Outreach Counselor

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Outreach Counselor

Reference ID: #91604

 

OPEN DATE:       September 23, 2016                        CLOSING DATE:     Open Until Filled        

POSITION LOCATION:                    3601 Old Frederick Rd., Baltimore, MD 21229

DEPARTMENT:                                  Permanent Housing      

FLSA:                                                     Non-Exempt

JOB TYPE:                                            Full-Time

DAYS OF WEEK WORKED:             Monday – Friday

HOURS WORKED:                             TBD

HOURLY RATE:                                   $12.50 – $14.43 (hourly rate commensurate with experience)

POSITIONS OPEN:                            2

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Outreach Counselor provides services and support to individuals who have moved from PLASE’s Transitional Housing Facility to Permanent Housing.  He/she will make frequent visits to the homes, and various living situations of PLASE residents in order to assess

The Outreach Counselor develops and accesses community-based contacts and services for individuals.  Trains and actively helps the individual in daily living skills to include:  personal hygiene, housekeeping, and budgeting as well as social and interpersonal functioning skills.  He/she addresses areas around chemical use recovery, mental health, medical, emotional needs, education and employment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Provides case management, counseling and support information to previously homeless persons who have mental problems, developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, HIV/AIDS or are at risk for AIDS
  • Makes home visits to client’s residence and corresponds with family members, relatives and/or other relevant adults
  • Acts as liaison between the client, Project PLASE and community-based organizations, services and health facilities
  • Meets with representatives from other agencies when necessary
  • Keeps client records and statistical data up-to-date according to the services provided
  • Contacts community agencies for follow-up reports on clients
  • Draws up a budget for clients to follow.
  • Arranges for psychological/medical appointments
  • Conducts house meetings in a group setting
  • Transports clients to various appointments, meetings and leisure activities
  • Conducts client assessments and evaluations
  • Draws up and implements service agreements
  • Trains and implements specially designed programs
  • Responds to client emergencies
  • Communicates with shelter staff concerning client’s needs and additional referrals
  • Attends continuing education courses, workshops and seminars
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education  & Experience:   A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in human services or related field; plus, two (2) or more years working with individuals who are mentally ill or have HIV/AIDS or are substance abusers.

OR

Six (6) years of experience working with individuals who are mentally ill or have HIV/AIDS or are substance abusers

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES

Applicants must have a valid drivers’ license to operate a vehicle in the State of Maryland

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENT CONDITIONS

Work requires light physical effort in the handling of light materials or boxes in non-strenuous work positions of up to 30lbs. and/or continual standing or walking

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, residences or vehicles (e.g. use of safe work place practices, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and safely operating a motor vehicle.

How to apply:   Please send resume’/application to:  Sheri L. Jackson, Director of Operations at 3601 Old Frederick Rd, Baltimore, MD 21229 or email to: resume@projectplase.org   Applications may be obtained by going to Project PLASE’s web-site:  www.projectplase.org

**Note:  Resume’s/Applications must be received ON or BEFORE the closing date listed above.  Late resumes/applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Project PLASE believes that all people are to be treated with dignity and respect and are entitled to fair and equal treatment in employment regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, religion, age, marital status or disability.