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Case Manager - Pathway of Hope

Posted: 01/22/2023

Full Time Position
Benefits Eligible - Medical, Vision, Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Supplemental Insurance; Retirement Plans; PTO
Position is located in the Northland

The Pathway of Hope Program equips families with the tools needed to realize independence and self-sufficiency.

Job Objective:  Coordinate social services activities for the corps.  Provide direct assistance and/or referral to clients in need based on established criteria; assess all families with minor children for eligibility in the Pathway of Hope (POH) program.  Deliver all POH services using the strength-based case management model to families with a desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and change the trajectory of their lives

Essential Functions:

Outreach and Engagement
  • Conduct regular outreach to social services sites and other locations in the community to identify eligibility requirements
  • Engage and build rapport with target population
  • Conduct screening interviews with potential applicants in accordance with POH eligibility requirements
  • Present potential participant to POH team to include the corps officer, corps support staff, and Divisional POH Manager
  • Provide appropriate referrals for individuals not eligible for POH services
Case Management
  • Perform intake that includes required documentation for admission, referral needs, explanation of program and expectations
  • Conduct a written assessment on all participants within 72 hours of contact including screening for serious personal safety and mental health issues
  • Develop a case plan with the participant based on the primary goals of housing stability, increased income/financial resources and skills, and self-determination within one week of intake which includes short-term and long-term goals with objectives. Update case plan as needed
  • Schedule regular meeting times with participants to develop and review goals and objectives
  • Conduct home visits as determined by the case plan
  • Provide information and referral services as needed
  • Assist participants in connecting to and accessing appropriate community resources
  • Provide advocacy services as needed, i.e., court involvement, landlord/tenant conflict resolution, etc.
  • Provide financial assistance in accordance with program policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate case management efforts with all staff and contracted services to meet individual and family needs
  • Develop a discharge plan with participants addressing permanent housing stability, economic stability, emotional stability and self determination
  • Assist participant to develop a crisis plan; be available during off hours to respond to an emergency
  • Conduct life skills and budgeting classes
  • Maintain case files for each participant that includes the assessment, case plan, documentation of progress, challenges, outcomes/accomplishments, discharge plan and summary, and documentation of all follow up contact
  • Maintain comprehensive and detailed case notes on all participants
  • Complete required documentation of all educational groups
  • Prepare case records for proper storage after participant discharge
  • Ensure client confidentiality in accordance with established procedures and regulations
Information Management
  • Maintain comprehensive demographic data as required on all participants
  • Submit monthly summary of service statistics to the Pathway of Hope program manager
  • Maintain accurate records of financial assistance provided to participants in their file and in The Salvation Army Information Management System (SIMS)
  • Complete other reports as requested
Agency and Community Networking
  • Attend agency and community meetings as requested
  • Attend supervisory meetings
  • Attend corps team meetings
  • Maintain working relationships with community agencies to provide comprehensive services for participants and to stay abreast of current trends and resources available
  • Provide guidance and support to community volunteers working with the program
  • Represent the agency’s purpose, philosophy, and function to the community
  • Promote the spiritual dimension of Salvation Army social services programs, emphasizing the importance of Christian influence and evangelism in all Salvation Army ministries, including delivery of social services in contemporary settings
Quality Assurance
  • Track and report unmet needs of participants and their families
  • Document and report effectiveness of service delivery using consumer, case management and community resource feedback
  • Provide ideas for programming specific to educational or process groups needed for participants
  • Ensure quality of local data and reporting of information that will support national and territorial POH program outcomes
  • Ensure client relevance and consistency of POH by collaboration with the POH program manager with ongoing development of policies and procedures, goals and objectives, and outcome based measures related to POH
Program Evaluation & Outcomes Measurement
  • Ensure the accuracy of data entry into the SIMS database
  • Participate in other program and outcome evaluation activities
  • Assist POH program manager in the annual POH evaluation/outcomes measurement for Corps and summary/review report to the Divisional Social Services Director
  • Report any POH challenges and work with the POH Program Manager to develop an action plan to address program development needs
  • Assist the POH program manager in the completion of quarterly random record reviews and annual review of compliance with standards in order to assure program evaluation/certification requirements
Education and Training
  • Attend training sessions that support the initial implementation phase and ongoing training requirements for POH
  • Attend in-service training and outside conferences/workshops as requested and approved by the Corps Officers or POH Manager
  • Participate in POH workshops and other training events at the territorial, divisional or local level, as requested and/or assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:  Degree in human service area; prefer bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Extensive experience in strength-based case management may substitute for bachelor’s degree.

Experience:  Minimum of two years of case management experience in a comparable social service program that offers multi-faceted case management interventions designed to address the needs of families utilizing a strength-based approach.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Experience and/or strong interest in community outreach, organization and community capacity development
  • Must have an interest and ability to work with people and clients of diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner
  • Ability to collaborate on complex social issues within families and communities
  • Ability to be creative, original, intuitive, and perceptive
  • Ability to think logically and critically
  • Ability to envision a project from beginning to end
  • Ability to solve complex problems, make appropriate judgments and decisions
  • Ability to speak and understand English in a manner that is sufficient for effective communication with others
  • Demonstrated capacity to teach adults
  • Familiarity with Salvation Army policies and procedures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Physical Requirements:  Include sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, and twisting; lifting up to 25 lbs.

Travel: Local travel for home and community based meetings and visits on a weekly basis.

Driving: Yes; must possess a valid driver's license and be approved through The Salvation Army Fleet Safety Program to drive either a Salvation Army or personal vehicle on Salvation Army business.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a typical office environment and in the community.  This full-time position; may require some weekend and evening work.

All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.

The Salvation Army Mission:  The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999