Date: August 10, 2015

Job Title: Case Manager in JFS Family Assistance

Organization:
JFS is a Framingham, Massachusetts based non-profit agency that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need. JFS is a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic organization with deep roots in both the Jewish and general community.

Please see end of this posting for more agency information, and please visit www.jfsmw.org

This particular position is centered in JFS’ body of work in the Jewish community.
The JFS Family Assistance Network’s goals are to help relieve financial distress of Jewish individuals and families and to support them in their efforts to reach financial stability.
In order to accomplish these goals, JFS’ Family Assistance Network serves as the primary point of intake and support for Jewish families and individuals in or at risk of poverty throughout the MetroWest’s communities. The overarching goal of the program is to move families from crisis to longer range stability.

Position and Requirements:
The Case Manager will have responsibilities across the three primary areas of JFS Family Assistance work:

  1. The family assistance program’s core focus is upon basic need services to Jewish families in distress and their financial stabilization (approximately 60% of one’s total time).
  2. Ready for Success, JFS’ pilot mid/late career re-employment program (15-20% of time).
  3. Geriatric care management and its short term assessment and problem solving component for subsidized and free care clients (15-20% of time).

The Case Manager will be responsible for the initial assessment of need, follow-up services and referrals and ongoing case management as necessary. On an ongoing basis, the case manager will have the following duties:

  • Initial intake and assessment of client need.
  • Assess the urgency of the need based on phone or face to face intake.
  • Complete the Client Assessment Indicator to determine level of vulnerability and prioritize actions needed to move towards stabilization.
  • Complete the initial client screening and enter all necessary information into the database in real time.
  • Provide emergency assistance based on assessed basic needs. This includes limited cash assistance and access to food, utilities, transportation and housing.
  • Provide and facilitate referrals to services offered by partner agencies and local and state agencies.
  • Give/send the client the program application and request completion within two weeks.
  • Review application for completeness, request additional information if needed and determine eligibility based upon program requirements.
  • Develop Action Plan with each client based upon Assessment Indicators and follow up with each client to ensure that appropriate steps have been taken and connections to resources have been made. Modify Action Plan as needed.
  • Track movement through the use of client assessment and planning tools.
  • Provide similar case management support as required for those in the employment program, as well as work with volunteer mentors and related supports.
  • Provide short term geriatric care management assessment and problem-solving services to a limited number of subsidized and free care cases.
  • Participate in partnerships and coordination with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the system of human/social service providers.
  • Track and complete all performance measures as required to accurately measure program outputs and outcomes.
  • Maintain the database of all client activities.

Qualifications:
This is an extraordinary opportunity in a healthy, mission-driven organization for an energetic problem-solver; a social worker wishing to work in the Jewish community with individuals and families facing life challenges.

  • MSW or advanced degree in Human Services.
  • Ability to problem solve in real time.
  • Ability to be part of an interactive, supportive team with high expectations.
  • Ability to set limits and to maintain boundaries,
  • Ability to interact with clients in a non-judgmental, compassionate and respectful manner.
  • Ability to develop and maintain knowledge of resources in the community.
  • Ability to multi-task and to operate independently and autonomously.
  • Excellent record keeping skills; written and oral communication skills; and computer skills.
  • Ability to analyze data and create reports.

Agency Information:
JFS is a Framingham, Massachusetts based non-profit agency, founded in 1979, that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need. The annual budget is approximately $2.5 million. JFS has deep roots in both the Jewish and the general community. It is a diverse and inclusive organization.

The agency serves Metrowest area residents regardless of religion, race, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law and promotes inclusiveness and diversity in hiring, retention, promotion and board and committee recruitment. Guided by a tradition of social responsibility and compassion, JFS is dedicated to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, treating people with dignity and compassion, helping people achieve and sustain healthy lives and independence, providing culturally relevant services and collaborating with community partners to broaden our impacts.

JFS is governed by an unpaid Board of Directors who, with the agency’s chief executive officer and senior leadership team, oversee a staff of 75 who offer a range of vital programs targeted to strengthening children and families, helping individuals and families to “make ends meet,” keeping elders safe and healthy, supporting new Americans and building a strong community. The agency maintains cost-effective programs; utilizes over 200 trained volunteers who work in conjunction with staff and who provide, collectively, 1000 hours of volunteer service monthly.

Dynamic— with Purpose– and Impact. JFS' leadership is committed to significant and continued organization improvement that includes constant review of programmatic and financial health metrics. The programmatic goals are to ensure that all services of the agency demonstrate clear purpose, measurable impacts, high team performance and responsiveness and relevance to the community's rapidly changing needs and to reach those in a responsible fiscal manner.

Application:
JFS is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities. Women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, Hispanic/Latino/Latina and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please submit electronically a cover letter with resume to:
Marc Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer
JFS of Metrowest, 475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA  01702
mjacobs@jfsmw.org

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