Independent Living Case Manager

Website LCSNWSpokane Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Health. Justice. Hope.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Independent Living Case Manager is responsible for developing and implementing independent living skills plans for refugee youth transitioning from foster care to independent living.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

• Administers assessments, recording results and compiling them into useful reports for colleagues, foster youth and foster parents.
• Develops, in collaboration with social workers, independent living (IL) plans for working with foster youth and provides individualized instruction to carry out those plans during individual meeting with youth.
• Organizes and leads monthly independent living training groups for youth by selecting topics, providing or creating materials, and occasionally arranging guest speakers.
• Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of local resources available to youth in relevant IL areas including, but not limited to: stable housing, educational and vocational training, employment resources, financial resources, and access to health care following emancipation from foster care.
• Assists youth with budgeting and spending from allocated funding sources.
• Participates in scheduled program supervision and case consultation meeting by presenting case material along with other concerns for review and discussion, and by offering input to colleagues.
• Assists with transportation as appropriate.
• Establishes and maintains working relationships with community resources serving young adults and provides community education regarding refugee children exiting foster care.
• Functions in accordance with the LCSNW personnel and administrative practices of the agency, including but not limited to, case record keeping, service statistics and information gathering and carries out tasks in accordance with LCSNW policies and procedures, and current federal, stat and local standards, guidelines and regulations.
• Keeps abreast on changes in state laws concerning Extended Foster Care and program eligibility for youth over 18.
• Has knowledge and understanding of the cultural backgrounds and countries of origin of youth in the program.
• Adheres to the code of ethics of professional social work.

Education and Experience: Bachelors degree required, preferably in social work or related field in human services. At least two years experience in child welfare or working with immigrant and refugee populations strongly preferred. Demonstrated strong cross-cultural communication skills desired. Experience leading groups, working with teens, as well as strong organizational skills strongly preferred.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations Agency Affiliated Counselor in Washington State; Cleared through the Washington State Patrol or FBI to work with vulnerable populations; Valid driver’s license and the agency minimum limits of automobile liability insurance.

Other Skills and Abilities:
• Must demonstrate awareness and sensitivity in the delivery of client services as it relates to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of populations served by the program.
• Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
• Must be able to enter and retrieve data using computer systems, systems applications, and other office equipment.
• Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people.
• Model and encourage direct, professional communications among staff members and facilitate development of a positive staff support network

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Must be able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Must be able to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. The person in this position will effectively present information to senior management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Bilingual in English and Spanish or another language spoken by program clients preferred.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met/may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires some evening and weekend hours. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and write/type. The employee is normally engaged in low-activity tasks such as sitting, standing, and walking. The work environment is typical of a professional office; the noise level is usually moderate. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


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