Samaritas Clinical Case Manager, Enhanced Foster Care - Child Welfare / Behavioral Health or Masters level in Grand Rapids, Michigan

At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!

Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.

We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

Job Summary

Provides appropriate treatment planning for children and families on an assigned caseload in accordance with all applicable contractual and regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Works as part of a treatment team with other service providers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve a maximum caseload of eight (8) EFC children. Provide coordination of treatment planning, including social casework, engagement, mentoring, and community referral.

  • Comply with all contract foster care service requirements, including but not limited to, child contact, birth parent/family planning contact, foster parent contact, sibling contact and parenting time requirements are met as outlined in policy.

  • Maintain weekly contact with the Behavioral Aide/Specialist, when authorized, to assist his/her understanding of the child’s treatment plan and his/her role in achieving the child’s goals of acquiring developmental and therapeutically appropriate daily living and social skills, and recreational and leisure activities.

  • Work collaboratively with referral sources, agencies, institutions, and individuals who have important roles in the client’s life situation. Communicate not less than monthly with each child’s mental health provider to monitor each child’s progress in treatment and ensure coordination of services to the child. Coordinate and collaborate with the educational system, having contact with the child’s school at least monthly.

  • Review behavior logs completed by the caregiver minimally on a monthly basis.

  • Prepare for supervisory conferences and provide documented assurance that all assigned cases are being handled on a regular basis, in accordance with the treatment plan.

  • Assume responsibility for any reports specific to Enhanced Foster Care. Collect, analyze, evaluate and document appropriate data and client progress, as required for record keeping and reporting.

  • Attend and testify, as requested, at all scheduled court hearings on assigned caseloads.

Job Qualifications

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Master Degree in human service related field;OR

  • Bachelor degree in human service related field and relevant experience in the child welfare or behavioral health field.


  • See education above.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work with children and families with multiple problems and an overall ability to relate and engage with children and families in the resolution of these problems.

  • Ability to read, speak and write English language.

  • Ability to communicate professionally and extensively orally and in writing with government regulatory personnel, staff, service provides, clients and families. Ability to prepare business letters, reports, documents and summaries using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.

  • Ability to be culturally competent and relate to multi-problem families.

  • Ability to facilitate and collaboratively work with the TFC treatment team to establish and implement treatment plans, goals and behavioral interventions.

  • Ability to develop outcomes measurements related to programs activities and services. Ability to complete short and long-term goal setting.

  • Ability to work in a team relationships with other professionals from various community groups, agencies and disciplines.

  • Ability to advocate for program needs within the organization and inter-organization systems.

  • Knowledge and ability to utilize various computer application including spreadsheets.

Additional Work Requirements

  • Participate in a system of 24-hour availability to clients, caregivers, birth parents/planning family and youth, as required.

  • Unrestricted, valid driver’s license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to lift/carry small children up to 100 pounds.

  • Near visual acuity.

  • Hand-eye coordination.

  • Hand and finger dexterity.

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Samaritas is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/Vets/Disabled

Requisition Number2018-3702

CategorySocial Workers

Employee TypeFull-Time

Hours Per Pay Period80


Work HoursVaried

Weekends and/or Holidays RequiredNo

On Call RequiredYes

Position LocationUS-MI-Grand Rapids