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Nebraska Children and Families Foundation Omaha, NE

Did you know??

  1. One in five Nebraska children live in poverty!
  2. 25% of children aging out of foster care - WILL BE HOMELESS!
  3. By age 3, 85% of a child's brain has it's basic architecture in place!

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation exists to advocate for Nebraska's children and provide programming to give them the best start possible!  This is done through local community engagement and we need you to help make a difference in the lives of children and families in Nebraska!

We are currently looking for a Central Access Navigator to join our team of dedicated difference makers! 


Responsible for connecting youth to supports and services at the point of entry into PEO through the Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) core component of central navigation.  Ensures that services and supports are focused on the seven target areas for youth transitioning into adulthood:  Education, Employment, Housing, Finances, Transportation, Mental/Physical Health, and Permanency. 

Responsible for the creation of the Project Everlast Pathway Plan for each youth that enters PEO.  Assists with the planning/implementation of other PEO activities.


  • Coordinates efforts between Youth Engagement Specialist, community service providers/partners, Community Response/Bring Up Nebraska collaboratives in the Omaha metro area, and the youth to create Pathways Plans that contain the most appropriate supports and services available in a timely manner.
  • Develop, conduct, and implement Central Access consultations, ensure all necessary documentation is completed and entered into the database, and refer for any additional independent living evaluations deemed necessary.
  • Conducts regular/periodic PEO orientation sessions. 
  • Works with youth and providers to ensure youth-friendly intake procedures when accessing services and supports.
  • Create and maintain relationships with Project Everlast Omaha program partners and community partners to provide the best coordination of services for youth.
  • Coordinates with Douglas County Community Response (DCCR) and Lift Up Sarpy County to ensure a streamlined central navigation system and process for young adults and/or expectant and parenting young adults and their families.
  • Develops action steps to track youth outcomes and re-engage youth who have lost contact with Project Everlast and community providers. 
  • Work to identify supports and resources that can assist unconnected youth.
  • Assists in the planning and facilitation of PEO Youth Activities.
  • Attend Project Everlast, Partner Programs, and Community meetings as needed.
  • Participate in statewide Bring Up Nebraska and Connected Youth Initiative meetings and workgroups as needed or requested.
  • Recruit and interview social work practicum students.  Attend any required/necessary meetings and recruitment fairs. 
  • Develop and maintain database reporting and functionality in partnership with PEO Staff and partners.
  • Assist with the development, outreach and coordination of housing, transportation, and maternity programs.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities.

WORK DIRECTION RECEIVED:  Works under direct supervision

SCOPE/NATURE OF DISCRETION:  Delegated discretion; authority to initiate and carry out actions that are deemed essential.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
  • Any equivalent combination of the following experience, training, and/or education will be considered.
  • Associates degree in related field or
  • 3-5 years’ experience in working with the child welfare system, or
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge relating to supports and services available for youth aging out of the foster care system, or
  • Lived experience in these systems of care.


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Office equipment and computer software


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with partner organizations.
  • Gather, analyze, and review collected information and make recommendations.
  • Stay calm during intense situations and work under pressure.
  • Facilitate meetings to gain input and disseminate information.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate strong work-ethic, outstanding collaborative approach, and exceptional interpersonal skills that lead to building relationships.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, human service, public administration, education, criminal justice, or similar degrees



  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as grant solicitations or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write grant proposals and progress reports as well as routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries about the organization from the public and/or business community.
  • Ability to effectively present information to public groups.


  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to compute, rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 
  • Ability to read and interpret demographic and statistical research data.


  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in unique situations.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to interpret statistical research findings (such as Census data) and to interpret mathematical data accurately in written communications. 
  • Ability to plan, schedule, and manage multiple activities at once.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to drive.


  • Flexible schedule including possible evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel, including overnight stays.


This position is in Omaha, NE and it is required to be on-site. 

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Full-time Employee
Date Posted July 4, 2022
Date Closes August 3, 2022
Located In Omaha, NE
Job Type Full-time Employee
Shift Custom
SOC Category 11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers
Zipcode 68131

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Medical
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations

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