ILS Case Aide
Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Independent Living Skills (ILS) program is designed to provide support services to children and families who are currently working, or who have worked with, Family Services in a child protection case. Services are intended to promote a successful transition to independent living in youth who have experienced out-of-home placement by mentoring youth in the ILS program between the ages of 14 years and up to their 23rd birthday. The extended foster care program, which is an area of ILS, is for eligible adult youth 18 years of age and up to 21 years of age, who opt into extending their stay within the foster care setting. The ILS Case Aide will provide direct support, in coordination and under the supervision of the Youth Transitions Coordinator, specifically for youth participating in the Independent Living Skills Program and extended foster care.
• High School Diploma or GED required.
• Associate degree in human services, or other related field, is preferred.
• Knowledge and understanding of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Minnesota Family Preservation Act.
• Knowledge and experience working with Native American communities, culture, customs and cultural law.
• Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, and train in interviewing, building rapport with families and observations skills.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational, communication and time management skills.
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
• Willingness to form and model healthy relationships with youth and young adults.
• Patient, kind, and approach interactions with youth, with a trauma-informed lens.
• Must have a current valid Minnesota driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and proof of current insurance coverage.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
• Must pass a background check.
• As a mandatory reporter, must understand the process and assessment parameters of mandatory reporting.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Offer services in the home of clients, children in out-of-home placement and families who need specific support services.
• Participate in case plan development and implementation to carry out specific goals.
• Monitor achievements of case plan goals with the team and or CWTCM or OHP plans.
• Identify and assess family needs, challenges and strengths.
• Communicate and receive direction from the Youth Transitions Coordinator by carrying out assigned tasks, duties and relaying critical information.
• Communicate and work closely with the assigned social worker by relaying critical information and coordinating duties.
• Assist youth who are transitioning out of out-of-home placement in several areas, not limited to but including: school, employment, transportation, health, wellness, and age-appropriate activities.
• Provide transportation to clients as needed.
• Assess the need for and obtain resources for youth.
• Attend Team meetings or related case support meetings for youth as necessary.
• Maintain files in conjunction with Youth Transitions Coordinator and the social workers on the case.
• Comply with Band and Child Protection Statutes, and Grant requirements.
• Contact with clients is usually face-to-face in the community or at the office.
• Maintain thorough and detailed case progress notes.
• Maintain other records, logs, etc. and provide progress reports to upper management as requested.
• Attend regular staff meetings and be responsible for extensive record keeping, documentation, submission as required for the program and grant requirements.
• Complete detailed reports including incident reports and program progress reports.
• Ability to promote a positive attitude, mentorship, advocate and be attentive to youth participants over an extended period.
• Must abide by mandated reporting guidelines.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Depending on the nature of work there may be occasional periods of moderate stress levels while dealing with peers, clients, families or others.
• Work may vary between outside activities to indoors in a controlled climate area.
• Moderate threat of personal danger or risk.
• Hours will vary based on client needs, typically 6am to 10pm, and may involve some evening or weekend hours, with occasional work on holidays and weekends.
• Will involve working with many different people who are often distressed in some way.
• Local travel is required; travel outside the state is very limited.
• Work from home may be permissible with a signed telework agreement.