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HOPEFUL BEGINNINGS POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Maternity Social Worker II (Bilingual)

REPORTS TO: Clinical Supervisor

DIRECT REPORTS: NONE

Basic Function

The Maternity Social Worker provides direct services to clients experiencing unplanned pregnancies, perinatal mood disorders including post-partum depression & anxiety, grief over the loss of a pregnancy, or difficulty adjusting to motherhood. The worker is responsible for individual counseling caseload as well as assisting with a caseload of case management clients. The Maternity Social Worker is responsible for completing the appropriate paperwork for client activities and maintaining records in compliance with DCFS (when applicable) and agency requirements. All activities are conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws; DCFS (when applicable) requirements; and all agency policies and procedures.

 

Position Responsibilities

· Gain a solid understanding of Hopeful Beginnings and all agency programs in order to be able to educate others about the agency’s work and capabilities.

· Provides services in compliance with all DCFS (when applicable) and agency requirements and is familiar with current industry standards.

· Exhibits behavior towards all clients and agency stakeholders that is respectful, compassionate, and professional.

· With all clients, confidentiality is maintained as required by law and agency policies and procedures, whichever is most stringent.

· Provides agency services in a location that is safe and convenient to the client, including their home (if appropriate).

· Independently manages a caseload of counseling clients with in person or virtual services and keeps accurate notes and provides assessments for clients

· Independently manages a caseload of case management clients and facilitates their use of the agency Baby closet.

· Assists in community outreach efforts on behalf of the agency either when directly related to a client visit (eg, a hospital visit) or in consultation with the Executive Director.

· Assists in the development and implementation of agency seminars.

· Represents the agency in the social service community and other appropriate groups, as assigned.

· Collaborates with other professional workers involved in a client’s case, as needed (eg, facilitating adoptive placements, birth parent meetings, etc)

· Maintains professional records on all client activity, clearly documenting all appropriate aspects of a case. Submits required paperwork on behalf of clients in timely fashion.

· Provides reports and/or statistical data as required by agency policy and relevant laws of the state of Illinois.

· Participates in weekly supervision meetings with clinical team regarding caseload, particularly to obtain feedback on complex or problematic client issues such as interagency referrals or legal issues.

· Participates in maternity-related workshops and maintains professional knowledge by keeping informed about adoptive legislation as well as current adoption issues.

· Treats clients and team members with respect and professionalism

· Participates in Agency related events, such as, fundraisers, adoptive family picnics, Christmas parties, etc.

· Performs other tasks, as required.

 

Specifications

Master’s degree in social work or related field is preferred. Applicants with experience plus an accredited Bachelor’s degree will be considered. Fluency in Spanish preferred. Must be able to complete the Maternal

Mental Health Training Certification, hosted by PSI and 2020 Mom within 6 months of hire or provide proof of related training/certification.

 

Individual must have appropriate computer skills, and strong familiarity with MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc). Individual must be able to operate standard office equipment (copier, fax, scanner, etc).

 

Individual must maintain confidential information in accordance with legal/ethical standards. Individual must be capable of working independently and processing information accurately.

 

Reliable automobile transportation, adequate automobile insurance, and a valid Illinois driver’s license are required. All potential employees are subject to appropriate background checks. Individual must be able to perform job duties under stressful conditions. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required and 24-hour access via an agency-issued cell phone is expected.

Please submit resume at: information@hopefulbeginnin.org

Internship Opportunities

Hopeful Beginnings offers internships for social work students working towards their Master’s Degree. Internships are offered throughout the year and the agency will work with individual students to meet the needs of their school’s program.

Two internship opportunities are available:

Teen Parenting: Interns will work hand in hand with the Teen Parenting Coordinator in conjunction with our Teen Parenting Program contracted through High School District 214. Interns will work with these students by having the opportunity to facilitate 2-3 weekly group counseling sessions, provide options counseling, complete assessments, and provide referrals and individual counseling as needed.

Agency Intern (General): Interns will work at our main office in cooperation with maternity social workers. Interns will gain experience in case management, counseling for birthing persons experiencing postpartum depression/anxiety, grief and loss of a pregnancy and/or difficulty transitioning to motherhood. Ideal for second year interns with some client experience.

Hopeful Beginnings also provides opportunities for students to participate in outreach events with staff and attend clinical and staff meetings. Typically, hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, however, students should have some flexibility in schedule to attend some evening/weekend events throughout the fiscal year. Students will need to have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation – due to driving to various high schools in the northwest suburbs.

 

Days available for internships include: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

 

Please contact us with any inquiries at information@hopefulbeginning.org.

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