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Careers at Cora Dale House

Position: Clubhouse Generalist Staff, Cora Dale House     

If you are interested in applying for this position please contact Rich Meyer phone number:

1-574-971-5210 or

     A Clubhouse is a program designed to support and build community for our members who are adults living with mental illness. Generalist staff work side-by-side with members to provide access to opportunities for them to rejoin the worlds of friendship, employment, education, and to the services and supports they need to continue their recovery. Clubhouse colleague (member and staff) relationships are different than typical relationships in social work. Instead of professional/client boundaries, Clubhouse relationships are formed through working together toward common goals. Clubhouse work is shaped by the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs. The Standards include:

    10. Clubhouse staff have generalist roles.  All staff share employment, housing, evening and weekend, holiday and unit responsibilities. Clubhouse staff do not divide their time between Clubhouse and other major work responsibilities that conflict with the unique nature of member/staff relationships.

    15. The work-ordered day engages members and staff together, side-by-side, in the running of the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse focuses on strengths, talents and abilities; therefore, the work-ordered day must not include medication clinics, day treatment or therapy programs within the Clubhouse.

    20. Members have the opportunity to participate in all the work of the Clubhouse, including administration, research, enrollment and orientation, reach out, hiring, training and evaluation of staff, public relations, advocacy and evaluation of Clubhouse effectiveness.

    32. The Clubhouse has recreational and social programs during evenings and on weekends. Holidays are celebrated on the actual day they are observed.

Specific duties and tasks of Clubhouse Generalists:

    1)Engage members side-by-side in all aspects of the Clubhouse work day from opening to close.

               A) Develop productive non-hierarchical working relationships with colleagues.

               B) Identify members who aren’t engaged in Clubhouse work and encourage them to utilize their   

                    strengths, talents, and abilities to engage them in that work.

               C) Work with members to develop projects to engage them in Clubhouse work.

   2) Facilitate member involvement in all aspects of Clubhouse work.

                A) Encourage inclusive participation in decision-making processes in daily and weekly work-unit

                     and house meetings.

                B) Learn to know the skills and specialties of individual members.

    3) Assist members with securing and maintaining employment.

                A) Help members identify their employment goals

                B) Assist with coverage and management of Transitional Employment positions (a highly supported

                     part-time, time-limited employment program).

                C) Engage in advocacy with employers when requested by members.

                D) Assist members with applications and preparation for interviews.

    4) Assist members with identifying and pursuing educational goals.

    5) Work alongside members to identify needs and provide community support.

                 A) In accordance with Clubhouse standards and policies, assist with transportation, moving,  

                      housing support, and navigating health care and benefit programs.

                 B) Ensure members are involved in providing support to other members.

                 C) Assist members to find community resources.

    6) Participate in evening, weekend, and holiday programs.

                 A) Work two (occasionally three) evening and/or weekend recreational activities each month and     

                      five of eight major holidays each year.

                 B) Coordinate compensatory time-off with the Director and other staff to keep weekly work hours

                      to 40.

                 C) Engage members in planning and executing recreational activities.


    We may ask you to participate in a 2-3 week training at a Clubhouse training base outside of Indiana. At times, you will be asked to participate in out-of-town Clubhouse functions.

    QUALIFICATIONS: We expect energy, creativity and flexibility from Clubhouse Generalists. You will need to be able to work in an unstructured environment with a wide range of colleagues and a wide range of tasks, some menial. You will focus on applying the Clubhouse Standards in practical ways to engage members in all the work of the Clubhouse, without necessarily seeing immediate results. You will need to be diplomatic and empathetic, able to stay calm and de-escalate conflict without taking it personally or becoming enmeshed. You will need to have a high ability to do self-care.

Spanish/English bilingual fluency preferred, but not required.

Staff salaries are competitive with comparable positions in the mental health field. Thank you for your interest!

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