THIS is Human Services

15 08 2016

People sometimes ask, “What is Human Services?” THIS is Human Services – intelligence and compassion combined with pure determination to improve our world.

Meet Lisa Blanchard, who started The Grateful Garment Project in her capstone class at NDNU.  Last week, her video about her project, which has become a nonprofit serving a population of over 12 million people, “went viral” with over TWO MILLION views:

Kylie Hicks, a former Human Services student, commented, “yes, yes, a million times yes!” and also volunteered her own perspective about Human Services:  “I came to the NDNU Professional Studies Program after earning a bachelors degree in a discipline that was different than the field I ended up working in. I work in higher education and business, and enrolled in Human Services classes last year. What a valuable, wonderful program! The high-touch experience, welcoming administrators, and expert faculty make me glad that I chose Human Services. I began applying what I learned in the classroom to job in real time. I was also lucky to have the support of my teachers while applying to grad school. I begin the MPA program at NDNU later this month, and want to say THANK YOU to the Professional Studies Program, and the Human Services department in particular, for helping me to achieve my goals.”

This definition of Human Services – intelligence and compassion combined with pure determination to improve our world – applies to the work of so many of our students from the past 27 years of this program’s existence, individuals who are using their education to improve the lives of so many people and who bring their expertise to organizations and communities in ways that make a difference.  We’re proud of each and every one of you.  The work that you are doing, both when you are getting the attention that you deserve (like Lisa) and when you are toiling away to quietly provide essential support, is awe inspiring.  Thank you.

Job Opportunity: Human Services Supervisor

2 08 2016

San Mateo

FINAL DATE FOR FILING: August 11, 2016.

$6,188 – $7,734 /Month

The San Mateo County Human Services Agency (HSA) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Human Services Supervisor, specifically in the Economic Self-Sufficiency (ESS) Division.

In general, Human Services Supervisors:

  • Supervise professional, technical, and support staff.
  • Monitor programs and staff performance.
  • Train staff in work policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and conduct in-service program and procedural training.
  • Support, assist and guide workers in difficult situations, including contacts with clients.
  • Ensure compliance with program regulations  and Agency policies and procedures.
  • Utilize innovative and creative methods to supervise and motivate staff.
  • Promote the Human Services Agency values.
  • Collaborate with other County departments and community partners in meeting the needs of the clients.

Currently, there are currently three (3) vacancies in the Economic Self Sufficiency (ESS) branch.

The full job description can be found here:

Job Opportunities: Adolescent Counseling Services

1 08 2016
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) was founded in 1975 and its mission is to empower youth in our community to find their way through social-emotional support and by building safe, accepting communities. To achieve this, ACS operates four programs serving 10-25 year olds in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties: the On-Campus Counseling Program, providing free counseling on-campus at partner secondary schools; the Outlet Program, providing support, education, leadership development, and advocacy for LGBTQQ youth; the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program, providing assessment, outpatient treatment, aftercare, and education; and the Community Counseling Program, providing affordable individual and family counseling during the afternoon and evening hours.
Adolescent Counseling Services currently has many opportunities for passionate, dedicated, caring individuals to join our great teams of professional staff and therapists. Please follow each individual link below to learn more:

Job Opportunity: Salvation Army

21 06 2016
The Salvation Army South San Francisco Citadel Corps – Working with Youth


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Youth Worker
STATUS: Non-Exempt/Part-Time (27 hours/week; Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
The role of the Youth Worker is to develop, direct, and coordinate the South San Francisco Citadel Corps youth programs and to assist the Corps Officers with seasonal programs, corps programs and outreach.
  • Manage and direct Christian Education Programs i.e. Sunday School, Junior Church, Troops.
  • Encourage people in the youth programs of the corps in their Christian faith, development, and evangelism.
  • Assist with weekly youth music program.
  • Create and distribute outreach material in order to promote Corps programs in the community.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to help with various programs.
  • Develop, and oversee teen program(s). Weekly activities need to be scheduled, planned and implemented that will draw youth, encourage growth and increase attendance.
  • This will be for both Junior High and High School students provide them specific activities that would enhance them and motivate them to grow into whole adults: balanced physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Develop a linkage where these students can take part in the Salvation Army programs and memberships such as Corps Cadets, YPL, Music Camp, Junior Soldiers and Senior Soldiers.
  • Develop Red Kettle Club in local school
  • Assist in the visitation of all Corps and program children
    • Especially the neighborhood around the Corps
    • Keep visitation log (for statistics)
  • Provide transportation for weekly youth programs and Sunday meetings.
  • Promote and organize attendance to youth conferences, Salvation Army Youth (SAY) Summit, and other youth related events and retreats.
  • Assist in coordinating Summer Camp, which includes driving youth to and from camp.
  • Work with Corps Officers and Corps Leaders to plan and develop a Vacation Bible School program.
  • Follow all “Protect the Mission” guidelines.
  • Participate in all assigned meetings i.e. holiness, staff, corps council, youth.
  • Information management:
    • Keep all attendance records and prepare all statistics and youth reports as required by DHQ.
    • Create and send all youth related reports to DHQ on time.
    • Submit weekly and monthly statistics for youth programs.
    • Create and maintain database of young people and leaders.
    • Be responsible for communication with officers, directors, leaders, youth and parents.
    • Promote youth involvement and personally be involved in Corps Holiday activities e.g. Christmas Kettles, Christmas toy drive and Christmas distributions.
    • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Must display a sincere burden for the hearts and lives of those that are under his/her care.
  • Must work well with children, and teens and have a sincere love for people as a whole.
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must have valid California driver’s license
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Experience in administrative duties including, but not limited to: filing, telephone work, record keeping and statistics
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with crisis situations
  • Ability to maintain good rapport and communication with staff members and volunteers
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office package ( Word, Excel, Access)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good organizational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks, willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently, as a part of a team, and with minimum supervision
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Familiarity with Salvation Army preferred
Apply here or for more details, see attached document.
NOTE:  The above link didn’t work for us, but you should be able to contact them directly if you are interested after reading the job description here:  Salvation Army Job

Capstone Newsletter

20 06 2016

This newsletter, which you can find at the link below, highlights the work of 37 amazing students who completed their capstone course this year.  These projects improved community organizations significantly though the efforts of students who set ambitious goals, lead creative efforts, and measured their results.  Their proposals were approved by a panel of faculty members and sponsored by community leaders who evaluated their success at the conclusion of the projects.

We are enormously proud of these students and the leadership roles that they have taken to improve our communities in tangible ways.  They proudly follow a long NDNU tradition, for the university has been known for over 160 years as being on the forefront of innovative change, social justice, community engagement, and educational accessibility.  These students continue that tradition, with many of them now graduates, going into our communities with their hearts on fire with visions of helping others and equipped with experience and knowledge to turn those dreams into reality.

Congratulations to everyone; we are thrilled with your success and honored that you are now part of the lasting legacy of our Human Services program.

2016 Capstone Project Newsletter June 2016

Job Opportunity: Disability Services Support Provider

19 06 2016
One Step Beyond Disability Services is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower Adults with Intellectual Disability to achieve independence, employment, enriching social relationships, and full participation in their community.


Community Integration Direct Support Provider


General Description

Make an impact on the lives of adults who have Intellectual Disability. Join our team. We appreciate our employees and the valuable support they provide to these adults who put a smile on our faces every day we spend with them.


We want you to join our Team. One Step Beyond is an Employee-friendly work environment. You will enjoy working with the team that is already on board. They are committed and passionate about our Mission to empower individuals with ID to achieve their Personal Best. Apply with One Step Beyond today and start on the path to a truly rewarding career.


Primary Responsibilities

  • We are looking for applicants who have a passion to work with adults who have Intellectual Disability, are committed to supporting them as they strive to achieve their developmental goals, and see them as having the potential to do great things and to succeed.
  • Direct Support Providers are responsible for safe supervision and compassionate care of our members and for providing support and encouragement as the members participate activities and workshops the promote the achievement of objectives set forth in their Person Centered Plan.

Job Qualifications

  • High School Education
  • 21 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license for at least 39 months (3 yrs) with no more than 1 moving violation within the past 3 years if 21 years old; or with no more than 2 minor moving violations or 1 accident within the past 5 years, if 23 years old
  • Current/valid California driver’s license, auto registration, and insurance
  • Able to obtain CPR and First Aid Certificates
  • Must clear criminal history check and fingerprint clearance
  • At least 1 year experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disability or other vulnerable populations

Employment InformationReports to: Program Supervisor

Employment Type/Schedule: 35 hours/week, non-exempt, $15 per hour.

Benefits: Eligible for paid time off, health/dental/vision insurance. Mileage reimbursement available.


One Step Beyond is an equal opportunity employer.


To Apply:

Please email a resume to Madison Blanton at:

Job Opportunity: Project Coordinator

17 06 2016
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County – 
Project Coordinator
Legal Aid
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is a non-profit law firm that has been providing free legal services to low-income and vulnerable populations in
San Mateo County since 1959. Our staff assists clients with legal issues and engages in impactful advocacy related to government benefits, housing, domestic violence, health care, elder law, special education access, and disability rights.
Project Coordinator

Location: San Mateo County, California (San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula)
1. Client services: Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Project Coordinator assists with client intake interviews and preparation of basic pleadings at weekly tenant clinics at various locations around San Mateo County.
2. Volunteer Coordination: In collaboration with the Director or Pro Bono, the Project Coordinator provides training materials and assistance scheduling volunteer shifts for volunteer pro bono attorneys.
3. Client telephone screening, scheduling, and follow up: The Project Coordinator screens individuals who call Legal Aid with legal problems; schedules appointments or provides appropriate referrals; enters data on case-related activities; and follows up with clients by telephone, mail, and email.
4. Database entry and reports: Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Project Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a confidential client database, collecting, entering and coding case information in the database, and generating client follow-up data reports.
5. Administrative Support: The Project Coordinator prepares client files and assists staff attorneys with administrative tasks, including file and document management, correspondence, and interpretation/translations for Spanish-speaking clients.
Required Qualifications: We are looking for a motivated individual who is dedicated to advocating for a diverse, low-income client population. The right candidate is someone who can juggle multiple responsibilities, work efficiently and compassionately, use systems to organize large amounts of data, and who has a passion for working with people. S/he will be comfortable taking a leadership role on projects and ensure their timely completion, but will also enjoy supporting the staff attorneys’ work. Other requirements include:
– A.A. degree
– Spanish proficiency (oral and written)
– Excellent writing and communication skills
– Data entry experience
– Working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
– Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail
– Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work autonomously

– B.A. degree
– Experience in legal services or law office environment
– Direct service experience with individuals
Salary: $31,000 to $46,000 per year (DOE) + excellent benefits
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To Apply: Submit: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest and how you meet the required job qualifications, 2) your resume, and 3) a writing sample to Shirley Gibson, Directing Attorney. Email: or Fax: (650) 517-8973
The Legal Aid Society is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults and members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.


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