Family Support Specialist - Social Services
Job Details
Grinnell Campus - Grinnell, IA
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree
Position Details

Who are we?

At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, education, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children and families come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now. For that reason, we provide prevention, intervention and treatment programs and services.


Why Work here?

We are more than a team, we are family!   Four Oaks understands the importance of supporting and treating one another as if they were our own family members.  We believe in maintaining a healthy work/life balance while providing career paths for everyone.  Our organization flourishes in an environment of equal opportunity and fair treatment for all.  The effects of diversity and inclusion have created an atmosphere of positivity which connects us to the customers we serve.  As a valued team member, you are eligible for:

  • Medical, dental & vision insurance
  • 401k Retirement plan
  • Growth & Advancement opportunities
  • Competitive Wages
  • Excellent paid leave time package
  • 7 paid holidays  
  • Business casual work environment
  • Educational discounts
  • Fitness Center Discounts


What you will do?

As the Family Support Specialist you will provide the supportive services enabling children to safely remain with their family, be reunified with their family, and/or achieve alternative permanency. These activities include provision of family support, care coordination, family functioning interventions, supervision and safety monitoring.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintain regular contact with referring worker, family, and identified collaterals to achieve permanency goals.
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary treatment, maintaining weekly contact with the Therapist and Program Coordinator on all assigned cases.
  • Document service delivery, including objectives of treatment and/or intervention strategies.
  • Understand and utilize defined assessment tools in working with all cases.
  • Facilitate community resource planning, case progress evaluation & permanency planning.
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary crisis planning.
  • Participate in discharge planning & documentation.
  • Schedule and facilitate quarterly staffing on all assigned cases.
  • Assess treatment needs.
  • Participate in the preparation and implementation of a service plan with input from client, family, therapist, program coordinator, and referral source.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of various counseling techniques.
  • Develop and implement a service agenda for each session.
  • Complete on-call duties as assigned.
  • Calmly and effectively provide crisis intervention in emergency situations.
  • Maintain caseload and consistently achieves quota.


Qualifications & Program Information

What you need:

To qualify you must meet ONE of the following conditions:  

  • Posses a Bachelor's Degree from a 4 year college or University,  preferably in a social services related field of study.
  • Possess an Associate's Degree in a Human Services related field plus 2 years of related experience.


COVID-19 Precautions:

Social distancing measures are taken and face masks are required. Temperatures are taken at the beginning of each day for all personnel including new hires.  Visitor access is limited.


Apply now for immediate consideration!

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