The Income and Employment Navigator is responsible for carrying out discrete tasks related to integrating housing and income for individuals who are or have experienced homelessness identified through the HERO project. Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the Income and Employment Navigator will 1) assist the persons served in accessing resources to facilitate employment, training, and education to increase their earning potential, 2) educate the staff of the medical home on the eligibility and access processes for employment and educational services, 3) educate mainstream, means-based and disability-specify employment and education providers about the impact of HIV/AIDS on these areas. Additionally, this position will assist persons served in accessing and understanding cash and non-cash benefits.
MAIN ACTIVITIES AND TASKS:
1. Establish and maintain an online resource directory on benefits, employment, employment preparation, effect of benefits on employment, financial literacy, eligibility criteria, referral processes, etc.
2. Establish working relationships with employers, supported employment programs, American Jobs Center, New Haven Works, Department of Labor, reentry programs, Department of Rehabilitation Services, SOAR Program and other parties that will facilitate economic self-sufficiency.
3. Upon admission to the HERO project, the Income and Employment Navigator will conduct an assessment of needs and strengths related to income and employment and assist the person served in establishing an action plan to achieve employment.
4. Develops and carries out instructional sessions for medical home staff, various providers, and consumers on the impact of work on benefits, employment and training resources, and strategies to maximize referrals.
5. Maintains data about program activities and outcomes. Prepares quarterly and annual outcomes reports.
6. Conducts weekly outreach and community education at NHFPL.
7. Develops relationships with temporary employment agencies to facilitate job placement and work experience.
8. Documents case notes on contacts with clients in Case-worthy and study-related online data collection system.
PREFERRED LEVELS OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree in Human Service related field preferred.
EXPERIENCE: 3 years of experience working in employment program setting for people with mental illness, addiction and/or homelessness. Working knowledge of employment and social services in New Haven, CT, valid CT driver's license, ability to work independently, ability to represent Liberty in the community, bilingual preferred, basic knowledge of local and addiction, homelessness, mental health and, supportive housing.
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