Bilingual Spanish Social Worker
Good Shepherd Services - New York, NY

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BILINGUAL SPANISH SOCIAL WORKER
Marian Hall

Building on Strengths in
Individuals, Families and Communities!

OUR MISSION

  • To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
  • To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
  • To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.

WHO WE ARE
Good Shepherd Services has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.

JOB SUMMARY:
The Social Worker provides all case management and therapeutic services for youth and their families in a residential environment. Focus of work is to insure PERMANENCY, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING. Social Service delivery is to be consistent with the philosophy of Good Shepherd Services, the function and task of the programs and in compliance with City and State mandates.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Maintain a caseload and perform all case management services in compliance with mandates.
  • Provide therapy; individual, group, and family counseling.
  • Function as member of multidisciplinary treatment team. Participate in Family Team Conferences.
  • Act as a liaison with Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), family court and appropriate community linkages.
  • Conduct home visits with families/significant others of youth for observation, monitoring purposes and facilitate reconciliation, reunification and permanency.
  • Assess homes for diagnostic purposes to ensure the safety of youth and family while at home and complete home safety assessments.
  • Attend court and Permanency Hearings.
  • Write FASPs and Permanency Hearing Reports.
  • Obtain warrants for all AWOL youth.
  • Facilitate discharge planning and arrange for wrap-around services in the community as needed.
  • Make referrals for community services/housing as indicated.
  • Facilitate family visits, including visits with siblings in foster care.
  • Prioritize permanency planning and prepare and submit court reports.
  • Use Connections statewide computer system to gather, share and submit all case information to appropriate ACS units and other voluntary agencies within given time parameters.
  • Maintain appropriate and relevant documentation of all contacts and events.
  • Insure each program participant is either returned to family or linked with a caring adult.
  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar) and self-care in the department/program to create a non violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an affective work environment.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work and licensure eligible (LMSW) required (license within 6 months of hire).
  • Bilingual/Spanish required. English a must.
  • Clinical work with youth and families required; including crisis management.
  • Proven participant sensibility and the ability to communicate with staff on all levels.
  • Demonstrated competence in verbal, written, organizational, and prioritization skills.
  • Capability to transition easily between working independently with a high degree of self-initiative and contributing as part of a team.
  • Must be able to use public transportation systems, including subways and buses to attend various meetings and make home visits.
  • Excellent crisis intervention, advocacy and problem solving skills.
  • Must have knowledge of Connections and Microsoft Word.
  • Must have ability to work flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development perspective and trauma-informed perspective.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should apply now!

Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.


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