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Children's Home and Aid Coordinator- Home Visiting Coordinated Intake in Dekalb, Illinois

Description

Children’s Home & Aid remains committed to improving the lives of children and families throughout Illinois. As a leading social service agency, Children’s Home & Aid serves nearly 40,000 children and families in need each year. We deliver over 70 social service programs in more than 60 Illinois counties. Although it has grown significantly over the years, Children’s Home & Aid remains dedicated to Rev. Van Arsdale’s idea that all children should grow up in an atmosphere of love and stability, and should be helped to reach their full potential.

Since 1883, Children’s Home & Aid has been a leader in responding to the changing needs of disadvantaged children and families in Illinois. For more than 135 years, Children’s Home & Aid has paved the way by establishing best practices and shaping laws in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Today, Children’s Home & Aid is recognized as a leading provider of quality programs and services to children and families in need.

Recruits pregnant women and families and provides a single point of entry for access, assessment and referral to family support services. Develops community partnerships and provides program coordination with internal, State and community partners. Reports to assigned supervisor.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Engages and collaborates with community partners and ancillary organizations related to enrolling eligible families into home visiting. This includes understanding the eligibility criteria, capacity and program model for each home visiting (HV) program (MIECHV and non MIECHV) in order to make an appropriate match between family and program and support entry into programs.

  • Works to maintain specified funder caseload capacity for each home visiting program.

  • Performs family screenings and prepares referrals for home visiting and other community resources using designated screening tools; may interpret assessments submitted by referral sources.

  • Refers identified families to Home Visiting program that is most appropriate to the family’s needs. Follows-up on referrals. Maintains a waiting list as needed.

  • Collaborates and coordinates with community partners to conduct community wide screenings to identify at risk children who could benefit from Home Visiting services.

  • Identifies and establishes relationships with partner staff and community agencies to establish a referral pipeline for eligible families.

  • Creates community partnership agreements to provide referral sources and resources for programs.

  • Engages, collaborates with and ensures regular and ongoing communication and interaction with key individuals, community partners and ancillary organizations related to child, maternal and family health systems and services. Regularly leads and facilitates collaborative meetings with home visiting agency partners and participates in cross sector collaborative/network meetings to develop and maintain linkages to Coordinated Intake.

  • Develops and designs multiple strategies for marketing and communicating home visiting and related services to the community.

  • Develops and implements an on-going recruitment plan to achieve and maintain full program enrollment.

  • Completes community presentations to promote the programs.

  • Maintains data management system, tracks designated information and prepares data and narrative reports as required by the department.

  • Works closely with the supervisor and other project staff to accomplish the goals of the grant.

  • Participates in regular meetings in-person or by phone as required.

  • Collects, reviews and utilizes data and information on clients and services to inform program/department performance.

  • Attends required internal and external trainings and ongoing meetings.

  • Participates in regular supervision and staff meetings as required by department.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; degree in Social Work, Human Services, Public Relations or related field preferred.

  • Three (3) years relevant experience preferred.

  • Case management or home visiting experience working with children (0-5) and their families preferred.

  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills. Speaks clearly and demonstrates the ability to communicate and present information to varying audiences and groups and adjusts information as necessary. Must demonstrate effective public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrates the skills to work independently, follow-through on assigned tasks, and prioritize multiple projects.

  • Demonstrates effective organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  • Must demonstrate skills in working with teams, collaboration, and leadership.

  • Demonstrates respect and acceptance of diverse individuals and communities served by, working in partnership with or employed by Children’s Home & Aid including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, social-economic status, and LGBTQ populations.

  • Must have valid driver’s license and auto insurance when the position requires an employee to operate a motor vehicle in connection with executing the position’s responsibilities, which include driving to and/or from any agency function.

Screenings:

  • The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect screening and maintain a cleared status throughout employment.

  • The applicant must submit MMR, Tdap and pass a TB and immunization health screen upon hire and update TB/physicals as required by the licensing standards.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends as needed for program activities.

  • Frequent travel locally and in surrounding counties (up to 50%).

Children’s Home & Aid offers a benefits packet to our professionals:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: Traditional PPO, or PPO w/health savings contributions.

  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options

  • 11 paid Holidays

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Flexible Spending

  • Opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness

  • 401K Plan

  • Training and Professional Development Plan

  • E- Learning

  • Employee Assistance Plan

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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