Employment

Employment

Think you are interested in joining our team?  Please submit a resume and cover letter to Evelyn Tidman at careers@monroeharding.org. Please list the position for which you are applying in the cover letter.

For ALL applicants
In addition the requirements and qualifications listed for each position, The Diana Screen® is administered to all potential applicants to help ensure that ethical boundaries between children and adults are maintained. At Monroe Harding, the safety and protection of the youth who have been entrusted to us is our #1 priority.

Applicants must pass a thorough background check and drug screen, and must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license.

Additionally, The Diana Screen® is administered to all potential applicants to help ensure that ethical boundaries between children and adults are maintained. At Monroe Harding, the safety and protection of the youth who have been entrusted to us is our #1 priority.

Monroe Harding is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Monroe Harding is committed to viewing and interacting with youth from a Trauma Informed perspective.   Staff understand normal and trauma impacted brain development and interact with youth in ways that encourage and restore normal brain functioning. Staff are curious about “what happened to the youth to cause current behavior” and work with them uniquely based upon their developmental level. Focus is on providing a safe and stable environment that encourages learning from mistakes and celebrating small advances in behavior or thought process. Staff models healthy emotional regulation skills, flexibility in working with others, and effective restoration of relationships after issues arise.

 

Director of Housing and Recruitment

The Director of Housing and Recruitment is responsible for managing the Independent Living Program, assuring compliance with State regulations, the Provider Policy Manual, and accreditation requirements. The Director will oversee the processing of referrals for Independent Living and maintaining a positive work relationship with team members and requesting meetings necessary to evaluate and facilitate client change.

Responsibilities include:

House Management

  • Maintain an expectation for the appearance of the IL houses and the surrounding area, and assist staff and young adults in setting maintenance standards regarding the upkeep of the houses, so that it is appealing to young adults and presentable to visitors.
  • Instruct young adults in appropriate behaviors, regarding the maintenance and upkeep of the IL apartment, utilizing various supportive techniques.

Case Management Supervision

  • Provide supervision and consultation with agency staff on casework methods, case records, child referral and child placement.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of state and agency policies and procedures as they relate to foster care best practice, contracting, and accreditation compliance.
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate and confidential client records and record keeping practices.
  • Ensure that the agency achieves a high percentage of compliance on all quality assurance standards applied by all contractors or accreditation bodies.
  • Act as a liaison with other Monroe Harding departments, community partners, volunteers, subcontract personnel, DCS, and court personnel as needed.

Young Adult Recruitment and Placement

  • Manage the processing of referrals for placement and respond to the appropriateness of each.
  • Facilitate the collection of pertinent client information, and maintain database to be used for both programming and funding purposes and provide written documentation as needed.

Qualifications Required

Master’s degree in social work or related field and five years of progressively responsible, full time, supervisory experience.

Competencies

  • Leadership
  • Approachable
  • Managing people
  • Detail Oriented
  • Crisis Management
  • Flexible
  • Ability to Build Rapport
  • Follow through

Foster Care Resource Specialist

The Resource Specialist will provide resources to foster care children, birth families and foster families collaborating with DCS to insure the children’s’ needs are met to permanency (reunification or adoption).

Responsibilities

Along with other duties, the Resource Specialist will be responsible for the following:

  • Assess the individual needs of foster children and obtain available social, rehabilitative, and treatment services to meet those needs.
  • Develop, implement, monitor and review individual treatment plans of all youth served.
  • Serve as advocate and liaison between the youth, families and community partners.
  • Participate in all service planning meetings involving the youth and family as well as attending all court hearings and continuous quality improvement meetings.
  • Maintain Quality case records and written reports by completing our necessary state and agency requirements within mandated time frames.
  • Asses and ensure that the educational, mental and physical needs of foster youth are met.
  • Conduct face to face visits and cellphone calls to all youth, birth and foster families as outlined in policies.
  • Assist resource parents in establishing and implementing behavior, self-help, and independent living goals set for each youth.
  • Provide crisis intervention services when needed.
  • Participate in on call rotation.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skill in working with children and youth with mental health, substance abuse, family violence and poverty issues.
  • A developing knowledge and skill in working with the evolving Child Welfare system and its legal mandates.
  • Knowledge of social work theory and practice methods and their application to children and families.
  • Knowledge of community agencies and services available to the client population.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with the public and co-workers.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to service recipient cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work after hours if needed.

Competencies:

  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Ability to Build Rapport
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Advocate
  • Ability to Discuss Difficult Topics

Hours: Monday – Friday day/evening; must be able to be flexible in hours worked, and available for on-call rotation to assist with emergencies.

Requirements:

Master’s degree in social work or related field and one-year experience. Applicants for this job must pass thorough background check. Must have valid TN driver’s license.

Life Skills Coordinator 

The Life Skills Coordinator will work out of Monroe Harding’s downtown Resource Center and will be responsible for three major components of the Center’s programming. The Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating and recruiting female participants for a Pregnancy Prevention program. This would include teaching information about HIV, STDs and Pregnancy prevention strategies from a provided curriculum.

The Life Skills Coordinator will also specifically help young men and women clarify their vocational plans, learn life skills and find meaningful employment and will provide case management for Opportunity Passport, MH’s financial education program which is designed to facilitate growth in financial and banking knowledge and provide access to community resources for the participants, to include monthly correspondence to young adults regarding financial management classes, DCS follow-up surveys, and other resource center activities as well as providing regular support, guidance, and resources to program participants.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate, plan/schedule, and set-up Life Skills classes based on the Sexual Health Education curriculum for youth in care and aging out of foster care throughout designated counties in Middle Tennessee and Upper Cumberland.
  • Recruit diverse group of young adults from the community to participate in Youth Connections events and classes.
  • Conduct intakes and assessments on eligible program participants.
  • Coordinate monthly correspondence to young adults re: financial management classes, various focus groups, and online surveys.
  • Monitor and maintain the system for measuring results of life skill instruction (Pre/Post Test at each session).
  • Provide weekly support, guidance and resources to young adults.
  • Enter and update participant information into two database systems on a weekly basis.
  • Seek new employment opportunities for participants acting as liaison between the youth and employers.
  • Cultivate relationships with community organizations and institutions that offer job skills training.
  • Develop effective working relationships with employers and maintain regular contact in order to monitor employment satisfaction.
  • Assist program participants with developing resumes and completing career and/or job skills training plans.
  • Work a flexible schedule so that services are available to young adults based on their schedules.
  • Assist in seeking out speakers and community resources for specific classes.          

Qualifications Required
Bachelor’s degree in Social Science or a related field and two to three years experience working with older teens and/or young adults.

Competencies

Relationship Building
Motivating Others
Ability to Build Rapport
Detail Oriented/Organizing
Initiative
Enthusiastic
Perseverance

Employment Specialist

The Employment Specialist facilitates person centered career planning, assists with the development and creations of jobs that are consistent with individual career planning, and provides support to facilitate job/work obtainment and retention. The vigor and intensity of the Employment Specialist’s workload is in constant flux depending on the individual clients’ needs. The time frame through which most youth should complete is finite, so the need for the Employment Specialist must multitask and work flexible hours.

Responsibilities include:

  • Follows model protocols for delivering services, including intake processes, development of individual plans, business development procedures, and participant outcomes.
  • Interviews, advises, and guides a diverse population of clients to ascertain employability; interprets and explains regulations, rules, policies and procedures to clients; determine client eligibility for services; approves clients of their rights, benefits, responsibilities, and obligations under program participation
  • Master Training Curriculum, prepare for and teach modules in a group setting as needed
  • Assesses client’s education, work experience, skills, abilities, qualifications, and job interest; assesses client readiness for job referral, classroom training, on-the-job training, and/or support services; attempts to match clients with available employment, training, or other opportunities/services
  • Works one-on-one with participants to develop goals and objectives in a personalized employment plans to identify barriers and challenges to employability and job retention, which could include working with them in the community or home setting
  • Assists clients in finding and maintain meaningful employment consistent with their goals
  • Works closely with community providers and/or caregivers to provide communication about each client’s progress in achieving his/her work goals
  • Travel to clients’ employers and/or potential employers and other locations in the community
  • Meet regularly with clients in their home setting or a location that is most convenient for them on a regular basis
  • Prepare and maintain case files, records, reports, and forms accurately and completely, and keep them up-to-date at all times

Qualifications Required

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a social services/education/employment services or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of experience training in a group setting.
  • Experience working with youth ages 16-26
  • Established knowledge of employment and training programs to include interviewing techniques, vocational and employment related assessments, and use of labor market information to connect participants to jobs.

Competencies

  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Client focused
  • Patient yet persistent
  • Strong organizational and planning abilities
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to set and maintain boundaries with clients
  • Group facilitation skills


Monroe Harding is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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