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Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) meets the urgent needs of at-risk youth and their families in Washington, DC. We believe that young people and families already possess the strengths and abilities necessary to solve their problems and improve their lives. A person who believes he/she can change and who can envision a different life can make that desire real. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the ever-changing needs of DC’s youth and families with innovative programs, we are always willing to listen and ready to help.
SBY seeks individuals who want to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, neglected and at-risk youth and their families in the metropolitan DC area. If you are interested in a career at SBY, please review the current job opportunities listed below and send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, unless a different email is noted. In addition, please also print, fill out, and include the Application for Employment form found below in your email. Please include the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject of the email. Thank you.
This position description incorporates the core responsibilities of the job. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed, and that not all responsibilities may be carried out depending on operational needs.
The Family Support Worker provides intensive home visiting services to overburdened parents. Ensures that each child is safe, healthy and ready for school by age five. Overall responsibilities include providing weekly home visits, performing developmental screens on infants to age five, tracking well-baby visits and immunizations, and developing parent-child interaction. Also, facilitates access to community resources such as, education and childcare.
1. Assessment: Identifies and articulates critical issues confronting the family and uses as a basis in creating the work plan. In the initial enrollment phase, collaborates with the Family Assessment Worker to review questions concerning the Intake Summary. Builds on strengths the families use to meet their needs and respond to crisis and stress. With Coordinator, determines level of family functioning and growth as it relates to the service levels.
2. Build Relationship with Family: Uses strategies to build trust and rapport with families. Contacts family as soon as possible after receipt of the referral and consistently visits family as identified in the HFA model. Identifies key points and subtleties in a manner that promotes interaction even in adverse conditions. With family, summarizes visits, elicits confirmation and plans for future contact. Accepts cultural diversity and integrates the family’s values and culture into support plan that reflect the family’s agenda and background. Respects differences and offers information about alternatives if certain cultural practices are harmful to any member of the family. Facilitates solutions that recognize that opinions/beliefs of family may differ from Family Support Worker.
3. Program and Professional Growth: Participates in team meetings and trainings, shares experience and insight at said events, seeks input from others, and utilizes any information learned in daily work practices. Ability to raise concerns and questions in a manner that promotes discussion for solutions. With Coordinator, identifies and participates in other trainings or committees which can further professional growth. Identifies community needs and addresses those needs through team meetings and events. With the assistance of the Coordinator, identifies strengths in performance as well as areas needing development; work together to plan and achieve desired performance goals.
4. Case Management: Incorporates families’ strengths in the development of the participants independence to solve their own problems. Builds support network with the family by developing a resource list of family members, friends and community agencies. Develops the IFSP with the family, monitoring progress and barriers to success. Reports incidents of child abuse and neglect, and becomes an active member of the intervention team to assist families in modifying behaviors or conditions that promoted the abuse and neglect. With the assistance of the Coordinator, plans visits ahead of time using case review, IFSP, child development curriculum and age-appropriate toys.
5. Promotes Parent Child Interaction: Performs the Developmental Screen with the parents and communicates the growth and development as well as any delays the child may have. Implements the child development curriculum based upon the parents’ relationship with the child. Ensures that parents understand information provided and activities demonstrated. Models behavior where appropriate and monitors progress. Ensure a medical home — communicates the importance of well-baby care and immunizations.
6. Documentation: Tracks all home visits, immunizations, prenatal visits, well-baby care visits, developmental screens, and any relevant medical care needed by the family. All forms are complete, proofread for accuracy, and ready for discussion during weekly supervision. Monthly reporting forms are completed and turned in to the Coordinator at the dates assigned. Developmental screens are performed within a two-week period of the due date and scored. IFSPs are completed with the family at designated intervals or sooner if necessary. All measurement tools are completed on time based upon their timeline for completion.
7. Agency: Participates in meetings and required events. Assists in the growth of the agency through problem-solving and support. Follows personnel practices. Seeks answers to questions surrounding personnel or agency issues.
An Associates Degree (A.A.) in psychology, counseling, social service or related behavioral health field with course work in the areas of child development, family relations, and interpersonal skills. Or, a high school degree or G.E.D. from an accredited school or program with evidence of attendance at workshops or in-service trainings in the areas of child development, family relations, and interpersonal skills.
If A.A. degree: At least two-year paid or volunteer experience under supervision working with families or children and their parents. Knowledge of community resources.
If High School/G.E.D. degree: At least three years paid or volunteer experience under supervision working with families or children and their parents. Knowledge of community resources.
SPF-SIG CORE (Connecting Outreach Referral and Education) Coordinator will facilitate an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention assessment to determine community readiness for the implementation of the evidence-based I-Prevention Risk Reduction Model. Once initial assessments are completed the CORE Coordinator will pilot this model with targeted populations of families and at risk youth within the geographic area of Wards 5&6.
A Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree and/or Certificate in Addiction Counseling or Family Counseling; at least 5 years experience with 3 of those years in a human service delivery field preferably working with troubled adolescents/young adults and their families; Strong clinical and intervention skills and strong written and oral communication skills.
For the first full year employees are evaluated at three months and one year of employment. From the second year on they are evaluated annually. If at any time performance is unsatisfactory, the employee receives a written warning, or a probation notice depending on the severity of the concern. Up to three weeks later, the employee is again reviewed and either placed on probation for no more than six weeks or terminated. After probation either the employee is terminated or the conflict is resolved. Failure to consistently improve performance will result in termination. Non-professional conduct may result in immediate termination. Performance evaluation criteria includes proficiency in program management, written and oral communication, documentation, technical knowledge, delivery of services, planning and organizing, training/consultation, initiative, attitude and cooperation, relationship with staff and clients, dependability and adaptability.
Responsibilities and Duties:
•Maintain familiarity with local services that address CORE concepts (both within and outside the Agency) that might serve as resources and identify those client needs which require outside referrals and education as it relates to alcohol and drug use.
•Co-construct with DOH/APRA and Research Triangle Institute the prevention assessment tools that will be used to assess community readiness and need for the I- Prevention program.
•Ensure all facilitated training and activities are culturally competent and age appropriate.
￼￼￼￼•Provide the highest quality of substance abuse prevention, life skills, counseling, education and training for identified targeted populations and networks.
•Maintain systems to ensure consistent, high quality outcomes and services.
•Maintain all documentation, including files, network statistics, and data entry. Ensure that all documentation is accurate, up to date and in compliance with grant requirements.
•Develop potential prevention partnerships and maintain resources and strong working relationships with community based organizations, community residents, networks, key leaders and youth which make up the neighborhoods of Wards 5 & 6.
•Work collaboratively with our contractual partners (APRA) and (RTI) to ensure grant expectations are being met.
•Compile and submit all required reports and statistics as it relates to the CORE initiative using APRA provided templates.
•Attend and participate in all trainings (5 day I-Prevention training), meetings, and conferences calls related to the CORE initiative.
•Ensure that community planning efforts are implemented and operational.
•Participate in community conversations in order to report current consistent themes
and make recommendations as we move forward with this initiative.
•Facilitate educational presentations of the I-Prevention Model with community
constituents and youth.
•Create, maintain, and disseminate drug abuse prevention literature at health fairs and
•Facilitate focus groups with targeted youth and their parents to collect and analyze
the adaptability of the I-Prevention Model.
•Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Ward 5 & 6 DC Prevention Center.
The Program Director is responsible for maintaining the day to day operations of the program in compliance with all contractual agreements, including; personnel, clinical services, building maintenance, program finance, administrative systems, reporting, and development. S/he serves as liaison to SBY’s administrative staff, other SBY programs and the community at large.
A Master or Bachelors Degree in the Human Services delivery system or a degree in business/public administration or related field with a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience. Experience working with at-risk youth or the homeless population. Previous administrative, clinical and supervisory experiences needed. Strong communication and organizational skills required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Ensure that the highest quality crises intervention, life skills, education, counseling, and housing services are provided to all clients.
•Develop and maintain administrative systems to facilitate and enhance the delivery of services.
•Oversee all personnel matters, including; hiring, supervising, evaluating and firing. Respond to and facilitate the resolution of employee grievances.
•Assess client applications and facilitate regular client progress reviews.
•Within the framework of SBY’s clinical model, provide direct supervision to all staff who interact with clients through one-on-one supervision, staff meetings and live-supervision sessions.
•Ensure that all documentation, including case files, house log and client statistics are accurate and up to date.
•Assess the quality of all clinical services to determine the need to alter or add services to meet the changing needs of the client population.
•Compile all required reports and statistics.
•Make regular reports on the state of the program to the Director of Services for Runaway, Homeless and At-Risk Youth, to the Agency’s administrative offices and the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
•Ensure proper maintenance of all clinical, administrative and financial records.
•Serve as program liaison to the neighborhood, community organizations and citizens.
•Participate in Managers Meetings and other agency-wide meetings/functions as assigned and serve as liaison to the agency.
•Initiate and monitor all needed repairs to the physical plant, ensure regular upkeep of the property.
•Plan and facilitate regular staff meetings.
•Coordinate all site visits and media inquires.
•Participate in regular supervision with consultants, trainings and conferences.
•Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director for programs or the Executive Director.