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Program Specialist - In Home Services (Bilingual) - Fremont

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Fremont, NE

Job Description

Essential Job Duties:

Service Delivery
• Provide culturally competent home-based services, education, and support to enable children to stay in the home or be returned home safely after out-of-home placement; assist client families to acquire basic living skills such as parenting, household management, and emotional or behavioral regulation.  Such services may include Family Engagement, Family Support, and Intensive Family Preservation.
• Work under the guidance of the Safety and In-Home Services Supervisor, and/or Coordinator as well as the Lead Agency Service Coordinator, and Health and Human Services (HHS) case managers and therapists. 
• Provide services to the families in their own home or neutral locations at times that are convenient for them.
• Develop respectful relationships with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence. 
• Respond to client referrals within 24 hours, and make initial face-to-face contact within 48 hours.
• Respond to emergencies to provide intensive crisis resolution; LFS Safety and In-Home Services Supervisor and/or Coordinator must be contacted as soon as practicable. 
• Maintain on-going verbal and written contact with LFS staff, Lead Agency Service Coordinator, HHS case managers and/or referring therapist.
• Provide on-call services as needed.
• Participate in family team meetings. 
• Analyze and make recommendations regarding individual cases.
• Facilitate services by arranging for or providing transportation.
• Complete home studies as assigned.
• Coordinate staff training and provide support to organization foster parents as requested.

Record Keeping
• Provide accurate and timely progress notes, reports, documentation, assessments, service plans, genograms, ecomaps, aftercare plans, and discharge summaries in accordance with Agency policy and procedure.
• Submit billing and time sheet information according to Agency policy and procedure. 
• Collect statistics and implement all Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) procedures.

Collaboration and Community Relations:
• Collaborate with other agencies, service providers, and informal supports to advocate on behalf of clients.

Professional Growth and Development
• Attend and participate in supervision and staff meetings as requested for the purpose of program planning and assessment, and personal and professional growth and development.
• Through individual reading, workshops, videotape presentations and case consultations, work to build support work skills to meet referral source expectations and provide the highest quality services.
• Attend required pre- and in-service training.

Professionalism and Confidentiality
• Keep all client names, information and other Agency business confidential.
• Guard Client confidentiality in waiting areas, during phone contact and in the handling of records.

Interpersonal Relationships
• Maintain a positive, respectful demeanor on all contacts with staff and the public.
• Seek needed guidance in handling difficult client situations and establishing priorities for the job.
• Work to build positive, productive relationships with other staff.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Duties as assigned.        

Job Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Social work or related field
• Minimum of one year of experience working with children and families
• Must be able to work evenings, nights and weekends
• Must be able to provide regular and predictable attendance
• Knowledge and experience in working with diverse populations and may include refugee or immigrant families
• Understanding of cultural values and beliefs of populations being served
• Bilingual (Spanish, Arabic, Nuer, or Dinka) skills preferred
• Experience with troubled families preferred
• Demonstrated decision making skills and competencies to work in crisis situations
• Possess good verbal/written communication skills
• Possess good organizational skills including the ability to prioritize a variety of changing, multi-task activities
• Valid vehicle operator license, proof of liability insurance and ability to drive for Agency business
• Commitment to the mission of Lutheran Family Services

Job Details

Date Posted October 20, 2017
Date Closes December 30, 2017
Located In Fremont, NE
Department Children Services
Function Assist families by increasing their ability to maintain a safe and nurturing home for their children and to parent effectively. Provide support and education to parents and children by assisting clients in learning basic living and parenting skills.
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, $13.74 - $19.23, Based on Experience
Experience Level Entry Level (0-2 yrs. experience)
Hours 40 hours per week
Desired Secondary Language Skill Spanish
SOC Category 21-1021.00 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Zipcode 68025
Name Human Resources
Address 124 S 24th St. Suite 220
City, State and Zip Omaha, NE 68102
FAX 402-978-5660

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Professional Liability
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Credit Union
  • Free Parking
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Sick Leave
  • Merit Increases

This job requires the following skills

  • Children-at-Risk Specialist
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Resolution
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Work Ethic
At a Glance
Enjoy these benefits
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • And More ...