Housing Clinician
Job Details
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Master's Degree In Social Work
$58,240.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services

DWC seeks a full time Housing Clinician to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed mental health care to homeless and extremely low-income women, with a focus on Housing for Health participants. The Housing Clinician will provide clinical services to DWC Housing clients through assessments, one-on-one counseling, groups and crisis intervention. The Clinician may also provide mental health group consultations. This position reports directly to the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Scattered Site 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 PSH Manager and additional reports as assigned
  9. Lead mental health consultation groups in the Housing Department
  10. Provide clinical training for DWC staff as appropriate.
  11. Participate in individual and group supervision meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings
  12. Conduct home visits and provide field-based therapy.
  13. Act as supervisor or preceptor to clinical interns, as appropriate.
  14. Link clients to housing and resources, as needed
  15. Attend meetings and trainings onsite and offsite, as needed
  16. Conduct trainings and presentations internally and externally
  17. Serve as an ambassador to DWC
  18. 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. Deep understanding of trauma-informed care
  2. Cultural responsiveness
  3. Flexibility
  4. Empathy
  5. Creativity
  6. Attention to detail
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment, and provides home visitation, as needed. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

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 exempt position. Days and hours of work are Monday- Friday 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM; with flexibility to work during non-scheduled days and evenings when necessary.

Travel within Los Angeles County for local meetings and provision of field-based services. Occasional transportation of clients may occur.


This position is primarily field based but may work remotely when approved by a supervisor.


Required Education and Experience 

  1. Master’s degree in social work or related field required
  2. Licensure preferred
  3. Minimum 1 year working with unhoused populations preferred
  4. Minimum 1 year providing field-based services preferred

Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with supportive housing model and evidence-based practices including Critical Time Intervention, preferred
  2. Certifications in EMDR, Seeking Safety, CPT, Narrative Therapy, or other trauma and resiliency informed approaches, preferred
  3. Knowledge and training in EBPs (i.e. Seeking Safety, Trauma Informed Care, culturally responsive services) preferred
  4. Knowledge and experience with DSM V diagnosis preferred
  5. Excellent active listening and crisis intervention skills with ability to exercise and model good judgment
  6. Strong written and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  7. Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, including proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities and record-keeping
  8. Excellent active listening and crisis intervention skills with ability to exercise and model good judgment
  9. Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  10. Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, including proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities with data management responsibilities
  11. Ability to be flexible with hours when needed
  12. Current valid California state driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle with good driving record
  13. Must be a CA resident and live at least 75 miles from the office and must be available for in-person meetings at the DWC offices.
  14. Culture Humility.
  15. Must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result from the last seven days, on first day of hire.
  16. Must provide documentation of a negative TB test result within the last twelve months, on first day of hire.
  17. You will be required to have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination to start employment with DWC, and second dose must be received within 30 days from the first day of hire.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  1. Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English a plus but not required
  2. Lived experience of homelessness a plus but not required

Downtown Women’s Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants and actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental or physical disability, marital status, pregnancy, military and veteran status, medical condition, geography, socio-economic status, and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

Downtown Women’s 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.