Caseworker - Permanency Specialist II, Foster Care - Washington, PA

21-Feb-2020, Project STAR - Other
Job Status: Full-Time   Location: Washington, PA

Job Summary

Independently develops and implements service plans that promote safety, well-being and permanency for all assigned clients.

Careers at Our Amazing Place
Amazing Kids. Amazing Place. At The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, we’ve built our legacy on being “amazing.” After more than a century of the highest quality care and service to children and their families, we’re forever proud of our team members who don’t just make a career here – they make a difference.
From our outpatient physical and behavioral health services, to our educational services, to our family services – we’re grateful for the many passionate individuals who dedicate their expertise, talent and time to our kids, families, and to our mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Empower. To Amaze.
Our Culture & Amazing Atmosphere
It’s smiles from our kids when you’re walking down the hallway. It’s seeing their progress that brightens your day. It’s the feeling you get when a parent tells you what a difference you’ve made for their child. Every day brings something different, but it’s the care, compassion, collaboration, and teamwork put into our work that contributes to the overall culture at The Children’s Institute.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We serve a diverse population of children and families, and want our workforce to reflect that same diversity. We want all interested individuals to feel welcome in applying for a career at our amazing place – we can’t wait to meet you!
Current Career Openings
At The Children’s Institute, we pride ourselves on building teams of individuals who bring their best every day – because without that, we couldn’t make such a large and lasting impact on the amazing kids and families we serve. We need team members who are team players, collaborative and creative, idea-generators and go-getters. Our children and families need you.
Amazing Benefits
We’re proud to offer generous benefits to our team members. Regular full-time team members are eligible for the following benefits:
• Medical, Dental, Vision & Life insurance • Paid Time Off & Holidays
• 403b Plan-Retirement • Short and Long Term Disability
• Flexible Spending Accounts • Wellness program
• Tuition reimbursement • Student Loan Refinancing Program
• Career development • Employee Recognition Events

Job Relationships

Responsible To: Manager or Supervisor as assigned. Also collaborates with Family Skills Specialists and other Permanency Specialists.

Workers Supervised: None


Education: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related Human Service field required. Masters preferred.

Licensure: N/A

Certification: N/A

Clearances: Act 73 FBI, Act 34 Criminal Clearance, Act 33 Child Clearance. For this position clearance must be obtained prior to start date.

Training and Experience: Minimum of one year experience working in Child Welfare
SKILLS REQUIRED: •Basic computer skills•Excellent organizational skills •Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing •Ability to manage conflict •Ability to relate well to individuals with challenging personalities
•Ability to relate well to individuals with disabilities•Ability to adapt to schedule changes•Ability to make professional decisions independently in the field

•Valid, current driver's license and personal automobile liability insurance with a minimum of $300,000 combined single limit coverage•Approval to verify driving history at the time of authorization and annually; approval to verify insurance coverage at the time of authorization and semi-annually•Reliable automobile with current inspection
•Ability to meet physical and mental requirements of the job

Job Responsibilities

•Develops and implements service plans that reflect the unique needs of all assigned clients in collaboration with clients, referral sources, and judicial guidelines
•Assesses client needs using formal and informal evaluations, referral source recommendations, and client preferences
Completes home and community visits with all assigned clients
•Transports clients to visits, medical appointments, hearings and other appointments as needed
•Provides parent education to clients as needed
•Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with referral sources and other social service agencies
•Has familiarity with community services systems
•Prepares reports as mandated by Project STAR standards and foster care contractual requirements
•Submits all reports to supervisor for review on a weekly basis
•Attends, participates in, and when called upon, testifies at all relevant meetings and hearings for assigned cases as necessary
•Complies with office protocol requirements including record keeping, logging, and documentation
•Maintains files in accordance with Project STAR policy, Foster Care contractual requirements, and DPW regulations
•Attends and contributes to relevant Project STAR staff and team meetings
•Works to maintain professional competence and skills through continuing education and supervision
•Adheres to policies and procedures pertaining to client and family transportation
•Documents daily activities in a clear, professional, and timely manner
•Independently connects clients with community resources
•Assists with coverage of any and all programmatic services that pertain to Project STAR services, which includes but not limited to, Adoption, SWAN, IFS and Visit Coaching
•Performs other duties as assigned.

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Linda Allen
[email protected]
The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Fax: 412-420-2299
Please email resumes and cover letters in PDF format, or you may fax them to the number above. The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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