Financial Social Worker

Salary Range:  $40,000-$45,000

Position Description:

LifeWise StL is seeking a full-time Financial Social Worker (FSW) to create and maintain relationships with participants to develop and achieve goals towards economic wellness. An ideal candidate will be well-versed in understanding each participant’s holistic needs, addressing immediate basic needs, and have a basic working knowledge of goal setting, and developing a plan that will help participants overcome economic barriers. The FSW seeks to promote a culture of asset building and financial wellness among low income communities of both native and foreign-born participants. LifeWise StL will provide training and certification for Financial Social Work.

Essential Duties:

  • Co-Facilitate/ Facilitate and instruct financial and wealth management education workshops
  • Provide formal intake, needs assessment, develop a S.M.A.R.T. action plan that identifies goals, barriers and next steps for the participants
  • Develop on-going relationships with participants through one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Utilize financial social work practices and financial coaching techniques and skills to support participants’ goals in: regularly saving, achieving greater income, reducing debt, increasing assets and net worth
  • Update and report accurate data for the purpose of ensuring data integrity and outcome driven programming
  • Assist with marketing, outreach, recruitment and retention of program participants
  • Participate in staff meetings, program meetings, strategic planning, and other community meetings as required
  • Attend required trainings and recommended professional development and networking opportunities to advance personal and organizational capacity (paid for by LifeWise StL)
  • LifeWise StL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience:

  • Bachelors in Social Work or equivalent degree required. Masters in Social Work or similar field preferred
  • One year experience in social services with one-on-one case management experience or counseling experience
  • Basic knowledge of financial management tools and terminology
  • Able to enthusiastically facilitate discussion and connect with individuals in a group environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and detailed oriented a must
  • Excellent public speaking, written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative environment
  • Must be able to work independently and work with minimal supervision in the field
  • Provide ethical and sound judgment when advocating and servicing clients in need
  • Experience working with underserved and diverse populations; experience working with senior adults a plus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and some non-traditional hours (one evening, biweekly)
  • Previous experience with financial services and products a plus
  • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving and working independently
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus but not required

How to Apply:

It is the policy of LifeWise StL to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable laws.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org with “Financial Social Worker” as the subject line.

LifeWise Academy Alumni Advisor

Salary Range:  $40,000-$46,000

Position Description:

LifeWise StL is searching for a full-time Alumni Advisor for its LifeWise Academy alumni program.  The alumni program works on college retention, career assistance, and continued life skills development for graduates of LifeWise Academy (a high school and post-secondary success program for students in the St. Louis area).  Staff hours are adjusted to meet the needs of the young adults and assist with LifeWise Academy events during the year, some evenings and weekends are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and guidance to ~100 college age young adults.
  • Meet with alumni at least once per month in person or by phone to discuss school, goals, career interests, needs, etc.
  • Help alumni identify goals and the steps to achieving them.
  • Guide alumni to meaningful employment after college or job training, by connecting them to career opportunities.
  • Connect alumni to other LifeWise StL staff and area businesses for additional support, resources, and opportunities.
  • Host alumni events, including Adulting 101 (monthly life skills building session), community service, and social events.
  • Lead and strengthen the LifeWise Academy Alumni Advisory Board – hosting regular board meetings and using board input to build alumni programming.
  • Maintain accurate participant files, including attendance, using the agency database (currently Efforts to Outcomes/ETO).
  • Build and maintain a social media presence as an avenue to connect and communicate with Alumni and LifeWise Academy scholars.
  • Build relationships with and serve as an additional resource for LifeWise Academy scholars.
  • Facilitate summer enrichment opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.
  • Other Duties as assigned.
  • LifeWise StL staff collaborates with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Preferred Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Previous experience building relationships with high school students
  • Previous experience facilitating life skills classes
  • Creativity – ability to think outside the box and bring ideas to life in new ways
  • Flexibility – can adjust to change with a positive attitude
  • Mental agility – can think quickly, make sound decisions, and improvise when things do not go as planned
  • Initiative – highly motivated, self-started able to recognize and implement tasks before being asked
  • Strong computer and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations
  • Must obtain Class E endorsement on driver’s license
  • Must pass criminal background checks

How to Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Alumni Advisor.”

Teen Advisor

Salary Range:  $40,000 – $46,000

Position Description:

LifeWise StL is searching for a full-time Teen Advisor for its high school program, LifeWise Academy. LifeWise Academy is a high school and post-secondary success program for high school students in the St. Louis Area. Teen Advisors provide direct support for one grade level of scholars, but have interactions with students across grade levels. Student engagement at the agency takes place from 3:00pm to 7:30pm Monday through Thursday. The remaining work hours for administrative tasks will be coordinated with the director. During the summer, staff hours are adjusted with summer programming (CDF Freedom Schools serve children from 8am to 3pm).

Essential Duties:

  • Recruit and enroll youth for LifeWise Academy.
  • Meet with students individually at least once a month to discuss school, goals, career interests, etc. Advisors are responsible for helping students identify steps to achieving their goals.
  • Communicate with parents regarding their children.
  • Communicate with school counselors and teachers regarding any academic concerns.
  • Facilitate life skills classes utilizing the Teen Outreach Program curriculum.
  • Organize and lead after school/summer enrichment activities.
  • Maintain accurate participant files, including attendance, using the agency database (currently Efforts to Outcomes/ETO).
  • Serve as a site coordinator for Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools.
  • Provide transportation for students using the agency 15 passenger van as needed.
  • Research and support the acquisition of additional resources to support scholars.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • LifeWise StL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Flexibility – can adjust to change with a positive attitude
  • Mental agility – can think quickly, make sound decisions, and improvise when things do not go as planned
  • Initiative – highly motivated, self-starter able to recognize and implement tasks before being asked
  • Creativity – ability to think outside the box and bring ideas to life in new ways
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations
  • Must obtain Class E endorsement on driver’s license within 90 days of employment
  • Must pass criminal background checks

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge and sensitivity toward needs, opportunities, and resources available for youth
  • Previous experience building relationships with high school students
  • Previous experience facilitating life skills classes

How to Apply:

It is the policy of LifeWise StL to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable laws.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary history to cfowler@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Teen Advisor.”

Bilingual Therapist

Salary Range:  $42,000-$48,000

Position Description:

LifeWise StL is seeking a full-time Bilingual Therapist to work with adults individually and in groups.  An ideal candidate will be well-versed in trauma-informed care, able to work individually and as part of a collaborative team, familiar with culturally responsive interventions, and comfortable working in a community service setting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support LifeWise StL participants through one on one therapy, group therapy, psychoeducation and care coordination that is supportive of treatment plans.
  • Support LifeWise StL participants and Mental Health programing via in-person (both in office and in home) and virtual groups.
  • Support planning and coordination of mental health programs and its activities.
  • Ensure implementation of LifeWise StL policies and practices.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to other LifeWise StL programs intersecting with mental health.
  • Ensure the programs and services offered by the Mental Health program contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities approved by the funders.
  • Identify, lead and support new traditional and non-traditional program opportunities.
  • Keep updated records and create reports
  • Complying with reporting and outcome tracking as determined by grants.
  • Completing and maintaining treatment plans with all participants.
  • Reports to the Associate Director of Emotional and Physical Wellness.
  • LifeWise StL staff collaborate with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Required Experience:

  • Must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker registered with the State of Missouri.- OR LMSW
  • Minimum of one-year experience in social services, particularly with one-on-one case management experience or counseling experience.
  • Minimum of one year of experience with direct participant work.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of LifeWise StL.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt role as needed, especially as the program and needs of participants evolve.
  • Experience working with underserved and diverse populations.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and non-traditional hours.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience working with interpreters

How to Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org.  In the subject line, please write “Bilingual Therapist.”

After School Activity Leader (Part-time)

Salary:  $14 per hour

Position Description:

Under the general direction of the Coordinator of Young Scholars Program, Activity Leader(s) will assist in the successful day-to-day operations of our school age (K-8 grade) after school program. He/she works as a member of a team along with the Coordinator, Staff Team, state licensing regulators, and community resource agencies to provide quality services to scholars.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in the program by providing close supervision of all activities.
  • Assist children with homework and guide students in their academic growth.
  • Implement and support the development of the afterschool curriculum, helping school age children to improve literacy competencies.
  • Supervise, participate in, and administer enrichment activities for children.
  • Provide a safe and fun environment for participants in the After School program.
  • Create and maintain daily lessons plans and attendance.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (incident/accident reports, etc.)
  • Meet the training requirements set forth by licensing requirements.
  • Maintain positive relationships with many diverse people, including children, staff, parents, volunteers, and program administration.
  • Communicate successes, problems, issues or concerns with supervisor.
  • Relate to children, parents, peers, branch staff, volunteers and community.
  • Follow general direction and perform other duties as assigned by the after school coordinator and/or other designees.
  • LifeWise StL staff collaborates with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum one year experience working with elementary school children
  • Experience facilitating group activities
  • Must enjoy working with school age youth
  • Completed one year of college education
  • Split shifts/rotating days available- Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Spanish proficiency preferred, but not required.
  • Must pass a medical examination including TB test as required by DOHSS and Hep A (if applicable).
  • Must pass MO DHSS child abuse screening, criminal records check and Child Care Worker Registry.

How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to emmapatterson@lifewisestl.org.  In the subject line, please write “After School Activity Leader.”

Program Support Teacher/Program Support Floater (Part-time)

Salary:  $15 per hour

Position Description:

The Family Center is a vibrant, nurturing, and welcoming childcare space. Infants and children are cared for in the Family Center by dedicated staff while their parents participate in life enriching programs provided on the LifeWise StL campus. Care provided in the Family Center is an essential component of adult programming, supporting families by eliminating one of the major obstacles to attendance, childcare.

Program Support Teacher will be responsible for providing educationally focused activities and play to the children/minor dependents of adult program participants. This position will also include hours as a Program Support Floater to assist in areas of high need throughout the agency. As the world adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic, adaptability, flexibility and teamwork are paramount to the functions of organizations. This role will be trained interdepartmentally to provide Early Childhood Support, Afterschool Program Support, and Front Desk Support if the need arises. Scheduled hours may fluctuate, so flexibility is essential. Family Center hours are generally Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:30 am – 1:15 pm and Monday through Thursday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Program Support Float hours will typically follow the schedule listed above when there is low or no need in the Family Center.

The successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Qualifications:

  • At least one year of childcare experience necessary
  • CDA or AA preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish) speakers preferred and encouraged to apply
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with children and adults
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of LifeWise StL
  • Must complete Family Care Safety Registry criminal background check

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe, respectful, fun, learning environment for children in care.
  • Family Center operations: carry out daily classroom schedule, diapering, follow opening/closing procedures, assist in daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • Follow all policies at LifeWise StL as stated in the Personnel Policy and Child Care Handbook.
  • LifeWise StL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Program Support Teacher – Family Center.”

Youth Program Van Driver (Part-time)

Salary Range:  $14 per hour

Position Description:

LifeWise is searching for a part-time Van Driver for our school age youth programs.  The Driver will be responsible for picking up and dropping off youth attending the summer program.  In addition, the van driver will assist the After School Staff in providing supervision and instructional support during after-school months.

This position would be scheduled approximately 25 hours a week during after school and evening hours until end of academic year. During summer months, hours shadow those of a bus driver; the morning shift, and then return for the afternoon shift.

Required Experience:

  • Missouri Class E Driver’s License (12-15 passenger van)
  • Minimum one year experience tutoring elementary school children
  • Minimum one year experience driving 12-15 passenger van
  • Must enjoy working with school age youth

Preferred Experience:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish

How to Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to emmapatterson@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Youth Program Van Driver.”

Early Childhood Center Assistant Teacher (Full-time or Part-time)

Salary Range:  $15-$17 per hour

Position Description:

Provide care for children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) while acting as a member of the teaching team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interact with children in a warm, positive and nurturing manner.
  • Assist Lead and Assistant Teachers in lesson planning, maintaining daily observations and daily communication with parents.
  • Follow opening and closing procedures, sharing the responsibilities for cleanliness and neatness of the classroom.
  • Carry out and assist with daily classroom procedures such as, medication distribution, diet plans, hand washing, bathroom/diapering, cleaning/sanitizing, etc.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional growth by attending and actively participating in all service trainings (min. of 12 hours per year required), conferences and staff meetings.
  • Scheduled hours may fluctuate, so flexibility is essential.
  • Follow all policies at LifeWise STL as stated in the Personnel Policy and Child Care Handbook.
  • LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Required Experience:

  • CDA, AA, BA or advanced degree in any field or enrolled in a CDA, AA or BA program to be completed within 2 years
  • At least 3 credit hours in early childhood education or a related field
  • Experience in working with children in a group setting
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with children and adults
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Assistant Teacher.”