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Job Opening: Home Coordinator for Bethany Christian Services

Posted: January 17, 2012

Bethany Christian Services is seeking a full-time Home Coordinator to do Child Welfare work with refugee youth from Central America and Mexico. A BSW or BA/BS in human service field is required, an MSW is preferred. Experience in Child Welfare, Residential Care, and/or international experiences are preferred. Spanish speakers are also preferred. Benefits included.

This position would be responsible for the case coordination of up to 9 youth in the Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services (DUCS). These are youth that are unaccompanied in the country, under-documented, and most of the time have experienced abuse, gang persecution, and extreme violence. The position would also directly supervise the youth counselors that work in the home, who are responsible for the direct supervision of the youth.

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General Summary:

Bethany Christian Service’s DUCS Therapeutic Group Home is committed to providing the highest quality care and supervision to the youth being served. To assure that quality exists, the program only employs personnel with good moral character, emotional stability, and of sufficient health, ability, experience and education to perform the duties assigned.

Facilitate and provide direct services to the residents, consult with other professionals involved with the resident to ensure coordination of treatment services. Accountable for providing casemanagement services, documentation, and coordination of services between residential staff and clinical services. Responsible for supervision of Youth Counselors.

Essential Requirements:

- BSW or BA/BS degree in a human service field.
- Eligible to obtain professional licensure or registration in the State of Michigan.
- Ability to pass required medical examinations and to have physical ability to fulfill essential functions, including physical restraints of a resident.
- Pass a TB test annually and document preference to receive or decline Hepatitis immunization.
- Possess the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
- Computer skills sufficient to perform essential functions.
- Maintain a reliable automobile with adequate insurance coverage.
- Knowledge of state, community and agency resources.
- Mature and stable judgment, sensitivity to various cultures
- Subscription to and integration of the agency Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, and Cultural Diversity Commitment.

Desired Qualifications:

- Understanding of the history of youth in the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services (DUCS).

Essential Functions:
- Accountable for the case management of Group Home residents to ensure best services are provided and progress is made.
- Coordinate program services (i.e. medical, education, psychological testing, psychiatric evaluation) directly or through consultation with other service providers or staff including program therapist, agency nurse, and house parents.
- Facilitate staff meetings to ensure effective service coordination.
- Provide supervision and training to youth counseling staff.
- Present social history at staff meetings following admission. - Review history, family history, psychological history, school history, and identify any issues or behaviors that would warrant special attention.
- Complete case documentation required including progress notes, Quarterly Reports, court reports, discharge planning reports and reports required by licensing department of Human Services.
- Greet new arrivals at the airport and transport them to the program.
- Facilitate designated aspects of resident's placement, ensuring client records are complete, child is supported in entering the program, and given information necessary to adjust to program.
- Establish a discharge plan for residents and assist residents with developing support systems in the community.
- Meet regularly with program supervisor to consult on cases and home issues.
- Keep abreast of community resources and refer residents for support as needed.
- Maintain effective communication with community agencies or individuals involved in service provision.
- Provide transportation for clients as needed.
- Lead or co-lead therapeutic or educational groups as needed.
- Ensure medical program is in order, meets DHS licensing guidelines and supports quality and consistency of medical care provided.
- Coordinate visitation between residents and community support.
- Complete training requirements of 50 hours the first year and 40 hours each year thereafter.
- Participate in on-call system as dictated by program needs.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

To apply, please send cover letter & resume to:
Rebecca J. Schreuder, MSW
Bethany Christian Services
Home Coordinator
Division of Unaccompanied Children Services


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