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Family Enrichment Specialist - The Community Builders, Inc.

Hiring Company: The Community Builders, Inc.
Location: Worcester, MA

Job Description

Department: Plumley Village Community Life
Reporting to: Director of Community Life

Primary Function: The Family Enrichment Specialist is responsible for the overall management of social services, mental health services, case management, and crisis management of Plumley Village residents.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

• Develop positive, supportive, and trusting relationships in the Plumley Village Community
• Strength-based case management approach for families at risk of lease violation or eviction, including development and follow-up with individual resident success plans and referrals.
• Assess strengths and desires to partner with residents to reach goals.
• Timely collection of all required data, and completion of all reports, documentation, and program evaluations.
• Increase staff capacity through trainings, and issue awareness around domestic violence, mental health, etc.
• Oversee collaborations with on-site health-related partners.
• Build and maintain working relationships with an integrated network of proven supportive service providers.
• Support community life team and collaborate in their community organizing efforts, resident led initiatives and coordinate services and communications with residents via resident check-ins
• Support property management staff in promoting occupancy standards and help interested residents understand and comply with such standards and requirements. Maintain a watch list of residents. Assist with eviction prevention and the management of all reasonable accommodations.
• Oversee budget expenditures as approved by the Director of Community Life, and ensure prompt and proper documentation as required by the corporate office.
• Meet weekly with Director of Community Life and Community Life team.


Qualifications: Knowledge & Skills Required:
• Licensed social worker
• Systemically operate from strength-based and member contribution lens
• 3+ years experience in family and youth setting. Experience with community organizing or in a community setting is preferred.
• A passion and commitment to building strong communities through helping families and youth succeed.
• Demonstrated ability in building relationships with community partners.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with site team members and members of other organizations.
• Superb organizational skills and ability to manage competing demands in a fast-paced environment.
• Superior written and oral communication skills.
• Problem solving, mediation, and conflict resolution skills.
• Upbeat attitude and ability to inspire others.
• Cultural competency and responsiveness.
• Basic computer skills, with a proficiency in MS Office, and other database experience.

Knowledge and Skills Preferred, But Not Required:

• Familiarity with affordable housing
• Past experience in staff or intern management

Physical Requirements:
• Must be able to lift 25 pounds
• Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends

Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Community Builders is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Contact Information

Please send a cover letter and resume to: Anne Vinick, Director of Community Life —

Salary Information: Competitive, commensurate with experience.

The Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of State Care is looking for a Graduate Student in Social Work to Help Coordinate Our Work

Hiring Company: The Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of State Care
Location: Boston, MA

Job Description

The Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of State Care is looking to hire a graduate student in social work on a part time (~10-15 hours/week) consultant basis to help coordinate our work in this area over the next year. The Task Force will be focusing its efforts on housing policies over the next couple of years (to coincide with the 2013-2014 legislative session).

About the Task Force

The Task Force is a broad coalition co-chaired by The Home for Little Wanderers and Cambridge Family & Children's Service. They are joined by Youth Villages, and Dare Family Services, on the agenda-setting Executive Committee. Overall membership includes more than 40 representatives of state agencies, child welfare and human service providers and others who, through advocacy, research and public education, are working to help these youth in transition to have lifelong connections, be fully prepared for college, work and life, and be contributing members of their communities.

In 2008, the Task Force released a report, Preparing Our Kids for Education, Work, and Life, that described the obstacles of youth aging out of DCF care at age 18 in transitioning into adulthood, as well as the promising outcomes of youth who continue to receive support from DCF until age 21. The report summarizes the first ever study of transitioning youth in Massachusetts and provides a set of recommendations to create policy, practice, and resource conditions for youth to achieve these outcomes.

Since then, the Task Force has played a leading role in advocating for policy changes including new laws that provide aging out youth with substantial support in their transitions, including but not limited to:

• MassHealth coverage until age 21
• Tuition and fee waivers at state colleges and universities
• Juvenile court protection and advocacy until age 22
• Continued state services until age 21
• New emphasis on transitional and permanency planning

The Task Force also includes a youth advisory board of young adults who have been in the foster care system and are providing their voice in the process.

Contact Information

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please contact:

Brian Condron
Director, Advocacy and Public Policy
The Home for Little Wanderers