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Social Services Advocate

Company: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Location: Omaha
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:


Nebraska Children and Families Foundation is a nonprofit created to support children, young adults, and families with the overall goal of giving our state's kids what they need to thrive. We do this by building strong communities that support families. Our mission is to create positive change for Nebraska s children through community engagement and we believe in a Nebraska where all children will have the resources and support to thrive.



Responsible for connecting students with supports and services focusing on Education success. Assisting families with accessing community resources focused on Education, Employment, Housing, Finances, Transportation and Mental/Physical Health services. Responsible for creating Individualized Education Success Plans for at-risk youth and being a connector to resources for students and families.


  • Coordinates efforts between local school district and community service providers/partners, Community Response/Bring Up Nebraska collaboratives in the Omaha metro area, and the student and family to create Education Success Plans that contain the most appropriate supports and services available in a timely manner.
  • Develop, conduct, and implement Central Access consultations, ensure all necessary documentation is completed and entered into the database, and refer for any additional services deemed necessary.
  • Facilitate PEO orientation sessions.
  • Works with students and providers to ensure student and family friendly intake procedures when accessing services and supports.
    • Create and maintain relationships with Project Everlast Omaha program partners and community partners to provide the best coordination of services for students.
    • Coordinates with Douglas County Community Response (DCCR) and Lift Up Sarpy County to ensure a streamlined central navigation system and process for students and/or expectant and parenting students and their families.
    • Track student overall outcomes as it relates to grant reporting.
    • Work to identify supports and resources to assist students in overcoming barriers to academic success.
    • Assists in the planning and facilitation of PEO Youth Activities.
      • Attend Project Everlast, Partner Programs, and Community meetings as needed.
      • Participate in statewide Bring Up Nebraska and Connected Youth Initiative meetings and workgroups as needed or requested.
      • Develop and maintain database reporting and functionality in partnership with PEO Staff and partners.
      • Assist with the development, outreach and coordination of housing, transportation, and maternity programs.
      • Connect and partner with school personnel to develop a network of support.
        • Other duties may be assigned. QUALIFICATIONS:

          To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


          • Valid Driver s License and proof of insurance.
          • Any equivalent combination of the following experience, training, and/or education will be considered.
          • Associates degree in related field or
          • 3 years experience in working with in juvenile justice, child welfare system, or an education/school setting
            • Demonstrate extensive knowledge relating to supports and services available for youth and families.
            • Lived experience in these systems of care. Knowledge:
              • Working knowledge of Microsoft office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
              • Office equipment and computer software Abilities:
                • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with partner organizations.
                • Gather, analyze, and review collected information and make recommendations.
                • Stay calm during intense situations and work under pressure.
                • Facilitate meetings to gain input and disseminate information.
                  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
                  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
                  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication skills.
                  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
                  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
                    • Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
                    • Demonstrate strong work-ethic, outstanding collaborative approach, and exceptional interpersonal skills that lead to building relationships.
                    • Strong organizational and project management skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
                    • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential. Preferred:
                      • Bachelor s Degree in social work, human service, public administration, education, criminal justice, or similar degrees LANGUAGE SKILLS:
                        • Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as grant solicitations or governmental regulations.
                        • Ability to write grant proposals and progress reports as well as routine reports and correspondence.
                          • Ability to respond to common inquiries about the organization from the public and/or business community.
                          • Ability to effectively present information to public groups. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
                            • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
                            • Ability to compute, rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
                            • Ability to read and interpret demographic and statistical research data. REASONING ABILITY:
                              • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in unique situations.
                              • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
                              • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
                              • Ability to interpret statistical research findings (such as Census data) and to interpret mathematical data accurately in written communications.
                                • Ability to plan, schedule, and manage multiple activities at once. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
                                  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.
                                  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
                                    • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
                                    • Ability to drive. WORKING CONDITIONS:
                                      • Flexible schedule including possible evenings and weekends.
                                        • Willingness to travel, including overnight stays.

Keywords: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Omaha , Social Services Advocate, Other , Omaha, Nebraska

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