Freedom House—Social Worker

Organization Type:  Non-Profit, Faith Based

Direct Report: House Director

Hours & Pay: Part-Time; work hours will vary from early mornings, late evenings and weekends.  $15/hour

Travel Requirements: Moderate

Education: Possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the area of social work, psychology, childhood education, education counseling and psychology, or a related field, plus 2 years of supervised child welfare experiences (education and supervised experiences equally at least 6 years).  Social Worker license is required.

Age: 21 years of age or older

Summary of Job Responsibilities: Freedom House is responsible for ensuring that the educational, medical, emotional, and social needs of the Participant are met. The Social Worker help screen program referrals, sends intake packets to referrals, maintains feedback and ongoing communication with clients, guardians, and service providers, schedules and may accompany clients to appointments and other obligations.

Job Duties 

The duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

Maintaining Program Structure:
  • Coordinate intakes
  • Complete the initial residential service plan within seven (7) days of admission
  • Complete the initial assessment of participants within fourteen (14) days of admission
  • Complete the individual service plan within thirty (30) days of admission. Plans will include, goals, objectives, dates of achieving. Also, the participant, referral agency, and family will be involved as possible. 
  • Maintain service and transition plan in coordination with therapists and program team
  • Assist families in contributing to participant progress. The child’s parents are to have a specific plan of involvement, unless documented by the social worker that it would be harmful or counterproductive.
  • Serve as community liaison with Courts, Schools, Referring Agency, and other community resources
  • Coordinate appropriate services with community partners & in-house programs/activities.
  • Document assessments quarterly and implementation of the care plan
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential employers of participants (when applies)
  • Coordinates participant visitations
  • Provide the following for the participant: scheduled in-person meetings, supportive atmosphere, leadership/guidance, help with coping mechanism for dealing with day-to-day programs,
  • Assist participants with applying for and obtaining health insurance/Medicaid.
  • Monitor participants’ medical and mental health needs and coordinate appropriate services
  • Add additional information to daily log- monitoring and recording behavior
  • Attend staff meetings
Develop and Model Healthy Living for Participants:
  • Maintain an active, growing relationship with the Lord
  • Develop intentional connections with the participants
  • Cultivate an atmosphere of mutual respect through words and behaviors
  • Lead by example in modeling a healthy lifestyle in the body, soul, and spirit
  • Provide direction and encouragement to program participants
  • Practice and teach healthy boundaries to program participants
  • Navigate interpersonal conflict by speaking truth in love
  • Provide support and crisis help as is necessary
  • Assist with providing healthy activities and community for participants
Additional Qualifications:
  • Never have been shown by credible evidence (e.g., a court or jury, a department investigation, or other reliable evidence) to have abused, neglected, sexually exploited, or deprived a child or adult or to have subjected any person to serious injury as a result of intentional or grossly serious injury as a result of intentional or grossly negligent misconduct as evidenced by an oral or written statement to this effect obtained at the time of application and evidence of having made efforts to obtain and evaluate references from previous employers. We will offer them the change to complete/submit Form 470-2310.
  • Documentation of at least two professional, educational or personal references that attest to the person’s capability of performing the duties of the position and to the person’s suitability of working with or around children
  • If a master’s level candidate, willing to pursue or maintain professional licensure by the state of Iowa
  • Satisfactory preliminary criminal history background check determination and a satisfactory fingerprint records check determination
  • Participate in all required trainings and show competency in skill areas of training content
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Participate in all required trainings and show competency in skill areas of training content
  • Must pass Motor Vehicle Record check
  • Understand and demonstrate a willingness to engage in the core values of Freedom House (mission & vision) and guiding principles for the program
  • Represent Freedom House in a positive way at social activities and events
  • Agrees with Freedom House’s statement of faith
  • Abide by organization policies and procedures
  • Possess crisis management skills
  • Well-organized and adept at performing multiple tasks
  • Possess a high comfort level with leading groups
  • Display strength-based tendencies
  • Effectively communicate with others
Character Requirements:
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible
  • Team-Oriented
  • Professional
Physical Requirements:
  • Must have ability to administer physical restraints as governed by policies and procedures of programs