Transitional Living Program House Director - Trinity Haven
- 11-Oct-2021 to 01-Nov-2021
- - Trinity Haven
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Full Time
Our Transitional Living Program is a housing option in which up to nine LGBTQ youth choose to live in a shared house that offers community, activities, and staff support. The TLP House Director is a full-time position. The TLP House Director provides overall management of the Transitional Living Program, with a focus on fostering community among residents, directing activities and programs, attending to safety and security, and responding to evolving community needs. This position reports to Trinity Haven's Executive Director and involves a high level of engagement and accountability.
Trinity Haven offers safe, welcoming, affirming housing for LGBTQ youth/young adults. Trinity Haven provides each resident housing and services to prepare them for independent living, as they work alongside a case manager to build an individualized plan that leads to their independence. Support services focus on education, employment, well-being and self-sufficiency and are designed to create an atmosphere of acceptance, community and belonging. At Trinity Haven, residents will find a safe harbor and professional staff that are warm, welcoming, and affirming. Our hope is that no LGBTQ youth in Indianapolis has to spend the night on a park bench or under a bridge ever again.
- In coordination with Trinity Haven's Executive Director, plan and lead the operations of the Transitional Living Program in line with Trinity Haven's mission, vision, values, strategic objectives and program philosophy.
- Co-create community with and for residents, with a focus on youth choice, youth voice and self-determination.
- Supervise and work collaboratively with the TLP Resident Assistant and supplemental hourly staff.
- Assist Executive Director with interviews for prospective new residents.
- Provide house orientation for new residents.
- Serve as primary responder for any emergencies.
- Know and abide by all house policies and ensure that house policies are being followed by residents.
- Establish a professional, supportive relationship with each resident and serve as a role model and resource.
- Foster community among the residents.
- Organize communal meals and weekly house meetings with the residents.
- Organize additional programs and activities designed to meet the needs of the residents (i.e. bring in a yoga instructor or art therapist).
- Facilitate appropriate connections with residents to the wider community.
- Facilitate resolution of disagreements among residents.
- Be attentive to house safety and perform evening security checks of house perimeter and common areas.
- Perform regular property checks and report any maintenance or repair needs to the Executive Director.
- Maintain inventory of food and other home supplies; shop and restock as needed.
- Help maintain a clean, pleasant, and safe living environment.
- Complete weekly reports.
- Attend scheduled staff meetings.
- Attend scheduled Youth Action Board meetings, as needed.
- Conduct quarterly safety checks of rooms in accordance with house policy.
- Together with Resident Assistant, turn over rooms for new residents.
- Serve as a positive representative of Trinity Haven in the community.
- Light driving may be required for resident support.
Outcomes of the Position:
- Daily functions of the program operate efficiently and safely in order for the basic needs of the youth to be met.
- House residents and staff clearly understand the program values and expectations.
- House Director and staff use the following principles: trauma-responsive, healing-centered, harm-reduction, trusting relationships, strengths-based, journey-oriented, collaborative, non-judgmental, Positive Youth Development, using a holistic approach. Principles exist within an anti-oppression and social justice commitment.
- Youth feel supported and are connected to resources.
- Youth have a voice in the program and an opportunity to contribute.
- Youth have a stronger sense of community, as defined by them.
- Youth experience improvement in their physical and psychological safety; well-being; protective factors relating to trauma; number of healthy permanent connections, and self-sufficiency.
- Youth have stable housing options upon leaving the program, whether to live with family/kin/community or other desired housing.
- The House Director and staff recognize and honor youth's growth, transitions, and journey.
- Timely and accurate data tracking and compilation.
- Timely preparation and submission of reports.
You have strong relational, leadership, and organizational skills, along with a deep commitment to Trinity Haven's mission, vision, and values. You must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams. You may need to work non-traditional hours and will need to have access to reliable transportation. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change inherent in a rapidly scaling start-up are essential.
You will enjoy leading with a strong team approach, have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong problem-solving and team-building abilities, strong conflict resolution de-escalation skills, a keen focus on the interests of the youth we support, and the desire and ability to take initiative and to follow-through with all assigned tasks.
High school diploma/equivalency required. Two+ years' experience working in a residential facility desired. A BA or BS in the field of human or social services, or other appropriate degree, is desired. Life or work experience in principles-based youth work, home or property management, and leadership are required. Experience with and commitment to radical hospitality, community building, and restorative justice preferred. Understanding of power, privilege, and systems of oppression preferred. Must be at least 25 years of age.
To excel in this role, you likely bring the following:
- Strong investment in the local LGBTQ community and in the fight for racial and economic justice.
- Emotional intelligence, including healthy personal boundaries.
- Demonstrated interest and experience in building community.
- Skills relating to hospitality, inclusivity and home maintenance.
- A self-motivated, flexible, and hard-working approach.
- Strong decision-making, organizational, problem-solving and communication skills.
- Basic ability in Word, Excel, Outlook or willingness to learn.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
- Ability to navigate stairs.
- Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, etc., and may frequently lift or move objects up to 30 pounds.
- Ability to transport residents and pick-up groceries/supplies as needed.
- Ability to engage in active listening and giving direction throughout the day.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
A valid Indiana driver's license, proof of insurance and a satisfactory MVR is required for this position. A clear DCS history, and clear criminal and sex offender background checks are required. E-Verify is required. CPR and First Aid certification are required and training in bloodborne pathogens and universal precautions is required (will be provided if not current).
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