SUMMARY

The Latin American Youth Center- Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) 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

This position is listed for the Prince George’s County, Riverdale MMYC Site. The Housing for Hope Case Manager (CM) is a part-time position that provides intensive, long-term case management services to youth seeking higher education in the MMYC Supportive Housing Program. Responsibilities include regular meetings with program participants; creating and updating Individualized Case Plans and Service Strategies; providing referrals to external programs and services; tracking the progress of each client; working in partnership with other team members to foster growth among participants. The case manager should have knowledge of the Positive Youth Development approach and experience working with youth from a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences.

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

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ability to work well and communicate with culturally diverse populations.
  • Assists youth in the attainment of personal goals.
  • Develops each youth’s Case Plan within 30 days of admission and updates every 3 months to articulate goals, objectives, and identify the key resources needed;
  • Conducts support groups.
  • Conducts family sessions as appropriate and with the goal of helping youth create a net of life-long informal supports.
  • Monitors youth’s progress and maintains frequent communication with youth through phone calls, home visits, school visits, text messages, and any other means of communication to ensure that individual goals are being addressed and met.
  • Works with and develops strong, healthy relationships with youth, family members, and others involved in the youth’s life.
  • Provides in-depth skills development (life skills, career development, etc) on an individual basis for youth as needed.
  • Gathers appropriate documents for case files and requests necessary information from outside agencies to maintain the file up to date.
  • Works with community agencies, school leaders, and LAYC/MMYC program staff to develop and foster effective coordination of services for youth.
  • Collaborates with external evaluators and assists in data collection as needed.
  • Provides crisis intervention and responds to emergencies as necessary and remains available for emergencies.
  • Participates in the Coordinated Entry system with other providers
  • Enters all notes/data and appropriate data into HMIS/ETO systems daily
  • Meets with Program Manager for weekly programmatic supervision
  • Improves professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions as allowed by time and funding constraints
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelors in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field; preferred but not required
  • Minimum of two years of experience working with at-risk youth
  • Driver’s License required
  • Experience in managing crisis situations
  • Knowledge of community and local resources in DC and Maryland
  • Ability and desire to maintain a flexible schedule (including late nights and weekends)
  • Knowledge of criminal background checks and the ability to complete clearances
  • Bilingual: English and Spanish preferred
  • Knowledge of case management, monitoring, and reporting
  • Ability to work well and communicate with a culturally diverse population
  • Ability to translate Positive Youth Development techniques into practice
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Proficient computer skills, experience with ETO or other data collection system a plus

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 resume to Program Manager, Jackeline Lizama, jackeline@layc-dc.org