NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY AT EXTERNAL LINK PROVIDED
Effective immediately all new hires will be required to be Covid 19 vaccinated. An offer of employment is contingent on proof of vaccination. Exemptions may be requested for 1) ADA disability, 2) Certified Medical Diagnosis 3) “Sincerely held religious belief”.
Bachelor’s degree in human services or behavioral sciences and one year of experience in social or human services; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position. Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement; may be considered for trainee status. Must have registered and insured vehicle.
*Salary Range Pending Approval of Board of County Commissioner October 12,2021
This is responsible professional social services coordination and case management work in the Alachua County Department of Community Services, Division of Social Services.
An employee assigned to this classification interviews, counsels, and investigates clients’ background to determine eligibility for community-offered services; works with and coordinates services for individuals who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness that have exhibited behaviors that are detrimental to their wellbeing; and delivers services to individuals with one or several of the following: living with mental illness, developmental delays, emotional trauma, substance use disorder, and/or other disorders.
This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.
The work is performed under the direction of a higher-level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of the results obtained.
Examples of Duties
Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Analyzes individual crisis situations, helps resolve conflicts, and assists in de-escalation.
Explores expressed and unexpressed client needs in order to determine need for referral services.
Assists individuals in developing a self-sufficiency and/or stabilization plan (including short and long term goals), which is the foundation to maintaining housing.
Conducts visits (home, site, hospitals, encampments, etc.) using various strategies to assess living conditions/environments, engage, and maintain client to case manager relationship.
Builds trust and rapport by maintaining ongoing contact with the individual, family, or other support members.
Interviews and conducts biopsychosocial assessments (BPSAs) in various domains of life.
Meets with individuals at a minimum of once per month in-person; additional contact will be based on severity of need.
Provides assistance in re-establishing or developing skills, such as life skills (cleaning, budgeting, etc.).
Communicates with employers, property owners, pharmacies, physicians, and others as needed to verify information.
Determines eligibility for financial and other essential services.
Advocates on behalf of clients based on individuals’ circumstances.
Records all contacts, requests for assistance, dispositions, and referrals directly into the various case management systems, including extensive detailed data and case notes.
Coordinates with next of kin, contracted funeral homes, and City of Gainesville for burial or cremation of indigent persons/unclaimed bodies found in Alachua County.
Assists with general community inquiries and requests for services (via multiple methods of communication).
Assists in managing client expectations regarding service delivery; responds to high call volumes and walk-in requests.
Drives a County and/or personal vehicle to perform required duties.
Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.
NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of current principles and practices of social services and established casework methods/techniques.
Considerable knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations relating to operations of community social service agencies.
Knowledge of the various services provided by community agencies for clients.
Strong interpersonal skills that result in effective relationships with clients, their relatives, and other persons.
High attention to detail abilities, as there is a significant amount of paperwork both paper and electronic to process.
Ability to work effectively in chaotic, unstable environments.
Ability to be compassionate as well as firm in various situations.
Ability to demonstrate high-level customer service skills, understanding, and empathy.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, prepare reports, and maintain accurate records.
Ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with colleagues, support staff, other County employees, community agencies, vendors, and the public.
Ability to efficiently and accurately input data into the computer systems.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 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 is consistently required to reach and to be mobile.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to drive locally and long distance with reasonable short-notice.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 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 moderately exposed to outdoor weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.