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Veteran Support Specialist - Inglewood

Company: U.S.VETS
Location: Inglewood
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Job Description:

Job DetailsLevelExperiencedJob LocationU.S.VETS Inglewood - Inglewood, CAPosition TypeFull TimeEducation LevelHigh SchoolSalary Range$19.77 - $21.81 HourlyTravel PercentageNegligibleJob ShiftDayDescriptionLooking for a rewarding position? How would you like to serve those who served?If you are looking for an opportunity to work for a great organization & make a difference, this is the job for you!Come & join our winning team!Benefits include Paid Vacation, Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Medical, Dental, Vision , and Company matching 401KThis position reports directly to the Veteran Service Coordinator of U.S.VETS. With supervision, the Veteran Support Specialist is responsible for providing guidance and services to veterans to achieve their highest level of independence and assists in the daily implementation of day-to-day basic residential services.Classification: Non-ExemptResponsibilities:For Veteran Support Specialists of all U.S.VETS Programs:Ensures harmonious atmosphere within program by maintaining communication with and being liaison between the clinical staff and program staff and fostering the therapeutic community environment among clientsEstablishes rapport and maintains a professional relationship and boundaries with clients and potential clients. Coordinates individual and group services that help veterans achieve specific life and recovery goals and support the success Responsible for preventing or de-escalating any problematic behaviors among clients including submitting Incident Reports to the Veteran Service Coordinator or Lead Veterans Service Assistant concerning these eventsAssists with maintaining compliance with VA, HUD, and other funder regulations and organization protocols in requestingthird party documentation and ensuring all program documentation is collected and maintainedParticipates in case conferences, consultations, and staffing with appropriate staff. Facilitates and/or participates in monthly Town Hall meetings. Assists Case Managers in maintaining confidential client files in a professional and timely manner ensuring all forms are the most recently revised versions and in compliance with organization standards; all required documents are present, complete, signed by the client and staff as applicable; and documents are placed in the correct order according to organization standards Maintains confidentiality in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standardsAssists in quality management activities, data collection, and preparing reportsAttends scheduled team meetings and trainingMaintains and submits timesheets, mileage logs, supportive service requests, and other required documentation accurately and in a timely fashionResponsible for addressing client issues timely to ensure non-interruption of services With supervision, facilitates support groups and life skills classes and assists with teaching daily living skills on an individual level to those with specific needsAssists with monitoring program rent/participant fee compliance to assist clients in prioritizing housingIdentifies and utilizes community resources to meet client needs.Transports clients to community medical, housing, errands, and other appointments and accompanies for support as neededCoordinates therapeutic, social/recreational activities and outingsPerforms other duties as requiredAdditional Program-Specific Duties:U.S.VETS has various programs in which a Veteran Support Specialist may be assigned Transitional Housing, Long-Term Supportive Housing, and Mental Health programs, that have additional program-specific duties as outlined below. For Veteran Support Specialists working with Transitional Housing (TH) programs:Assists with ensuring clients are accounted for daily through contact, bed check, and/or daily sign-in logs Reviews and determines client eligibility for passes and communicates decisions to Case Manager consults as neededConducts toxicology testing of clientsConducts room checks/inspections to ensure the health and welfare of clients Encourages and coordinates client participation in program activities based on the client's program track/model and goals For Veteran Support Specialists working with Long-Term Supportive Housing (LTSH) programs:Maintain and post calendar monthly of meaningful activities for clients to include at least 2 activities/classes per week and a monthly Town Hall meetingFacilitate two shuttle van runs per week to the VA and grocery storeCoordinates services and provides information and referral to both U.S.VETS services/programs and resources in the general communityUnder supervision and direction of U.S.VETS, acts as liaison with Property Management team of a housing facility in which LTSH clients live. May assist with resident lock-outs and contacts property personnel for major property issuesSeeks support from Clinical staff as needed for crisis intervention and other therapeutic intervention For Veteran Support Specialists working with Mental Health programs: May report directly to the Clinical Director.Undergraduate in social sciences or related field preferred but will consider candidate attaining a degree in social sciences or related field.Minimum of one year of direct practice (paid or volunteer).Maintains hours that are conducive to client needs (evenings and weekends will be required). For Houston site: ensures compliance with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) grant requirements. For Veteran Support Specialists focusing on income and benefits advocacy:Collaborates with and may report to the Income & Benefits Specialist or directly to the Clinical Director to assist clients with applying for and navigating the benefits acquisition process.Transports and accompanies clients to benefits appointments with VA, Social Security, etc.Assists clients in creating and adhering to a personal budget to include making rent payments on time to prioritize housingQualificationsRequirements: Minimum for all Veteran Support Specialists:High School Diploma required.Should have experience working with individualsOne year of experience in social services or related field preferred.Knowledge of empowerment and self-advocacy techniques.Experience working with homeless and/or veterans preferred.Experience facilitating support groups preferred.Strong oral and written communication skills.Professional manner and appearance.Ability to work independently and within a team.Ability to take direction.Ability to work effectively with diverse group of clients, staff, and community members.Computer proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Internet and ability to use client tracking databases and electronic case records.Valid driver's license required. Must meet company insurance requirements and complete a provided driver training course.U.S.VETS is a non-profit organization whose mission is the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.

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