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Problem Solving Specialist - SPA 8 Homeless Services (JR 2158)

Long Beach, California · Volunteering/Non-Profit
JR 2158
Problem Solving Specialist – SPA 8
Long Beach, CA 90805
Salary: $21.64/hr – $25.32/hr DOE
Full Time
PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) is seeking social services candidates passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of individuals and our community to join us a Problem Solving Specialist. This position is a part of our Homelessness Prevention & Problem Solving Program serving LA County’s SPA 8 and is based out of location in Long Beach.
In addition to a rewarding work environment, we offer our employees a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and a retirement plan.
Since its foundation in 1984, PATH has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing. 
PATH’s South County Homelessness Prevention & Problem Solving Program provides temporary financial assistance and support to prevent people from falling into homelessness. Problem-Solving is a person-centered, short-term housing intervention that seeks to assist households in maintaining their current housing or identifying an immediate and safe housing alternative within their own social network.
Problem Solving Specialists work with clients throughout their journey to housing stability, from the time they begin receiving services until they are housed. They utilize a humanistic, strengths-based approach to help clients leverage resources available to them both through their personal network and supportive services to achieve housing stability. Responsibilities of the Problem Solving Specialist include:
  • Providing field-based case management services including, but not limited to, independent living skills, housing stabilization, money management, community integration, employment linkage, benefits establishment and linkage to community providers for substance use, primary and mental health care
  • Providing strengths-based case management and service coordination
  • Collaborating with clients to develop individualized treatment plans
  • Providing on-going support to assess progress and ensure treatment plan outcomes are met or adjusted as necessary
  • Providing crisis intervention services focused on enhancing the clients’ ability to independently problem solve, utilize effective coping skills and manage and self-coordinate care

We’re looking for candidates that:
  • Maintain and execute confidential information according to HIPAA standards
  • Demonstrate knowledge or experience with evidenced-based case management techniques including critical time intervention, harm reduction strategies, crisis intervention techniques and motivational interviewing
  • Possess a high level of tolerance and understanding for individuals with urgent and multiple case management and health needs
  • Work just as well independently as they do on a team
  • Exercise mature judgement, and are highly motivated, self-starting and proactive
  • Are excellent at communicating, whether in writing or verbally
  • Have a strong sense of prioritization and can coordinate multiple demands in a high-pressure environment
For this role the Problem Solving Specialist must:
  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and have 2 years or relevant experience OR an equivalent combination of relevant experience
  • Be able and willing to work flexible hours which may include evenings or weekends
  • Have employment eligibility verification
  • Have or be able and willing to obtain CPR/First Aid training
  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Have reliable transportation and:
    • A valid driver’s license
    • Proof of insurance and ownership for personal vehicles used during work duties
    • The ability to qualify for PATH insurance coverage
  • Successfully complete the following as a condition of hire:
    • Tuberculosis Test
    • Background Screening
    • Drug Test

Effective 11/01/2021 PATH will require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. All prospective hires will be expected to provide proof of vaccination as part of the pre-employment credentialing process. 

If this sounds like you, please visit our PATH Careers Site at and search for JR# 2158 to submit your application. A resume is required.
PATH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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