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Community Services/Social Services Associate

The Town of Lincoln seeks qualified applicants for a 16-hour/week position of Community Services Associate from early July, 2019 to mid-November, 2019. This position will, under the direction of the Council on Aging Director, be responsible for providing social services to residents 60 and older and assisting with the day-to-day functions of the Council on Aging operations. Candidate must provide case management, call reassurance and follow-up, problem resolution services to seniors and their families, including home visits and office hours in an offsite location. A Master's degree in social work, gerontology, or an equivalent mental health field required with a minimum of three years of progressive experience working with the elderly or in a related human service field. Pay is $30/hour. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Mary Day, Town Offices, 16 Lincoln Road, Lincoln MA 01773 or jobs@lincolntown.org by April 19, 2019.

Overall Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Council on Aging Director, the Community Services Associate will be responsible for providing social services to residents aged 60 and older and in assisting with the day-to-day functions of the Council on Aging operations for 16 hours/week from early July, 2019 until approximately mid-November, 2019.

Responsibilities and Duties

Provide case management, call reassurance and follow-up, and problem resolution services to seniors and their families in the event of accidents, illnesses, financial hardship, bereavement, etc. Work with the Town's Public Safety staff, DPW, Minuteman Senior Services, the Town's churches and other organizations to identify at-risk seniors where possible, and to resolve problems. Provide benefits counseling, perform home visits and serve as a resource to all Lincoln residents who are dealing with crises involving elder family members. Provide assessment, counseling, and follow-up to residents of all ages who are served through the Emergency Assistance program.

In the absence of the Director, oversee daily operations of the Council on Aging, providing continuity of programs and services.

Basic Knowledge and Experience

Master's degree in social work, gerontology, or an equivalent field and three or more years of progressive experience working with the elderly or in a related human service field, preferably in a Council on Aging or similar community-based setting, required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer literate.

Independent Action

Establish own work plan and priorities to assure timely completion of work in conformance with COA policies and practices referring unusual questions on Town policy and procedure to COA Director.

Special Requirements

Valid driver's license and vehicle
Satisfactory result of criminal background check

Physical Requirements

Responsibilities involve close eye/hand coordination, finger dexterity, and manipulative ability under circumstances where accuracy may be critical such as computers and other office equipment. Duties involve occasional light exertion of physical effort to lift or move light weight materials or equipment. Work does not generally involve occupational risk.

Hourly rate: $30/hour

FLSA: Non-exempt