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POSITION TITLE: Social Worker
TYPE: Full Time | Non‐Exempt
REPORTS TO: Social Services Director
SALARY: $45,000 ‐ $52,138
ORGANIZATIONAL VISION: A thriving community where all are free to pursue their dreams!
ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION: Together we create pathways to stronger, more hopeful communities through access to healthy food, housing stability and supportive services.
POSITION OBJECTIVE: Provide social services and program support that reflect the mission, values, and strategic priorities of the organization. Act as a role model for team members by upholding social work ethics and values, program processes and procedures, while always acting in the best interest of the participant. Implement and maintain a range of supportive services with an emphasis on employment, financial literacy, and housing stability. Work collaboratively with team members to promote stability by providing access to basic needs and supportive services.
Intake and Eligibility Determination
- Provide support to Housing Specialists in processing housing assistance applications as demand requires
- Conduct initial intake interviews to assess participant needs, goals, and barriers to stability. Determine eligibility for financial service requests based on funding criteria and department budget.
- Provide culturally responsive service delivery and follow‐up.
- Provide short‐term counseling, outreach, action planning and information referral services.
- Collaborate with human service agencies, businesses, schools, churches, etc., to coordinate services.
- Provide targeted assessment, planning, communication, education, resource management, and service facilitation services to community members in crisis.
- Support participants in developing an Individual Goal Plan while identifying barriers and creating solutions.
- Provide housing search assistance and supportive services to participants facing housing instability. Counsel participants who express interest on resources for homeownership and connect them to opportunities to learn more.
- Connect participants with referrals for additional education and training opportunities while
providing, or collaborating to provide, one‐on‐one job counseling, resume services, and interview preparedness.
- Provide budget counseling and education to assist participants in establishing payment plans and managing expenses.
- Assist participants with applications for employment, housing, free phones, energy assistance, furniture, clothing, car care, and more.
- Serve as an advocate and liaison between participants and property managers to develop a workable plan to obtain or maintain housing.
- Create and maintain consistent communication between several parties (tenant, landlord, referral source, collaborating agencies, debtors, etc.).
- Provide short‐term counseling, outreach, action planning and information referral services to participants who engage with the food pantry or housing services.
- Work throughout the continuum of health, human service, education, and other care settings to coordinate long term supports as needed.
- Implement a person‐centered, strengths based approach to service delivery.
- Administer financial assistance based on agency and grant funding requirements.
- Have a working knowledge of agency budget and annual priorities.
- Assist the Social Services Director in coordinating data entry and reporting statistics and outcomes for Social Services.
- Maintain a broad knowledge of community resources.
- Inform and enforce VEAP program and service procedures, policies, and eligibility guidelines.
- Provide information on current needs identified in the community through direct contact with participants.
- Support daily operations by providing back‐up coverage in Lobby and Phone Intake
- Assist Social Services Director in coordinating on‐site services with community partners in order to meet participant needs, with a focus on long‐term stability.
- Provide case studies to VEAP and other appropriate agencies.
- Assist social service staff in training and supervising volunteers and interns.
- Set an example within the department for upholding Social Work ethics as outlined in the NASW Code of Ethics.
- Implement and maintain a financial literacy curriculum that can be used by all Social Services staff when working with participants.
Community Relations and Outreach
- Maintain relationships with human service agencies, businesses, schools, and churches as they relate to the Social Services program.
- Identify and establish new relationships with community collaborators.
- Represent VEAP on various task forces and community groups.
- Work with Social Services Director to train and supervise social service interns.
- Work with HR and Administrative Director, basic needs and social service staff to establish and provide ongoing support and training to volunteers.
- Attend workshops, conferences and classes to fulfill continuing education requirements to maintain social work license and stay current on trends in programs, services and skills needed to perform job.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) from 4‐year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Currently licensed with the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
- Minimum two years of experience professionally practicing social work (preferred).
- Valid driver’s license (preferred).
- Bilingual in Spanish (preferred).
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse and/or low income populations, including those experiencing homelessness, unstable housing and/or mental illness.
- Commitment to working collaboratively with staff and partners.
- Passion for working for a mission‐based organization.
- Ability to work with sensitive and/or confidential matters.
- Desire to work as a member of a team and promoting that team’s guiding principles.
- Ability to plan, direct and review the work of others with confidence and clarity.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and client database software.
- Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; excellent listening skills.
- Motivated self‐starter who thrives on working in a space of innovation.
- High attention to detail and flexible in nature.
- Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
- Excellent problem‐solving, time management and organizational skills.
- Position requires ability to sit for extended periods of time, close vision, ability to adjust focus and see color.
- Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
- Medical plans with health saving account options, Dental plans, Retirement, Paid Time Off, and 11 Paid holidays.
VEAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
How to Apply
Submit resume and cover letter [email protected] (preferred) or VEAP Careers, 9600 Aldrich Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55420. Deadline 5:00pm on February 19, 2021 to guarantee review of application. No phone inquiries please.