Social Worker- Educational Advocate


Position Purpose:
Position exists to provide truancy prevention services targeted towards youth who are at risk of truancy or school failure. Primary goals will focus on engaging families to build safety, well-being and stability for youth, ensure coordinated efforts among resources to enhance case plan results, facilitate enhanced choices, and other activities.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

1. Conduct client assessments that should include identification of barriers to school attendance and academic performance such as housing, employment, health care, and any other social or emotional challenges that interfere in the family’s ability to maintain child well-being and attain family self-sufficiency.

2. Develop a case plan, in consultation with the family, which would address the barriers, risk factors, and needs identified in the assessment.

3. Work collaboratively with school personnel to address student’s needs and to identify available in-school resources and supports.

4. Provide direct service that includes an attendance/academic plan, support, and referral assistance.

5. Complete required documentation for Targeted Case Management billing purposes as appropriate.

6. Complete all related documentation as directed.

Other duties and responsibilities:

1. Attend supervisory sessions and other meetings as directed

2. Function as member of a multi-service team.

3. Work a schedule that is responsive to client availability, which may include evening hours on a regular basis.

4. Attend training seminars or conferences to improve skill levels, and studies appropriate literature in the field.

5. Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory responsibility:
No direct supervisory responsibility


Training and Experience:
MN Social Work license or license eligibility is required and relevant experience in working with families.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Possess the ability to engage youth and families, work effectively with diverse populations, work within a team environment; effectively communicate with colleagues, co-workers and clients. Must possess computer literacy.

Special Requirements:
Must have a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation to use for work purposes. Willingness and ability to work additional time if needed to meet crises and deadlines.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to regularly talk, hear, sit, and perform keystrokes to enter data entry with reasonable speed to ensure work is completed. Requires physical ability to routinely handle normal office materials and tools including frequently filing, lifting and reaching; ability to move throughout office areas and clients’ private homes to complete work assignments.

Work environment:
Regular exposure to normal office and private home environments. Occasional exposure to home environments that include smoking and pets. Ability to drive in inclement weather.

To be considered a formal applicant, a completed application is necessary and a cover letter and resume is suggested. You may apply on-line or in person. An application may be filed from our website www.familyservicerochester.org or mailed to Family Service Rochester, 4600 18th Ave NW; Rochester, MN 55901. EOE