Self-Sufficiency Advocate

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Des Moines, IA

The Self-Sufficiency Advocate will provide services to youth in Polk county in accordance with the Iowa Aftercare Services Network grant to youth who have aged out of foster care or left foster care between the ages of 17 1/2 and 18 after placement in a foster care setting. Services address the needs of the target population related to self-sufficiency through case management, advocacy, and coordination and linkage to appropriate resources.

The Self-Sufficiency Advocate's primary function is, in partnership with each youth, to build bridges between youth and adult services and to ensure a successful transition from foster care into self-sufficient adulthood.

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field is required.
  • Two years of experience in direct human services work with high risk youth or young adults and one year of experience in case management/advocacy is required.
  • Oversees and carries out all responsibilities identified in the Iowa Aftercare Services Network Contract
  • Provides face to face contact with each client a minimum of twice per month
  •  Has a working knowledge of the relevant sections of the Code of Iowa
  • Maintains collateral contacts with schools, employers, and therapists to monitor progress
  • Maintains close contact with the Program Director for the Supervised Apartment Living Program
  • Attends weekly clinical meetings.
  • Attends supervisory meetings as scheduled
  • Provides completed billing monthly. Ensures that all aspects of billing are included and that it is accurate.
  • Carries out all aspects of documentation requirements
  • Provides assessment and case management of young adults
  • Maintains contact with the client’s worker and report any major concerns immediately
  • Attends quarterly mandatory meetings and submits reports on time
  • Ensures the immediate safety and basic needs of each young adult
  • Transports clients when necessary


For more information, please contact Kelli Noveshen at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
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