Vocational Case Manager

  • Greencorps Chicago NFP Terra Firma
  • 3333 South Iron Street, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Dec 29, 2022
Seasonal Cultural Resources

Job Description

Greencorps Chicago Not for Profit (GCNFP), a 501c3 organization, seeks to employ (3) three Vocational Case Managers who will assist in creating an environment that promotes learning and development by supporting program participants of the Greencorps Chicago, the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. GCNFP’s mission is to promote access to sustainable, environmental, and economic solutions for individuals and communities that have been historically impacted by systemic barriers and inequities by providing training, professional development, and economic advancement opportunities.

This position will report to the Licensed Social Service Manager and work closely with the Greencorps Chicago Director. Vocational Case Managers will assess, and address employment and personal needs of individuals using assessment, counseling, and available resources to enhance growth and optimize performance during the program and after. This position supports program participants to improve their chance of success following the completion of the program. This position will be responsible for creating and maintaining community connections for recruitment, retention, and professional development of the participants. We are looking for an emotionally intelligent Vocational Case Managers to function as an advocate and support program participants in fostering their personal and professional development, expanding their capacities, and developing coping mechanisms to improve their long-term success.

The responsibilities of the Vocational Case Manager include:

• Plan, coordinate, manage, and implement support tools to help participants deal with challenges and difficulties and to overcome barriers

• Interview participants and assess their current conditions, needs, assets, and barriers

• Assess each case/issue and set tailored or aligned measurable goals to achieve optimal success

• Actively participate in problem solving interventions to assist in learning or behavioral problems

• Anticipate and diagnose emerging challenges of participants to preemptively address misunderstandings and promote growth in the participants’ interactions while at work and general professional development

• Work with program participants to develop career and employment objectives and individual development plans (IDPs)
• Supports participants in classroom and field training to improve skills and knowledge of professionalism
• Conduct regular one-on-one counseling sessions with participants to review goals, address challenges, and ensure progress
• Collaborate with the Program Staff in matching participants to employment and internship opportunities
• Support clients in maintaining employment following placement by making regular direct contacts
Qualifications for this position include:
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a BS degree in Social Work, Education, or Psychology or an equivalent combination of three or more years of experience related to case management, comprehensive supportive service frameworks, workplace readiness, and job placement
• Demonstrated experience in teaching, practice, and/or research about issues of privilege and oppression, social justice, racial justice, social inequalities, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
• Established knowledge and understanding of populations that have experienced periods of homelessness, have limited educational attainment, impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, and justice involvement

Required Skills:

• Ability to understand and diagnose specific assets, barriers, challenges, and opportunities of individuals with barriers to success among racially and economically diverse populations including but not limited to returning citizens

• Culturally competent and able to relate and communicate with diverse populations and groups
• Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and email communication, etc.)

Position Requirements:
• Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license with clean driving record (or willingness to drive personal vehicle) • Willing to submit to background check at hiring

• Must be available to work regular scheduled hours, Monday-Friday, Schedule I 6:45am-3:15pm; Schedule II 7:45am - 4:15pm; or Schedule III 8:30am-5:00pm with a willing to work an irregular schedule, when necessary 

Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO