THE SALVATION ARMY
JOB TITLE: SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER
REPORTS TO: Emergency Assistance & CIP Administrator
LOCATION: Fayetteville, NC
FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT
Social Service Worker:
Provides social service assistance to eligible clients in the following areas: food, lodging, clothing, furniture, and financial assistance; interviews clients to determine need and eligibility to receive services; prepares accurate and complete client records; refers clients to community agencies and maintains effective working relationships with the same; ensures compliance with program policies and procedures.
Answers the telephone in a courteous manner and directs calls to the appropriate destination; records accurate and complete messages when necessary; receives and receipts deliveries and donations; greets and announces visitors and clients; provides general information about The Salvation Army's operations and services; performs routine clerical work such as typing and filing.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.
Social Service Worker Responsibilities:
Greets and interviews clients requesting assistance to determine client's eligibility for assistance based on program guidelines and restrictions; records clients disposition and other pertinent information such as income, expenses, family and work history; assists clients in completing applications for assistance; photocopies social security cards, picture identification cards, payroll statements, utility bills etc.
Prepares, completes, and processes food, clothing, and furniture vouchers for eligible clients; directs clients to Lodge kitchen, Thrift Store or Distribution Center for assistance.
Provides client's with food from pantry; receives and stocks items donated for the pantry; maintains an itemized account of pantry disbursements and inventory.
Locates and arranges temporary housing for eligible clients; contacts local lodges, homeless shelters, motels, churches, etc. for lodging.
Processes rent and utility financial assistance for eligible clients; contacts utility organizations and landlords to arrange and process financial assistance.
Assists eligible clients needing transportation assistance based on medical or relocation needs; arranges transportation through bus-line and contacts family members, friends, churches for assistance.
Serves as liaison to other agencies in order to obtain/coordinate assistance on client's behalf; builds and maintains professional working relationships with community agencies.
Prepares and files client records in a timely manner ensuring all information is accurate and up-to-date; obtains signatures of clients as needed; reviews and tracks all client records in order to determine if client is active or inactive; maintains confidentiality of client information.
Prepares and maintains statistical records on all services provided; compiles and prepares monthly statistical reports; ensures the accuracy and completeness of the same.
Answers the telephone and transfers calls to the appropriate destination; responds to callers questions and provides accurate information.
Records accurate and complete messages; ensures the timely and accurate distribution of messages through telephone.
Receives, greets, and announces visitors in a courteous and tactful manner; provides assistance to callers and visitors by answering questions and providing instructions and referrals; screens sales representative soliciting to The Salvation Army.
Receives, responds to, and assists people requesting social service assistance; assists in registering clients; maintains supply of maps and phone numbers for social services; locates appropriate personnel to assist visitors.
Notifies proper individuals when visitors or clients have arrived; ensures that visitors and clients have signed-in.
Performs other related work as required.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Typewriter Computer Photocopy Machine
Telephone Calculator Facsimile
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma or G.E.D. required with additional secretarial courses preferred,
two years experience performing clerical work in an office environment,
any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
May require valid state driver's license.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of general office practices and procedures.
Knowledge of the English language including proper grammar and punctuation.
Ability to learn and become proficient in specific computer software.
Ability to maintain an efficient and organized filing system to ensure that items can be retrieved in a timely manner.
Ability to answer the telephone in a courteous and tactful manner.
Ability to maintain the confidential nature of the work.
Ability to follow instructions, plan and organize work, and work under limited supervision.
Knowledge of social service practices and principles.
Ability to interview clients in order to evaluate and serve their needs.
Ability to determine client eligibility for program assistance based on specific program guidelines and restrictions.
Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with the public and community agencies.
Ability to prepare accurate and complete client records, reports, and statistics.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
Ability to meet attendance requirements.
Ability to read, write, and communicate the English language.
Ability to perform routine mathematical computations.
Ability to transcribe dictation and type.
Ability to keypunch information into a computer.
Ability to sort and file documents alphabetically and numerically.
Ability to operate various general office equipment including a telephone, dictaphone, typewriter, computer, and adding machine.
Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail with constant breaks in concentration associated with answering phones or speaking in person to clients requiring assistance.
Duties are usually performed seated. Sitting may be relieved by brief or occasional periods of standing or walking.
Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing, lifting and carrying light objects (less than 25 lbs.) 5-10% of work time.
Work is performed in a normal office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt, and the like.
All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The purpose of a job description is to outline the essential functions unique to a particular job within a specific department. Job descriptions are used to recruit, train, and evaluate employees.
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