Arizona's Children Association
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Indt Living Spcl II
at Arizona's Children Association
Position Summary: * The Independent Living Specialist is responsible for assisting young adults in the transition from foster care to an independent, sustainable living environment. In support of the clients transition, the position will assist young adults in gaining and sustaining employment, accessing personal and community resources, providing life skills training and support, to meet both client and contractual service requirements, in a manner that is culturally responsive, strengths based and trauma informed. Performs responsibilities and provides effective support with general supervision. Able to work independently in most cases, seeking guidance and support when needed. Essential Job Functions: * Maintain contact with young adults, collateral persons and agencies to assist young adults to develop and maintain life skills and accomplish goals established, per contractual service requirements. * Collaborate with young adult client to develop goals and service plan activities using a strength based, trauma informed approach. * Effectively and collaboratively monitor progress and provide resources and tools as needed. * Participate in group training and educational meetings as required and as time and resources permit. * Provide individual support and services focusing on life skills development, including tutoring, transportation, individual education, and activities. * Develop and facilitate trainings and workshops, providing skill development options focusing on issues common to adolescents preparing for independent living. This includes exploration and skill building in self-esteem, goal setting, healthy relations, broad vocational and career issues, safety, and emotional preparation for adulthood. * If applicable, may assist young adults to develop and maintain a contract with Department of Child Safety when eligible. * Assist young adults in developing and accessing scholarships and grants for ongoing education and training. * Maintain accurate client records, completing case notes and supplemental documentation in accordance with established timelines, program and contract standards. * Complete and provide required monthly, quarterly and annual data reports in accordance with established program and contract standards. * Maintain professional boundaries and ethics specific to the agency and particular professional certification. * Interact professionally, clearly and timely with internal and external customers and community professionals * Represent AzCA as a trauma informed agency while staffing cases, participating in meetings, providing consultation and advocating on behalf of young adults. * Attend and participate in all required meetings, including at the team, department, agency and client level. * Maintains consistent attendance and punctuality to provide consistency in serving clients. * Be available outside of normal business hours to provide client services. * Performs work and represents AzCA in accordance with our mission, vision, values and Foundations for Success. * Perform other duties as assigned, which are consistent with the general responsibilities of the position. Minimum Education & Experience: * Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field of study from an accredited college or university. * Minimum of 1 year experience working with adolescents or young adults. Or equivalent combination of education and experience to be able to perform the essential functions is required.