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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 12:05 AM

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

The mission of Mother Africa is to build leadership, advocacy and community action capacity to support African women refugees and immigrants and their families to reach their highest potential. We have been working in the South King County area since 2012 and have a strong record of community-led projects and programs.

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM:

Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities. BSK includes the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI) that is intended to prevent and divert children and youth and their families from becoming homeless. YFHPI seeks to ensure disproportionate representation within the homeless system is addressed for people of color who enter homelessness at a rate significantly greater than the general population, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) youth, and households in geographically isolated areas throughout King County.

Using a progressive engagement approach, the Case Manager will provide the support needed to ensure that unaccompanied youth / young adults (ages 12-24) and families at imminent risk of homelessness have access to the resources needed to avoid entering the homeless system; and, to remain stably housed over time.

Case Manager must possess high levels of cultural competency and/or sensitivity for African communities to ensure the program’s goals of decreasing homelessness for households disproportionately represented in the homeless system are met.

Case Manager hired under this program will have a home base at the Mother Africa office, but also must be willing to provide services whenever and wherever the household needs them to be provided.

JOB DUTIES:

Provide case management services that ensure that eligible households at imminent risk of homelessness have access to the resources needed to avoid entering the homeless system. This may include providing the following:

Complete intake and service planning activities;
Addressing emergency needs that prevent households from becoming homeless, and provide the needed support to households so that they maintain current housing;
Work with landlords to mitigate risks of displacement;
Accessing resources for housing stability assistance (i.e. furniture procurement, utility assistance, etc.);
Make referrals to services as needed;
Work with and accept referrals from other YFHPI partners;
Enter client-level data into the County’s prevention database system
Distribute and track flexible funding expenditures;
Participate in monthly learning circles provided by King County;
Participate in all-staff training sessions; attend agency/staff meetings;
Proven ability to relate effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and to promote a culturally diverse environment;
Coordinate connection with other culturally appropriate services and referrals as needed; or
Coordinate interpreter supports as needed.

EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:
· Bachelor's in Social Work or related field or equivalent education and experience.
· Strong oral and written communication skills;
· Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision;
· Sensitivity to the needs of agency clients and ability to maintain confidentiality;
· Ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment, being flexible to changing conditions
Proficiency in 2010 Microsoft Office Suite.
Demonstrated understanding of trauma-informed care.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to update and maintain complex client records.
Knowledge of human service delivery systems and systems advocacy, and solid understanding of King County available services and resources;
Dependable transportation and valid Washington State Driver’s License.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: At least one year of experience in direct provision of social services, preferably working with African refugee and immigrants. Second language proficiency in Swahili, French or Arabic.

Hours: 40 hours/week, flexible schedule with some weekends & evenings



Compensation: $15-$17 per hour depending on experience. Benefits package including mileage, healthcare stipend, vacation, public holidays and sick leave.

TERM:
This is a 1 year contract position with potential for renewal for up to 3 years, pending King County funding.

Mother Africa is an equal opportunity employer.
We encourage African candidates to apply.


HOW TO APPLY:

Email a resume, 3 references and a cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a great fit for this position to risho@motherafrica.org. Title the email ‘BSK Case Manager Application’



If you have questions about this position, please contact our Executive Director, Risho Sapano at

253-249-8811.

• Location: Seattle

• Post ID: 52668988 seattle
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