The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We envision a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Our work focuses on improving health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, and being a bold voice for change.
We are seeking for an individual to serve as our SOAR Coordinator. SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a model that helps individuals experiencing or at-risk for homelessness who have mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder or other medical impairments apply for Social Security disability benefits. The SOAR Coordinator will work with social service agencies across Chicago and Cook County to identify, assess and complete SSI and SSDI applications on behalf of clients.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Client Support and Case Management
Work with the referral source and community partners to identify candidates through team meetings, outreaches, and referrals;
Assist individuals applying for disability benefits using the SOAR components;
Complete interviews with clients to gather information to complete SSI/SSDI applications;
Gather medical records and other information to complete SSI/SSDI applications;
Accompany clients to appointments at the Social Security Administration;
Coordinate visits to medical doctors, psychiatrists, and other specialists to obtain evidence for case;
Coordinate case management services with partners and help with providing case management services to clients when needed;
Consult with team members on SOAR strategies;
Educate clients on Medicaid Managed Care and Care Coordination services, connect client to Medicaid Managed Care health plan or care coordinator when needed;
Educate and support client’s access to primary care;
Complete funder mandated reports as necessary.
Initiate paperwork with clients as referred to program by filing initial documentation of representation with SSA office;
Write SOAR Medical Summary Reports for client applications;
Complete funder mandated reports as necessary; document daily activities as related to SOAR application work.
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Associate’s degree and 3 or more years of Human Services experience OR Bachelor's degree and 1 or more years of Human Services experience
1 or more years SOAR application experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong ability to understand key pieces of information, separating relevant from irrelevant information. This includes the ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times.
The ability to assess client needs, create plans (i.e., care plans, service plans, treatment plans), facilitate referrals, and follow-up in order to address barriers and ensure service is continuous and comprehensive. This includes the ability to utilize tools (i.e., adherence counseling, risk assessment) for case management purposes.
The ability to develop and maintain professional, trusting, positive working relationships with supervisors, staff, department managers, customers/clients, and partner agencies.
The ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals. This includes managing the diverse cultural, ethnic, gender, age, educational, professional, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, etc. backgrounds and styles of others and adapting one’s own behavior to best manage the situation, and seeking out those individual differences to implement and achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
Internal Number: CHH SOARC401
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident