Texoma Council of Governments is accepting applications for Benefits Counseling Specialist in our Aging Services Department.
The Benefits Counseling program provides information, counseling, assistance and advocacy to people who are 60 and older and others who are Medicare-eligible regarding their benefits, entitlements, and legal rights.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Benefits Counseling Specialist provides comprehensive assessment to determine eligibility of public benefits and coordination of services to eligible individuals. Exercises discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties with respect to matters of significance.
SALARY: Starting at $33,000
The essential duties of this position include but are not limited to the following performance measures:
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Texas local government structure and intergovernmental relations. Must be able to maintain complete and accurate records; must demonstrate organizational and time management skills; must demonstrate effective client interview techniques; must be able to understand, apply and communicate rules, regulations and guidelines by state and federal agencies relating to program; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of local, state and federal agencies, local businesses, service providers, and the general public; demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral communication; exhibit excellent computer skills including Word and Excel in a Microsoft Windows environment; analyze and interpret data.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, social sciences, psychology, sociology, social work or a related field to the applicable program, plus at least one year of case management or social services experience is preferred. Equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position may be considered in lieu of degree.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED
Appropriate driver’s license or available alternate means of transportation. Certification as Benefits Counselor I or pursuit of within first year.