City of Boston

Advocacy & Benefits Specialist

Req ID
2023-26090
Dept
Age Strong
Position
Regular Full-Time
Location
Boston City Hall
Salary Min
47,579.63
Salary Max
66,372.34
Union
SU6
Openings
3
Posting End Date
6/26/2024
Contact Email
josephine.hoey@boston.gov

Overview:

Incumbents are responsible for providing advocacy services to older adults, which may include providing information and referral, processing benefit applications, conducting home visits, preparing reports, selling taxi coupons, monitoring follow-ups, and performing related duties.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides advocacy services to older adults in a comprehensive and timely manner including: information and referral to services and programs; thorough assessments and benefits screenings; home visits and wellness checks; and/or related duties.
  • Evaluate needs and provide resources including but not limited to: financial stability, legal issues, mental health issues, health care, etc.
  • Assist clients in navigating complex benefits and healthcare systems.  Acts as client advocate in issues related to insurance coverage, financial assistance, and benefit access.  
  • As a certified SHINE Counselor, provide full scope assistance related to Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D;, Medigap insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid, and other programs for people with limited resources.
  • As a SNAP outreach partner, provide full scope assistance related to completing SNAP applications and recertifications.
  • As mandated reporters, collaborate with Protective Services on cases related to abuse, self neglect, financial exploitation, etc.
  • Responds to emergency crisis situations related to health and safety. 
  • Sells and manages assigned taxi coupon booklets and associated cash.
  • Gathers relevant information and processes applications. 
  • Effectively communicates information about Elderly Commission programs and services through community outreach, engagement, and presentations.
  • Prepares, maintains, updates, and compiles a variety of operational and statistical data, records, reports, and files.  Meets deadlines and reporting expectations.
  • Provides office coverage to include: answering phones, assisting walk-ins, etc.
  • Provides on-call coverage for the Age Strong Commission.
  • Provides timely follow-up to effectuate service into resolution.
  • Conducts all interaction in a positive and professional manner.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Minimum three (3) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the support of human service programs, including case management services and assessment preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree in social work or related field highly preferred.  
  • Certification, training, or formal education in counseling and/or case management, substance abuse and mental health preferred.
  • Alliance of Information and Referral Services (AIRS) Certificate preferred. 
  • Serving the Health and Information Needs of Everyone (SHINE) certification highly preferred.  Must be able to obtain and/or maintain certification within one (1) year of employment.
  • Familiarity with health insurance and government benefits highly preferred. 
  • Experience and comfortability delivering services to a multiracial, multicultural and multilingual population experiencing complex challenges including addiction and untreated or under-treated mental health concerns.
  • Ability to give team feedback; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with government agencies, social service agencies, community organizations, and older adults highly preferred
  • Ability to set and maintain personal and professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Strong presentation and advocacy skills.
  • Strong problem solving ability.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports.
  • Demonstrates proper use of databases, and other tools to ensure citizens are provided with all available services. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Experience in typical office software systems (Microsoft Office, and Google Suite) preferred. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Haitian Creole, CaboVerdean Creole, Vietnamese, Cantonese, or Mandarin) preferred .
  • MA Driver’s License preferred.
  • Travel throughout Boston is required in support of the position’s responsibilities.
  • Flexible schedule as some nights and weekends are required.

 

Subject to CORI Check

Boston Residency Required

 

Terms:

Union/Salary Grade/Salary Plan:

SEIU/RL-14
Hours Per Week: 35

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