VPAN Squad Leader | VPAN in San Fernando, CA at Goodwill Southern California

Date Posted: 7/12/2021

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Job Description

Goodwill Southern California (GSC) prepares and places thousands of individuals into sustainable employment through programs and services throughout Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As one of the leading non-profit brands in the world, and the largest non-profit in Southern California, we have been transforming lives through the power of work for over 100 years. Goodwill Southern California supports its mission with proceeds generated from over 78 retail stores and over 44 attended donation centers, as well as from charitable donations and grants from the public and private sectors. Goodwill SoCal is a rapidly evolving organization and yet we have never been more focused – on our mission, on our people, and on our future. It’s always a GOOD day in SoCal!

Primary Responsibility / Summary

Facilitates the implementation of Veteran Peer-Action Network (VPAN) program that results in the meaningful self-sufficiency for Goodwill of Southern California (GSC) veteran participants. Establishes and maintains working relationships with community organizations, social service agencies, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the CalVET, veteran-specific organizations, training providers, and other appropriate stakeholders for the advancement of program goals. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Researches and identifies social services and housing providers in the Los Angeles region.
2. Conducts assessments of services to properly link resources with veteran needs.
3. Develops and maintains partnerships between social services, county agencies, city agencies, educational providers and Goodwill Southern California workforce development programs.
4. Coordinates the development and implementation of VPAN programs across Goodwill Southern California territory, with special focus on Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 3.
5. Explores innovative ways in which social service resources, educators, business, government, and nonprofits collaborate to promote self-sufficiency outcomes for veterans.
6. Facilitates meetings, roundtables, and other strategic conversations with community leaders, social service providers, businesses, public agencies, and other system stakeholders.
7. Establishes avenues for Goodwill programs to aid veterans in gaining needed barrier removal services across LA County.
8. Identifies partnership and funding opportunities to expand program services and outcomes.
9. Advocates to policy leaders and stakeholders to advance the outcomes of veterans in the region.
10. Maintains existing partnerships, and develops new organization service partnerships so that all identified needs of the Vet/MilFam can be met.
11. Staffs Rally Point and provide back-up for staffing at Community Access Points (CAPs) as needed.
12. Liaison with LA County Dept. of Military Affairs to coordinate staffing at the Rally Point.
13. Conducts skill-building classes.
14. Develops weekly schedule to ensure staffing at Rally Point and CAPs, and for after-hours phone support line.
15. Provides after-hours coverage once a week for phone support when Rally Point or CAPs are not open.
16. Leads and provides logistics for peer run events (social or volunteer experiences).
17. This position requires local travel extensively (> 50% of the time), must have a valid driver's license and state-required auto insurance.  Driving record must be acceptable by the Company’s insurance vendor.

Education & Experience

• 3 years of nonprofit or social service program coordination experience is preferred.
• Familiarity with the local veteran-serving system required.
• Experience working and collaborating with veteran programs, community colleges, training providers, businesses, community agencies, politicians and policy leaders. 
• Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, education, business, or related field from four-year college or university required, master’s degree preferred.
• Knowledge and experience of Veteran-specific services and practices is required. 
• Knowledgeable of nonprofit and governmental budgeting process
• Experience in implementing programs serving Veterans with disabilities and other barriers to self-sufficiency.
• A self-motivator with ability to work with moderate supervision. 
• Bi-lingual fluency (e.g., English/ASL, English/Spanish, etc.) and ability understand another culture as required by the program and local community highly desired.

Other Qualifications

• A collaborative approach and flexibility in working with others.
• Ability to handle confidential information.  
• Punctual and dependable attendance.
• Free from alcohol and drug abuse.
• Understands the basic philosophy of Goodwill and participates fully in carrying out its mission.
• Adheres to Goodwill’s values of Respect, Integrity, Service, & Excellence.

Goodwill is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations for job duties in accordance with Federal and State Law 


Goodwill Industries in Southern California is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here: http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf

Goodwill gives preferential consideration to persons with barriers to employment.   Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Goodwill is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees. Employment decisions will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.  

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities

In furtherance of our commitment to end discrimination against qualified disabled individuals, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and all regulations properly issued thereunder to protect the rights of qualified disabled persons, it is Goodwill's policy that no program or activity administered by it shall exclude from participation, deny benefits to or subject to discrimination any individual solely by reason of his or her disability.   Equal employment opportunity will be extended to qualified disabled persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall and termination.   We further affirm that we will provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled employee or applicant.  

It is the policy of Goodwill to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.  If you need assistance for accommodations to interview because of a disability, please notify the Human Resources Department. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a disability.

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