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Available Job Positions:

Outreach Specialist, Sisters Program

Site Specialist, Sisters Program

Employment Specialist


 


 
Outreach Specialist, Sisters Program
POSITION PURPOSE:  Benedict Center Sisters Program is seeking one full-time Sisters Outreach Specialist to provide intervention services and emotional support to women involved in street prostitution and/or illegal drug activity. The goals of the Sisters Program are to: a) increase the health and safety of women involved in the sex trade; b) to create social change from a criminalization response to a public health approach to street prostitution; and c) support improvements in the quality of life in the targeted neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s near north and south sides where street prostitution is prominent. Ideal candidate must be outgoing and skilled at communicating openly on sexual topics, without prejudice, with a diverse population.  The candidate must also be able to work a flexible schedule and have the ability to accomplish work goals with a minimum of supervision.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct regular street outreach in specific neighborhoods on the north and south side of Milwaukee during times most likely to reach the target population.
Follow prescribed protocols for conducting outreach. Street outreach is conducted in pairs and each outreach specialist will be responsible for adhering to protocols.  
Conduct follow-up to ensure that referrals are appropriate and effective.
Submit daily outreach contacts to the Program Assistant and monthly outreach reports to the Sisters Coordinator at Sisters Program North.
Work with staff and Program Consultant to develop tracking system for reaching clients for follow-up.
Interact with local community members and other service providers including criminal justice professionals.
Participate in staff meetings and professional development in-services.
Represent the Sisters Program at agency, community, and stakeholder meetings as needed.
Motivate women to engage in behaviors that will increase their health and safety.
Share information about the Sisters Program and the Drop-In Centers and encourage women to join the program voluntarily.
Link women to community resources for food, shelter, HIV/STD testing and health care.
Responsible for making decisions during outreach that are in the best interest and safety of staff, agency, and clients.
Work with drop-in center staff as a team to coordinate client care, support drop-in center activities.
Based on program needs, fill-in at either drop-in center as directed by your supervisor.
As needed and directed by your supervisor, assist Site Specialists with pick up of food and drop-in center supplies and/or coordination of usage of the outreach van.
Track all mileage used in the outreach van and submit monthly mileage reports to the Program Coordinator, North.
Maintain and submit all receipts and records for any outreach, fuel, and other vehicle related purchases.
Responsible for tracking and coordinating maintenance of the outreach van.
Adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the Benedict Center Vehicle Handbook.
Other duties as assigned
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Women’s Studies, Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Nursing, or related areas or commensurate with experience. 
Position demands a self-directed, detail-oriented, flexible person with excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills.
At least two years of proven effectiveness working with women in substance abuse, corrections, transitional living or mental health settings.
Ability to work well with women from diverse economic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and religious backgrounds in an open and respectful environment.
Commitment to self-reflection, accountability and cultural competence.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience with group facilitation.
Ability to mediate and resolve conflict constructively. 
Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner.
Ability to foster an environment of team work with program and agency staff.
Computer literacy and experience with databases and excel worksheets.
Ability to speak effectively before groups.
If in recovery, must show at least two years in maintenance stage. 
Requires valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Must be able to adapt to a flexible outreach schedule which can change depending on time and location where women are available as well as Benedict Center and Sisters Program needs.
This position requires lifting as well as standing, walking, and driving for extended periods of time. 
 
TERMS:  This is a full-time position with benefits.  
 
Bilingual speaking English and Spanish preferred.
People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
People with lived experience are encouraged to apply.
 
Please email resume and cover letter to:
Kathy Bauernfeind
Executive Assistant at kbauer@benedictcenter.org


Site Specialist, Sisters Program
POSITION PURPOSE:  Provide day to day coordination of operations of drop-in center space to provide a trauma-informed, welcoming and healing space for women to find hospitality, respite, sustenance, connection to resources and a sense of support and community.  The goals of the Sisters Program are to: a) increase the health and safety of women involved in street prostitution; b) to create social change from a criminalization response to a public health approach to street prostitution; and c) support improvements in the quality of life in the targeted neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s near north and near south sides where street prostitution is prominent. Specific responsibilities include:
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintains a regular onsite presence at Sisters Program Drop-In Center, coordinating Drop-In Center operations including daily site opening and closing responsibilities.
Ensures that the Drop-In Centers provide a safe, clean, comfortable, respectful and inclusive environment for program participants.
Greets all new program participants individually to welcome them to the program.
Assists Program Coordinator with program intake for new participants.
Coordinates and implements ongoing social activities (e.g. birthdays, award celebrations, etc.) at the Drop-In Center to continually engage participants.
Works with Program Coordinator to ensure women are linked to appropriate community resources.
Attends program staff meetings and in-service trainings. 
Managing weekly inventory, ordering, shopping, and stocking of food and program/drop-in center supplies.
Managing kitchen and meal preparation to include menu planning, cooking, serving, and cleaning.
Managing daily cleaning and maintenance of the drop-in center, which includes coordinating with building maintenance as well as outside cleaning contractors.
Assists in recruitment and works with kitchen and donation volunteers.
Sorting, organizing, and distribution of donations (clothing and hygiene products) to program participants.
Purchasing and tracking of bus tickets.
Works with all staff on tracking and reporting of daily attendance at the Drop-in Center including groups.
Other duties as assigned.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Associate’s Degree in Human Services, Women’s Studies, Criminology, Sociology or related areas preferred or commensurate with experience.
Minimum 1-2 years of experience working in programs that serve women, preferably women involved with the criminal justice system.
Ability to work well with women from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds in an open and respectful environment; adherence to all policies of nondiscrimination, including sexual preference and criminal history. Commitment to self-reflection, accountability and cultural competence.
Commitment to support harm reduction philosophy.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to mediate and resolve conflict constructively.
Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner and exercise independent judgment and discretion about matters of day-to-day drop-in center operations.
Ability to work as a member of a team with program and agency staff.
Computer literacy and experience with databases and excel worksheets.
Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate drop-in center early morning, evening and weekend hours. 
Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and automobile insurance are required as local travel within Milwaukee County is a requirement.
Physical requirements include the ability to sit, stand, and/or walk for extended periods of time as well as lift up to 20 pounds.
 
TERMS:  This is a full-time position.  
 
Bilingual speaking English and Spanish preferred.
People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please email resume and cover letter to:
Kathy Bauernfeind
Executive Assistant at kbauer@benedictcenter.org
 
EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  
This position is responsible for implementing the Benedict Center’s employment programming for justice-involved women at the Women’s Harm Reduction Program, and the Women’s Reentry Program at the Milwaukee County House of Correction.  This includes pre-employment training and preparation, as well as support for job applications, interviews and retention. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing instruction of Benedict Center’s pre-employment curriculum (centered on Makin’ It Work), an evidence-based curriculum based on cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Developing brief screens and implementing fuller assessment of clients to determine ability and readiness to work.
  • Working closely with clients, counselors and adult education instructors to create an individual employment plans for each client.  Providing referrals to appropriate supportive services if a disability is present.
  • Coordinating activities of the program with Benedict Center clinical staff and MATC instructors.
  • Assisting students to apply, obtain, and retain employment.
  • Referring participants to skilled job training and job placement resources as appropriate.
  • Responsible for tracking data and reporting on outcomes for employment services.
  • Participating in grant proposals for employment programs.
  • Working with interns and volunteers as needed.
  • Participating in staff meetings and trainings.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 
Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree in Human Services, Criminal Justice, Adult Education, Social Work or related field or commensurate experience.

SKILLS AND QUALIICATIONS:
 

  • Experience in employment services.
  • Experience working with women or justice-involved women preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of creating a system of justice that is fair and treats victims, offenders and the community with dignity and respect
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn Trauma-Informed Care principles and Motivational Interviewing practices.
  • Ability to work well with women from diverse economic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and religious backgrounds in an open and respectful environment.
  • Commitment to self-reflection, accountability and commitment to providing culturally-effective services.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience with group facilitation or class room teaching.
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner and as a team-player.
  • Computer literacy and experience with databases and excel worksheets.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and automobile insurance, preferred as local travel within Milwaukee County is a requirement.
 
POSITION TERMS:

  • Part-time, hourly position
  • Paid vacation and personal/sick time
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Classes are offered at the Benedict Center (in Milwaukee) and at the Milwaukee County HOC (in Franklin).
  • Reports to Women’s Harm Reduction Program Clinical Program Director
  • Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals.  The Benedict Center is committed to a diversified workforce
 
SALARY:  Commensurate with Experience.