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Safer Strategies Initiative Coordinator & Family Support Intern


Position Title: Safer Strategies Initiative Coordinator (Intern)
Organization: Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
Program: Property Management
Site: PPL Service Center and a variety of PPL housing locations
Supervisor: Property Management Facilities Coordinator
Schedule: 20 plus hours/week, flexible schedule to be determined between supervisor and intern (during business hours: M-F, 8 am-5 pm
Summer Position: June - August (can start earlier if available)
Fall Semester Position: September - December


Program Description:
Formerly homeless and very low income households experience higher rates of chronic and serious health issues including asthma. The Safer Strategies Initiative was launched by PPL to focus on a key trigger of asthma attacks -- pesticides and their increased use in response to bed bug control. Through the use of a nationally-trained canine detection team, strategic prevention inspections, tenant and staff training, and a new low-chemical pest control response, Safer Strategies intends to achieve and demonstrate reduced pest infestations and a safer environment for children. This is an excellent opportunity for a student in the fields of public or environmental health or social work.


Responsibilities & Duties:
• Coordinate communication between pest control inspector, pest control treatment contractor, and PPL Property Managers and Self-Sufficiency Program staff. Manage master schedule of inspections and treatments.
• Assess needs of participating households and support residents to prepare for inspections and treatments: reviewing prep checklist, providing education, demonstrating proper preparation techniques, delivering plastic bags/boxes/quarters, and answering questions. This will be done over the phone and through in-person home visits.
• Develop culturally appropriate materials to education residents on pest control procedures.
• Support project through additional activities as requested, including data collection.


Qualifications:
• Experience communicating and working with diverse communities
• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to engage and reassure residents who may be reluctant due to stigma around issue
• Comfort performing home visits with residents who have been cited with pest control problems
• Reliable transportation
• Quick learner and ability to navigate multiple systems
• Detail orientated and good at managing multiple details
• Background in public health or social work a plus
• Bilingual in Somali a plus


Compensation:
• Mileage reimbursement for internship-related travel
• Stipend available upon successful completion of internship - amount dependent on total number of hours to be negotiated with student before internship begins


Application Process:
Please direct a cover letter and resume to Julie Huck, Volunteer Program Mgr., at julie.huck@ppl-inc.org. The selection process includes an interview, references and background check.

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Position Title: Family Support Intern
Division: MFIP Programs
FLSA Status: Stipend available
Schedule:
Summer: 10-25 hours/week (2 positions at 10-15 hrs/wk, or 1 at 25 hrs/wk). Schedule to be arranged flexibly between intern and supervisor between 8 am-5 pm, weekdays.
Fall: 10-15 hours/week. Schedule to be arranged flexibly between intern and supervisor between 8 am-5 pm, weekdays.


Department Summary
The Family Support Intern provides support to PPL's two Hennepin County MFIP programs, Connections to Work and ChangePoints:
• Connections to Work provides long-term case management services to families where at least one family member has a disability or health condition which prevents full-time employment. Connections to Work assists families in addressing these barriers through strengths-based case management, individualized goal plan development and referrals to various community resources and services.
• ChangePoints provides short-term, mobile case management to families having difficulty meeting MFIP program requirements throughout Hennepin County. ChangePoints engages in proactive outreach attempts to locate these families, who are often in crisis, and connect them to needed support and resources.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are normal for this position. These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.
• Meet one-on-one with program participants to assist in locating needed community resources and services, primarily for (but not limited to) affordable housing and employment. Provide on-going support and follow-up to referred participants.
• Help participants create resumes, set up email accounts and complete job/housing applications.
• Conduct detailed research on various community services and resources as requested and compile information into electronic database.
• Attend home visits to participants with department staff as scheduled.
• Assist with coordination of weekly, on-site participant workshops.
• Compose and publish quarterly CTW program newsletter.
• Maintain accurate and precise case notes and file documentation as directed.
• Participate in and contribute to ongoing development of dynamic programming and services by actively communicating ideas and suggestions during meetings and through individual projects.


Additional Tasks and Responsibilities:
While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other members.
• Answer and route telephone calls and miscellaneous questions from staff, participants, vendors and the public.
• Support PPL's work and mission by accepting assignments for special projects, committees, etc.
• Maintain professional communications with program participants, co-workers and partnered services providers.
• Provide information on assigned functions.
• Perform administrative and data entry duties as requested.
• Perform other duties as assigned or directed.


Qualifications
To perform successfully in this internship, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.


Minimum Requirements
• Must be a self-starter and comfortable with minimal supervision
• High level of attention to detail and follow-through
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to adhere to HIPAA, ADA and data privacy requirements
• No criminal record of gross misdemeanors or felonies
• Available 10-25 hours per week


Minimum Technology Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required while using technology, equipment and systems.
• Ability to use office equipment including telephone and voicemail system, copier, printer, fax machine and scanner
• Ability to access and navigate the internet and online databases
• Demonstrated proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Outlook
• Ability to navigate computer network (files, drives, and folders)


Education and/or Experience
• Actively pursuing or currently possess a degree in Human Services-related field or have experience working in Human Services-related field.
• High degree of cultural sensitivity; comfortable working with participants from diverse backgrounds.
• Knowledge of mental illness and chemical dependency issues is helpful.


Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the internship. While performing the internship duties, the intern is regularly required to sit, bend, and communicate. The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-25 pounds.


Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions and ability to work under generally safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors may cause discomfort and poses a limited risk of injury.


To apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Laura Ford, MFIP Programs Manager, at laura.ford@ppl-inc.org. The application process includes an interview and background check.


PPL is a 41-year-old private, non-profit community organization dedicated to working with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services and education.

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