Children's Home Society of Florida

Independent Living Specialist

Job Locations US-FL-Orlando
Job ID
# of Openings
Case Management
Regular Full-Time


Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults. This full-time position involves working with young adults ages 18-21, residing in a 24-hour residential facility. Flexible schedule is a MUST, as this position often requires evening and weekend hours. Staff work with youth both in a group and one-on-one to develop skills necessary to live independently.


OBJECTIVE: To provide case management and access/advocate for the needs of young adults living in foster care or independent living situations. 
- Engage young adults in developing life plans and setting goals in areas of

  education, housing, transportation, personal finance, health and wellness;

  assist in accessing resources needed to meet plans and goals.
- Establish and maintain communication with community care agencies, case

  management agencies, and dependency programs.
- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with educational

  institutions and community businesses to facilitate client development.
- Develop and maintain clinical records and program documentation according

  to contract and CHS standards (assessments, treatment plans, progress

  notes, termination summaries, etc.).
- Meet weekly with and maintain an open line of communication with clients; in

  absence of program management act as first point of contact for

- Prepare and assist in the delivery of independent living lessons including but

  not limited to employability training, vocational skills, budgeting/financial

  skills, nutrition/meal preparation, and socialization/interaction skills;

  encourage client participation in community presentations.
- Keep abreast of all dependency, foster care, and independent living statutes

  and contract requirements.
- Participate in client case planning meetings.
- Represent the program at community meetings.
- Arrange for or transport clients as necessary; maintain CHS vehicle.
- Assist with program coverage and/or administration as directed.
- Participate in the quality improvement process.

This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children's Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.


REQUIRED:  All degrees must be from an accredited university.

- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
- Two years of experience working with young adults


- Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care practices and Crisis Management techniques are a plus


- Florida Certified Child Protection certification
- Experience working within the child welfare system
- Knowledge of local community resources 

- Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
- Effective verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to make home visits/travel
- Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential functions
- Ability to be sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic

- Commitment to effectively and efficiently providing customer satisfaction with

  positive service delivery results
- Excellent organizational skills
- Ability to work in a diverse environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office products
- Ability to work flexible hours to include evenings and weekends
- Ability to care for clients during natural or man-made disasters (i.e.

  hurricanes, fire)

NEEDED: driving, repetitive motions, sitting, standing, walking
PREFERRED: bending/stooping, climbing stairs or ladders, crawling/crouching, kneeling/squatting, lifting, pushing/pulling, reaching overhead


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