are to: support the planning, implementation, and analysis, for various evaluation and organizational learning projects, conduct follow-up assessments with First Place graduates, recommend and implement processes to improve departmental tasks, and assist with on-going reports to funders and contractors about youth services and outcomes. Additionally, this individual may ensure accurate and timely data is input into the In House Alameda County Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).
- Support small scale evaluation projects & literature reviews through research and analysis
- Assist in the delivery of a comprehensive plan to find & assess youth after they exit the My First Place program; using multiple methods to contact youth (email, phone, text)
- Support improvements to training and documentation materials to ensure data integrity and program efficacy
- Accurately, and in a timely fashion, validate participant data and generate on-going reports for funders and internal monitoring
- Work collaboratively with members of the Evaluation and Learning team to streamline processes and support department goals
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree required; research methods or social sciences coursework strongly preferred
- Demonstrated success working remotely strongly preferred
- Experience with conducting interviews, survey research, and focus groups
- Demonstrated commitment to helping improve the lives of vulnerable populations
- Computer/digital literacy skills using Windows especially Office 365: Word, Excel, etc and associated programs
- Experience or interest in learning Apricot database basics highly desirable
- Ability to effectively monitor numerous data-related details and accurately identify any errors or missing information
- Strong organizational and customer service skills
- Collaborative, solution-focused, and professional demeanor
- Ability to work well under pressure, multi-task, and handle complex situations in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude, patience, and tact.
- Ability to maintain effectiveness even when experiencing changes in work responsibilities
- California residents only, Bay Area/LA area preferred
Core Competencies required for all First Place For Youth Staff
- RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE – Intentional use of data to improve performance · Possesses strong drive, initiative and motivation · Detail and results orientation • Demonstrates good work habits • Resiliency in persisting through setbacks · Demonstrated success, with the ability to think strategically while executing tactically within a resource-constrained environment.
- STRATEGIC THINKING – Seeks and utilizes resources to inform and contextualize own work · Thinks interdependently, framing the goals of one department/project within the entire vision • Synthesizes information to make astute recommendations and/or decisions • Prioritizes goals for success.
- INVESTMENT IN OTHERS – Creates an environment that maximizes the return on investment in others • Collaborates to set and achieve goals that comport with First Place’s mission, strategic plan and desired measurable outcomes • Creates and utilizes development opportunities to address individual needs and capacity to accomplish performance objectives • Creates and identifies opportunities for recognition of success • Provides supportive environment to learn from mistakes.
- EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION – Courageous, strategic, clear and direct communication that resolves discrepancies and overcomes challenges and obstacles to organizational success · Ability to respectfully ask questions, challenge, and communicate both positive and difficult messages to subordinates, superiors, peers and youth · Sound judgment regarding the appropriateness of guarding confidentiality to protect the privacy rights of colleagues or youth · Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- COURAGE – Asks questions in order to learn and encourage dialogue • willing to make mistakes and to be accountable for own work • Speaks about issues truthfully and without blame • Leads by example, displaying behavior that respects the mission, youth and First Place • Holds high expectations for self, one another and for our youth.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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