Position with one of Southern Arizonas premier social service agencies.
Have fun while making a difference! Is a flexible schedule important to you? Looking for an opportunity to grow your career, have your contributions recognized and move up in the organization? Then join our dynamic team, which believes we can have fun and do well by doing good. OPCS is dedicated to eradicating homelessness. We train you and provide all the tools to be successful. Ours is a values driven organization that has a real impact in the lives of others.
Are you a veteran? Your dedication to serving others is a plus at OPCS.
- Competitive Salary
- Employer Subsidized Health Insurance for Employee and Family
- Employer Matching 401(k) Plan (after 1 year)
- Employer Paid Life Insurance
- Employer Subsidized Dental Plan and Vision Plan
- Employer Paid Training
- Caseload Size that Promotes Intensive Individual and Group Therapeutic Work
- Employer Provided Training in Motivational Interviewing, Community Reinforcement, and other Evidence Based Practices
- 136 Hours Paid Time Off Per Year
The Criminal Justice Advocate is responsible for the recruitment and enrollment of individuals with a history of homelessness who are currently incarcerated in the Pima County Adult Detention Complex (PCADC) in the Pima County Housing First Pilot Program (PCHF). Assist participants with navigating the criminal justice system to resolving any outstanding legal issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruit and enroll qualifying individuals residing within the PCADC into the PCHF program.
- Attend court hearings with clients, advocate on clients behalf to help resolve outstanding criminal justice or legal concerns and assist client with navigation of the criminal justice system.
- Coordinate jail release and program entry, assist with arranging client transportation as needed.
- Attend staffing, team and collaborator meetings and other meetings as required.
- Facilitate appropriate community referrals as needed.
- Accurate and timely documentation of client information in confidential files in accordance with state and federal laws.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior in all aspects of role.
- Other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications and Knowledge
- Bachelors Degree or three years experience working in Behavioral Health, Social Work or the Criminal Justice system.
- Ability to obtain clearance for the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.
- Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
- Personal vehicle for use on agency business, AZ drivers license with proof of insurance.
- Ability to establish rapport, rapidly develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including program participants, PCADC staff, and other team members and collaborators.
- Working knowledge of evidence-based interventions for persons with a variety of behavioral health concerns, including substance abuse/dependence.
- Willingness to learn and practice evidence based practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, Housing First and Harm Reduction.
- Knowledge and compliance with HIPAA.
- Cultural competence in the area of poverty, homelessness, local ethnic groups and the criminal justice population.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; Word, Outlook, and Excel.
- American Sign Language, Spanish speaking and/or Veteran a plus.