Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a Social Worker & Disability Coordinator in the Child Care Department.
The major function of the Social Worker is rendering individual and group services to children and their families.
Identifies children in need of services. Responsible for providing the social development assessment that must be completed with all incoming families as part of the intake process.
Responsible for participating in the identification of children who are referred and require social work intervention, crisis intervention and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
Provides family advocacy. Serves as a liaison between family and State Pre-K Kindergarten Program, Head Start Program, and schools
Responsible for counseling as appropriate in relation to the child’s needs. Conducts home visits when needed.
Supervises Social Work interns, works with the psychologist to assign their cases, completes evaluations and provides consultation and maintains relationship with social work universities.
Responsible for the coordination of disability services for children in the child care program, managing of IFSP/IEP and liaison with the Chicago Public School special education services and Early Intervention with Child and Family Connections.
Supervises the disability para-professional.
Develops and maintains positive relationships with children and families and staff offering support, guidance, and referrals.
With the Child Care Director, Site Director, Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, and Intake Specialist Coordinator will assess/evaluate individual, family and community needs and concerns and assist teaching team in integrating these into program.
Assist staff/teachers in developing individualized programing for special needs children/families.
Meets monthly with the Child Care Director for supervision and support.
Meets on a monthly basis with the Child Care team to update staff on child-family issues, programmatic issues, etc. Plan and participate in staff and parent development activities with the child care team.
Assists parents and staff in completing of Board of Education and DHS annual program self-evaluations and follow up validations.
Attend monthly all agency staff meetings and mandated workshops/presentations that will promote professional development.
Works with Child Care Director, Site Director, staff, NAEYC, and ASQ Accreditation Team to complete National accreditation of the Pre-School Programs.
Responsible for the program complying with Erie, the Board of Education and all State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Act as a mandated reporter, as well as the American with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy.
Master of Social Work from an accredited college or university
Bilingual English/Spanish required
Physical constraints required the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, the ability to see and read newsprint with or without corrective lenses, to speak and be understood under normal circumstances, to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds, and the use of arms, hands, legs and feet with or without corrective devices to accomplish the job, including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
Demonstrate the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, is creative, reliable, and dependable.
Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children’s development and growth.
Documentation of U.S. Citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S.
Ability to respond immediately to any emergency situation.
Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring including Erie’s application, employment status and 3 letters of recommendation. In addition must complete all DCFS forms, including a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and a Child Abuse and Neglect Background Check.
About Erie Neighborhood House
Erie Neighborhood House is a community service agency founded in 1870 that promotes a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources and collaborative action.