Housing Clinician
Job Details
San Pedro Street - Los Angeles, CA
$54,000.00 - $57,000.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services

The Downtown Women's Center (DWC) seeks a full-time clinician with a proven history of high quality work, to provide culturally responsive services to DWC housing programs, including project based, field-based, and Project 100. The Project 100 program is focused on providing culturally responsive services to unhoused women, living on Skid Row, who have experienced long-term homelessness and have been historically underserved by traditional housing programs. This innovative program is dedicated to implementing the recommendations of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness and the Ad- Hoc Committee on Women Experiencing Homelessness, and is designed to quickly and permanently house the most vulnerable women of Skid Row. Project 100 is a collaboration between Downtown Women's Center, the Mayors Office, City Council, and other homeless service sector partners. DWC seeks a full time Clinician to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed mental health care to homeless and extremely low-income women. The Clinician will provide clinical services to DWC housing clients through assessments, one-on-one counseling, groups and crisis intervention. The Clinician will also provide mental health group consultations. For clients in Project 100 the Clinician will be part of a multidisciplinary team made up of employment coordinators, case managers, and peer specialists. This position reports directly to the Project 100 Manager and is part of the Housing Department.

Essential Functions

  1. Provide trauma informed, culturally responsive therapeutic services to clients, including individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and coordination of substance abuse and mental health treatment, for participants with co-occurring disorders
  2. Conduct screenings, psychosocial, and diagnostic assessments
  3. Develop and monitor Individualized Service Plans for clients.
  4. Assist staff with clinical consultation, care coordination and coaching around clinical interventions and de-escalation techniques as needed
  5. Comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations around confidentiality
  6. Provide services in a manner consistent with the DWC mission
  7. Maintain accurate and timely records, including intake paperwork, notes, and documentation of services provided to each client.
  8. Provide regular, written reports to the Project 100 Manager and additional reports as assigned
  9. Lead mental health consultation groups in the Housing Department
  10. Participate in individual and group supervision meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings
  11. Conduct home visits to meet with therapy and Project 100 clients
  12. Provide supervision to clinical interns, as needed
  13. Link clients to housing and resources, as needed
  14. Attend meetings and trainings onsite and offsite, as needed
  15. Conduct trainings and presentations internally and externally
  16. Serve as an ambassador to DWC
  17. Other duties as assigned to support the mission of the organization.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competencies (I.e. Flexibility, Communication Proficiency, Budget Management, Relationship Management)

  1. Trauma Informed
  2. Culturally Responsive
  3. Flexible
  4. Relationship Management
  5. Empathic
  6. Creative
  7. Attention to detail
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Supervisory Responsibility
This role does not supervise staff, however may supervise clinical interns as needed.

Work Environment

This job operates in a Community Based Housing office space setting and conducts field-based home visits as needed. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Access to reliable personal transportation required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Mondays-Fridays 8:30 am-5:00 pm


Travel for trainings, meetings, and home visits required.



Required Education and Experience

  • Masters degree in Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy, or Ph.D. in Psychology with current Board of Behavioral Sciences registration in the State of California required
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive mental health services preferred
  • Experience working in community mental health preferred
  • Experience providing trauma informed care and culturally responsive services preferred
  • Crisis intervention experience, and familiarity and comfort working with issues related to homelessness, substance abuse, mental health diagnosis, and history of trauma required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Oral and written fluency in English required; Spanish a plus
  • Lived experience a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required

Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  • Knowledge and training in EBPs (i.e. Seeking Safety, Trauma Informed Care, culturally responsive services) preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with DSM V and Diagnosis preferred
  • Excellent active listening and crisis intervention skills with ability to exercise and model good judgment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, including proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities and record-keeping
  • Able to solve problems by being resourceful and using creativity

Downtown Womens Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, genetic information, national origin and ancestry, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, pregnancy, military and veteran status or medical condition. In addition to federal law requirements, Downtown Womens Center 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.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.