Independent Living Skills Coordinator (Tacoma) – Open Until Filled

Position Independent Living Skills Coordinator – Tacoma
Employer Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services 
Job Description Program Description:

The International Foster Care program (IFC) provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for children who have fled their countries of origin. This comprehensive set of services includes education, legal, social and psychological supports all directed at achieving safety, stability and healthy development.

Position Description:

Under the direct supervision of the Program Supervisor:  Responsible for providing Independent Living services for refugee and immigrant children placed in foster care by working collaboratively with the case management team.  Manage ETV program and complete program outcomes reports.  In addition, assist and monitor foster youth who are participating in various foster youth grant programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the IFC policy and procedure manuals.
  • Responsible for supervision and case management of 30-40 Unaccompanied Minors with regard to their life skills and emancipation plans.
  • Develop a comprehensive Life Skills Assessment and Independent Living Skills Curriculum to include goal-setting, education, and employment competencies for each youth transitioning out of foster care to independent living.
  • Provide and coordinate Independent Living Skills support services to satellite offices.
  • Partner with foster youth, foster parents, community, and case management team to utilize resources such as furniture banks, medical, educational, and public benefits that will successfully prepare youth to live independently.
  • Report back to and coordinate with case managers on each youth’s progress.
  • Participate and provide input during weekly staffing with regard to refugee services for youth.
  • Facilitate monthly group activities, workshops and classes to help expose youth to different educational and career opportunities, as well as coordinate guest speakers and invite community members to share expertise.
  • Maintain client files documenting youths participation in all IL activities and IL goal achievement.
  • Monitor ETV Program, Chafee Grant participants, and IL services support funds.
  • Manage ETV and Chafee Grant program for 15-20 participants by determining eligibility, awarding funds, and monitoring educational or employment status, as well as completing corresponding federal outcomes reports.
  • Write monthly program report to include outcomes, as well as programming and statistical information to include all youth.
  • Responsible for federal outcomes reports for youth who exit care until age 21.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
Qualification

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS in social work or related field.
  • Two years cross-cultural experience including the ability to work well with diverse populations.
  • Experience working with refugee populations and social services.
  • Good knowledge of the Child Welfare system including emotional aspects of refugees and immigrants.
  • Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of computer skills.
  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.
  • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy, (required to provide current driving abstract).
  • Proof of negative TB test upon hire or proof of test within past 12 months.
  • First/Aid CPR certified or the ability to become certified within the 1 month of employment.
  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services
  • Support and contribute to a creative, collaborative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bi-Lingual or Multi-lingual in a language commonly spoken by refugees and immigrants
  • Five years’ cross-cultural experience.
  • Five years’ experience working in a Child Welfare setting with diverse populations.

Compensation

$17.91 – $22.39 HR/DOE
Days/Hours Full-Time with benefits
Contact Info  http://www.ccsww.org/site/PageServer?pagename=hr_careers
How to Apply Please go to https://careers-ccsww.icims.com/ to submit your resume, cover letter and application for this position.
Position Closes Open until filled
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