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Position Title: Case Manager - Recovery

Supervised By: Program Director

Department: Programs

Status: Non-Exempt


SUMMARY

For LPCS clients to reach their maximum potential, each needs a stable, safe, healthy, positive place in which to make life changes. The Case Manager - Recovery is responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy, and respectful relationship with guests and graduates of the interim housing facility and clients of LPCS living elsewhere in the community. Guests will become more invested in their own life changes when they feel connected to something larger than themselves – a community. The Case Manager works with guests to engage in LPCS’ services and community resources that will impact their journey on the road to independence and self-sufficiency and be contributors to the community. Through this relationship, the Case Manager connects guests to other social service agencies, resulting in greater social skills and more positive decision-making abilities.    

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Programs and Services

·      Promote a healthy connection to the LPCS and larger community environment for guests.

·      Oversee the development and provision of recovery services for the guests of the Interim Housing Programs.

·      Provide assessment, case planning, case management, and individual counseling for Interim Housing (IH) guests, as well as, support to Community Clients and Graduates and Independent Community Living Program residents as needed, with a focus on serving those challenged by substance use. This includes meeting with individuals; assessing and prioritizing their needs; completing intake, assessment, and release of information forms; developing a treatment plan together with the individual guest; setting goals; providing referrals for appropriate services; advocacy and following up to ensure assistance is secured. Case management is a process that involves empowering individuals to act on their own behalf, rather than doing things for them. This process also includes providing positive reinforcement for positive, healthy progress and tailoring the case management approach to the individual.

·      Complete Intake and Exit assessments for IH guests in the Homeless Management Information system (HMIS).

·      Serve as a Task Supervisor to students and practicums interning as case management representatives. Oversee the case planning, assessment, and individual counseling for guests in the IHC and for Graduates and Community Guests as needed. Ensure that case management guidelines are followed, including intake, assessment, development of a care plan with each client, setting goals, providing referrals for appropriate services, advocacy, follow up to ensure assistance is secured, and closing case files of guests who have moved from the Interim Housing program.

·      Work collaboratively with other staff to provide a continuum of services and housing options for guests and ensure healthy functioning within the LPCS and the larger community.

·      Establish and maintain partnerships with other social service agencies. Work closely with referral and referring agencies to ensure continuity of services for each guest.

·      Facilitate groups and classes on recovery from substance use and life skills.

·      Rotate as the on-call case manager with other case managers to provide after-hours support to permanent housing Residents.

·      Other duties as assigned.

Operations and Administration

·      Create monthly reports of LPCS statistics, progress, and accomplishments.

·       Attend weekly staff meetings.

·      Attend assigned trainings.

·      Maintain accurate and confidential guest files using internal systems and the city’s HMIS database and prepare for audits.

·      Other duties as assigned.

Communications and Public Relations

·      Represent the LPCS within advocacy groups, member organizations, and community organizations and to visiting volunteers and groups.

·      Attend LPCS’ Organizational Events

 

PERFORMANCE COMPETENCIES

·      LEADERSHIP – Consistently accomplishes the expected objectives and takes on extra tasks or projects as required or necessary. Maintains a positive, achievement-oriented attitude and influences others to do the same. Takes initiative with and is proactive in approach to accomplishing tasks. Ability to make decisions and take actions consistent with organizational goals.

·      INITIATIVE – High level of interest in role development, high degree of motivation, and willingness to improve performance and increase job knowledge.

·      JUDGMENT - Uses discretion in making decisions within the scope of their job. Refers decisions beyond their scope to supervisor. Discretion in handling confidential material.

·      COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Includes the ability to express ideas effectively whether face to face or in writing in both individual and group situations. Adjusting tone and terminology to the needs of the individuals with whom incumbent is communicating. Openly exchanges information in a timely manner. Knows who to keep informed. Uses confidential information with discretion.

·      PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION – Ability to schedule workload, set priorities and manage time in order to complete assignments and fulfill responsibilities.

·      MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES – Ability to use time, money, technology, and people as efficiently and effectively as possible. Makes suggestions to improve the resources that pertain to incumbent job responsibilities.

·      FOCUS – Interaction with internal and external personnel. Requires putting self in other’s place, anticipating and meeting needs quickly and accurately. It also means following up and monitoring situations to be sure everyone is satisfied.

·      TEAMWORK – Ability to interact and develop relationships with co-workers, give and receive constructive input, contribute ideas and viewpoints, adapt to changing circumstances and expectations and commitment to understand and remedy interpersonal conflicts.

·      TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE – Individual’s ability to demonstrate the specific skills necessary to the position using industry procedures, tools, and equipment necessary to accomplish required tasks.

·      WORK HABITS – Demonstrate commitment, dedication, cooperation, positive behavior, adaptability, and flexibility with changes in jobs duties. Being able to anticipate change and bring about changes when they are needed with proper professionalism.

·      CREATIVITY – Uses unique approaches and inventiveness. Seeks new alternatives and ideas. Takes appropriate action, and is efficient, resourceful, and creative in attaining position objectives. Ability to be self-directed.

·      BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION KNOWLEDGE – Having knowledge of and understanding issues surrounding homelessness and the needs of our guests and the community; Understanding how the incumbent’s position and knowledge plays an important role in the success of LPCS and of the individuals whom we serve/support. It also includes the ability to acquire new knowledge of our homeless services and using this information to enhance the quality of service provided.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

·      LCSW or MSW, preferred.

·      CADC certification preferred.

·      Experience working with homeless individuals preferred.

·      Experience leading recovery groups

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS/INSTRUCTIONS

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, move up and down stairways, talk and hear, drive (or otherwise commute) to and from community appointments. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

·      As a full-time employee, in addition to legally required benefits, the Case Manager - Recovery is eligible for fringe benefits, including but not limited to paid time off, health and dental benefits, participation in LPCS’s retirement program, life insurance.

 

Note: this job description is not intended to be all inclusive and employee may perform other

duties as assigned.

 

To apply contact: recruitment@lpcschicago.org

Interim Housing Associate Job Description

In order for LPCS programs to reach their maximum potential, Guests need a stable, safe, healthy, and positive place in which to make life changes. The Interim Housing Associates are responsible for creating and ensuring a safe, healthy, and respectful community for Guests. Guests will become more invested in their own life changes when they feel connected to something larger than themselves – a community. They will see how their actions affect the community, and how they can learn and benefit from others in the community. Creating this sense of community will result in greater social skills and more positive decision-making abilities, which in turn will lead to more lasting life changes.

The Interim Housing Associates report to the Interim Housing Coordinators.

HoursPart-time, 17-28 hours per week with additional fill-in opportunities available for extra shifts. Must be available to work weekday or weekend shifts (morning and evening), including overnights. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Programs & Services:

  • Create and promote a healthy community environment for residents of the Interim Housing Program.
  • Supervise operations of Interim Housing Program to ensure smooth operation and consistency of program implementation.
  • Support and guide the guests of the Interim Housing Program. Enforce all rules and policies of the LPCS fairly, consistently, and while using a trauma informed approach. 
  • Interact with and assist in providing orientation to new volunteers. Assist in communication with all volunteers to ensure procedures are followed.
  • Supervise daily activities including showers, laundry, chores, computer lab, and phone use.
  • Provide regular neighborhood security patrols.
  • Identify needs of Guests and report to program staff as appropriate.
  • Extra shift coverage when necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Operations & Administration:

  • Attend meetings as needed.
  • Maintain accurate record of daily operations in communication logs.
  • Document interactions with guests in Client Track.
  • Maintain and stock supplies. Keep all spaces in the community organized and assist with donation sorting.
  • Maintain accuracy and confidentiality of client files.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

·      Bachelor’s degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience

·      Demonstrate desire and ability to work with homeless

·      Be willing to work in a diverse environment with regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender

·      Demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team

·      Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

·      Be willing to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance

·      Have the desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency

·      Experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental illness and/or substance abuse

·      Ability to respond to crisis situations and develop appropriate responses to unexpected situations

·      Must be willing to complete a 20-hour unarmed security training course and/or have current PERC registration

 

PERFORMANCE COMPETENCIES

·      LEADERSHIP – Consistently accomplishes the expected objectives and takes on extra tasks or projects as required or necessary. Maintains a positive, achievement-oriented attitude and influences others to do the same. Takes initiative with and is proactive in approach to accomplishing tasks. Ability to make decisions and take actions consistent with organizational goals.

·      INITIATIVE – High level of interest in role development, high degree of motivation, and willingness to improve performance and increase job knowledge.

·      JUDGMENT - Uses discretion in making decisions within the scope of their job. Refers decisions beyond their scope to supervisor. Discretion in handling confidential material.

·      COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Includes the ability to express ideas effectively whether face to face or in writing in both individual and group situations. Adjusting tone and terminology to the needs of the individuals with whom incumbent is communicating. Openly exchanges information in a timely manner. Knows who to keep informed. Uses confidential information with discretion.

·      PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION – Ability to schedule workload, set priorities and manage time in order to complete assignments and fulfill responsibilities.

·      MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES – Ability to use time, money, technology and people as efficiently and effectively as possible. Makes suggestions to improve the resources that pertain to incumbent job responsibilities.

·      FOCUS – Interaction with internal and external personnel. Requires putting self in other’s place, anticipating and meeting needs quickly and accurately. It also means following up and monitoring situations to be sure everyone is satisfied.

·      TEAMWORK – Ability to interact and develop relationships with co-workers, give and receive constructive input, contribute ideas and viewpoints, adapt to changing circumstances and expectations and commitment to understand and remedy interpersonal conflicts.

 

Health and Safety Requirements/Instructions:

  • Employees are advised on OSHA standards through required signage and administrative updates as compliant with federal law.

 

Lincoln Park Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy or related conditions, or disability. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, walk up and down stairs, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

 

Note: this job description is not intended to be all inclusive and employee may perform other

duties as assigned.


To apply contact: recruitment@lpcschicago.org

 

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