Financial Social Worker  (Bilingual Preferred)

Position Description:

We’re expanding our Economic Wellness Department! The Financial Social Worker (FSW) is responsible for providing comprehensive and independent education, and one on one coaching to participants seeking to achieve economic mobility through LifeWise StL’s wealth-building programs. This position will utilize financial social work practices and financial coaching techniques and skills to assist with goal setting, and developing a plan that will help participants overcome economic barriers. Specifically, the Financial Social Worker is striving to help participants gain economic wellness by successfully completing programs as well as supporting clients’ goals in: regularly saving, achieving greater income, reducing debt, increasing assets and net worth, while also developing financial management skills that lead to improved economic mobility. The FSW seeks to promote a culture of asset building and financial wellness among low-income communities of both native and foreign-born participants, this FSW will also partially provide services with a partner agency in Kirkwood’s Meacham Park neighborhood.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Social Work or equivalent degree required. Masters in Social Work or similar field preferred
  • One year experience in social services, particularly with one-on-one case management experience or counseling experience
  • Minimum of one year experience facilitating groups, especially psychoeducational groups
  • 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
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt role as needed, especially as the project evolves
  • 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 (evenings)
  • Basic knowledge of St. Louis social service landscape including TANF, SNAP, WIC, etc.
  • Previous experience with financial services and products a plus
  • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving and working independently
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Essential Functions:

  • 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
  • Provide one-on-one case management, support and referrals to participants of Asset Building Programs
  • Ensure accurate, timely and complete IDA documentation and reporting guidelines set forth by the United Way and LifeWise StL
  • Update and report accurate data for the purpose of ensuring data integrity and outcome driven programming
  • Provide referrals to community partners related to consumer rights, free tax-preparation, homeownership, etc.
  • 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
  • Provide occasional backup to other department staff, e.g. conducting additional groups during colleagues’ vacation or illness
  • 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

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Financial Social Worker.”

Youth Program Van Driver

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.

Requirements:

  • 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: Bilingual English/Spanish

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

Coordinator of Group Volunteers

Position Description:

The Volunteer Engagement and Service Learning Department is dually composed of our ongoing volunteer program and our service-learning (Urban Forum) program at LifeWise StL, and the Coordinator of Group Volunteers will have responsibilities with each. The ongoing volunteer program provides both individuals and groups with opportunities to assist the agency in acting out its mission while the Urban Forum provides expert guidance in social justice education through an array of service-learning and immersion opportunities. This position works closely with all organization staff to provide meaningful service opportunities to over 200 episodic groups who assist in the delivery of LifeWise StL’s programs and services on an annual basis.

Job Duties:

Ongoing Volunteer Program (75%):

  • Provides oversight and supervision to all episodic, group volunteers, who contribute approximately 12,000 service hours to the organization annually.
  • Coordinate with Facilities, Family Development, Youth Development, and Development departments to discover, develop, and maintain current information on volunteer opportunities for groups.
  • Serves as primary contact for special event service opportunities which require a high level of volunteer involvement, including fundraising events (Spring Bling, Scavenger Hunt, Trivia Night) and participant-focused events (Back To School and Holiday Market).
  • Fields and responds promptly to all communications regarding group volunteer requests.
  • Maintains all files and forms according to established procedures and assists with maintaining volunteer program certification through the United Way.
  • Captures and analyzes volunteer demographics to communicate most current needs and trends; works in concert with departmental staff to maintain information in volunteer management software (Volgistics).
  • Coordinates, in collaboration with department staff, regular appreciation of organization’s volunteers.
  • Promotes LifeWise StL and recruits volunteer groups through fairs, presentations, social media, and electronic communication with universities, businesses, churches, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Works closely with departmental staff to assess organizational volunteer needs and implement new processes.
  • Ensures that volunteers work in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
  • Collaborates with other local organizations in order to foster increasing cooperation among agencies and present LifeWise StL as an expert volunteer engagement resource in the St. Louis region and beyond.
  • Provides regular reports about volunteer activity in a timely manner to the Director of Volunteer Engagement & Service Learning. Records group information and tracks service hours on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Participates in department and organization meetings and activities.

Urban Forum (25%):

  • Together with departmental staff, continually develops and revises a robust body of curricula focusing on issues associated with poverty and marginalized communities and that produces knowledgeable, conscientious, and active citizens.
  • Collaborates internally with program staff to assess program needs in order to address topics that are relevant to the organization and those whom it serves.
  • Networks externally with primary stakeholders (churches, universities, nonprofits, and businesses) to inform constituents of educational opportunities and build appropriate curricula based on stakeholder’s mission and values and organization’s expressed needs.
  • Coordinates service projects and facilitates education/reflection sessions for on-site service learning programs that enable both youth and adult volunteers to learn more fully from their volunteer experience as well as explore avenues for future engagement with regard to service and social justice issues.
  • Facilitates sessions/workshops at offsite locations for youth and adult participants that raise awareness of and increase knowledge regarding social justice and community issues, connect to the organization’s (church, university, nonprofit, and/or business) mission and values, and provide resources for further learning and action.
  • Collects feedback from Urban Forum in order to measure effectiveness of curricula as well as impact of the program on participants.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, nonprofit management or equivalent experience preferred
  • Prior experience in volunteer engagement or volunteer programming preferred
  • Previous experience developing and facilitating curriculum on a variety of social justice issues/topics for people of all ages
  • Exemplary organizational, planning, and time management skills as well as ability to manage a varied number of tasks and projects at one time
  • Must have the skill and ability to be able to interact with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work as a part of a team of mission-oriented staff who partner with a variety of volunteers to provide holistic services to families participating in LifeWise StL programming

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Occasional evening, regular Saturday, and occasional Sunday work hours
  • Travel may be required for meetings with individuals or groups
  • Moderate physical effort with handling of supplies/materials up to 50lbs on a frequent basis.
  • Driving of cargo/passenger vans for events (Back to School, Affordable Holiday Market, etc.)

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Coordinator of Group Volunteers.”

Economic Wellness Administrative Assistant  (Bilingual Preferred)

Position Description:

We’re expanding our Economic Wellness Department! The Economic Wellness Administrative Assistant provides direct support to LifeWise StL’s Economic Wellness programs and Certified Financial Social Workers through coordinating and monitoring credit and wealth building products, as well as supporting programs and participants. Economic Mobility programs strive to help participants gain financial wellness by successfully completing both programs as well as supporting clients’ goals in: regularly saving, achieving greater income, reducing debt, increasing assets and net worth, while also developing financial management skills that lead to improved financial resiliency. This position is responsible for coordinating the logistics of asset and credit building products, opening and closing matched accounts, monitoring match savings account deposits and withdrawals, and is in direct communication with Economic Wellness Director and the Financial Social Workers when participants need extra support or are close to graduating from programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the logistics of asset and credit building products, opening and closing matched accounts, monitoring match savings account deposits and withdrawals
  • Manage Credit Builders Alliance platform and perform necessary credit pulling and reporting functions to support asset building programs
  • Ensure accurate, timely and complete documentation and reporting guidelines set forth by the United Way and LifeWise StL
  • 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
  • Support participants with application forms and occasional case management referrals
  • 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
  • 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

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in human services, nonprofit management, social work or equivalent
  • One year experience in office/admin setting
  • Previous experience with financial services and products a plus
  • Basic knowledge of financial management tools and terminology
  • Excellent organizational skills and detailed oriented a must
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative environment
  • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving and working independently
  • Experience working with underserved and diverse populations
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Economic Wellness Administrative Assistant.”

LifeWise Academy Alumni Advisor

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.

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 and Qualifications:

  • 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.”

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

Position Description:

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

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

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