Job Description

Housing Specialist (Bridges Program: Family Partner) (Bridges Independent Living Program)
Lincoln, NE, United States of America


Reports To: Program Director

Classification: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Flexible 40hr/ week schedule.  Must be available to work with the family as their schedule allows including non-traditional business hours such as mornings, evenings and weekends as needed; including rotational on-call availability. 

Rate of Pay: $ 18.25


At CEDARS, our mission is to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. For nearly 75 years, thousands of kids and families have found refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. As one of Nebraska’s most trusted human service organizations, we make sure that kids feel safe and secure. At the same time, we’re giving parents, foster families, and partnering agencies the support they need to care effectively for kids.


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Job Summary

The Family Partner responsibility is to develop and maintain an enduring relationship with assigned families. The Family Partner shall be responsible for performing intensive targeted services to ensure that the agreed outcomes for the youth and their families are achieved. The Family Partner carries out assigned activities of the family, monitors and documents service delivery activities and outcomes, and assists with assessment and planning. The Family Partner is a primary contact and resource for their assigned family, service providers and community supports for ongoing, and crisis related care. Family Partners are assigned when services require more targeted, intensive, frequent contact.  This Position is specific for youth ages 18-24 who are transitioning from homelessness or who are facing housing instability or housing crisis.


  • Provide case management in collaboration with the youth that extends throughout the length of CEDARS care, including aftercare and follow-up.
  • Conduct and coordinate intake assessment and care plan development for assigned clients.
  • Serve as a resource for the youth and family and be knowledgeable about all services internal to CEDARS and have a working knowledge of services available to youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • As a member of the child/youth and family team, be available as needed to provide on-call support, consultation, and services at varying times of the day and evening. 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Participate in the orientation for youth and families entering in the service delivery system and assist them with transition and startup of services.
  • Be knowledgeable to ensure compliance with all applicable accreditation and licensing standards including case file review.
  • Meet regularly with the child/youth, their families and relevant team members to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the services delivered.
  • Provide advocacy to facilitate a voice and choice for families.
  • Responsible for providing applicable documentation and progress reports.
  • Provide crisis response and assist in securing emergency services.
  • Responsible for providing assistance with completing child/youth and family goals as directed in the service plan.
  • When appropriate, convene a child/youth and family team for each participant, facilitate team meetings, and make every possible effort to ensure all needed professionals and natural supports participate on the team.
  • In cooperation with collaborating parties, provide specified in-home support, particularly parenting skills, curfew checks, and household management.
  • Participate in staff meetings, clinical consultation, training and case coordination with authorizing agency and other community resources as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Maintain good relationship with landlords and help address housing issues or concerns.
  • Be responsible for carrying out all Evidence Based Practice models utilized by CEDARS and assure confidentiality to the model as well as positive outcomes for families.
  • Perform other related assignments as directed by the Program Director.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of CEDARS.
  • Ensure client confidentiality and promote ethical practices and maintain professional boundaries in the provision of services.


Job Skills / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, psychology or closely related field.
  • 2 years of experience working with children and families is preferred.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care.
  • Knowledge of transitional housing, rent wise, economic benefits, community resources and parenting skills. 
  • A collaborative team member who enjoys building relationships with others, but also has the ability to work independently. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills. 
  • Valid Nebraska driver’s license and a good driving record.


Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor's Degree Required

Additional Information / Benefits

As a full-time active employee, you are eligible to participate in the following benefits:

  • medical, dental, and vision coverages
  • flexible spending accounts and health spending accounts
  • personal leave, emergency leave, paid holidays, and floating holidays
  • retirement plan with 5% company match
  • life & long-term disability insurance
  • employee assistance program
  • wellness and engagement program
  • early childhood childcare discount
  • opportunities to collect overtime hours if desired
  • shift differentials for certain shifts worked and holidays
  • mileage reimbursement
  • extensive training and professional development opportunities


Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Childcare Discount

This is a Full-Time position

Number of Openings for this position: 1