Social Services Specialist

Employer: House of Ruth

Position Title: Social Services Specialist–Emergency and Family Services
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Clinical Services
FLSA Classification: Full-time/Exempt

Commemorating its 25th year, House of Ruth is a nonprofit services organization with a mission of housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless, at risk of losing their homes, or need financial help. We do this through a continuum of services: emergency shelter, short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for clients, and basic needs assistance to provide food, clothes, rent, utilities, public transportation, and back-to-school support.

Ours is a culture that values professionalism and integrity, along with an unwavering commitment to House of Ruth’s mission. The successful candidate is a hands-on problem solver who takes the job duties very seriously but is able to find humor in the day-to-day, sometimes unpredictable occurrences of a nonprofit that provides direct services to an underserved client population.

The Social Services Specialist provides case management, basic needs resources, community programming, crisis intervention, and community referrals primarily to individuals and families who are not receiving housing services from House of Ruth.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Provides intake assessments for new clients and annual treatment plan updates for clients who want to remain eligible for emergency and family services: crisis intervention and referrals, food pantry, Clothes Closet, rent and utility assistance, public transportation, and back-to-school support
  • Administers emergency financial assistance for basic needs, primarily rent and utility assistance, public transportation, and emergency housing stays
  • Provides case management, including quarterly in-home visits, for limited number of long-term housing clients in Shelter Plus Care program through memorandum of agreement with Louisville Metro Government
  • Administers Dare to Care food pantry, including serving as primary liaison with Dare to Care, placing weekly food orders, reporting monthly statistics, and assisting resource development staff with volunteer training and oversight
  • Working with resource development staff, oversees annual Children’s School Success Project, our back-to-school support project for 120 families that provides new uniforms/clothing, shoes, and supplies
  • Coordinates annual Harvest Dinner for clients and staff
  • Participates in bi-weekly treatment team and administrative staff meetings and monthly clinical skills meetings
  • Attends all required trainings as determined by supervisor
  • Documents all services rendered to clients within timeframes determined by supervisor
  • Additional, selected duties or tasks may be required as necessary

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical exertion requirements other than routine, e.g., off- and on-loading, carrying, lifting, or other movements related to the job duties, will be undertaken with the advice of the supervisor.

To Apply: Email your resume to Lara Hurt at Thank you for not calling about the status of your application.