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Joel Brown

15 years of experience working with At-risk populations

Professional Strengths

Multi-Site Management - Leadership - Classroom Management - Program Development - Budget Oversight - Team Building - Career Coaching - Administration - Addiction Recovery - Case Management - Teaching - Coaching/Evaluation - Volunteer Management

Professional Experience


Director of Vocational Advancement

Union Gospel Mission, Spokane WA
  • I manage the operations of the Vocational Education Centers at the Union Gospel Mission's 4 locations in Spokane, WA and Ceour d' Alene, ID
  • Oversight of $200,000+ budget
  • Develop, train, and supervise a team of 25 dedicated staff and volunteers
  • Conduct daily academic and technology classes
  • Teach, tutor, and track all educational subjects with Individual Education Plans
  • Provide crisis intervention and counseling for LIFE Recovery program clients
  • Liaison between the Union Gospel Mission, colleges and businesses around the Inland Northwest
  • Oversaw, as part of team, the development of two new Vocational Education Centers
  • Oversee the workability, in partnership with IT Department, of 90 windows based computers
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of career education classes for the Employment Readiness Program
  • Direct the Job Coaching program for Employment Readiness and LIFE Recovery participants


New Horizon Care Centers, Inc
  • Lead Teacher for a therapeutic children's program focused on traumatized children and addiction recovery, birth to age 12
  • Oversaw the creation and implementation of Individual Education and Development Plans for up to 15 at-risk children
  • Implemented DSHS approved deescalation and restraint procedures on children ages 5-12
  • Ensured compliance with state childcare policies and procedures
  • Mentored and educated mothers in skills needed to raise their children

Case Management

Volunteers of America/YFA Connections
  • Case Manager in charge of the gang outreach Starfish Project
  • Liaison between Volunteers of America and YFA Connecntions YouthREACH program
  • Member of the Spokane Regional Gang Task Force
  • Provided crisis intervention for street youth involved in gangs, drugs, and sex trafficking
  • Managed a caseload of 5 clients and an outreach caseload of 15
  • Outreach Case Manager for YFA Connections YouthREACH program

Program Coordinator

YWCA of the Inland Northwest
  • Site Director for the Homeless Education After School Program 
  • Managed after-school educational activities, field trips, and tutoring for 1-7 graders
  • Provided crisis intervention and community resources for mothers and children trying to exit homelessness
  • Managed the modification of a $180,000 budget with the goal of eliminating waste and closing the budget deficit during a period of organizational restructuring
  • Managed a staff of 5 dedicated staff
  • Oversaw transportation logistics and operations for the Homeless Education After School Program



Master of Initial Teaching, Elementary Endorsement

Gonzaga University

Bachelor of Arts, History/Social Studies

Western Washington University

Volunteer Experience


Head Coach 04 Girls 1st Team

Valor Soccer

6th grade Sunday School Teacher

Turning Point Open Bible

Student Teaching 6th grade

Spokane Public Schools, Mead School District