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Social Service Worker I

Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. Chicago Full-Time
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At Ada S. Mckinley we transform lives and strengthen communities. We are seeking talented individuals who will join us in furthering the mission of the agency which is to serve and bring lasting positive change to underprivileged communities in the Chicago area. Our staff is our most valued asset and as such we offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision, LTD, retirement, life insurance, PTO, paid holidays, and tuition reimbursement).

OVERVIEW: We currently have an opportunity available for a Social Service Worker with our Child Welfare Services department. This position will render direct casework to clients within agency policies and programs, under the direction of the Program Manager or designated supervisor.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Implements plans of action for cases, following established procedures.
  • Works with client/family to make modification on the recommended treatment plan.
  • Interviews potential clients in agency offices or by telephone; obtains background information on the client and determines appropriateness of the request for service.
  • Interprets the agency's services to potential applicants.
  • Carries a selected caseload, providing direct social services to the clients in order to meet their basic environmental and psycho-social needs.
  • Maintains progress notes and attends case review meetings, court dates, and collateral staffings and provides appropriate documentation from staffings.
  • Performs a variety of casework duties, including obtaining, analyzing and evaluating data related to cases.
  • Works closely with funding agency representatives.
  • Develops a written treatment plan, including goals and time lines for goal attainment.


Education: The position requires a minimum Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a major in one of the Behavioral Sciences i.e., Social Work, School Guidance Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Psychology, Criminal Justice, etc.

Experience: Minimum two years of administrative experience within an office setting.

Additional Qualifications: This position required the use of a personal auto, a valid driver's license, a Motor Vehicle Report acceptable to the agency's insurance broker and verification of insurance coverage.


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Nearly 90 years ago, our founder, Mrs. Ada Sophia McKinley, a retired school teacher and pioneer social worker, organized a settlement house in Chicago's Bronzeville community to meet the pressing needs of returning World War I soldiers and their families and to help these individuals integrate into and become productive citizens of the city of Chicago.

Since that beginning, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. has expanded from a settlement house to 43 sites across six divisions and has become a comprehensive, fully-accredited, human services agency.

Included among those sites are six Head Start programs; one school for children with multiple disabilities; one charter school for high school drop outs; seven janitorial work-training sites for adults with disabilities; one foster care emergency shelter; and many other services and programs.

In fiscal year 2009, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.:

  • Provided emergency food assistance to 5,000 individuals through our food pantry
  • Offered tutoring, life planning and college preparation and placement services to over 2,400 middle and high school students
  • Was a summer internship site for 80 teens interested in child care and early childhood development through a program sponsored by After School Matters, Claretian Associates and the Urban League
  • Offered supported employment to 60 adults with developmental disabilities
  • Provided basic and pre-vocational education to 26 students with severe developmental disabilities
  • Provided early childhood development service to over 300, 0-5 year-olds in our Head Start programs
  • Served 124 children and youth, ages 5-12, through our after-school programs at McKinley Neighborhood House

To effectively facilitate these programs and service our more than 13,000 clients, we work in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Department of Family Services, U.S. Department of Education, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, the Mayor's Office and numerous other businesses, government entities and community-based service providers located throughout Chicagoland.

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