Senior Case Manager
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 11/23/2019

Job Description

Senior Case Manager 

Summary:  This position provides a broad range of advanced case management services within guidelines established by the Organization and specific programs.  Populations served will vary by program but may include: children; adults; families; immigrants; refugees; and individuals with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and/or substance use issues.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

The Saura Center DCFS Re-Entry Program is a 10-bed program that works with male youth (ages 12-17) that are dually involved with the Cook County Juvenile Courts (meaning DCFS wards with active delinquency cases) that have been court ordered by their delinquency Judge to be placed at the Saura Center Re-Entry Program pending DCFS placement in lieu of secure detention.  While in the program the youth will receive individual and group counseling by a Youth Care Worker and will also receive more intensive services both individual and group from a Mental Health Clinical Practitioner.  The youth will also receive educational services, participate in recreational services, mental health services by a psychiatrist and medical services from physician.  The youth will stay an average of 3-6 months at the program and will be discharged once placement had been found through DCFS.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides advanced advocacy, assessment, and case management services to individuals, families and groups.
  • Conducts outreach and intake as assigned. 
  • Supervises program participants individually or in groups.
  • Develops case management plans to assist program participants in addressing such problems as personal and family adjustments, finances, employment, food, clothing, housing, and physical and mental impairments to determine nature and degree of problem.
  • Counsels program participant individually, in family, or in groups and establishes appropriate service/treatment plans, reviews case progress and determines case closure according to program guidelines and standards.
  • Refers program participants to community resources and other organizations.  Determines program participant's eligibility for financial assistance and/or benefits and entitlements.
  • Provides financial assistance and financial management support to program participants, in accord with Organizational policies and procedures.
  • Helps program participant to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems, and program participant's part in creating them.
  • Provides case consultation as appropriate, and develops/implements special projects such as the development of informational materials, providing training for other staff in social work and treatment/service theory, and participating in assigned professional and community activities.
  • Completes accurately and in a timely manner all necessary forms, case records and statistical reports.  Submits such documentation to the supervisor/manager within the designated time lines.
  • Participates and contributes actively in regular supervisory and team/unit meeting, in house training sessions, conferences, seminars and independent study.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with social service organizations and government agencies to enhance service delivery and to interpret Organizational programs for outside audiences.
  • Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, NASW (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, Organization plans/policies and program guidelines.  Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards.  Initiates requests for assistance from Supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Transportation of program participants and/or Organizational property may be required.
  • In residential programs, household maintenance responsibilities may be assigned.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  High school diploma or equivalent and minimum of seven years experience in case work, human services or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Bachelors degree may be required if mandated by funder and/or regulatory agency.
  • Language Skills:  Fluency in a second language may be required.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general professional periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Other Qualifications:  A valid driver’s license may be required.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
  • May be required to visit clients in their homes or in institutions.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Management
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 11/23/2019

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