SUMMARY:

The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a not-for-profit organization serving immigrant youth and youth of color in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. LAYC seeks to help youth become successful and happy young adults by providing a comprehensive set of programs to meet youth where they are, and help them build the skills they need to succeed and become change agents in their community. For additional information on LAYC, please visit our website: www.layc-dc.org

The Bilingual Family Support Worker is responsible for providing specialized support services to children and families served through LAYC’s Foster Care Program. This position is a part time position (16 hours a week).   This position is based in Washington, DC.

LAYC/MMYC is a culturally competent organization that prioritizes recruiting and supporting staff who have shared life experiences with our youth.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists the social work team to assess the needs and strengths of families.
  • Participates in home visits to determine the needs of clients and/or gather pertinent information related to the child and/or family.
  • Facilitates visitation, arranging for or transporting children.
  • Provides transportation assistance for clients to court, service providers, and city hospitals and to other institutions at the request of the Social Worker or Program Manager.
  • Assists with physical oversight of groups of children and enters observational information into case management database as appropriate.
  • With guidance, develops plans for and provides appropriate assistance and services on a continuing basis to children and family members.
  • Makes recommendations for service referrals.
  • Assists Social Workers to coordinate team meetings and/or supervisory conferences for case planning, developing specialized resources for clients, and to direct casework activities toward the permanency goal of the child and family.
  • Supports social work team in implementing service plans by facilitating/coordinating visits, making referrals or scheduling service with providers, or program specific administrative activities, depending upon assigned program area.
  • Assists Social Workers in the timely implementation of case plans; ensures all case work related documentation is entered into FACES within required time of the event, to include observations from parent-child and sibling visitations, foster parent-child interactions, medical and psychological information from health professionals/agencies.
  • Assists in the preparation court reports.
  • Establishes and maintains linkages with community agencies and facilities that provide client services.
  • Participates in educational training seminars, conferences, and workshops.
  • Responds to crisis situations and is part of rotating on call system.
  • Assists in placement of children and youth in LAYC homes.
  • Attends meetings in and out of the LAYC in representation of the case.
  • Attends meetings with Program Manager on a weekly basis.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or in a related social services field, i.e., psychology, sociology.
  • At least one year experience working in the child welfare system or with children and families.
  • Ability to work well and communicate with culturally diverse populations.
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse population.
  • Pre-service training at Child and Family Services Agency upon hire.
  • Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances.
  • Driver’s license; and clear driving record.
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

LAYC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. LAYC is committed to providing opportunities without any regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.

TO APPLY:

Please send resumes and cover letters to Isabella Suero-Stackl, Foster Care Program Manager, at isabella@layc-dc.org