The Family-Centered Services Specialist provides in-home intervention to children and their families utilizing skill based, solution-focused models to help families adopt positive solutions to problems through the teaching of skills and behavioral techniques accessing community resources and support.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:
- Provides casework and intervention services utilizing evidence-based interventions.
- Provides case management support utilizing evidence-based interventions.
- Provides evidence-based interventions in accordance with implementation science and contractual responsibilities using a continuum of integrated policies, strategies, activities and services whose effectiveness have been proven or informed by research and evaluation.
- Meets competencies of evidence-based interventions in accordance with all model certification and credentialing requirements.
- Acts as an advocate for children and families.
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships with families and with community service resources, including medical professionals, public welfare personnel, lawyers, therapists, law enforcement staff, school officials, neighbors, and religious and youth organization representatives utilizing referral sources as necessary.
- Provides screening and assessment to determine program eligibility and identifies areas to address in the service plan if applicable.
- Provides training and support in the development and utilization of functional skills to families with problems and individuals associated with the families.
- Assesses problems and provides care to youth and families; monitors individual and family progress in the attainment of predetermined goals providing regular review and update of service plans.
- Maintains appropriate level of direct contact with families per program requirements, and remains available to families 24/7, for crisis intervention as needed.
- Provides consumers, including school personnel and others working with children served by the program, training in the management of difficult behaviors.
- Promotes family self-determination by assisting family in identifying and accessing community services and resources.
- Educates families on the needs of good physical health, quality medical attention and preventive health care.
- Assists families in building on their spiritual and religious beliefs or practices as a source of strength to reach their goals.
- Promotes culture of professionalism through role modeling and respect.
- Meets with families and children at various locations; utilizes own vehicle to travel to work destinations and to transport youth as authorized.
- Completes administrative functions in support of evidence-based interventions.
- Prepares and submits reports and recommendations concerning case load status, budget requests, changes in service plans, and any unusual incidents that occur in the operation of the program.
- Reports any critical incidents involving family members or staff according to standard reporting guidelines.
- Prepares proper documentation and service plans in a timely manner as defined by the program.
- Implements feedback from supervisor.
- Ensures job duties are performed in compliance with all contractual, regulatory, program, and accrediting body standards.
- Notifies supervisor of change in professional status or standing that may affect job status or program compliance including driving record, drivers license suspension, vehicle insurance cancellation, and missed mandatory training.
- Performs job responsibilities at a level of competency and effectiveness yielding positive outcomes for children and families ensuring children remain at home with their guardians when safe to do so.
- Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagans Boys Home mission.
- Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town mission
- Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of Boys Town
- Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior
- Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance
- Supports other members of the management team and their work
- Other Duties: This job description incorporates the essential functions and duties required for this position. However, other duties may be required and assigned at times and as determined by a supervisor in order to meet the needs of the organization
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Solid understanding of the philosophy and function of public assistance and social services systems. Knowledge of recognized interventions such as risk assessment and crisis intervention in order to address identified service needs.
- Knowledge of regulatory requirements pertaining to youth care and the ability to learn, apply, and explain complex regulations and policies governing child welfare processes and services.
- Ability to function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with youth, staff, and support agencies.
- Knowledge of community resources and service providers available in the geographical area; knowledge of the functions and services of the community organizations and related human services.
- Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels in the organization and with external business contacts in an articulate, professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality.
- Computer skills in Microsoft Office.
- Knowledge of evidence-based interventions and fidelity of care.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelors degree or Master's degree from an accredited four year college recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or Associate of Arts degree in Human Services or related field from an accredited college or university plus the equivalent of two years of full-time experience in human services or related field. NOTE: Education and experience requirements may be higher based on Affiliate Site location, Local contracts, and Federal/State contract requirements.
- 1 to 2 years of experience including working with children and families preferred; experience working with children and families in community-based programs or Boys Town Programs preferred.
- Must possess a valid drivers license with a good driving record and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check. Must have the ability to provide own transportation (mileage reimbursed) to complete travel requirements of the job. Must meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws.
- This position is available rotationally to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSURES, AND LANGUAGE SKILLS:
- Will be trained and certified in evidence-based interventions or working towards training and certification.
- May be trained to become a State Approved Family Team Decision Meeting and/or Youth Transition Decision Making Facilitator and may be asked to conduct facilitated meetings at designated locations as assigned. Certification or licensure may be required based on Affiliate Site location, Local contracts, or Federal/State contract requirements.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND EQUIPMENT USAGE:
Reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, youth, or families.
Duties are performed in a variety of environments ranging from highly stressful and potentially aggressive (physical interventions, escorts, etc.) to casual and leisurely, in both indoor and outdoor settings. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to outside weather conditions and maybe required to visit homes with substandard living conditions and domestic pets.
About Boys Town Nebraska:
A National Historic Landmark since 1985, the Village of Boys Town is now the only National Historic Landmark District in Nebraska. At any given time, about 400 boys and girls live in the Village, receiving care and guidance for a wide range of behavioral, emotional and academic issues. When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were transformed.
Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Towns mission, which is why we offer an array of competitive and attractive benefit options. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town Physicians, free prescriptions, tuition assistance, access to the campus Field House, parenting resources from our experts and advancement opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.
Date Posted: June 23, 2022
This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.