Growing Home, a job training program for individuals with employment barriers, has been working in Englewood for the past decade. The Employment Training department at Growing Home is looking for a dynamic Social Work Case Management Coordinator to add to our team. We are seeking candidates who are people focused, excel working in a team setting, and embrace holistic approaches to the delivery of services.
Top candidates will be energetic, committed to individual and social change, and ready to facilitate partnerships with other local service providers. The Case Management Coordinator
will have experience working with a diverse array of low-income adult populations, a knowledge of other local service providers, and a drive to provide services in a non-traditional setting.
The Social Work Case Management Coordinator will be a part of Growing Home’s Employment Training 5-person team, working directly to support program participants in building stability to get and keep employment. The Case Management Coordinator will contribute guidance and expertise to the team, but does not directly supervise any staff in the Employment Training department. The Employment Training team works together in supporting Growing Home participants in their personal growth, successful navigation of any barriers to employment, and securement of employment after graduation of the 14-week program. The Employment Training team works with 52 individuals a year and keeps a robust relationship with graduates for at least one year after their graduation.
The majority of the Case Management Coordinator’s time is spent working at our farm in Englewood located at 5814 South Wood Street.In this role, it is crucial the Case Management Coordinator be onsite during program participants’ onsite hours, and as such, primary work hours are 8 am to 4 pm.The Case Management Coordinator will occasionally be expected to accompany participants for offsite appointments or to make home visits.For special events or at particularly busy times per year, the Case Management Coordinator may be required to work weekend or evening hours.The Case Management Coordinator reports to the Director of Employment Training.
To apply, submit an application to email@example.com. Your application must consist of a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of one to three pages. The writing sample may be an example of professional correspondence, an essay or journalistic article, a memo or similar. The subject line of your application email should be “Case Management Coordinator.” Applications must be received as a single PDF document by 4 p.m. on January 12, 2017.Emails only; calls, in-person visits, and postal mail will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or applications that do not comply with the outlined application procedure will not receive a response with submission.
Primary Position Responsibilities
Responsible for the supportive service provisions for program participants and graduates; identifies participant needs for ancillary referrals for health, education, counseling, housing, etc. – makes appropriate referrals and supports participant progress in addressing ancillary needs
Participates in the development and support of individual participants’ plans for short and long-term goals
Coordinates, develops, and manages referral partnerships; works closely with the Director of Employment Training in facilitating organizational collaborations
Serves as lead in case noting, including providing support to other staff
Maintains client files, gathers and processes necessary data for case management
Provides relevant data and information for reporting purposes, maintains clear data for data analysis, and writes reports, case studies, and assessment
Participates in weekly case management meetings with the Employment Training and Farm departments
Collaborates with Employment Training team for participant application review, interviews, and participant hiring decisions
Responsible for completing social service intakes for program participants
Assists in job readiness training, including assisting in classroom facilitation, curriculum development/revision, and provides pre-employment and retention counseling services as necessary; may provide secondary support in job searching, interview preparation, and resume creation
Assists in recruitment by leading information and application sessions
Assists in office support tasks and operations tasks as needed
Performs other duties as assigned
A demonstrated commitment to social justice with prior experience working with low-income populations
Comfortable working directly with marginalized populations; ability to engage with individuals in an authentic and nonjudgmental manner
Familiarity of Chicago social service resources
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to engage, inspire, and influence a wide variety of stakeholders
Ability to work closely in a team of individuals with mixed professional and educational backgrounds
Must hold an accredited degree in social work (BSW or MSW), or be currently enrolled in a MSW program
Some travel for meetings will be required. Must have an aptitude and willingness to navigate public transportation throughout the greater Chicago-area, or a valid driver’s license.
This is a full-time exempt position with an annual salary of $43,000 to $48,500 depending on experience and education.In addition to base wage, Growing Home offers a competitive benefits package.
All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, current employment status, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Growing Home works to build healthy people and communities in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood through their innovative work in urban agriculture. Their farm-based employment training program helps individuals with barriers to employment such as criminal records, homelessness, and lack of experience, find and keep stable full-time jobs. Their USDA-certified organic farms also provide healthy food ...and food education to families living in an area considered a food desert. Through farming, Growing Home seeks to bring good jobs and good food to all.