Job Opportunities

Current Full-Time Opportunities

Continuum of Care Coordinator

Job Summary: The Continuum of Care Coordinator will have responsibilities for facilitating the Springfield/Greene, Christian and Webster Counties Continuum of Care (DBA The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness) Executive Board, Full Membership, and sub-committees.  The CoC Coordinator will manage annual state and federal funding processes.  This position will lead the application process for Emergency Solutions Grant (state) and US Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds, as well as monitor grantees and assess progress on meeting community-wide goals, evaluate program performance, and monitor compliance with all state and federal funding requirements.  The position will be located in the Springfield Affordable Housing Center.

Reporting Structure: The Continuum of Care Coordinator will report to the Director of Homeless Services.

Evaluation: The Director of Homeless Services, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the Director of Continuum of Care.

Position Requirements:

  • Manage and staff the Springfield/Greene, Christian and Webster Counties Continuum of Care (DBA The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness) and all associated projects and support work, including meeting preparation, facilitation, and creating accountability for action items;
  • Oversee process for HUD Continuum of Care NOFA and ESG applications; manage grants, which will include working with the City of Springfield on monitoring grantees performance and effectiveness of funded projects to ensure the Continuum’s competitiveness in attracting state and federal funds to support homeless prevention and intervention services;
  • Develop the Continuum’s local update to the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, based on national goals for homelessness prevention and intervention outlined in the Federal Plan to End Homelessness, Opening Doors, and incorporate community vision, best practices, and measurable outcomes to local planning efforts;
  • Develop and implement a marketing/education/communication strategy to heighten awareness of Plan to End Homelessness and local steps being taken to address homelessness issues;
  • Oversee implementation of plan strategies; collect and analyze applicable community data to determine progress in meeting community-wide goals and make funding recommendations to community partners;
  • Provide oversight of the Missouri Homeless Information System;
  • Assist with desk and/or on-site monitoring of HUD grant recipients;
  • Assist with desk and/or on-site monitoring of ESG recipients;
  • Plan and oversee special events, point in time counts, and best practice sharing opportunities for partners;
  • Research, identify and apply for additional funding sources to meet Springfield/Greene, Christian Counties Continuum of Care goals;
  • Other duties as Continuum of Care process evolves and/or as assigned by the Director of Homeless Services and/or the Deputy Director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Sociology, Business Administration, or a related field, a minimum of two years professional experience, and experience in grant writing, administration and policy development required;
  • Experience in management of state and/or federal grants and project monitoring, or equivalent combination of experience and training that provide essential knowledge, skills and abilities preferred;
  • Experience with Continuum of Care planning and management processes and familiarity with homelessness issues strongly preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong working relationships across community, public and private sectors;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to write and prepare grant proposals;
  • Proven ability to manage and facilitate collaborative decision making processes and achieve established outcomes;
  • Experience in negotiation and conflict resolution procedures, as well as ensuring programmatic compliance to meet community benchmarks and goals;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously; comfort and flexibility with evolving and changing state and federal funding requirements and dynamic local partnerships;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to measure and evaluate program performance;
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Suite, online grant systems (e-Snaps) and the use of social media tools;
  • Knowledge and skills in marketing, event planning, and meeting coordination techniques.

Position Clarification: The position of Continuum of Care Coordinator is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability.  This is a salaried, full-time position of 37.5 hours per week.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

One Door Assessment Specialist

Job Summary: The One Door Assessment Specialist – One Door provides coordinated entry services for federally funded shelter and housing services as well as shelter diversion programming, and other related community resources.  The position is located at the Springfield Affordable Housing Center.

Reporting Structure: The One Door Assessment Specialist will report to the One Door Coordinator

Evaluation: The One Door Coordinator of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the One Door Assessment Specialist

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related field is required.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and internet expertise.
  • Must be comfortable working with the high-risk, homeless population.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment effectively.
  • Strong Organizational skills are a must.

Essential Functions:

  • Meets in person with clients to complete assessment of client needs;
  • Utilizes Shelter Diversion practices when shelter options are not available;
  • Makes appropriate referral based on client’s needs and each program’s unique criteria;
  • Answers phone inquiries regarding available resources;
  • Maintains contact with partner agencies to maintain knowledge of resources available within the community;
  • Researches additional resources and initiates partnership with those resources;
  • Assists clients with filling out paperwork for other assistance programs;
  • Strongly adheres to policies and practices outlined by Federal HMIS technical standards;
  • Advocates for clients’ needs, and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Clarification: The position of One Door Assessment Specialist is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability.  This is a full-time position of 37.5 hours per week.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Current Part-Time Opportunities

Childcare Worker

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Job Summary: This is an as-needed position that supports families participating in Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ programming by providing childcare in conjunction with select community presentations, events, and/or training.  This position promotes high quality early care and education by caring for children in a childcare setting while parents/guardians are on-site. Reporting Structure: The Childcare Worker will report to the Director of Caring Communities. Evaluation: The Director of Caring Communities, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the Childcare worker. Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to pass a background screening of the Family Care Safety Registry
  • Ability to travel to various worksites throughout city of Springfield
  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, mostly evening and weekends
  • Possess positive interpersonal skills, be organized, enthusiastic, self-disciplined, and reliable
  • Possess a desire to work with young children and families
  • Experience working with a wide range of children in a childcare or other supervised setting

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate a pleasant and professional manner in dealing with children, families, community members, and staff
  • Must demonstrate high level judgment in critical situations while caring for multiple children
  • Ability to manage multiple children with appropriate, positive non-punitive discipline techniques
  • Able to communicate effectively – both in written and verbal forms

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for maintaining necessary enrollment, attendance, and activity reports regarding participating children and families
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding any and all participating children and families
  • Providing a positive and engaging childcare experience for all children in childcare
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Clarification: The position of Childcare Worker is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability.  This is as-needed position and hours are not guaranteed. Submit cover letter and resume online by 5:00 p.m. January 31, 2017. No phone calls, please! Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Missouri Customer Service Partnership Youth Mentor (Unpaid/Volunteer Position)

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Job Summary:  The Missouri Customer Service Partnership (MCSP) Mentor is a volunteer position responsible for providing mentoring services to participants in the MCSP program. The mentor will be responsible for supporting their mentee in achieving professional and personal goals. The mentor will do this by developing a meaningful, connected and supportive relationship with the mentee. Reporting Responsibilities:  The MCSP Mentor reports to the Community Mentoring Program Coordinator, along with other staff involved with MCSP. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate dependability, consistency and follow through with your commitment to your mentee.
  • Make a minimum of a one-year commitment to developing and maintaining a mentor relationship with your mentee. A minimum of 4 hours per month. Contact can include face-to-face, phone and email conversations.
  • Attend required trainings and orientations.
  • Attend quarterly meetings between mentors and mentees in conjunction with your weekly contact with your mentee.
  • Serve as a resource to your mentee in their professional and personal life. Be a sounding board for them to work through life challenges with support.
  • Be aware of and responsive to safely issues that may exist within the community or home environment of the youth. Notify the Community Mentoring Coordinator immediately regarding any concerns.
  • Maintain log of client contact and any other required documentation.

Essential Job Qualifications/ Skills:

  • Well organized with positive role model attributes. An interest in working with area youth and young adults.
  • Ability to communicate with an open mind and listen nonjudgmentally.
  • Be comfortable working with youth/young adults from all socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to be flexible with your schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Missouri driver’s license, reliable transportation and proof of insurance.
  • Preferred knowledge of local/ community resources.
  • Keep time logs and other information as requested to document mentoring service.

Position Clarification: The position of MCSP Mentor is a volunteer position requesting at least a one year commitment. Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

One Door Triage Center (Unpaid/Volunteer Position)

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Job Summary: This is a volunteer position assisting the One Door program of Community Partnership of the Ozarks. Volunteers will be utilizing ServicePoint, a Homeless Missourians Information System (HMIS) software system, to conduct the initial assessment for services through the One Door program Reporting Structure: The One Door Triage Center Volunteer will be supervised by the One Door Lead Assessment Specialist Evaluation: The One Door Lead Assessment Specialist will provide training and support for volunteers.  The One Door Lead Assessment Specialist, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the One Door Triage Center Volunteer Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and internet experience

Skills and Abilities:

  • Time management and organizational skills are a must
  • Punctuality
  • Must be accurate and detail oriented
  • Must be comfortable using computer software. Volunteers will be trained on the VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization and Decision Assistance Tool), an online assessment tool, and ServicePoint, an online HMIS system
  • Must be comfortable working with a diverse population in crisis and provide patient and respectful customer service. Must demonstrate a pleasant and professional manner in working with clients, Housing Center partner agencies and staff of Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Essential Functions:

  • Collect and enter demographic data into online HMIS system
  • Conduct initial computer-based assessment (VI-SPDAT) of guests seeking shelter or housing services through the One Door program
  • Complete a Self-Reported Needs Assessment (SRNA) with each guest to be used during the next phase of assistance with the One Door team
  • Maintain compliance with HMIS regulations in using ServicePoint software
  • Maintain confidentiality

Position Clarification: The One Door Triage Center Volunteer will determine a set schedule with the One Door Lead Assessment Specialist.  This is a volunteer position.

Communications Assistant Internship (Unpaid/Volunteer Position)

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Job Summary:   The Communications Assistant will work with the Office of Communications to meet deadlines for multiple projects and assist the Director of Communications (DOC) in delivering the mission, vision, and values of Community Partnership of the Ozarks. Reporting Responsibilities:  The Communications Assistant reports to the Director of Communications or the management team in the event of the DOC’s absence. Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Post content to the organization’s multiple websites
  • Post content to the organization’s social media networks
  • Assist in the design of posters, flyers, and various other forms of print advertising
  • Assist in the scripting, shooting, editing and overall production of video projects
  • Attend planning meetings with the DOC
  • Ability to work with people from all socio-economic levels and backgrounds
  • Adhere to the values set forth by Community Partnership of the Ozarks and understand that you may be acting as a representative for the agency at any time

Skills & Experience:   The Communications Assistant should have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • The ability to communicate with others and show respect to their ideas and needs
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities
  • Commitment to Community Partnership’s mission, values, and goals
  • Public speaking skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work both independently and within a team, and collaborate with other agencies
  • Able to manage multiple tasks/projects/programs
  • Computer and internet literate; experience with Microsoft Office, Desktop Publishing software and internet research; email communication a must;
  • Graphic design experience a plus
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro is a plus
  • Experience with WordPress is a plus

Additional Information:   The Office of Communications is a fast-paced environment where duties changes from one day to the next.  Being able to think fast while staying organized is critical to the success of this department.  A normal day may include writing a press release, making web updates, designing print materials, shooting/editing/producing video series, updating social media, appearing at events held by the organization, and more.  Getting the job complete on deadline is also very important to the work that is done in this office.  If you are a self-starter and are looking for a great place to build your resume or portfolio, you are encouraged to apply. This is a non-paid, volunteer position. Community Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Social Work Internship (Unpaid/Volunteer Position)

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Job Summary: The Social Work Intern works (within his/her designated area) with families in need of support to help them with emotional, physical and/or financial situations that are causing discord in their families and disruptions to the child/ren success at school. Reporting Responsibilities: The Social Work Intern reports directly to Community Partnership’s Senior Social Worker. Evaluation: The Senior Social Worker, along with any other Community Partnership staff, who work directly with the intern, evaluates progress of intern. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with families within the assigned area to help identify resources available to assist the family with their identified needs.
  • Make home visits and connect families with needed resources.
  • Identify community, business, and civic resources and opportunities for leveraging existing resources to support the needs of students and families, and the ability to network with those resources to provide the most efficient help to client.
  • Prepare written documentation of home visits, referrals, services provided and client outcomes on a monthly basis.
  • Work collaboratively with school staff to address and meet needs of students.
  • Plan and implement skill building groups with identified students in Title I school setting.
  • Plan and implement mentoring services with identified students in Title I school setting.
  • Prepare written documentation of group and individual student interactions and outcomes.
  • Assist with school based outreach programs that benefit students/families.
  • Attend staff, operational, and other community meetings as assigned/beneficial.

Essential Qualifications/skills:

  • Bachelor or Master’s level social work intern
  • Computer and internet literate
  • Good communication skills
  • Driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to travel within the community.
  • Analytical skills including critical thinking, assessing data and prioritizing information
  • Ability to work with diverse family situations

This is a non-paid, volunteer position. Community Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.