Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Case Manager serves a partial caseload of pregnant mothers and families with children age’s birth to three. This individual is responsible for providing resources for assigned families as well as planning and engaging families in regular socializations and conducting outreach and enrollment activities to maintain full program enrollment. The Case Manager provides resources to parent educators in the Prevention Initiative Home Visiting program. Finally, the Case Manager will complete a family assessment and develop an Individual Family Service Plan in collaboration with each family to develop a plan for helping families meet their needs and goals.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversees and maintains all social service, health, nutrition, mental health, etc. files and data updated in ETO and any other database in order to ensure timely referrals and follow through.
Creates an annual Individual Family Service Plan within 30 days of enrollment for each assigned family and updates it at least once every six months, maintaining confidentiality of family records and information.
Provides direct and indirect services for referrals aligned to family goals. Document all referrals and family contact.
Assists families in identifying and accessing resources, fully utilizing available community resources, and making referrals, documenting service and following up as needed.
Completes transition plans with families.
Works with supervisor, Support Services Manager, other Gads Hill staff, mental health consultants, Early Intervention staff and other pertinent individuals in meeting the needs of children with special needs, including referral, follow-up and individualization.
Engages and encourages families in parent groups and other parent involvement opportunities.
Assists family support team to partner with community agencies and form linkage agreements.
Maintains community resource guide to assist parents in identifying and developing local community resources.
Works with Support Services Manager to identify and meet training needs of parents.
Collaborates with other staff, volunteers, interns, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
Attends regular family support meeting, parent meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
Supports program recruitment efforts by Gads Hill Staff in collaboration with the Family Support Manager.
Prepares the referral report for funders as required under guidance of the Family Support Manager.
Follows ongoing monitoring system to ensure accuracy and timeliness of corrective actions, and perform internal audits of enrollments, attendance, heath files, Individual Family Service Plans, and transition plans.
Collaborates with Family Support Manager to develop and implement a comprehensive recruitment plan to maintain full program enrollment.
Assists parents in developing parenting skills, helping them to become the primary family educators and their children’s first teachers. Reinforces this concept with practical suggestions for its development.
Monitors participants’ health checks by documenting findings and sending reminders for following-up as needed.
Supports planning of monthly parent meetings
Administers and interprets development assessment tools to assigned children within the required time frame, maintaining detailed, written documentation.
Serve as the liaison between parent groups and the Family Support Manager and/or other designated staff.
Participate and assist with program self-assessment, site monitor visits, developmental screenings and Chicago Public Schools or Early Intervention evaluations.
Inputs required assessment and any other required data into ETO database.
Communicates and works with assigned families minimum once a month or more if needed through one-on-one home visits or phone conference.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Case Management, Social Work or related field and one-year previous direct service experience with low-income families required.
Previous early education and family support program experience required.
Bi-lingual Spanish/English required
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Valid Driver’s License and use of a dependable insured car required.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $32,000 per year
Schedule: Full time
Location: 4236 S. Archer Ave, Chicago
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail.
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.