Trafficking Navigator

Covenant House Alaska    Anchorage, AK
Job Description

Position Summary

Permanency Navigators (PNs) work as a team to provide mobile navigation services focused on supporting minors and young adults experiencing homelessness and exploitation by helping them find resources to address their safety, security and healing. The specialized Trafficking Navigator (TN) will relentlessly engage and build relationships with minors and youth as they navigate different systems, programs and challenges until the youth has achieved stability, remaining aware of the added complications toward these goals that may be present due to poly-victimization during the youth’s development. The TN will maintain relationships with minors/youth at all phases of permanency, including successes and setbacks, until a youth chooses to no longer engage (or up until the age of 24). The TN will have a strong working knowledge of available resources to link minors/youth to needed programs, with specific knowledge of all trafficking related resources available, and will make warm handoffs to needed services/providers whenever possible. The TN will then work closely with minors/youth to help develop the skills required to utilize the necessary resources to support their permanent housing or stable placement. Navigators have many roles often working as advocates, referral agents, and/or facilitators with child welfare services, the juvenile justice system, other government agencies, safe shelter and service providers, and mentors. The Lead TN will ensure that all minor victims of trafficking receive all the services stated above in a coordinated community approach to prevent further victimization.

Essential Functions

Relentlessly engage and be present in young people’s lives, especially through times of relapse and crisis.

Provide community resource navigation to minors and youth experiencing homelessness and exploitation. Assist clients in connecting to comprehensive, holistic services in order for youth to achieve long term safety, security and healing, including health, mental health, primary care, substance abuse treatment, benefits, employment, education engagement, vocational training, transportation, stable housing, and mentorships.

Identify and connect with minors and youth experiencing homelessness and exploitation who may not present through traditional homeless service entry points (including CHA).

Have intentional, regular contact with every client throughout stable placement and recovery processes for as long as a youth needs, from the age of 12 and up until the age of 24.

Connect clients to permanent housing as quickly as possible with no preconditions, providing referrals to voluntary supportive services as needed.

Utilize a client-centered approach that emphasizes client choice while recognizing the innate resiliency and unique strengths and abilities of every young person.

Assist clients in securing safe shelter, then guide youth through housing search process and connect them to Community and CHA Housing Case Managers when they are ready.

Understand mandatory reporting requirements.

Develop strong working relationships, through active outreach, with a wide range of service providers and related stakeholders such as trafficking specific agencies, law enforcement, landlords, service providers, employers, etc.

Help clients develop permanent connections in the community, including peer support, mentors, non-offending family members or guardians, volunteers and other caring adults.

Working with CHA Volunteer Coordinator and partners including Priceless, connect clients with mentors who provide support and positive relationships.

Participate in community meetings to advocate for and assist minors and youth, including (but not limited to) Coordinated Entry meetings and child welfare team decision meetings (TDMs).

Engage in goal setting with young people to help them achieve success in four core outcome areas: 1) Safety, security, and stability, 2) Education & Employment, 3) Permanent Connections, and 4) Well-being.

General Responsibilities

Maintain a positive and professional working relationship with the general public, including placement agencies and families of the youth we serve

Maintain a high level of ethical standards.

Keep supervisor fully informed at all times.

Maintain confidentiality and anonymity of all clients.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work, Psychology or a related field is preferred.

Experience

Experience working with adolescent or disadvantaged populations, including trafficking victims, is preferred; life, volunteer, and internship experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

Comply with all Agency policies and procedures; including Child Protection Policies.

Understand and embrace the tenets of Housing First, Trauma-Informed Care, Harm Reduction, and Positive Youth Development in all work with youth.

Is approachable, relatable, builds rapport well, and practices active listening with individuals of varied cultural backgrounds, who have suffered from complex trauma, embracing differences in behavior and lifestyle choices.

Strong knowledge of the factors that contribute to youth vulnerability to trafficking, experience working with victims, and awareness of their specific needs.

Knowledge of community social service resources to assist youth with needs related to safety and security, healing, housing, employment, education, and well-being.

Can maintain confidentiality while understanding and complying with requirements of mandated reporting, duty to warn, HIPAA, and other limits to confidentiality.

Willingness to utilize training opportunities in support of personal and professional growth, competence development, and to increase overall capacity to serve youth every day.

Well-developed verbal and written communication skills.

Proficient with standard computer operating systems.

Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours as well as Holidays and weekends as needed.

Able to accommodate a wide range of physical activity, including but not limited moving up and down the stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, driving, and physically assist youth if needed.

Willingness and ability to attain a CPR/First Aid Certification.

Possess a current and valid Driver’s License and have a good driving record.

Pass federal, state, and local background check investigations.


Sun, 15 Dec 2019 09:25:06 GMT

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