ACLT is looking for a seasoned Case Manager looking to continue their career with direct impact at our Benu Community Home.
Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT) is working for community ownership of land in the Central District. This supports the cultural and economic thriving of people who are part of the African diaspora in the Greater Seattle area. The Africatown Community Land Trust board is comprised of real estate professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, business professionals and long-time community members from the Central District. We are looking for a seasoned Case Manager looking to continue their career with direct impact at our Benu Community Home.
To acquire, develop, and steward land in Greater Seattle to empower & preserve the
Vibrant and thriving black communities through land ownership.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Benu Community Home Case Managers are responsible for providing direct service to the participants by identifying barriers to them reaching the goal of permanent housing and working with the participant to overcome any barriers. Case Managers will foster a team environment among ACLT staff and volunteers.
The Case Manager provides engagement and support services to self-identifying males who are part of a stigmatized population by using positive coaching techniques. The emphasis is on meeting individuals “where they are at” and providing non-judgmental, non-coercive services and resources to individuals. The Case Manager will work directly with community guests to ensure their personal choices don’t interfere with obtaining stabilized permanent housing, and to develop individualized goals for enrichment, stability, wellness and recovery as applicable. Case Managers will work closely with the Coordinated Entry program, referring and advocating for participants to obtain appropriate resources and permanent supportive housing.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Work with community guests to identify specific barriers that community guests are facing to move into appropriate housing, and develop housing goals and action plans with them.
• Build rapport, provide support and advocate for a diverse range of community guests including individuals who are actively using substances and/or are living with significant mental/physical health challenges using harm reduction approaches when applicable.
• Participate in verbal de-escalation and physical interventions in emergent situations and be willing and able to assist other staff as needed to maintain a safe and secure environment. Mediate disputes between community guests.
• Assist community guests in mitigating behaviors that could adversely affect their ability to continue in the program.
• Assist community guests in obtaining documentation needed for housing and when deemed appropriate by Supervisor, accompany community guests to outside appointments.
• Advocate for and assist community guests to ensure that the type of supportive housing they get connected to will meet the specific needs of the participants.
• Meet with community guests on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are making progress on their housing goals.
• Develop relationships with landlords for the purpose of placing community guests.
• Provide community guests with referrals to other community resources to resolve barriers to housing, and develop and maintain cooperative relationships with current programs providing services for people who are experiencing homelessness, and have significant mental health, physical health or addiction issues.
• Assist community guests in moving into their new housing units as needed.
• Support community guests in maintaining housing through outside follow up services.
• Maintain guests’ records and case notes, and input data on community guests into HMIS.
• Attend staff meetings, workshops, retreats, community meetings and in-service training as provided.
• Maintain accurate records.
• Contribute to and support a positive, team-oriented work environment; participate with other staff members in group decision-making process.
• Other Duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, social services or related field. Relevant work experience may substitute for part of the educational requirement.
• One to two years’ experience performing work related to housing and/or employment assistance.
• Must be able to attend weekly staff meeting.
• Understanding of problems individuals face, including alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, trauma, domestic violence, and long-term homelessness.
• Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
• Excellent office computer skills, written and oral communication.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a staff team.
• Must be a self-starter.
• Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of ACLT
• Willingness to learn and work within a diverse environment.
• Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment.
• Commitment to harm reduction program model.
· Knowledge of the local subsidized housing and low-rent private housing market.
· Experience with chronically homeless adults.
· Proficiency in a secondary language.
· CPR / First Aid training
Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. Must be able to stand, sit and perform normal job duties with or without accommodation. This position requires the employee to work in an environment where there may be exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious material. Other exposures could include cleaning supplies, chemicals involved in pest control, paint and other materials used in building maintenance. Working conditions may include interruptions, working alone, interactions with angry persons, and exposure to computer CRTs.
$52,000 - $56,000 per year