Support Specialist - (Part-Time) (Friday-Sunday 3pm – 11:30pm)

Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA ● Los Angeles, CA, USA Req #11103
Monday, June 17, 2024


Title: Support Specialist - (Part-Time) (Friday-Sunday 3pm–11:30pm)

Department: Interim Housing

Location: El Puente, 711 N. Alameda, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Reports to: Assistant Director

Schedule: Friday-Sunday from 3pm-11:30pm

Status: Part-time, Non-Exempt (Hourly), Non-Management 

Benefits: 403b, sick time, vacation time, holidays, EAP, company discounts, anniversary gift, stipends for bilingual and other skills/participations



A support specialist will act as the first point of contact for all immediate client needs and requests such as phone use, linens, water, laundry schedule, etc. They will respond to clients’ needs (in a trauma-informed care scope) and assist with other tasks given to support the shelter and other staff members. A support specialist’s role is vital to the success and support of the client and the shelter itself.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

- Monitor and oversee the floor including communal areas, patios, bathrooms, dorms, and showers, ensuring program guidelines are upheld and that the physical site is well-maintained and safe, including general cleaning duties. At all times, be visible and on the floor while actively engaging and welcoming clients.

· Conduct regular, thorough walk-throughs of the facility

· Create a supportive environment to ensure client progress towards stability

· Attend relevant staff meetings, trainings and retreats as scheduled

· Oversee client cubicle/bed area maintenance in a trauma-informed manner

· Facilitate a client engagement activity, such as groups or other activities

· Complete incident reports, update shift logs, and document in HMIS, as needed and email relevant documents/updates before the end of each shift

· Develop effective, trusting relationships with clients and use a client-centered approach that includes motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care

· Intervene during crises to actively de-escalate situations, with client and staff safety in mind, using non-violent communication skills

· Work as part of a team to provide comprehensive, integrated care to individuals experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and substance addiction

· Communicate effectively, and in a timely manner, with management, peers, and clients

· Maintaining client confidentiality at all times, while following agency, state, and HIPAA laws

· Other duties as assigned



· High school/GED degree

· Minimum one (1) year experience in related work

· Possess effective customer service skills and the ability to handle difficult situations

· Ability to work independently and think critically

· Ability to communicate in a language other than English strongly preferred but not required

· Ability to act in a professional manner regardless of circumstances

· Commitment to improving the community through empowerment and dignity

· Familiarity with non-violent crisis intervention

· Familiarity with issues faced by the population served

· Ability to self-motivate and to appropriately organize and motivate others

· Computer literate; able to use computerized database system for information management

· Ability to work as a team member

· Able to obtain and maintain Food Handlers, CPR and first aid certification

· Demonstrate an ability to take initiative towards continued professional development

· Able to thrive in a work environment emphasizing teamwork and collaboration.

· Respond in a timely manner in all aspects of communication.

· Work with minimum supervision

· Perform other duties as assigned.


Work Environment

· Ability to lift 10 pounds

· Ability to work in all types of weather environments

· Ability to work with Persons Experiencing Homelessness (PEH)


  • Maintain a safe work environment and confidentiality at all times
  • Be proactive, creative, and flexible in determining, evaluating, researching, and resolving issues
  • Organize and prioritize multiple activities to meet all external and internal deadlines
  • Maintain a professional demeanor that reflects positively on the agency
  • Demonstrate respect and courtesy toward others
  • Able to thrive in a work environment emphasizing teamwork and collaboration
  • Ability to prioritize different tasks with minimal supervision
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Equal Opportunity Employer  

The People Concern is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to non-discrimination in employment. We select the most qualified individual for the job based on job-related qualifications regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, credit history, sexual orientation, arrest and court record, genetic information, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or other applicable laws.   

About the People Concern 

The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives. One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern was formed in 2016 in a merger of two trusted social service organizations based in Los Angeles County, OPCC and Lamp Community. Informed by more than fifty-eight years of work in the community, The People Concern is a leading provider of, and advocate for, evidence-based solutions to the multi-faceted challenges inherent in homelessness and domestic violence. 
With compassion and profound respect for those we serve, we provide a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, interim housing, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, domestic violence services, life skills & wellness programs, and permanent supportive housing – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals, survivors of domestic violence, challenged youth, and others who have nowhere else to turn. 

The People Concern’s model of integrated and comprehensive care empowers our participants to navigate the multi-faceted obstacles in their lives, become their best selves, and ultimately, connect with and contribute to their communities.  


Benefits & Perks  


  • Retirement Planning (403b) & Matching
  • Paid Holidays  
  • Paid Vacation Days 
  • Paid Sick Days 
  • Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) 
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance 
  • Discounts on Hotels, Theme Parks, Concerts, Movies, Restaurants & More 
  • The People Concern University & Certificates  
  • Corporate Discounts 


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $20.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $20.00
  • Travel Required No
  • Required Education High School
  • Job Start Date Friday, June 21, 2024