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We are currently hiring 2 Advocates!
One for the Southern Maine region, and one of the Augusta/Waterville region. an Advocate for the Augusta/Waterville region

Being an Advocate with our Elder Service Connections Program will provide you with the opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking program in partnership with Maine’s Adult Protective Services. You will be part of an amazing team of colleagues working to implement innovative solutions to intractable challenges to the health and well-being of some of Maine’s most vulnerable people.

 

We are a small organization that values our human resources and strives to create a supportive, holistic work environment that acknowledges that our work can be challenging at times, yet incredibly rewarding and life changing for our clients.  We provide extensive professional development opportunities, supportive supervision (both individual and group) that builds upon the skills and experience of our team, and recognize and appreciate a work/life balance. 

TO APPLY:

Submit application materials using this link.

Application Deadlines:  

For Augusta/Waterville region: August 11, 2023

For Southern Maine region: August 25, 2023

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

JOB TITLE: Advocate

 

PROGRAM: Elder Service Connections Program

JOB LOCATION: One position will be based in the Augusta/Waterville region and one will be based in Southern Maine. Most work will be completed from a home office, with occasional in-person client visits and meetings/trainings with travel reimbursement.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The person in this position will provide advocacy, service linkage and case management for older adults referred from Maine Adult Protective Services who may be or are survivors of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

 

This position requires:

​a) Regular remote work in a home office

b) Occasional travel for staff training, meetings or gatherings,

c) Occasional travel for client visits. Travel is reimbursed.

Specifically, the Advocate role employs a distinct model of intervention which includes:

  • Developing a collaborative working relationship with the client and family members, as appropriate;

  • Motivational interviewing to facilitate client openness to change;

  • Person-centered service planning and goal-setting;

  • Supported-decision making with clients, including those who may lack capacity;

  • Knowledge of relevant services and creation of potential referral networks;

  • Coordinating a teaming process; and,

  • Monitoring and recording progress toward client goals through internal tracking.

 

Advocates will be trained with specific skills/techniques to facilitate client engagement and develop collaborative working relationships with clients. Training will be provided in Motivational Interviewing, Supported Decision Making, Teaming, and Restorative Justice. Service plan development will involve a collaborative process with clients to create a client-led, person-centered path of intervention.

Direct Supervision will be provided by the Program Supervisor.

This position is part of a program subcontracted through the State of Maine, Department of Health and Human Services, Adult Protective Services.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop individualized service plans with clients that identify priorities, desired outcomes, and the strategies and resources to be used in attaining the outcomes, with a maximum active caseload of approximately 20 clients.

  • Develop and evaluate a plan of care with each client utilizing resources available. This includes connecting and referring clients to services available to meet their needs (aging network services, housing, domestic violence or sexual assault services, mental health, caregiver support programs, adult protective services, etc.) and other informal support networks.

  • Develop a safety plan with clients as appropriate.

  • Monitor service connections and services provided to clients by phone or in-person.

  • Work in partnership with APS.

  • Connect clients, caregivers, and other individuals important to the client to services available to meet their needs.

  • Maintain growth mindset and openness to (repairing relationships.)

  • Commitment to combating ageism.

  • Advocate with agencies or persons to facilitate clients’ receipt of appropriate benefits or services.

  • Assist in completing applications for benefit enrollments.

  • Attend area community meetings relevant to working with older adults.

  • Document all client activities and contacts (referrals, additional contacts, and other in-home visits, etc.) and maintain confidential client record. Complete accurate data collection and communication with team members.

  • Participate in and present cases during weekly supervision meetings with Program Supervisor.

  • Participate in regular EAIME team meetings, agency professional development offerings, and agency-wide activities/events.

  • Utilizing agency documentation, calendar processes, and systems of communication.

  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor and/or required by funders.

 

EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:

  • Experience working with older adults in the community who may have experienced long term care needs, housing insecurity, social isolation

  • Experience working with survivors of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

  • Experience working with social service, health, and/or government agencies and programs serving older adults.

  • Experience developing and implementing individualized service plans with proven ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries, confidential records, and case documentation

  • Experience working with Maine’s aging network is helpful, but not required.

  • Knowledge of and experience with: Zoom, online data collection systems, and Google Suite.

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

​The Advocate shall have received a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, gerontology, public health or a related field or equivalent training and five or more years relevant work experience, including experience working with older adults.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • A valid Maine driver’s license, automobile insurance and good driving record- reliable transportation required

  • Pass required background checks from government agencies with satisfactory responses

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Strong organizational skills, punctuality, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and professionalism

  • Ability to work effectively within diverse workgroups and populations with proven ability to collaborate with community based, law enforcement, criminal justice and governmental agencies

  • Comfortable working in a fast-moving, collaborative, team-oriented environment

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to maintain composure under strict deadlines and difficult situations

 

CERTIFICATION/LICENSE

Current, valid Driver's License and access to a reliable vehicle for the ability to make on- site visits to clients and attend meetings and trainings.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

BENEFITS

Starting annual salary is $45,000- $50,000 depending on experience. EAIME provide health and dental insurance for employee, generous paid time off, and short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, and retirement account.

 

TO APPLY:

Submit application materials using this link: https://bit.ly/EAIMEAdvocateApp

 

DEADLINES:

Augusta/Waterville position: August 11, 2023

Portland/Southern Maine position: August 25, 2023


The Elder Abuse Institute of Maine does not unlawfully discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in provision of services) on the basis of race, political orientation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

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