FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Louisiana Language Access Coalition Biennial Conference: Access to Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Services to Achieve Equity, Thursday, July 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2016

LANGUAGE ACCESS CONFERENCE FOR HEALTHCARE, JUSTICE AND EDUCATION

New Orleans, LA, May 20, 2016: The Louisiana Language Access Coalition will hold its 2016 Biennial Conference: Access to Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Services to Achieve Equity, Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at LSUHSC Medical Education Building, 1901 Perdido Street in New Orleans to promote understanding and cultural sensitivity for populations of Limited English Proficiency.

This year’s conference will provide specialties in tracks dedicated to Health, Justice and Education for both professional and community advocates, community members, service & healthcare providers, educators, administrators, policy makers and interpreters/translators. Continuing Education Credits will be available for lawyers and Jefferson Parish Public Schools Educators. Guest speakers include the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services, Tulane Children’s Health Fund, Xavier University College of Pharmacy, Loyola University Department of Language and Cultures, VAYLA, VIET, MQVNCDC, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, City of New Orleans Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office, The Joint Commission, Jefferson Federation of Teachers, Southern Poverty Law Center, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and Advocacy Center of Louisiana.

This conference is free and open to any interested party. Registration is required and your commitment to participate in the full scheduled conference time. We will provide continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. The space is provided and sponsored by LSUHSC School of Public Health. For more information visit and register at http://www.louisianalac.org Contact: Daesy Berhorst (504) 218-3654 or Karla Sikaffy duPlantier (504) 473-8042

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Advocacy Center of Louisiana: Seeking Full-Time Executive Director

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana (AC) is seeking a full-time Executive Director for it’s office located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1977, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that protects, empowers and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The job description for the position is attached, and the deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 17th. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to AC’s Search Committee Chair, Dale Higgins, at dale@dalechiggins.com.

Please feel free to share this post with organizations and candidates of interest.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana protects, empowers, and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation

ORGANIZATION

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana (AC) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this thriving not-for- profit organization. Founded in 1977, the AC is part of a national system of federally-mandated, inde- pendent disability legal advocacy organizations. The AC serves people with disabilities statewide of all ages, and persons over age 60 in the New Orleans area, and helps them access services and opportuni- ties through its advocacy and legal expertise.

Committed Board, staff, and Friends of the Advocacy Center (FoAC) volunteers are among the stron- gest advocates in the state, regularly challenging systems and society to create positive change and improve the lives of people with disabilities and seniors. The AC supports the right of each person to live with dignity, and to participate in the mainstream of society. The AC’s work, in collaboration with its many partners across the state, is an investment in productive, independent Louisianans who all too often are marginalized or ignored because of their physical or mental condition, or simply because they are old.

The AC has a staff of 55 who work out of offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, and field offices throughout the state. Its $3.8 million budget is comprised of federal and state funds, attorneys’ fees, consulting and training fees, foundation grants, and corporate and individual donations.

ACTIVITIES

• Information and Referral to match callers’ needs with available community resources

• Individual Advocacy to help people overcome barriers to independence, dignity, and critical services.

• Systems Advocacy to bring about broad policy changes affecting larger numbers of clients using litigation and other tools.

• Outreach and Training to broaden the knowledge of AC services and share the AC’s expertise to empower clients, family members, attorneys and other advocates to fight for the rights of people with disabilities to pursue the greatest quality of life possible.

• Legislative Information and Education to equip policy makers with facts supporting decisions affecting AC clients.

• Investigations of Abuse and Neglect to protect clients from abuse, neglect, or exploitation in institutions and other community and supported living settings.

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

• Access: Eliminate physical and programmatic barriers to critical programs and services.

• Autonomy: Protect the rights of clients to make the decisions of which they are capable.

• Education: Protect children and youth with disabilities from illegal exclusion from schools and empower them and their families to obtain appropriate transition services.

• Employment: Maximize opportunities to engage in competitive employment and empower clients with accurate information about employment rights and services.

• Healthcare/Home and Community-Based Services: Advocate for affordable, accessible care so clients can remain in their homes and communities and ensure that they have help with rights protection and quality of life issues.

• Rights Protection: Protect the rights of clients living in institutions and residential facilities, advocate for their access to alternative services in the community, and empower them to exercise their autonomy to the maximum extent possible.

• Voting: Eliminate barriers to voting and empower clients to assert their voting rights.

POSITION PROFILE

The Executive Director (ED) of the Advocacy Center of Louisiana will bring passion, vision, expe- rience, and leadership to a seasoned team dedicated to protecting, empowering, and advocating for people with disabilities and seniors. S/he will build on the 39-year legacy of success while addressing the continued challenges facing Louisianans with disabilities and seniors, such as:

• Protecting young people with behavioral disabilities from being trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline.

• Empowering clients to obtain services needed to enter or remain in the workforce.
• Advocating to increase access to in-home and community services to avoid institutionalization.

Based in the unique city of New Orleans, s/he will guide the AC’s overall advocacy strategy, staff man- agement, fiscal planning and management, fundraising activities, as well as public relations and mar- keting. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Board to ensure that the continued alignment of the AC’s mission, values, and strategic plan lead to successful outcomes. The ED will also continue the AC’s history of close collaboration with state, local, and national organizations.

SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead the development and implementation of the AC’s strategic plan

• Works with the Board to review and refine the strategic plan.

• Forecasts future challenges and positions the AC to meet them.

• Motivates and inspires staff to work collaboratively to meet the vision and goals.

• Identifies opportunities for systems change and effectively understands and works within the political landscape.

• Positions the AC as a leader within the disability, civil rights, social justice, and other key stakeholder communities.

• Assists Board members in developing the knowledge and skills needed for effective stewardship of the AC, and keeps them apprised of all aspects of the organization’s work.

Management

• Deploys staff and other resources efficiently and effectively to achieve organizational goals.

• Is committed to the sustainability and growth of the AC.

• Builds skills of key staff to mentor and motivate other staff, gives feedback to continuously improve their supervision and mentoring skills, and helps them develop skills to address personnel and resource allocation issues.

• Oversees performance management and professional development for staff.

Maintain, increase, and diversify funding resources and provide strong financial stewardship.

• Leads, manages, and is committed to the AC’s overall development/fundraising strategic plan, including federal grants, state contracts, consulting fees, litigation fees, foundation grants, and corporate and individual donations.

• Develops and cultivates relationships with individual and corporate donors, as well as grant makers.

• Ensures that all reporting and compliance requirements of all funders are met.

• Keeps Board fully apprised of on-going financial status and highlights fiscal issues that need Board action.

• Maintains strong internal controls and financial systems including successful execution of all contracts on behalf of the AC.

Raise the profile of the AC through external communications and relationships

• Serves as the active spokesperson for the AC through personal relationships with media, identifying opportunities to promote its policy agenda, and increasing public awareness of its work statewide.

• Communicates the AC’s purpose, policies, and programs to public constituencies, government bodies (executive, legislative, judicial), and staff to build support for its strategic goals.

• Encourages effective relationships with other groups serving people with disabilities, as well as civil rights and social justice organizations.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE and SKILLS REQUIRED

• A minimum of 10 years senior management experience in an organization of similar size to the AC. • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.
• Demonstrated success in leading and managing a complex organization, including:

• Setting strategic vision
• Engaging in clear and decisive decision making
• Managing personnel
• Implementing business plans
• Overseeing finances and internal control systems
• Fostering good relationships with external stakeholders and collaborators

• Demonstrated success and skills in systems advocacy, using litigation to affect public policy, coalition building, and relationship development.

• Proven ability to provide advocacy leadership within the disability community including working with state, local, and federal government officials, coalition partners, stakeholders, and others.

• Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff, funders, and communities served by AC and to be a strong spokesperson for the organization.

• Demonstrated personnel management skills and experience, including the ability to build consensus among differing opinions, as well as to support, mentor, and maintain mutual respect and a positive, open relationships with staff.

• Successful experience developing a diversified revenue base, including securing state, federal, local, and foundation grants, and a strong commitment to participating in and expanding fundraising in partnership with the Friends of the Advocacy Center.

• Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, or similar credential. If graduate degree is other than a Juris Doctor, a solid understanding of, and significant experience with, the use of litigation in advancing public policy is required.

• Interest in and commitment to working in Louisiana.

PREFERRED

• Strong understanding of legal and other advocacy strategies including training, coalition work, and other systems advocacy approaches.

• Knowledge of disability and civil rights law and issues.

• Committed to flexibility in managing staff, balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the organization.

Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2016.
Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing, in detail, your interest in the position of Executive Director of the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, as well as what you believe you would contribute to the future of AC and its client community. The letter must be accompanied by a current resume and sent to:

AC Search Committee Email: dale@dalechiggins.com

AC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. AC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates with disabilities, women, people of color, and others representing linguistic or cultural communities to apply.

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans: Employment Opportunity

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Immigration and Refugee Services Department

 Position Announcement:   Project Coordinator, Unaccompanied Children’s Project, Immigration Services

 Catholic Charities Immigration Services, a nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to oversee and provide program management for our Unaccompanied Children’s Project. The Project Coordinator will oversee and monitor program compliance to provide legal representation and related services to unaccompanied immigrant children released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Primary responsibility is to ensure appropriate implementation of the Unaccompanied Children’s Project administrative operations, including financial, human resources, information/data management, and reporting policies and procedures to ensure good practice and contractual compliance in support of up to 35 staff. The incumbent will function under the supervision of the Program Director and is expected to take an active role in day-to-day operations of the Program.  Working closely with program and agency management, incumbent will be responsible for processing personnel transactions, grants and contracts management, purchasing and financial reporting. Incumbent must exhibit a high degree of professional excellence characterized by sound independent judgment, reliability, initiative, flexibility, and a high standard of ethics along with excellent communication, organizational, and computer skills

Incumbent will perform the following essential functions and specific duties/tasks:

Finance and Compliance:  Works with Program Director on management of program budget, particularly operational expenses. Monitor all accounting ledgers for accuracy; reviews financial reports monthly and monitor program variances; stays current with federal OMB guidelines.

Administration:  Provides assistance to Program Director by coordinating office services; establishes and maintains effective communication with all levels of agency staff, funding agencies, vendors, clients and volunteers; creates and submit accurate payroll recaps; participate in program, division and agency meetings as required. Ensure appropriate documentation for all operating and administrative functions, including accounting, HR/timesheet reporting as per grant and internal requirements. Assist in recruitment and supervision of support staff.

Post-award Grants and Contracts Administration:  Work with Program Director to ensure programmatic and financial compliance with Unaccompanied Children’s Program grant. Acts as liaison between program and finance office. Maintains award notices on file and assures that program personnel or contractor knows the requirements of the award notices such as rebudgeting, deadlines for progress reports, etc. Confirms that awards are properly budgeted in accounting system, verifies ledger expenses and requests appropriate budget adjustments; orders items for grant expenditures and prepares all necessary budget justifications and re-budget requests. Works with Program Director to coordinate hiring of new personnel, assure that personnel are appropriately assigned to grant and contracts, and assists in developing program protocols. Schedules and coordinates meetings as need and maintains records from those meetings. Provides copies of financial reports and budget projections to Program Director. Oversee and assist in the preparation of progress reports. Conduct analysis of monthly program data and provide regular updates to the Program Director.

Purchasing:  Provide coordination of purchasing by all program staff; obtains quotes, submits orders, and processes invoice transmittals, including travel/mileage reimbursement; assures that costs are properly allocated to specific grants and within budget guidelines for each project; maintains and balances petty cash. Conduct review and initial approval of subcontractor invoices.

Facilities Management Responsibilities:  Assist Program Director with supervision of major construction, improvement or repairs to buildings and equipment; solicits and reviews bids and quotes and negotiates contracts; ensures compliance with Performance Standards.

Perform other job related duties as deemed necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the department. May be asked to represent the Center in public speaking engagements and at professional meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management, Accounting or related field. Degree in other field will be considered based on professional experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional level experience.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, excellent organizational and problem solving skills, ability to handle multiple tasks both effectively and efficiently with limited supervision.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to comprehend and assimilate complex rules and regulations.
  • Effective communication skills with ability to maintain composure under pressure.
  • Ability to make sound judgements in areas of personnel management, budget, physical environment of department, safety of departmental employees. Demonstrated effective management skills and exposure to legal/social work staff preferred.
  • Experience with managing federal grants preferred.

Job Status: Full-time (Exempt), contingent upon grant funding.

Reports to: Director, Immigration and Refugee Services

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references to jward@ccano.org and include in the subject line: Immigration, Project Coordinator.

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans: Employment Opportunity

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
3300 W. Esplanade Ave suite 603
Metairie, LA 70002

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

POSITION:Bilingual (English/Spanish) Case Manager, Post Release Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children
SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
STATUS: Exempt, Full Time

TRAVEL: Local and overnight travel required

Jewish Family Service (JFS) a non-profit social service agency dedicated to preserving, strengthening, and enhancing the wellbeing and self-sufficiency of individuals and families at every stage of the life cycle, seeks a bilingual (Spanish) Case Manager to provide post release, follow up services to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

The position of Case Manager is responsible for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate follow-up services and comprehensive case management for UAC. The Case Manager will be responsible for conducting calls, interviews, and home visits with UAC; developing individual case plans with particular attention to culture, language, and special circumstances; and maintaining case files. The Case Manager will provide information, education, referrals, outreach, advocacy, and support to ensure that each child receives the services they require. The case manager will assess the safety and appropriateness of the placement on an ongoing basis using child welfare principles and social work best practices. The Case Manager will also build a network of local pro bono legal resources/services and care providers to establish services for UAC, facilitate access/remove barriers to those services, and track individual progress via an online database. Additionally, the Case Manager will be responsible for submitting written reports as required, coordinating/maintaining communication with key stakeholders, and participating in regular training and communication sessions with headquarters staff.

REQUIREMENTS:

Master’s degree (MA or MSW) required. A minimum of two years experience in case management, preferably working with, serving, and advocating on behalf of immigrant and refugee children. Experience in child welfare, child placements, and family preservation. Prior experience with social services provision. Must possess an extensive knowledge of immigrant community local resources. Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment. Must have a valid driver’s license, insurance, a clean driving record, and personal transportation. Some overnight travel is required. Fluency reading and speaking Spanish required. Candidate must have dedication to the human rights of refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and displaced people.

Please submit cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@jfsneworleans.org

Faith-Based and Community Preparedness Event, May 18th

Please allow me to extend an invitation to you and/or someone from your organization to an upcoming Faith-based and Community Preparedness Event, being held on May 18th at UNO’s campus from 11:00am – 12:00pm and Preparedness Fair from 12:00pm – 12:30pm.

This is a public event for faith and community leaders at which we’ll provide information about the 2016 Hurricane Season as well as actions attendees can take at individual, organizational and community levels to prepare.

 

The invitation is below.

https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp

New Orleans Family Justice Center Employment Opportunities

 New Orleans Family Justice Center
nofjc.org

Please find the links to the job descriptions below.

Position:  Director of Program Development
https://nofjc.org/get-involved/employment-opportunities/

Position:  Bilingual Part-Time Case Management

Job Summary
The Bilingual Part-time Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate will work under the supervision of the Immigration Case Manager to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, conducting initial survivor intakes, assisting with coordinating services between on-site and off-site service providers and partners, and providing other assistance to the Immigration Case Manager, as needed.

The Bilingual Part-time Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate will provide case management services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who enter the Family Justice Center, providing ongoing outreach to survivors and necessary linkages to assure resiliency and recovery from abuse.

The Bilingual Part-time Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate will assist with the development and implementation of the intake process. This may include making necessary changes to the intake process (forms, client tracking system) or assisting with compiling data for statistical reporting. In addition, the Bilingual Part-time Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate will work with other staff members to further develop case management services and to infuse new ideas into practice when supporting survivors.

Knowledge and Abilities

Proficiency in both Spanish and English required.

This position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills. It requires the ability to function both independently and as part of a team. The Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate must be able to interface with a diverse population of clients, as well as have the ability to interact with various staff and partners. The Bilingual Part-time Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate must be able to multi-task in crisis situations, and must be flexible; able to adapt and adjust to sudden changes in business needs, resources or survivor needs.

Minimum Qualifications

Proficient in both Spanish and English.

Bachelor’s Degree and/or relative case management experience.

Essential Functions 

  • Be familiar with all operations of the New Orleans Family Justice Center and feel comfortable assuming any role as needed and as directed.
  • Provide initial intake services – intake form, safety plan, and lethality assessment.
  • Provide crisis intervention and support to survivors.
  • Obtain police reports/supplementary incident reports, as necessary.
  • Explain available services to the survivor.
  • Connect survivors to appropriate service providers – counseling, financial assistance resources, child care (Early Head Start) and communicating with agencies/organizations after referral.
  • Communicate with on-site and offsite partners, including police, district attorney advocates, counselors, attorneys, and others to facilitate service delivery.
  • Assistance in language-related areas.
  • Assist with weekly group counseling.
  • Document survivor referrals/services/efforts in client tracking system – ETO, and other systems used to record and measure outcomes.
  • Maintain contact with survivors to determine changing safety needs, service outcomes, additional services needs, etc.
  • Engage in established processes of exchanging information with both internal and external partners, when advocating for survivors.
  • Ability to work with outside organizations and agencies in promoting the work of the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
  • Attend staff meetings and department meetings as required.
  • Attend training opportunities.

Reporting Relationship:

The Bilingual Part-time Case Management Specialist/Client Advocate reports to Immigration Case Manager.

 

 

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center Needs You! Focus Group on Linguistic Profiling

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center Needs You!

Are you interested in helping the community to eradicate housing discrimination?

What: GNOFHAC is holding a focus group on linguistic profiling (the analysis of a person’s speech)

Where: Rosa F. Keller Library 4300 S Broad Ave

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 5:30-7:30pm


Why:  
This important work will help GNOFHAC educate the community about various forms of housing discrimination.

Participants will receive compensation for their time. Snacks will be provided!

For more information, or to register, please contact Lisa at 504-208-5076 or ltencer@gnofairhousing.org