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Independent Living Coordinator - Social Worker
Location:River Block Building - WR
FT/PT:Full-time 38.75hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:03/14/2021
Hiring Range:$46,909.20 to $53,881.10/annually
  
Job Responsibilities:
PLEASE NOTE:  Wage as of 7/1/21 - $52,510.90 to $60,006.70/annually

WHO WE ARE:

The Wood County Human Services Department has great passion for helping the members of our community. As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality services is a shared goal across all departments. If you have a background in Social Work and a passion to help the members of our community, please consider joining our team! 

WHAT WE OFFER:

In addition to who we are, Wood County team members are offered competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and excellent benefits, including:
-Health Insurance
-Dental Insurance
-Vision Insurance
-Wisconsin Retirement System Defined Benefit Plan
-457 deferred compensation plan
-Income Continuation Insurance
-Vacation, Comp and Sick Time
-Holiday Pay
-Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
-Life Insurance and more!
-Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN OUR TEAM:

The Wood County Human Services Department has an opening for a full-time (.97 FTE) Independent Living Coordinator - Social Work Position. This position will perform intensive case management services to assess the needs, strengths, and barriers of Independent Living (IL) participants ages 17½ - 23.  Work collaboratively with child welfare agencies to provide resource services for Out-of-Home care youth ages 14 – 18.  Coordinate the regional Youth Advisory Council.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Coordinate IL program in Adams, Portage and Wood Counties. 
2. Be trained in the FoodShare Employment & Training (FSET) program in order to co-enroll IL participants in FSET to leverage FSET services.  Work with FSET case managers to manage joint services.
3. Provide case management services including locating, managing, coordinating and monitoring all services and informal community supports needed by IL participants such as mental health, physical health, housing, education and employment.  Case management services include assessment, case planning, monitoring, review, advocacy and referral.  
4. Develop curriculum and utilize existing resources for life skills curriculum for IL participants, focused on ages 17½ - 21, but also provide support to child welfare agencies for services to youth ages 14 – 17½. .
5. Work in collaboration with county and tribal child welfare agencies to develop a Transition to Discharge Plan for all eligible youth exiting care.
6. Coordinate with local resources to develop and maintain a Department of Children and Families (DCF)-required regional network systems youth ages 14 -21.
7. Facilitate the local and regional Youth Advisory Council, including organizing, supervising and maintaining regular meetings.  Provide support to the representatives of the statewide Youth Advisory Council.
8. Case management activities provided through the team approach are:
a. Summary and analysis of subjective and objective data through individualized assessment.
b. Planning of appropriate activities to address the assessment results.
c. Determining the intervention strategies that will address the identified needs and goals.
d. Implementation of the plan and intervention strategies.
e. Ongoing progress monitoring and evaluation of employability plans. 
9. Provide holistic and comprehensive case management services utilizing family systems and trauma informed care to all participants.  Includes:  intake assessment, benefit assessment, goal setting, long-term case plan development, bi-weekly case plan development, progress monitoring, advocacy and referral.  Motivate participants towards achieving their personal goals. Promote a strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both clients and fellow employees.
10. Responsible to know and practice the Safety policies of Wood County.  Perform all job tasks in a safe and prescribed manner.

B. OTHER JOB DUTIES

1. Support IL Program student interns including training, project development and site evaluation in collaboration with Employment & Training Manager.
2. Promote skills training and provide reinforcement to increase sustainable economic stability of IL participants.
3. Promote strategies that will reduce the loss of contact and homelessness of IL participants. 
4. Any other duties as may be assigned.
 
Job Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum qualifications of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a directly related field and possession of, or eligibility for, Social Work Certification in accordance with Wisconsin Chapter 457.08 is required.  
Knowledge of human behavior, motivation, crisis intervention, family and group dynamics, money management, and organizational skills are necessary.  
Interviewing and assessment skills are required.  
Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to establish rapport with participants, Child Welfare and Income Maintenance.
Requires working independently with strong sense of focus, task-oriented, non-judgmental, open personal qualities, 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.
Candidates must possess basic everyday living skills, the ability to understand and follow directions, the ability to read and write (for reports) is necessary.
This position may require travel to and from off-campus sites.  Individual may use personal vehicle or other means of reliable transportation.  
Participation in State or Department training is required.  


Basic office equipment used:  computer, printers, telephone, copy machine, fax machine and calculator is required, as is operational familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel software and The Clinic Manager (TCM) software.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
This position has a high frequency of sitting, talking, hearing, using near vision, typing and writing.  Reaching, standing, low carrying and handling (files), low pushing/pulling comprises a small amount of time.  There is also a threat of physical attack or injury from clients in unusual situations.  Going into clients’ homes, which may not be handicapped accessible, is required.