671 South Lewis Avenue
1. Works independently and consistently exercises discretion and sound judgment in providing intensive case management responsibility for youth in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)who are preparing to transition out of the foster care system. Conducts home visits and may work evenings and weekends and may work may be on-call in order to complete job duties.
2. Assists youth in developing skills for independent living such as home management, budgeting, consumer awareness, apartment maintenance, health care , employment and food preparation/nutrition. In cases of parenting youth, assists clients in the area of well child care and monitors the client's follow through on all areas relating to the wellbeing and safety of the client's child. Provides transportation for clients as necessary to accomplish tasks.
3. Provides effective interventions utilizing a client centered, strengths-based, goal oriented process for assessing the needs of an individual and assisting the client in obtaining the required services and meeting service plan goals. Provides crisis intervention as needed and reports all critical issues to supervisor immediately. Creates well written and effective service plans which appropriately match the needs of clients following the standards and guidelines of the funders, contractors and governmental regulations.
4. Makes appropriate referrals, monitors client services in the appropriate time frames, seeks supervisory guidance as required and documents services provided.
5. Knowledgeable about community resources and links clients to these resources. Follows up on all referrals and progress toward service plan goals. Advocates on behalf of clients in order to ensure access to services for which the client is eligible.
6. Maintains up-to-date and accurate client files including recording of all significant contacts, referrals and maintaining DCFS/SACWIS databases as required by agency/programmatic policies and procedures, professional standards, and external requirements of all relevant regulatory, licensing or accrediting bodies. Provides for timely completion of all necessary documents in case file.
7. Testifies in juvenile court and makes recommendations for safety, permanency and wellbeing of youth which is consistent with case planning.
8. Actively participates in weekly supervision and is prepared to discuss any issues impacting the clients that may indicate additional case management services are necessary. Seeks supervisory consultation around issues of abuse, suicide and other identified risk factors.
9. Attends Administrative Case Reviews, DCIPPS, Child and Family Team Meetings and Quarterly Staffings, etc.
Preferred Requirements: Master’s degree. Three years relevant experience.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree. One year of relevant experience. Child Welfare Employee License (CWEL)
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Education Required