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Homelessness Prevention Social Worker

Description: 

Homelessness Prevention Social Worker

Asheville, NC    

Job Description

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton.  With over 100 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to nearly 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law. 

PLS seeks a full-time Housing Social Worker. This position will partner with attorneys and other staff on Pisgah Legal’s Homelessness Prevention Program to help clients connect with resources to address housing problems and homelessness, as well as other challenges they may face. This position will help our clients stabilize and maintain their housing.

The Social Worker will:

  • develop relationships with each client based in respect and compassion, 
  • utilize an empowerment and advocacy approach to promote and protect their clients’ right to self-determination, 
  • support clients to make their own decisions and life plans, 
  • work within a Trauma Informed Care framework, recognizing that many of their client’s behaviors and responses may be directly related to traumatic experiences,
  • have a deep understanding of the causes and impacts of poverty, 
  • understand and apply approaches within the social determinants of health framework;
  • work to understand the discrimination and oppression that impacts their clients, based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, immigration status, and other factors, and adapt their work accordingly. 

The social worker should have a passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, be a creative and zealous staff member and a team-player and demonstrate a commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities. 
 

Responsibilities 

  • Commitment to PLS’ mission, values and vision.
  • Document all work in Legal Server case management software.
  • Build relationships with clients to support and meet immediate needs.
  • Connect clients with appropriate services to address safety, health, housing, transportation, employment, food, education, substance use & family care needs. 
  • Explore options to meet needs when necessary services do not exist in a community.
  • Organize and conduct community engagement.
  • Develop and maintain community relationships with other non-profit agencies, government officials, government employees, community leaders and others.
  • Travel within our service area and also to meetings or conferences in other parts of NC.
  • Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Work with volunteers, including volunteer attorneys and social work students.
  • Assist with fundraising in coordination with PLS Development Team.

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Salary/ Benefits

Salary ranges from $38,000 – $71,676 depending on experience.  

Our salary scale is predetermined based on the years of relative professional work experience that qualify for this position to ensure equity in pay.  Pisgah Legal Services is a Living Wage Certified Employer in 18 WNC counties:  Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.

 Employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage the 1st of the month following the start date.  Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) pays 100% of the Employee and 50% of the Dependent Cost for BCBS Medical and Dental coverage.  PLS pays 50% of the Employee Coverage Cost for BCBS Vision coverage.   PLS pays 100% of Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverage, Life Insurance Coverage of 5x base salary + an additional $15,000 Life & AD&D Coverage.  401k Retirement Plan after 6 months of employment.  Additional Fringe Benefits includes Paid Parental Leave, 12.5 Company Holidays, 22 Paid Leave Days, Paid Sabbatical Leave for Attorneys, Employee Assistance Program for entire household and a great working environment with work life balance!  Our complete benefits guide is available at:  https://www.flipsnack.com/5de6a5a7c6f/pisgah-legal-services-2022-benefits-guide/full-view.html

 

COVID-19 Safety Information:

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pisgah Legal Services has worked tirelessly to promote evidence-based practices across our entire organization. With this in mind, as of January 4th, all Pisgah employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine.   Employees who are unvaccinated or have an approved exemption will be required to provide verified weekly COVID-19 test results.  We currently have COVID-19 safety precautions in place such as requiring face masks while meeting with clients or co-workers and providing outdoor meeting areas to meet with clients.   

Requirements: 

Qualifications

  • Passion for and commitment to PLS’ mission, values and vision.
  • BSW/ MSW, similar degree or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated skills at socio-economic and cultural sensitivity and the ability to work with someone who is angry, upset, or ill.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
  • Fluency in Spanish language is a preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and justice, including racial equity.
  • Experience with tax preparation is preferred but not required.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
To Apply: 

To Apply

Submit your online application with resume and cover letter through our Career Center located at https://www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs.

 PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice. 

Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal 

opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with our Human Resources department.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
September 30, 2022
Organization Information: 
Pisgah Legal Services
62A Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801
United States
Phone: 828-210-3412