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City of Charlestown seeking Licensed Social Worker to serve as Community Liaison

The City of Charlestown today announced the search for a licensed social worker to serve as a Community Liaison who will offer support services for residents facing personal or economic crisis. The position will be available on a one-year contract basis and will serve as a case manager for residents and families facing difficulty due to domestic violence, economic distress, substance abuse, or mental health crisis.


“Families face challenges on a regular basis and I’ve long thought that a Community Liaison would be a welcome addition to our staff, but the impact of the COVID pandemic has heightened awareness to these kinds of struggles,” said Mayor Treva Hodges.


The Office of Mayor invites interested professionals to submit a contract proposal for services and offers details on minimum qualifications and work expectations in a formal request for proposals. The Community Liaison will be responsible for establishing and developing relationships with community and social service agencies and will serve as a point of contact for crisis intervention services for residents in the municipal limits. In addition to professional licensing and experience performing crisis intervention and needs assessment, the position calls for compassion and experience providing trauma-informed care.


Mayor Hodges recognizes that a family in crisis may have multiple needs that intersect to threaten a family’s overall well-being.


“It’s been a hard year. We’ve been fortunate to fund emergency assistance for individuals and local businesses through grants we’ve received for COVID relief, this position is the next step in helping to mitigate the long-term impacts of the pandemic. Our city will thrive only if our families do.”

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


COMMUNITY LIAISON CONTRACT POSITION


Issued: December 16, 2020


Submission Deadline: January 15, 2021


OVERVIEW: The Office of the Mayor of the City of Charlestown seeks to enter into a contract agreement for social work services with an individual who will serve as the city’s Community Liaison for the 2021 calendar year with a possible one-year extension. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed emotional, financial, and mental strain on residents and families within the city. This temporary position seeks to offer support for community members facing personal or family crises. The Community Liaison will be responsible for establishing and developing relationships with community and social service agencies and will serve as a point of contact for crisis intervention services for residents in the municipal limits. The main focus of this position will be to provide support for residents in need of Domestic Violence services, suicide prevention services, substance abuse treatment and recovery services, general mental health services, and financial support services. Minimum qualifications and responsibilities are outlined in this request for proposals.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:


· Master’s Degree in Social Work or Human Services, or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Human Services with two (2) or more years of case management experience

· Experience (or interest) in working with Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence Survivors preferred

· Competency in providing Trauma-Informed Care

· Conflict mediation and de-escalation skills

· Skilled in conducting needs assessment and implementing case plans

· Experience with crisis intervention

· Excellent communication and writing skills

· Effective time management and organizational skills

· Ability to work with community members and organizers autonomously

· Demonstrated compassion with ability to establish boundaries and limits

· Valid Driver’s License and insurance

· Flexibility to respond to occasional emergency situations


RESPONSIBILITIES:


· Conduct intake, needs assessments, and safety planning with individuals and families in need of services over the phone and in person.

· Partner with local law enforcement, domestic violence, mental health, and other social service agencies to address community needs. Maintain current information on community partners and resources.

· Create referral documents and processes.

· Data collection and management of case files, recording client and community partner interactions in appropriate databases.

· Maintain client connection resources and provide routine follow up.

· Identify and troubleshoot barriers to care and access to resources needed.

· Must be available on-call for community response.


COMPENSATION: This is a one-year contract position with a possibility (pending available funds) of a one-year extension. Interested parties are responsible for submitting a proposed rate of pay for services provided. This position does not include city provided benefits such as health insurance or retirement. Office space is provided. Contractor is responsible for submitting a W-9 to the city once contract is approved and assumes responsibility for filing proper tax documentation including Form 1099.


SUBMISSION PROCESS: All proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021. Packets should include a letter of introduction that offers an explanation of the personal and professional interest in the position, a resume that includes at least three professional references, and a detailed proposal of compensation with an outline of services offered.


Packets can be mailed to the attention of Mayor Treva Hodges at 304 Main Cross Street, Charlestown, IN 47111 or emailed to her attention at Mayor@cityofcharlestown.com. Questions about the submission process may be directed to this email address or by phone at (502) 297-4390.

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