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State of Massachusetts Self Sufficiency Specialist -Nubian Square in Roxbury, Massachusetts

The Department of Transitional Assistance is seeking qualified applicants for the position ofSelf Sufficiency Specialist. Our ideal candidate will assess the needs of and provide intensive support, targeted training and employment assistance to clients with significant barriers to employment or self-sufficiency. Duties and Responsibilities(these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive): * Provide case management to high risk clients including teen parents, individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns, physical and cognitive limitations, and those in homeless or domestic violence situations. * Maintain working knowledge of locally available programs relative to the Employment Service Program and Young Parents Program. * Coordinate with the Department of Children and Families to provide referrals to Teen Parenting Programs as needed. * Determine initial and ongoing eligibility for transitional assistance programs and employment services. * Conduct interactive interviews and obtain and verify client information. * Calculate accurate benefit levels and issue appropriate benefit authorizations. * Perform all tasks related case maintenance and case management, including referrals to other state agencies, health care providers and other sources as necessary. * Prepare and deliver explanations of eligibility decisions. * Evaluate and monitor high-risk client cases to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations. * Deliver those services required to assist individuals and families in transitioning to work. * Represent the Agency at appeal hearings. _Required Qualifications_ * Knowledge of the principles and correct usage of the English language involved in writing narratives, including grammar, spelling, sentence structure, word meaning and punctuation. * High level personal computer skills and more in-depth knowledge of various software options. * Knowledge of basic mathematics, interviewing techniques, and the use of PCs. * Knowledge of referral sources available for providing services to clients including available community support and social services resources. * Knowledge of the social and economic problems of the diverse client population and the related impact on employability and self-sufficiency. * Knowledge and skill in the principles and methods of employment counseling and employment placement. * Ability to understand and explain laws, rules, policies and procedures relating to agency operations and eligibility for financial assistance. * Ability to gather and assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures. * Ability to acquire information on local labor market conditions and the content of a wide variety of occupations. * Advanced knowledge and skill in the use of the principles and methods of employment counseling and employment placement. * Ability to communicate effectively. * Ability to prepare clear, concise and logical narratives and maintain accurate records. * Ability to determine the applicability of client data, draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. * Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships. * Ability to exercise sound judgment, including the exercise of discretion in handling confidential information. * Ability to assess and prioritize tasks and demonstrate problem solving skills. _Preferred Qualifications_ * Knowledge of career and educational counseling theories. * Prior case management experience with high risk clients. * Proven ability to problem solve and motivate clients to achieve self-sufficiency while removing and resolving barriers to employment. * Prior experience providing support to teen parents while assisting in their developmental needs. * Commitment to working with diverse populations. * Proficient PC skills. * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency. _TO APPLY:_ Please upload both Resume and Cover Letter. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. _About The Department of Transitional Assistance:_ The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities. Learn more about our services and programs visit: _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Dental and Vision insurance * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance program * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants." Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in social work or social casework, claims adjudication, job placement, recruitment, employment counseling, vocational or rehabilitation counseling, credit investigation, educational counseling, legal advocacy, or legal counseling. SUBSTITUTIONS: - A Bachelor's or higher degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience. - One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. LICENSES: Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Community and Social Services* *Organization: Department of Transitional Assistance *Title: *Self Sufficiency Specialist -Nubian Square Location: Massachusetts-Roxbury-2201 Washington Street Requisition ID: 210008RW