SUMMARY:

The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a not-for-profit organization serving immigrant youth and youth of color in the Washington, DC 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 agent in their community. For additional information on LAYC please visit our website: www.layc-dc.org

The Family Resource Specialist is responsible for ensuring the successful reunification between homeless & runaway youth with their care takers and or the successful transition to independent living.   Additionally, the Family Resource Specialist assists in the recruitment, training and licensing of host families.  The office of the family-based Host Homes/Transitional Living Program is located in metropolitan area of 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:

  • Prepares recruitment/outreach plan, handbook and welcome package for host families.
  • Prepares and implement a retention plan for host families
  • Contacts media with the purpose of recruiting host families in MD and DC;
  • Screens prospective host parents to determine program eligibility;
  • Prepare contracts, payments, and reimbursements for Host Families according TLP-HH policies.
  • Makes sure that host families are in full compliance with LAYC and program’s certification requirements;
  • Maintains each family file up to date and addresses any compliance deficiencies within two weeks of an audit.
  • Conducts home visits, interviews each family member, collects relevant information and prepares home study reports and submits them to Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager for review and approval;
  • Provide direct, intensive in-home clinical intervention services to families with youth/children at risk of running away or who have a history of running away.
  • Assesses families and youth’s needs to determine what services are required to meet clients’ goals.
  • Assists in the provision of case management as needed.
  • Completes face to face intake with youth and host family within the specified time frame for admission.
  • Is available to the host families to provide guidance during emergencies and direct clinical interventions during crisis.
  • Provides therapeutic services, i.e., short-term functional family therapy as needed
  • Collaborate with Case managers for solving conflicts or disagreement with host families during placement.
  • Develops an aftercare plan and connect families with after care provider as needed.
  • Develops and maintain a safety plan for all clients and host families.
  • Maintain records for quality assurance purposes
  • Enters information into the ETO within 24 hours of contact with clients.
  • Meets weekly with team to discuss programmatic and operational issues;
  • Prepares monthly statistical, accomplishments report.
  • Conducts monthly audits of family files
  • Assists in the evaluation of host parents’ performance
  • Organizes special events for families and youth
  • Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies
  • Other activities specifically assigned by the Program Manager.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s in Social Work with current DC license or equivalent.  Will consider licensed social worker at the associate’s level.
  • Bilingual or fluent/proficient: English and Spanish required
  • Ability to work well and communicate with culturally diverse populations.
  • Flexible schedule;
  • Knowledge of youth and family development;
  • Knowledge in mediation or conflicts resolution is a plus;
  • Knowledge of community and local resources;
  • Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Computer proficiency;

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 affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters and environment of mutual respect. LAYC is committed to providing equal employment 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.

Interested? Please send resume and cover letter to: grethel@layc-dc.org