Social Worker: Guiding Partners to Solutions (GPS)

Part-Time/.75 FTE | $47,000 - $75,000/year |

Are you an engaging and resourceful social worker? Do you have a passion to help people in your local community struggling to meet their basic needs and obtain access to resources? If that sounds like you, Guiding Partners to Solutions (GPS) is looking for a new member to join the team!

GPS social workers provide brief case management services to individuals and families in need. Some individuals and families in Olmsted County need assistance in navigating resources due to barriers that impede healthy functioning. This position will provide services at Rochester Public Library, with the primary goal of engaging library visitors and providing resources that build safety, well-being, and stability.

Ideal candidates will have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, have excellent communication skills, be comfortable working independently, and value collaboration with community partners. Candidates with experience in working with individuals and/or families that struggle with homelessness preferred. Additionally, a working knowledge of trauma and how mental health and chemical health can impede resource access is a plus!

Position Purpose

Position exists to provide brief services targeted toward individuals and families in need of assistance or resources as a result of issues that impede successful participation in the community. Primary goals will focus on engaging consumers to assist them in navigating County Community Services and other relevant resources to build safety, well-being, and stability.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct client assessments that should include identification of barriers such as housing, employment, health concerns, and any other social or emotional challenges.
  2. Provide direct service that includes a crisis plan, support, and referral assistance.
  3. Collaborate with interagency and community stakeholders to provide coordinated services to individuals and families.
  4. Support cross-departmental efforts to achieve shared goals of safety, well-being, and stability for consumers.
  5. Maintain and apply knowledge of county community services structure, policies, procedures, and statutes.
  6. Maintain and apply knowledge of community agencies serving individuals and families.
  7. Provide consultation and technical assistance in assigned program areas.
  8. Complete all related documentation as directed.

Other duties and responsibilities:

  1. Attend supervisory sessions and other meetings as directed
  2. Work a schedule that is responsive to client availability, which may include evening hours
  3. Other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Supervisory responsibility:

No direct supervisory responsibility


Training and Experience:

  • MN Social Work license or license eligibility and/or bachelor’s degree in a human services field with relevant experience working with families.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess the ability to work effectively with diverse populations; to work within a team environment; effectively communicate with colleagues, co-workers and clients. Must possess computer literacy.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently including prioritizing job duties.
  • Understand and be sensitive to the effects of trauma on an individual and its impact on successful residency, including an understanding of homeless populations.

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 in crisis situations 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 or mailed to Family Service Rochester, 4600 18th Ave NW; Rochester, MN 55901. EOE.

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