The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is accepting applications for the position of TANF Family Advocate.
Under the supervision of the TANF Director, the TANF Family Advocate provides services to Native American Families and case management with a focus on assisting the family unit with obtaining self-sufficiency. The Family Advocate works to complete eligibility verification, referrals to supportive services and activities, orientation/classroom instruction for employer services, job coaching, and job search. In addition the Family Advocate will facilitate access to training, education, employment and prevention services, ensuring that case documentation meets regulatory guidelines.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Interview applicants to determine eligibility for Pechanga Tribal TANF services, cash assistance, other eligible, supports services, diversion services, or relative caregiver services.
Assist individuals with forms and verify eligibility for program services, interview applicants for public assistance to obtain financial and other eligibility data; review client's documents for completeness and accuracy.
Analyze financial information to determine initial or continuing eligibility for one of the various categorical aids; TANF Assistance, or other eligible services.
Perform interactive intake and interviews to elicit eligibility information and identify need for other programs and services i.e. Cal fresh, commodities, money management, education and training services and background.
Contact county, state and individual tribal agencies, to verify eligibility data to clarify discrepancies or gaps in information. Evaluate case information for duplication of services.
Process monthly benefits for which client is eligible; within P.T.T.P. specific guidelines.
Process and verifies applications for support services such as child care, transportation, counseling, etc., and makes referrals to other community resources and organizations as needed.
Explain to applicants and recipients program rules, their legal rights and responsibilities.
Act as an advocate for clients in interactions with other service agencies.
Interview participants to gather information on training needs, educational background, work experience, skills, interests, and eligibility.
Identify barriers to self-sufficiency and provide families with tools to remove those barriers.
Authorize and coordinate training services and track obligations of funds.
Assist participants with job placement and search, by serving as an advocate.
Monitor progress during participation in appropriate work activities.
Develop work plans with clients to include action planning, identifying resources, setting goals and timelines to ensure work hours are maintained and client goals met.
Conduct, attend and monitor events and workshops that are directly related to employment and educational goals for TANF clients
Monitor and track attendance of clients work hours which includes sign in sheets and collecting permission slips as appropriate
Conduct home visits with clients, provide crisis intervention and referrals as necessary.
Assesses the needs of participants with physical and mental disabilities, health issues, substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence issues.
Maintain regular contact with clients to review M.E.R., assess needs and progress.
Perform outreach activities by attending community events, powwows, job fairs, and networking with other local social service agencies.
Input all required data into the P.T.T.P. electronic information system (Right Track).
Provide comprehensive case management, ensure documentation is current, accurate, thorough, and compliant with established P.T.T.P. policies and procedures.
Develop and facilitate activities targeted towards at risk Native American youth and adults.
Assist with the development of after school activities that focus on the primary goals of TANF for at-risk Native American youth and adults.
Interact with youth and adults in various activities for the purpose of providing a safe environment.
Implement and develop activities and events that focus on TANF primary goals.
Transports participants when necessary
Must adhere to all policies and procedures of the Pechanga Tribal Government.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
4-5 years experience working with needy and at risk families within a diverse community required.
2 + years of work experience with social services eligibility and career development required.
Experience with developing work activities and services for hard to serve families required.
Experience with data entry and knowledge of developing statistical reports required.
Knowledge of tribal TANF regulations preferred.
Knowledge of Indian Country, county, state and federal agencies preferred.
Ability to multitask and complete both high and low level tasks on time.
Experience with data entry and knowledge of developing statistical reports.
Experience with building relationships with hard to serve families.
This position must comply with the Pechanga Tribal Government’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident or injury, and random testing
Must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.
The Pechanga Band offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package for all full-time employees. Benefits include the following:
Retirement - 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match
Health & Wellness Coverage - Medical, dental and vision coverage
Life and Long Term Disability - $25,000 employer paid life and Long Term Disability
Flexible Spending Accounts – Healthcare and Dependent care reimbursement accounts
Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Supplemental Coverage – Disability, Accident, Cancer, Life, and Hospital Confinement
Legal Shield and Identity Shield
Education Reimbursement Opportunities – For pre-approved specific, job related education
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Face-to-face counseling, Legal assistance, Financial assistance, ID recovery, Tobacco cessation, Dependent care and Daily living resources, and Crisis consultation
Hiring Preference: The Pechanga Tribal Government is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with federal law, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians applies Indian preference in employment. It is the policy of the Pechanga Tribal Government to give preference in hiring, promotions, and transfers into vacant positions to qualified applicants in the following order: 1) Pechanga Tribal Members; 2) Pechanga Tribal Member Spouses; 3) non-member American Indians. At-Will Employment: Employment with the Pechanga Tribal Government is at-will and can be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, either at the option of the employee or the Pechanga Tribal Government. Drug Testing: The Pechanga Tribal Government is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to drug testing. Background Investigation: All candidates and employees may be subject to a background investigation.
Additional Salary Information: Comprehensive and competitive benefit package