Description: This full-time position has two primary areas of responsibility. For two days per week the individual will provide a range of assessment, counseling, case management, life-skills training, and related services to residents of Friedman Place, a community for adults who are blind or visually impaired. The remaining three days will be spent providing a broad range of case management, referral, and linkage services to people who are blind or visually impaired living in the community (i.e., other than at Friedman Place). Specific assistance will range from helping clients get state id cards, obtain and maintain medicaid and social security, locate and link to other social service and healthcare providers, etc. These services will be provided one day each week from Friedman Place, one day from an office in Chicago’s Loop, and one day in the field.
Compensation: $36,000 - $50,000 per year, depending on skills and experience. Friedman Place provides a generous benefits package including heavily subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance, licensure reimbursement, educational reimbursement, retirement contributions, 20 paid days off – plus paid holidays – to new full-time employees, etc.
Master's Degree in Social Work, preferred – will consider bachelor’s level candidate with extensive experience
Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), preferred
Proficiency in office computer programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, etc.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
Very high level of organizational and time-management skills and other skills and abilities necessary to provide the responsibilities and requirements outlined above.
Valid driver’s license and reliable automobile, preferred (but not required).
Located on the northwest side of Chicago, Friedman Place is a nonprofit residential community that serves adults aged 22 and up who are blind or visually impaired. The agency’s beginnings go back to 1935; we recently celebrated our eightieth year of serving low income adults who are blind. The agency’s services are provided in a building that we purchased and renovated in 2004. Each resident lives in his or her own apartment - there are 81 in the building – with a full bathroom and kitchenette. The building is specially designed for people with visual impairments such as special lighting; changes in floor textures; high-contrast paint colors; handrails; and "talking" elevators so residents may move about safely and freely while at home
Staff, specially trained to work with adults with visual impairments, provides social work and nursing services; housekeeping; meals; and a variety of programs and activities fitting resident needs and interests. Last year, the agency provided over 30,000 days and nights of affordable supportive housing; 24/7 assistance and services from nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, activity staff, social workers, and others; 8,500 balanced, nutritious me...als in the last year, prepared in our own kitchen; and 2,000 hours of activities as diverse as meditation, writing group, bowling, tutoring, sing-a-long, exercise, crossword puzzles, and more. All services promote integrated physical, mental and social health so residents lead as full and as independent lives as possible. The agency has 65 employees and 100 volunteers and is led by a volunteer board of directors.