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Solid Ground Minnesota

Family Advocate

– White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

 

Key Result Areas and Essential (E) and Secondary (S) Functions:

Provide supportive services to give families necessary resources and skills to achieve self-reliance.

    

E    Meet with participants weekly (25% in-home visits) to assist them in developing and achieving goals in the areas of budgeting/finances; education; employment; physical, mental and chemical health; transportation; housing; parenting and children’s goals; and to provide ongoing support through resources and encouragement.

    E    Understanding and commitment to Housing first is essential to this position.
      E    Complete a Family Strengths and Needs Assessment within 90 days of participant’s entry into program.
      E    Develop Goal Plan with participant within 90 days of entry; update every six months thereafter.
      E    Work with the Transition Specialist to develop a Transition Plan to assist participants in securing permanent affordable housing and making a successful departure from the East Metro Place program.
      E    Provide community resources and referrals.
      E    Provide 24 hour on-call service through staff pager (rotates approximately once monthly).
S    Assist Program Director with recruiting participants for program and implementing participant workshops (i.e. budgeting, tenant training, DBT groups).      

S    Assist in providing social, recreational and educational activities for participants and their children.

Coordinate and document all work done on behalf of participants to maintain accurate progress and recordkeeping for participants, agency, and funders.

      E    Maintain timely and accurate participant files.

      E    Develop clear Goal Plans once every six months with each participant to document participant’s outcomes.

      E    Complete all forms required for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) within 14 days of participant’s entry into program, and update thereafter as needed.

      E    Compile statistics needed for reports to funders and agency.

      E    Manage time effectively to ensure quality service to participants.

Supervise foundational level graduate school intern(s).

      E    Meet at least weekly with social work graduate intern(s).

      E    Attend all workshops as required by participating school(s).

      E    Evaluate intern’s progress and meet with field supervisor(s) as needed.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services or related field, plus at least two years of experience in a social service advocacy position; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge is required.  MSW/LISW preferred

Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, valid insurance and satisfactory driving record, to transport participants as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of pluralism and diversity issues, and ability to effectively communicate and work with diverse populations to encourage full participation in Solid Ground. 

Knowledge of and ability to use computer and other technical resources to effectively accomplish work.

Knowledge of poverty, welfare reform, affordable housing and other issues affecting program participants to ensure that programs and services are designed to meet participants’ needs.

Ability to manage multiple priorities to ensure work is completed in timely and productive manner.

Ability to work respectfully as a team player.

Skilled in motivational interviewing 

Ability to model behavior consistent with the agency mission.

Ability to travel to various locations for day, evening and weekend meetings and events.

Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on an interpersonal and group level.

Knowledge of laws governing rental housing and the ability to locate affordable housing for program participants.

Knowledge of community resources or ability to learn area resources.

Skill in crisis intervention.

Ability to work independently with little supervision.

Trauma informed.

Working Conditions

Ability to work in an environment which requires the use of a computer, telephone, and 10-key; ability to perform repetitive motion of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

Ability to carry emergency pager and be available for interventions as needed during non-office hours

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  • Location
    White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level
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