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Benefits Specialist (JR 2270)

Los Angeles, California · Volunteering/Non-Profit

JR 2270
Benefits Specialist
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Salary: Starting at $21.64 DOE
Full Time

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) is seeking candidates with experience in homeless services or working with vulnerable populations to join our SSVF Team as a Benefits Specialist.

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 SSVF Programs work to promote housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who reside in or are transitioning into permanent housing. The SSVF program focuses heavily on linking Veterans to resources provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program.

As part of the SSVF multidisciplinary team, the Benefits Specialist provides benefit advocacy for participating Veterans to ensure the highest possible rate of success for benefits applications submitted. Responsibilities of the Benefits Specialist include:
  • Providing field-based and mobile benefit advocacy services including assessment, support with gathering of documentation and application submission, client advocacy, and referrals and follow-up with legal providers as appropriate
  • Providing strengths-based service coordination services to assist clients with obtaining and maintaining mainstream benefits such as SSI, SSDI, and VA benefits
  • Working with clients’ previous care providers to obtain information and build comprehensive benefits applications
  • Providing services that focus on enhancing clients’ ability to independently problem solve, utilize effective coping skills, and manage and self-coordinate own care

We’re looking for candidates that:
  • Maintain and execute confidential information according to HIPAA and all other applicable standards.
  • 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 Benefits Specialist must:
  • Have at least 1 year of experience working in homeless services, mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders, or with vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and/or experience with evidence-based service delivery practices including:
    • Critical Time Intervention
    • Harm Reduction strategies
    • Non-violent crisis intervention techniques
    • Motivational Interviewing
  • 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 full 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# 2270 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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