• Education/Permanency Specialist, Full time, Jackson, MI

    Posted Date 3 days ago(7/20/2018 1:10 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Social Workers
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    Varied/8 Hour Shift
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
    Position Location
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    At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Provides assistance and guidance to youth in residential facility to achieve improved educational outcomes. Serves as an advocate for youth with applicable school systems to ensure the appropriate educational services are provided.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Provide advocacy and support for foster youth in obtaining educational services. Act as an educational advisor to child agency staff and serve as a liaison with educational staff.
    2. Assist youth with the development of an individual education plan, which has the ultimate goal of attaining a high school diploma or GED.
    3. Facilitate problem-solving of educational issues with teacher, administrator, principal, case worker and youth.
    4. Assist with transition between residential facilities and return to the community. Serve as a liaison between youth, residential facility, and school district.
    5. Identify resources for scholarship funding and facilitate youth awareness and application for special funding services. Maintain collaboration and communication with all stakeholders, including universities, colleges, vocational and high schools.
    6. Consult with assigned staff and additional service providers to develop permanency plan goals.
    7. Work with assigned case workers to develop visitation plans for identified children, families, relatives, and significant persons. Assess appropriateness of connection, include youth perception and engage youth to develop a plan to enhance appropriate connections.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field.



    • Two years' experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision.
    • Ability to utilize assessment, problem identification, diagnostic and treatment techniques with individuals, families, and groups.
    • Ability to work within complex social systems and coordinate resources as they apply to client needs.
    • Ability to deal constructively and appropriately with client apathy, hostility, resistance, and anger.
    • Ability to work in team relationships with other professionals from varied community groups, agencies, and disciplines.
    • Ability to read, write and speak fluent English. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing. Bilingual in the language of persons served is beneficial.
    • Knowledge of state and local human service systems and resources, particularly as they apply to child and family services; human growth, development, and social environments with respect to child development, personality, family life, parenting, and ethnicity; and ability to employ social brokering, advocating, and mobilizing individuals and groups.
    • Understanding of the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the clients served.
    • Ability to advocate for youth and program needs within the community.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to utilize basic word processing and specific computer software applications.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Required to participate in a system of 24 hour availability to clients, foster and adoptive parents, and staff, as required.
    • Unrestricted, valid driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to move freely about.
    • High level of concentration over extended periods of time.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.


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