Independent Living Specialist at Child Saving Institute

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 4 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Job Description:


Job Purpose:

Provide both individual and group support services to youth who are between 14 and 24 in preparation for independent living.


Essential Job Duties: 

  • Provide direct service to youth who qualify for independent living services.  This includes maintaining consistent visits with each individual case and assisting with facilitation of weekly educational and support groups.  Direct service hours should be 50% of the staff’s total hours.

  • Document all contacts documented in the file within one week.  All client files must be maintained in accord with guidelines established by Council on Accreditation, and agency policy and procedures.

  • Assist with program inquiries and intakes by handling referrals or self-referrals and determining the program’s ability to meet the prospective client’s needs.  If the referral is appropriate, complete an individual assessment identifying the specific needs of the adolescent.

  • Assist program clients with creation of a Transition Planning Team (TPT) that will meet regularly to provide support, assist in the development of an Independent Living Service Plan, identify specific goals, and to provide encouragement for the youth.

  • Assist in the creation and on-going needed alterations of the Training and Support Groups curriculum.

  • Facilitate and participate in program “Family Night” events held quarterly and utilized as an avenue to reinforce with each youth and the supportive team members what is being taught in the groups and what is being accomplished by individual adolescents.

  • Advocate for youth including active involvement with court hearings, foster care review board meetings, internal reviews, school meetings, and phone calls with case managers, therapists, support workers, and family members to ensure communication between all parties for the best interest of the youth.

  • Assist in providing training/education of mentors for the program.  Assist in mentor matching and provide supervision of mentors as required and needed.  Document all contacts of mentor supervision in appropriate files.

  • Provide on-call services by carrying the program emergency phone on a rotational basis.

  • Interact with NDHHS Case Managers, other human service agency professionals, community therapists and psychiatrists, community schools, and the court system to promote and receive affective referrals.  Submit client monthly progress reports to appropriate NDHHS parties by the 10th of each month.

  • Complete three hours of recruitment for new referrals on a monthly basis for Child Saving institute.  Submit agency monthly reporting forms to this agency by the fifth of each month.

  • Conduct training groups devoted to teaching independent living skills.

  • Assist youth in completing the Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment.


Other duties:

  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

  • Complete training necessary to perform position and necessary for professional growth with a minimum of 16 hours per year.

  • Facilitate a team atmosphere by working in partnership with other agency staff and promote a positive working environment.

  • Represent the agency and programs in a positive manner to clients, community organizations and the public in general.

  • Show flexibility with regard to work schedule (to be determined by supervisor) – evenings or weekend work is required.

Job Requirements:  To be able to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field.

  • Two years of relevant Human Services experience preferred.

  • Experience with children in out-of-home care and adoption preferred.

  • Knowledge about formative youth development and effects on youth development of early trauma, educational gaps and delays, and abuse and neglect.

  • Knowledge of independent living skills and resources preferred.

  • Public speaking skills for training and recruitment efforts preferred.

  • Assertiveness in working with staff, foster parents, and case managers.

  • Ability to interact with clients with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population.

  • Ability to use both micro- and macro-level thinking.

  • Strong direct service professional skills, including:

    • Commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems;

    • Belief in a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person and that people have the capacity to grow and change;

    • Ability to develop respectful relationships with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence;

    • Ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other professionals, and service providers; and

    • Ability to maintain a helping role, intervene appropriately to meet service goals and set appropriate limits.

  • Ability to work autonomously and make appropriate decisions in crisis situations.

  • Ability to make logical decisions based on experience and expertise.

  • Ability to make independent decisions and act accordingly, or with minimal support from supervisor.


Vehicle Requirements:

  • Own transportation that meets agency vehicle inspection requirements.

  • Valid driver’s license with no more than 3 points.

  • Proof of insurance that meets agency requirements.

  • Ability to complete a defensive driver training class.




The majority of work is a combination of office and a community or home-based environment.  Additional work may be performed in a variety of settings to meet department needs. 


Hours/schedule will vary and will include evening and weekend hours



Physical Requirements:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical requirements include:

  • Ability to:  sit, stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk or hear within normal limits and close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust visual focus.

  • Ability to climb stairs.

  • Ability to sit at desk and operate computer.

  • Ability to type, copy and perform other office skills.

  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.

  • Ability to work extensively with clients.

  • Ability to safely operate a vehicle.

  • Ability to respond to on-call needs and work evenings and weekend hours as needed.

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