Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Team Supervisor, the Social Worker/Specialist will provide services to address the needs of young people aged 17-22 who are transitioning out of care and need individualized skill development and support to transition successfully into adulthood, specifically obtaining and maintaining safe and suitable housing, continuing their education, learning independent living skills, obtaining and maintaining employment, building a support system, and remaining free of legal involvement. The Social Worker/Specialist provides individual services to young adults in their homes and at The Next Generation Center (NGC), a one-stop, multi-service center located in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, to support disconnected youth and those at risk of becoming disconnected, as they transition into adulthood.
The Social Worker/Specialist is directly responsible for all interventions associated with a specific young adult and their family, including case management and collaboration with external key stakeholders and referral sources, such as probation, child welfare workers, schools, therapists, etc. The Social Worker/Specialist will conduct ongoing assessment of the young person’s needs from a strengths focused, solution-based perspective and will develop monthly service plans.
•Engage potential clients and their families and assist with barriers to accessing care
•Advocate for and support young people in obtaining and maintaining suitable housing
•Support young adults in securing and maintaining education and jobs
•Support young adults in learning and improving independent living skills
•Support young adults in building a support system
•Facilitate experiences for personal and social-emotional growth for young adults
•Make referrals for psychiatric treatment when indicated
•Make other referrals as needed
•Work closely with all service providers in the care and case management of program participants
•Conduct community outreach
•Attend professional trainings and conferences, as needed
•Conduct ongoing assessments and monthly service plans for young people
•Comply with documentation, including progress notes and assessment tools, in a timely manner
•Ensure that all clients, visitors, guests, and co-workers are treated with care, dignity, and respect
•Perform other related duties, as needed
•Bachelor’s Degree required.
•Desire to work with young people from a strengths-based approach
•Prior clinical experience in child welfare and with adolescents highly desirable
•Knowledge about trauma and chronic stress and their effects
•Ability to work effectively with individuals, families, and colleagues from a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds
•Understanding of Restorative Practices a plus
•Experience using Motivational interviewing a plus.
•Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a community environment
•Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including ability to be on call 24/7(rotating on- call at night and on weekends)
•Excellent written and verbal skills
•Prior experience working within the child welfare system is highly desirable
•Bilingual candidates (Fluency in Spanish) highly encouraged to apply