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My Path Forward Support Staff Team Member

TITLE:  My Path Forward Support Staff Team Member

DEPT/PROGRAM:  My Path Forward [MPF]

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  My Path Forward Case Manager (assigned)/My Path Forward Supervisor

STATUS:  Full Time

PRIMARY FUNCTION

The My Path Forward Support Staff Team Member will use a trauma-informed approach to supporting young adults, ages 17-25, who have aged out of foster care in order to meet their case management goals. Services include bed/curfew checks, apartment inspections, crisis management, providing program transportation, and delivering limited services as it relates to program participants’ case management plans [i.e. teaching life skills and management, job coaching and offering consistent training on being a good roommate, tenant, neighbor, employee, student and community member].

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Services to Young Adults:

  • Provide after-hours [evenings, overnight, weekend] program supervision to youth in MPF and MPF-ILA
  • Coach program participants in limited skills of daily living such as budgeting, comparison shopping, housekeeping skills, meal preparation and grocery shopping, and completing legal paperwork;
  • Provide and coordinate transportation, including assisting participants navigate public transit as needed;
  • Assist with apartment turn-over and preparation, including but not limited to, assembling and rearranging furniture, maintaining apartment inventory, etc.;
  • Conduct apartment walk-throughs, checks, and inspections;
  • Document all youth contacts in a timely manner;
  • Communicate regularly with My Path Forward Team to ensure participants’ needs are met, case management goals and objectives are actively pursued, and issues are efficiently and effectively addressed within a timely fashion;
  • Conduct after-hours life coaching sessions/workshops with participants as needed based on client schedules and needs to implement services;
  • Participate in crisis management as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on child and youth development.
  • Knowledge of the foster care system and Independent Living Program in Virginia and how it operates.
  • Knowledge of agency, State, and Federal rules and regulations as they relate to foster care and Independent Living.
  • Knowledge of best practice for coaching and teaching young adults.
  • Knowledge of young adult needs, attitudes and beliefs.
  • Knowledge of the role and importance of permanency for young adults.
  • Knowledge of the needs of youth aging out of foster care.

SKILLS

  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Skilled at engaging young adults.
  • Skilled at negotiating services and identifying resources as they relate to young adults.
  • Skilled at collaborating with clients, staff and professionals in the community.

ABILITIES

  • Ability to work independently but also answer to many people.
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity.
  • Ability to communicate and build relationships with a variety of internal and external customers.
  • Ability to present program to others in a clear and meaningful manner.
  • Ability to grow as the program and position grows.
  • Ability to anticipate participants and program needs, determine work priorities and meet deadlines with little supervision.
  • Ability to frequently problem-solve both independently and as a small team.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with program staff to address ongoing issues and needs of clients.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • College degree from an accredited college or university in a related subject, preferred but not required.
  • Three to five years of experience working independently providing coaching, case management or a related field to youth and young adults.
  • An understanding of trauma-informed care.
  • Commitment to the mission, goals and services of Children’s Home Society of Virginia.
  • Acceptable driving record and adequate auto insurance.

Senior Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker

CHS has an opening on its team for a Senior Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker. The candidate selected will provide client services to children and families by working with them to create and support adoptive families. The candidate will educate and counsel waiting children and provide them on-going support after their adoptive placement. This will include providing trauma informed and best practice clinical services that promote family success along the adoptive process. They will also collaborate with the local departments of social services to place children in adoptive homes, and work to increase the adoptive families’ sense of support, knowledge while strengthening family dynamics. Duties will include recruiting, assessing and developing adoptive families, conducting adoptive parent training classes, conducting home studies, and coordinating as well as supporting child placements.

Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a minimum of three years experience providing case work services to children and families as well as an in-depth understanding of trauma-informed care, the adoption process, and child development.  This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation will include a competitive salary commensurate with experience, paid time off, optional insurance benefits and a 403b plan to which our agency contributes. Please submit a resume and cover letter to officemanager@chsva.org by August 10, 2021. CHS is an EEO employer.