The Center for Children & Youth Justice provides a fulfilling work environment and competitive salaries and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We value a diverse workforce. We welcome inquiries regarding open positions from individuals who share our passion for creating better systems and better lives.

Social Worker – Family Advocacy Center

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POSITION SUMMARY

The Family Advocacy Center (FAC), is a pilot project of the Center for Children & Youth Justice.  Through the use of a multidisciplinary team consisting of an attorney, social worker, and parent ally who has experienced the child welfare system, FAC provides legal advocacy and social work services to low-income parents, their extended families, and other care providers, to prevent the unnecessary placement or prolonged stay of children in foster care.  By doing so, FAC keeps children safe and stable within their families, minimizes the emotional trauma caused by removal/foster care placement, and allows the foster care system to focus its resources on children who need its protection.  The project is based in King County.  FAC offices are located in Renton, Washington.

The social worker’s primary responsibility as part of FAC’s multidisciplinary team is to work under the direction of the FAC attorney to support, advocate, and coordinate services for parents, extended family members, and other caregivers with the goal of eliminating the need for a child to enter or remain in foster care.  The social worker is considered part of the legal team and works as an agent of the FAC attorney.  The FAC attorney maintains sole discretion of setting social worker roles and duties provided to clients.  This position is part of a grant funded pilot project.  The project is currently funded through March 2019. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Works as part of the legal team to provide direct social work services (“broker” role), support, advocacy, and referrals to clients to further legal objectives and to promote the safety and stability of the child/family.
  • Participates in client intake interviews and assesses clients’ needs and goals.
  • Participates in staffing regarding advocacy planning for clients. Develops independent and objective professional assessment of cases and provides insight and assessment regarding the progress and barriers of the client. Provides recommendations to attorney regarding necessary client services and supports.  The FAC attorney maintains sole discretion of setting social worker roles and duties provided to clients.
  • Collaborates with parent ally to further legal objectives and promote the safety and stability of the child/family.
  • In the role of a broker, ensures clients are engaged in appropriate and meaningful advocacy plans.
  • Interacts with service providers. Advocates for clients at meetings and conferences with DSHS Children’s Administration, schools, physical and mental health providers, landlords/housing providers, and in a host of other venues to coordinate, facilitate, and broker services to clients.
  • Maintains electronic client files and record keeping systems.
  • Compiles client and case related data for statistical and reporting purposes. Assists in project evaluation related activities.
  • Conducts outreach and provides training to referral sources on project services.
  • Engages in professional development opportunities related to child welfare.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • Masters (preferred) or bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, human services or related field, and/or be a licensed social worker.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of paid social services experience in the role of advocate and broker is required. Social service experience in the role of counselor, mediator, community change agent, and/or researcher desired.
  • Possess entrepreneurial desire to share in the successes and challenges of a growing endeavor/pilot project.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and experience working with low-income clients.
  • Prior experience working with attorneys desired.
  • Prior experience working in or with the Washington State child welfare system is preferred.
  • Prior experience with public benefits, education, domestic violence, and housing issues is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Able to work as part of a multidisciplinary legal team.
  • Comfortable working in a virtual office environment at times when other team members are located off-site.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of business English, composition, spelling, grammar, and punctuation and demonstrated ability to efficiently compose and prepare case notes, correspondence, reports, and other documents.
  • Ability to work independently completing assigned duties in a timely and efficient manner while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to speak a language prevalent in Washington’s low-income communities is a plus.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and dependable transportation required.
  • Individuals who have direct experience with the child welfare system are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the Social Worker Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org.  Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations, mghoward@ccyj.org.

 

Project Coordinator – Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs

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POSITION SUMMARY

This full time position facilitates a multidisciplinary intervention team serving youth and young adults in King County, and works cooperatively with SKCCCG Project Managers to meet project requirements in a manner that supports the overall mission of CCYJ.  SKCCCG works to comprehensively address regional gang violence in King County through implementation of the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM). SKCCCG, chaired by Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.) is comprised of high level decision makers including mayors, police chiefs, school district representatives, service providers and King County elected officials.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The examples of essential functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model.
  • Facilitates activities related to implementation and ongoing functioning of multidisciplinary intervention team in South King County that provides direct services to youth and families.
  • Analyzes data, completes reports, and provides briefings to SKCCCG on multidisciplinary intervention team activities and progress.
  • Works cooperatively with the SKCCG Project Managers to support the implementation of a comprehensive response to gang violence in King County by fulfilling established goals, objectives, and priorities for the project in accordance with regional SKCCCG work and OJJDP CGM.
  • Conducts research on requested topics related to specific SKCCCG activities including appropriate state and federal laws, service provision, best practices, and model programs nationwide.
  • Analyzes best practices locally and nationally for identifying, engaging, and serving the project’s target population.
  • Composes memos, reports, and other materials related to the Project.
  • Assists with grant applications and proposals for the Project.
  • Proofreads and edits publications and presentations for SKCCCG Project Managers.
  • Convenes and / or attends meetings with the Project Managers and with external contacts (i.e. elected officials, court staff, law enforcement, school administrators, members of other partner agencies, etc.), as determined in consultation with the SKCCCG Chair.
  • Prepares and assembles meeting materials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, or other field relevant to the requirements of the position. Graduate or professional degree a plus.
  • Passion for and commitment to social justice for youth and young adults.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and across systems.
  • Knowledge of and credibility in the field of youth violence, juvenile justice, and community engagement.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with South King County organizations working in Youth Violence Prevention.
  • Excellent relationships/ability to develop excellent relationships with key personnel who work on youth violence prevention, intervention and re-entry including school and education officials, law enforcement, courts, prosecutor offices and community service agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be resourceful, identify potential partners and/ or volunteers, develop and implement projects and foster relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact, garner support, and gain commitment from internal and external individuals and groups (law enforcement agencies, parents, school officials / counselors, service providers) to achieve goals through negotiation, motivation, problem-solving, and feedback.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and through formal presentations and meeting facilitation
  • Knowledge of business English, composition, spelling, grammar, and punctuation and demonstrated ability to efficiently compose and prepare correspondence and documents.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workflow in a changing work environment and coordinate work among multiple partners.
  • Ability to work independently completing assigned duties in a timely and efficient manner while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the SKCCCG Project Coordinator Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org.  Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations, mghoward@ccyj.org.

 

Database and Finance Assistant

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POSITION SUMMARY

This position provides database and finance support to the Director of Development & Communications & Finance Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Development & Communications and the Finance Manager, this position provides database, finance and administrative support for the Director of Development & Communications and Finance Manager. Specific responsibilities include (but not limited) to the following:

  • Processes incoming donations according to agency protocols.
  • Prepares donor acknowledgement letters for CEO’s signature based on agency guidelines.
  • Tracks donations and donor financial activity in agency donor database using E-Tapestry software.
  • Tracks registrations and donations for annual fundraising breakfast (1,000 guests) using eTapestry software.
  • Provides administrative support to development team including keeping inventory of materials, provide administrative support to board development committee, provide administrative support to development team as needed

Provides entry level support to the Finance Manager to maintain daily operations.

  • Review source documents such as vendor invoices and employee timesheets for compliance with coding conventions and proper authorizations
  • Enter accounts payable invoices into QuickBooks accounting software, pay bills, and produce checks
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
  • Create and distribute manager reports using QuickBooks and excel
  • Record routine cash receipts
  • Assist with budget preparation
  • Track and maintain fixed asset records
  • Provide administrative support for the board finance committee

In addition performs typing, filing and scheduling.  Performs additional duties such as coordination of meetings and conferences, obtaining supplies, coordinating direct mailings, and working on special projects. Also, answers  correspondence and assembles highly confidential and sensitive information. Deals with a diverse group of important external callers as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Two years of experience of database and finance work, preferably in a fundraising and/or events management setting, or related fields.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with E-Tapestry donor database management software (or related donor database) and QuickBooks is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently completing assigned duties in a timely and efficient manner
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people (board members, legislatures, judges, attorneys) in a professional manner using tact, courtesy, and good judgment.
  • Knowledge of business English, composition, spelling, grammar, and
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workflow in a changing work environment and coordinate work among multiple partners.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to the Database and Finance Assistant Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org.  Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations at mghoward@ccyj.org.

Project Manager – Seattle Project of the Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCCG)  

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POSITION SUMMARY- 30 hours a week

This thirty (30) hour a week position manages, directs, develops, organizes, and coordinates the Seattle Project of the Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCCG) in a manner that supports the overall mission of the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ). SKCCCG works to comprehensively address regional gang violence in King County through implementation of the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM). The Coordinating Council, chaired by Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.) is comprised of high level decision makers including mayors, police chiefs, school district representatives, service providers and King County elected officials. The City of Seattle Mayor’s Office, in partnership with the City of Seattle Human Services Department has selected CCYJ to replicate this work, including provision of direct service through implementation of a multidisciplinary intervention team in the City of Seattle.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS – SKCCCG – Seattle Project

  • Manages the implementation of a comprehensive response to gang violence in the City of Seattle by fulfilling established goals, objectives, and priorities for the project in accordance with regional SKCCCG work and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model.
  • Staffs the Seattle Subcommittee of the SKCCG.
  • Collects and analyzes data, completes reports, and provides briefings to Seattle Subcommittee and SKCCCG on all project components.
  • Develops partnerships with community agencies to increase community awareness and participation in gang and violence prevention strategies and services.
  • Organizes and, when appropriate, develops training programs for professional groups including law enforcement officers, educational leaders, and service providers on how to effectively work with gang-involved clients and families.
  • Conducts outreach and develops partnerships necessary to convene multidisciplinary intervention team to serve appropriate clients
  • Maximizes outcomes for Seattle clients and families by enhancing the communication and collaboration between service providers and referral sources (police, courts, and service agencies).
  • Works cooperatively with SKCCCG Project Manager to design and convene multidisciplinary intervention team, develops team policies and agreements, and manages client data.
  • Manages and facilitates activities related to implementation and ongoing functioning of multidisciplinary intervention team.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model.
  • Develops direct services and reforms policies to reduce barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated clients who are re-entering society.
  • Works cooperatively with SKCCCG, Tacoma Gang Reduction Project, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and other local and state efforts to strengthen the regional response to gang and gun violence.
  • Analyzes best practices locally and nationally for identifying, engaging, and serving the project’s target population.
  • Oversees complex technical research and analyses of qualitative and quantitative data regarding gang violence, client service needs, and client progress.
  • Coordinates and prepares reports covering complex policy or technical analyses of various project issues.
  • Provides progress reports and meets all requirements of project contracts and evaluation plans.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • Bachelor or graduate degree in public health, public affairs, social work, criminal justice systems, court administration, law, or other fields relevant to the requirements of the position.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in project management, development and implementation of policy and policy reform work, the judicial system, multidisciplinary service provision and case management, and research and data analyses at the individual and policy level.
  • Extensive knowledge of and credibility in the fields of youth violence, juvenile justice, community engagement and education.
  • Excellent relationships with key personnel who work on youth violence prevention, intervention and re-entry including school and education officials, law enforcement, courts, and community service agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be resourceful, identify potential partners and/ or volunteers, develop and implement programs, and foster relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact, garner support, and gain commitment from internal and external individuals and groups (law enforcement agencies, parents, school officials / counselors, service providers) to achieve goals through negotiation, motivation, problem-solving, and feedback.
  • Proven record of working effectively with institutions, researchers, system representatives, attorneys, law enforcement officials, school counselors, service providers, and other partnership executives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and through formal presentations and meeting facilitation.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the Seattle Project of SKCCCG Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org. Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Executive Office Manager/HR, mghoward@ccyj.org.