Chicago House empowers persons living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS to lead healthy and dignified lives, through housing and compassionate, client-centered support services.
CLASSIFICATION STATUS: Exempt
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Chicago House is seeking a Career Specialist to work with a new housing program, HOME (Housing Opportunities Mean Everything), designed to reduce housing instability for persons vulnerable to HIV. The HOME program is a Rapid Rehousing/Transitional Housing hybrid program that operates within the spirit of the Housing First model. HOME participants engage with a Housing and Health Case Manager and a Career Specialist to engage with medical care, PrEP, and career services, with the ultimate goal of being able to financially sustain an apartment prior to program discharge. The Career Specialist, HOME Program Manager, and Housing and Health Case Manager will work closely together to provide wrap around services to up to 36 clients in the first year.
Ability to provide employment counseling a diverse population of individuals who have
experienced housing instability and/or homelessness in a supportive scattered-site housing program
Ability to complete home visits to clients’ homes
Ability to respectfully interact with clients and landlords
Ability to work cooperatively as part of a care team
Ability to respond to emergencies and be on call as required
Ability to work from a harm reduction approach
Ability to learn and use database systems
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Deliver employment services to the HOME program participants including career identity assessments and inventory.
Work closely with the HOME Program Manager and Housing and Health Case Manager to help residents identify employment goals and/or obtain and maintain employment.
Conduct intake and assessments and other documentation for client records
Maintain record keeping procedures in the Chicago House database which include completing reports and writing daily case notes on participants' progress and employment status.
Routinely assess client’s progress toward meeting goals on service plan; provide motivational enhancement as needed.
Provide career counseling and assist in the development of clients’ short/long term employment goals.
Coordinate income calculations along with the housing team for rent calculations.
Assist participants with job search, interview, resume and cover letter writing skill development. Evaluate and monitor program participants' progress towards completing employment preparation components and achieving career goals.
Maintain client files in accordance with Chicago House, CDPH, and Council on Accreditation standards.
Coordinate services between external providers, participant and other Employment staff to promote collaboration and to advocate on behalf of participant, as needed.
Represent Chicago House at meetings and functions addressing workforce development issues, and employment and retention issues. Represent Chicago House at contractor meetings and at other community meetings when applicable.
Travel throughout the Chicagoland area will be required.
Participate in weekly clinical supervision and group IDT case reviews.
Attend and participate in appropriate staff meetings.
Use corresponding database(s).
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field is preferred.
Minimum of 2 years working in social work and/or employment services is preferred.
Familiarity with HIV/AIDS, the LGBTQ Community, Substance Use, Mental Health, and Post-Correctional care preferred.
Previous case management and/or job development experience preferred.
Outgoing and assertive personality.
Ability to work cooperatively as a part of a team in a clinical and non-clinical setting;
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organization and documentation skills.
Proven ability to collaborate successfully across diverse cultural and social communities
Require candidates to have access to reliable personal transportation and the willingness to travel throughout the Chicagoland area
Chicago House is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, sex assigned at birth, arrest record, HIV status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
About Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Chicago House was founded in 1985 by a small group of community activists who saw that their friends and family members were losing their homes due to the financial, social and medical challenges associated with HIV/AIDS.
To provide community-based housing and supportive services responsive to the changing needs of individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination, and are explicitly designed to respect and preserve the dignity and independence of all clients.