Transition Specialist

LIFE Skills Foundation
LIFE Skills Foundation
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Primary Purpose of Position
The primary purpose of this position is to provide comprehensive Independent Living services to all clients eligible for the Independent Living Program including but not limited to the following: service coordination, including linking clients to benefits for which they are eligible; symptom assessment and management; individual supportive counseling; activities of daily living services; social, interpersonal relationship, and leisure-time activity services; support services or direct assistance to ensure that individuals obtain the basic necessities of daily life; and education, support, and consultation to individuals’ families and other major supports.
The Transition Specialist is a critical member of the Independent Living Program. Because of life experience the Transition Specialist provides expertise that professional training cannot replicate. The Transition Specialist should be able to draw upon and utilize his/her own life experience in his/her work with clients and feel comfortable with the self-disclosure of some aspects of his/her experiences with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and/or treatment and recovery while maintaining appropriate clinical boundaries. The Transition Specialist is a fully integrated staff member who provides highly individualized services in the community and promotes individual self-determination and decision-making. The Transition Specialist also provides essential expertise and consultation to staff to promote a culture in which each individual’s point of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected, and integrated into treatment, rehabilitation, and community self-help activities.
List of Responsibilities, Requirements, and Duties
• Assist in identifying, planning, scheduling, and implementing services for the client.
• Assist in linking clients to benefits for which they are eligible and to other services, as appropriate.
• Assist in the development of transition plans when clients move in and out of services.
• Act as an advocate in the community.
• Actively work on assisting client meeting their goals in their LIFE Skills Domains: Housing, Employment, Education, Financial Literacy, Communication, Health/Wellness and Developing a Support Network
• Provide any required written documentation. This will include sessions notes, goals, and plans for the medical record (e.g., service notes, input for person-centered plan, etc.)
• Be available to respond as needed to clients and co-workers 24/7/365.
• Must be free from all illicit substance use.
• This is considered Light Work; no lifting over 20 pounds.

Minimum Education, Training, and Experience
At a minimum completion of a Bachelor’s degree and 1 year experience with population being served preferred.
An employee must receive training in population served and client rights/confidentiality. As well training in Motivational Interviewing and Positive Youth Development will be expected. An employee will be instructed in the LIFE Skills Foundation service delivery model, and in agency policies and procedures. CPR/First Aid, and BBP certification will be required. A valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance is also required. An employee must demonstrate core skills in delivering outreach services prior to service provision.
Special Training/Skills
Must demonstrate ability to organize and plan weekly schedule and manage time effectively. Must be committed to a solution oriented, client-focused, community-based intervention approach to service. Must demonstrate ability to join with clients in a full partnership, building on strengths, community resources, and formal and informal supports. Must possess thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, and standards of care for treatment/services. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation effectiveness. Must communicate regularly with staff and engage in regular individual and group supervision. Must be competent with office software applications. Must be adept at initiating daily activities without direct supervision. Must have functional and reliable personal vehicle to provide community-based services.

In addition, the employee in this position must have experience in providing leadership regarding the mission and core values of the agency:
The Life Skills Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Durham, NC, whose mission is to:
Provide housing, life skills, job training, and mental health services to at risk and homeless young adults primarily in the 16-22 year old range.

LIFE Skills is an active provider of person-centered and client-driven services. With this perspective, fundamental principles were illuminated and built upon. Primary among these is that we are all entitled to a part of the American Dream. Second, it is a harsh truth that many of us are dealt with adversities and circumstances that prevent even an understanding of what such a dream might encompass, much less are given the means to achieve it.


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Salary is dependent on experience and skill level. The range is 35-39K.

How to Apply: 

Please review our website prior to submitting a resume or inquiring about employment. This is a challenging position and we hope that applicants are knowledgeable about our organization and the people we serve.

Please send a cover letter and resume to our Executive Director

We will attempt to respond to all applicants in a timely manner.