SOAR Benefits Specialist

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA)

  • Disability or Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Community Services & Non-Profits
  • Community Services and Non-Profits
  • Social Worker
  • Disability or Vocational Rehabilitation

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a model that helps individuals who are experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness, who have mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder or other medical impairments to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with referral sources and community partners to identify qualified candidates
  • Provides paperwork as referred to program by filing initial documentation of representation with the SSA office
  • Performs interviews to gather information to complete SSI/SSDI applications
  • Provides medical records and other information to complete SSI/SSDI applications
  • Creates SOAR Medical Summary Reports for applications
  • Coordinates visits to medical doctors, psychiatrists, and other specialists to obtain evidence for case
  • Organizes and participates in appointments at the Social Security Administration
  • Follows Minnesota Data Practices
  • Required to attend any trainings/certifications as required by the State
  • Maintains active client files to ensure program requirements
  • Provides reports as required by funding sources and completes applications for a variety of programs
  • Represents the Agency at community meetings and serves as a liaison between the homeless and local community and asserts public relations efforts


  • Bachelor’s degree in human services/related field
  • At least two (2) years of experience in mental illness, substance abuse, and/or homelessness
  • Experience in conflict resolution, crisis stabilization, and counseling and case management methods
  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Computer proficiency

Needed Attributes:

  • Ability to work with people from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds and to work in non-traditional settings and unstructured environments
  • Must be flexible with excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology, with the ability to write using same
  • Capable of working independently within a team
  • Creative problem-solving skills helpful

Full-time, 32 hours/week, Monday-Thursday

Special Application Instruction

Apply by 1-18-19 at, Careers tab, View all jobs.