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Social Worker for Adolescent Programs

STATEMENT OF THE JOB

Under the supervision of the Site Director of the Central Queens Y, and within Samuel Field Y framework of a holistic (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive) Human Development Model of a family-supported, strength-focused, and hope-engendering practice, an individual hired as a Full-Time Social Worker for the EVE and Adolescent Programs at the Central Queens Y will report to the Director of Community-Based Youth & Adolescent Programs.  This person will counsel participants in these programs and also serve as an administrator.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Social Worker for Adolescent Programs will:

1. Counsel participants and their families regarding critical issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, or medical care.

2. Interview participants both individually and in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems, to determine what social services are required to meet their needs.

3. Serve as a liaison among students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help those participants who face problems such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty.

4. Maintain case history records and prepare reports.

5. Counsel participants who are experiencing child-rearing problems, interviewing the adolescent and family to determine whether further action is required.

6. Refer participants to community resources for services such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance, and provide concrete information, such as where to go and how to apply.

7. Work in collaboration with other departments, agencies, systems and institutions to determine the causes of ongoing problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.

8. Consult with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to counsel participants whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical impairment indicate a need for assistance, diagnosing problems and arranging for needed services.

9. Address any legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with court hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements.

10. Develop and review service plans in consultation with participants, and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.

11. Conduct home visits to meet with all program participants and their families.

12. Participate in weekly clinical team meetings to provide mental health updates as well as educational updates on participants.

13. Regularly assess the safety and well-being of all clients being served.

14. Monitor and ensure quality and excellence in services provided.

15. Perform other duties as assigned by the program director.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR EDUCATION

LMSW licensed for at least two (2) years; three (3) years work experience.  SIFI Certification is a plus.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  • Experience providing high quality counseling services to adolescents and youth for three (3) or more years.
  • Experience with supervising staff and program administration.
  • Interest in providing social services to families and youth in need.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency through familiarity in working with people from a very diverse number of backgrounds.
  • Organizational skills to coordinate multiple tasks and responsibilities.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, and transactional skills.
  • Ability to convey and participate in team oriented work.
  • Computer literate, including experience with all Microsoft Office software packages, local area networks, and the Internet.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to travel to multiple service sites within the division.

Start Date: November 19, 2012
Hours: Full Time

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and résumé to bmccormick@cqy.org.  Please indicate “LMSW” in subject line of email.     

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.