Case Manager – Host Homes for Youth

Job Title:

Case Manager – Host Homes for Youth
 

General Description:

The Host Home Program identifies, screens, and trains community members who volunteer to host for youth aged 18-24 who are in need of immediate housing, for which hosts may receive a stipend and ongoing support from the Host Home Program Coordinator.

The Case Manager will provide assessment, case management, crisis intervention, and coordinate activities for youth. Case management services centered primarily on strengthening independent living skills and housing permanency along with career and education development.

Work Experience Requirements:

  • Experience working with individuals with mental health needs (including trauma).
  • At least 4 years’ experience working with transition age youth, foster care, low-income families, mental health, and/or juvenile justice.
  • Knowledge of local Child Welfare and Juvenile Probation policies, procedures and governing legislation preferred, but not required.

Education Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in social work, counseling or similar or 5 years of experience in relevant mental health setting Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Case management and/or mental health service provision.
  • Experience working in a collaborative setting.
  • Knowledge of the causes and impacts of trauma in LGBTQ+ young people.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, creativity, and a commitment to and passion for the organization’s mission and the mission of ending youth homelessness.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people experiencing homelessness and LGBTQ+ and youth of color.
  • Commitment to integrating youth voice and best practices working with LGBTQ+ and youth of color into all components of the Host Home Program.
  • Knowledge of the unique social and structural challenges faced by transgender young people and the interventions needed to advance gender and economic justice for this population.
  • Fingerprinting/background check as required.
  • Personable under pressure and able to work with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be organized, self-starting, results-oriented; able to work under pressure and complete multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstration of a strong anti-oppression/anti-racism analysis and the ability to apply that analysis in relationship development, written work and deliverables production.
  • Understanding of issues affecting LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Evening and weekend availability.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required.

Responsibilities:

Case Management

Plan and execute activities to implement the case management of all youth partners in the Host Home Program.

This includes:
  • Assess youth for skills, challenges and appropriate services.
  • Collaborate with eligible clients to create an Individualized Service Plan that will be updated monthly.
  • Collaborate with client, host and Host Home Coordinator to complete a Host Home Agreement and Participation Plan.
  • Evaluate transportation needs and support youth in developing a sustainable plan.
  • Provide clients with referrals as needed for services and activities, in particular mental health, substance abuse services and opportunities for educational & career development and personal enrichment.
  • Provide clear direct, support and follow-up to all clients.
  • Support clients in action plan to resolve issues that can prevent clients from maintaining their housing.
  • Transport clients to appointments, meetings, etc. as needed.
  • Maintain files and update case notes regularly into case management information system in a timely manner.
  • Develop capacity of relevant service providers and community partners to serve LGBTQ youth.
  • Plan and attend regular, ongoing trainings related to topics connected to Host Home Program including supporting LGBTQ+ youth experiencing housing instability, positive youth development, trauma-informed care, and host home best practices.
  • Attend meetings, trainings, and individual/team supervision as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Position Requirements:

Must have a valid California Driver’s License, driver’s insurance and a clean driving record.
An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
 

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