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Entry Veteran Advocate

Company: WestCare Foundation
Location: Fresno
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Job Description:

Entry Veteran Advocate

Job Details

Job Location

Fresno - 1505 N Chestnut - Fresno, CA

Position Type

Full Time

Education Level

2 Year Degree

Salary Range

$19.75 - $19.75 Hourly

Position Summary:

Person in this position will be primarily responsible for managing a caseload of low-income veteran participants. This person is responsible for case management activities including linking veterans with services inside the Veterans Administration and in the community , with the focus on the Housing First model and philosophy. The Journey Veteran Advocate will assist Veteran Households in quickly maintaining or obtaining permanent housing, with a goal of achieving housing stability, always utilize best practices and participant-centeredness. Essential job functions include those listed below and other duties may be assigned as needed.

Essential Job Functions:

+ Serve as an active part of the San Joaquin Valley Veterans (SJVV) case management team and carry out all required responsibilities as needed.

+ Support an active caseload of homeless veterans and/or veterans that are currently in danger of becoming homeless

+ Create individual plans, monitor and update plan weekly, and have exit plans.

+ Participate in case staffing decisions regarding current strengths and resources and the need for additional resources.

+ Conduct assessments and coordinate referrals and placements of eligible veterans to appropriate programs and facilities.

+ Educate and refer individuals to community agencies and businesses that appropriately address needs for food, clothing, employment, transportation, etc.

+ Assist veterans with establishing or re-establishing support systems within their community.

+ Participate in outreach efforts, including street outreach.

+ Act as advocate on behalf of the veterans to improve access to needed community services.

+ Demonstrate empathy and flexibility in responding to participants' needs and requests.

+ Coordinates case conferences with residents, consults with service team, monitors progress of clients on case plan, assists clients to meet the agreed upon goals.

+ Practice, conduct curriculum including, Life Skills groups, money management, parenting classes and communication improvement classes.

+ Coordinate and partner with community resources to promote the well being of the veterans (i.e. WestCare, Fresno County, VA, Vet Center, FMCoC) Develop and maintain working knowledge of available community resources and act as liaison.

+ Assist participants in locating or maintaining permanent housing.

+ Completion of home visits and housing inspections as needed. Maintains contact with landlords to provide ongoing support.

+ Complete documentation of services on appropriate, county specific forms per policy and procedure guidelines.

+ Maintain client files according to company policy and contract requirements.

+ Will receive referrals from community partner case managers, outreach workers, and concerned family and friends.

+ Coordination of various services throughout several agencies.

+ Establishes and maintains working relationships with employers, industry organizations, and public agencies to source job openings and secure employment and vocational training opportunities for clients.

+ Work with Educator to refer clients to specialized services, such as, job seeking skills training, job placement, vocational schools, welfare-to-work services, Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program, work rehabilitation programs, etc.

+ Complete documentation of services on provided forms in a timely manner.

+ Conduct outreach activities in the community, including street outreach

+ Assist other WestCare staff as needed in a collaborative manner to promote cooperation and portray a professional image to the community. Promote "SJVV" into the veteran community through various resources such as public speaking, websites, articles, emails, and personal networking

+ Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, clinical vision and goals of WestCare Foundation.

Essential Qualifications:

+ Ability to work collaboratively with others in a manner that is pleasant and professional.

+ Ability to work well in a team environment.

+ One (1) year experience in case management.

+ Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion.

+ Ability to operate and document in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook program formats.

+ Ability to respond as needed to crisis situations in an efficient manner.

+ Ability to complete work tasks within scheduled work hours.

+ Demonstrated ability to work with the underserved populations

+ Veteran and/or military experience preferred

+ Strong written and verbal skills.

+ Valid drivers license and ability to operate motor vehicle.

+ Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment, and education verifications.

+ Must have own transportation to carry out job duties and responsibilities. The vehicle must meet legal requirements (insured, registered, etc.).

+ Willing to seek out new work projects and contribute ideas and efforts to the constant improvement of WestCare services.

Education:

+ AA Degree is required; and

+ Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a degree in Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling or a related field is preferred.

Working Conditions:

+ Work is performed primarily in an office setting, as well as outdoors outreach.

+ Some travel is required; and

+ Some outdoor activities may be required.

Essential Physical Demands of the Job

The employee must be able to perform the following essential duties and activities with or without accommodation:

Physical Demands:

+ Requires mobility and physical activity: Having an adequate range of body motion and mobility to work in an office, residential, or outdoor environment including standing and walking (even and uneven surfaces), sitting for extended periods of time, bending, twisting, reaching, balancing, occasional lifting and carrying of up to 30 pounds. Use of computer and telephone systems is required which includes coordination of eye and hand, and fine manipulation by the hands (typing, writing, and working with files).Requires the ability to defend oneself and clients in physically abusive situations through the use of approved physical de-escalation techniques.

+ Requires talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is required to impart oral information to employees, veterans, and the public, and in those activities in which the employee is required to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly.

+ Requires hearing: Hearing is required to receive and communicate detailed information through oral communication.

+ Requires seeing: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and at distance. This factor is required to observe client behavior and activities in and out of the facility.

+ The normal work routine involves exposure to human blood, body fluids or tissues. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee and safety training is mandatory.

Keywords: WestCare Foundation, Fresno , Entry Veteran Advocate, Other , Fresno, California

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