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Youth Mentor Case Manager
Location:River Block Building - WR
FT/PT:Full-time 38.75hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:01/27/2019
Hiring Range:$20.55/hr to $23.49/hr
Job Responsibilities:
General Function
The Youth Mentor is to provide a system of care that is child-centered with the needs of the child and family dictating the types and mix of services provided, to assist in keeping the family together and preventing an out-of-home placement.
To be effective, the Youth Mentor will work with children in their homes and communities, incorporating the entire family in the Wraparound process. 
This position performs ongoing, supportive case management services to youth ages 12-18. The worker is responsible for mentorship, technique-building and family systems case management for program participants, working collaboratively with participants to develop a strengths-based prevention plan that works to assist them in increasing resiliency, positive emotional vulnerability, and community building. 

This position is youth-driven and focuses on developing youth strengths, promotes positive relationships and connections for youth participants, and provides the support and follow-up services needed to address the range of challenges participants confront.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Provide holistic and comprehensive mentoring services to all participants. Including: intake, assessment, goal setting, progress monitoring, advocacy and referral
Develop, maintain and follow goal plan for each child/youth serve
Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities and needs
Provide enrichment resources and activities which include opportunities for cultural awareness, diversity and community service
Complete required entries into appropriate data base
Maintain accurate and detailed accounts of all participation in the program using internal tracking systems.
Develop relationships with alcohol and other drug abuse prevention programs for continued relationship building and referral information

Develop partnerships with community resources and agencies for community building and support of program participants. Work collaboratively with providers to provide successful outcomes for participants
Teach life skills and healthy habits to contribute both to basic development and learning, and to contribute to building positive self-esteem
Develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child to help develop positive self-esteem and experience growing confidence

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities

While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

Promote substance use prevention through additional partnerships, participating in related coalitions and community groups as requested
Promote skills training and provide reinforcement to promote substance use prevention through community events and trainings
Apply trauma-informed care knowledge to mentorship practices
Any other duties as may be assigned.

Essential Skills

Outstanding public speaking and presentation skills
Ability to motivate others towards achieving their personal goals
Ability to work independently with strong sense of focus, task-oriented, nonjudgmental, open personal qualities, and a clear sense of boundaries
Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate, mentoring participants within the context of their identity, family, community, tribe, history, culture, and traditions
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to establish rapport with program participants
A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both participant and fellow employees
Ability to relate to children and to develop and sustain trusting, supportive relationships with them
Ability to work positively when children express reactive behaviors and actions
Proven background experience in working with children who may express heightened trauma response
Ability to navigate between family experiences and child behavior with strength-based approach
Strong vision of hope and positive expectation and outlook when engaging all parties involved
Schedule is non-traditional, but flexible and based around clients’ availability. Since case managers are heavily involved with each family, long hours may be required. 

Job Qualifications:
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Social Work, Sociology or related field that provides the necessary skills to meet the expectations of the position   
Knowledge of human behavior, motivation, crisis intervention, family and group dynamics, money management, and organizational skills are necessary
Interviewing and assessment skills are required
Participation in State or Agency training is required 
Basic everyday living skills are needed, as is the ability to understand and follow oral and written directions 
Reading, writing, adding, and subtracting skills are needed 
Must have access to transportation to travel to various work sites
Basic office equipment used:  personal computer, projector, printer/copier and telephone