To provide support services to Child Welfare Specialist personnel and other professional staff in providing task-centered, concrete assistance to individual clients and families that includes transportation, accompaniment and assisting with case record organization and copying. To assist with the Intact Family Parenting Classes coordination and child care provision. May be required to provide direct services on occasion, based on program needs, including in-home counseling and case management services to DCFS-involved intact families. Assesses family functioning and service needs, collaborates with family in completing client service plans, makes inter- and intra-agency referrals for appropriate services. Access to an automobile is essential in order for the worker to make home visits, attend agency meetings, staffing, court appearances, transportation of clients, etc.
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. Will be subject to drug and alcohol screening, as well as aptitude and skills’ testing. To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor degree in Social Work, or related human services field required. At least one year of child welfare experience is strongly preferred. Must successfully complete the IDCFS Foundation training and achieve licensure, as a licensed child welfare specialist.
Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish and English, with good verbal and written communication skills in both languages.
Computer Literacy & Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Word Processing and knowledge of SACWIS- as offered in IDCFS Foundation Training.
Basic math skills are required.
Operating Environment and Working Relationships:
Child welfare specialist Assistant will provide services predominantly in the homes of clients and will therefore be in the field a good portion of the time, when providing direct services due to staff shortage or coverage needs arise. In addition, worker will interface on a regular basis with various public and private organizations, social service agencies, etc. Worker will also testify in legal proceedings, when needed, and must be available to attend meetings or staffing throughout the metropolitan Chicago area.
Decision Making Authority:
When carrying cases, Child Welfare Specialist Assistant shall meet with their assigned clinical supervisor weekly for supervision on cases in order to discuss clinical issues. Supervisor will oversee and approve of any decisions, recommendations or solutions to problems as they may arise. In addition, the clinical supervisor will review worker’s progress on required paperwork, billing, etc. In the absence of the clinical supervisor the program director shall be consulted for supervision.
Child Welfare Specialist Assistant does not directly supervise others, but may, on occasion, be expected to assist in the training of new personnel.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands. Must be able to lift and carry 25lbs.
Must have access to a car, have a valid driver’s license and insurance. Required to have a personal cellphone, and be able to respond during working and non-working hours. Casa Central has a Personal Cellphone Usage Policy that includes a reimbursement amount.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences; work effectively under pressure; and, the ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others and the public.