Website Lydia Place
POSITION TITLE: CASE MANAGER
MISSION: To disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations.
VISION: A compassionate community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive.
SUPPORTED BY: Program Manager, Housing Program Director
SALARY RANGE: $21.00-$28.35/hour, 4o hours/week, non-exempt
Candidate offers consider experience, qualifications, and internal equity.
Entry salary typically in the first third of the range.
BENEFITS PACKAGE: 21 days of paid time off (PTO) per year (prorated for Regular PT employees based on FTE rate); 12 paid holidays; agency sponsored healthcare plan (for Regular employees working 30 or more hours per week); Employee Assistance Program (EAP); 3% employer contribution to 403(b) Retirement Plan after 1 year of employment; supportive work culture; family friendly and flexible scheduling.
POSITION SUMMARY: Housing Case Managers provide support to clients in obtaining and maintaining stable housing, assisting families and individuals with identifying and securing housing to meet their needs, goal setting, advocacy, problem-solving and accessing community resources.
LYDIA PLACE VALUES:
We believe strong healthy communities are the foundation to a better world.
We believe it is our responsibility to actively challenge systems of oppression. We recognize
a majority of those experiencing homelessness have been marginalized.
We believe that the best way to eliminate homelessness is to look beyond short-term solutions and focus on breaking the generational cycle of poverty.
We value each other as humans first. We know that the best outcomes for our clients and our community are achieved when our team is healthy and thriving.
TO APPLY: Email resume and detailed cover letter outlining your interest, qualifications, experience, or information that may not be encompassed in your resume such as lived experience that as it relates to this position, in attached .doc or .pdf format to HR & Operations Manager, Haley White at email@example.com. You may also submit hard copy materials via PO BOX 28487 Bellingham, WA 98228. Position open until filled.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Lydia Place is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on the basis of race, sex/gender, religion/creed, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, national origin, genetic markers, military or veteran’s status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
Real-world experience has value in the workplace. Individuals who identify with non-dominant groups, who have experienced poverty and had first-hand knowledge working with system resources, and who have relevant, lived experience equivalent to minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services or related field AND
- 1 year of related experience in direct service
- Basic knowledge of housing and support resources for low-income families in Whatcom County
- Ability to establish rapport and build on family strengths in the home environment
- Experience working with a diverse groups of people
- Proficiency with word processing, Microsoft Office programs, and cloud-based internet software
- Completion of background investigation that includes social security verification, professional reference checks, and a federal criminal background investigation
- Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and proof of insurance required
- Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or Sign Language preferred
Due to Washington State mandate, all Lydia Place employees and volunteers are required to have full COVID-19 vaccination and ability to furnish proof of such by first day of work for continued employment. Exceptions for individuals with a medical reason or bone fide religious belief will be reviewed and determined by Lydia Place Directors.
REQUIRED CORE COMPETENCIES:
Must be able to adopt anti-oppression, anti-racist, and trauma-informed framework to navigate complex systems of racism, poverty, homelessness, violence against women and children and other systems of oppression.
Must be able to read and interpret documents, write reports, correspond verbally and in writing with clarity, and must embody active listening skills. Must be able to ask for help when needed and offer help to others when appropriate as well as give and receive feedback. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.
Ability to assess and identify actions to address issues independently while knowing when to ask for appropriate support.
Effectively able to manage time and develop and carry out complex timelines and action plans. Able to follow policies and procedures.
Responsible, reliable, and accountable for actions in all settings. Open and honest about own strengths, limitations, and boundaries. Able to maintain confidentiality and commitments.
Must have an awareness of own emotions and be able to manage them while also being able to understand and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Effectively manage disagreements. Ability to manage frequent high stress situations.
Adept at holding space for opposing ideas and embrace diversity in all areas of the workplace.
Willingness to step outside of your comfort zone to address uncertainty, fear, discomfort, inequities.
Positive change and innovation requires that we ask questions. The why’s, why nots, and what-ifs are crucial to this work and we encourage and expect employees to ask questions. We look for curiosity about ourselves, our workplace, the people, and families we serve, and the larger community.
Able to adapt and pivot as situations arise that are unexpected and/or challenging. Embrace needed change and manage well when faced with ambiguity.
Thinking outside the box, resourcefulness, trying new things, approaching things differently and moving beyond the status quo.
Embraces a team approach with colleagues, community partners, and can work both individually and part of a team when needed. Supports organizations goals and values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
CASE MANAGEMENT & DIRECT CLIENT SERVICES:
- Support clients with housing application/process, one-on-one case management, advocacy, rapport building, assessments, resource and referral, development of case plan, crisis management, compliance review, and program participation viability
- Advocate for clients from a client-centered approach which supports clients in functioning as independently as possible
- Recognize the complexities of poverty and homelessness, and provide comprehensive advocacy services to clients, which address all factors that have contributed to their homeless status
- Assist client with paperwork processes including application, lease-up, deposit and rental assistance; coordinate with partner agencies and property managers to obtain and maintain housing stability
- Develop a permanent housing service plan; collaborate with other agencies to meet client needs
- Schedule and facilitate on-going home visits and office appointments with clients to evaluate service effectiveness and progress toward goals
- Educate clients about landlord/tenant laws and reporting requirements
- Facilitate occasional groups, community events, and educational classes
- Assist with special events such as Thanksgiving Meal Program, Adopt-A-Family Program, etc.
COMMUNICATION, DOCUMENTATION, OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Fulfill all duties as a mandated reporter of child abuse or child neglect to DCYF
- Maintain client confidentiality in all circumstances except those required by
- Participate in weekly case management supervision, program meeting and Team
- Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, supervisors and community partners.
- Maintain accurate and timely documentation of client files; enter data into internal database and HMIS, including compliance with all contract and confidentiality
- Represent Lydia Place at designated community meetings and through public presentations as assigned; preserve positive effective relationships with landlords, property managers, and housing providers in the community.
- Act as back-up staff for the on-call rotation
- Other duties as assigned
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. While performing these job duties, the employee is regularly required to listen to others and provide verbal feedback. The employee is required to sit for extended periods of time. Employee also is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, or balance.
To apply for this job email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org