The Center for Children & Youth Justice provides a fulfilling work environment and competitive salaries and benefits. 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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The Family Advocacy Center (FAC), is a new project of the Center for Children & Youth Justice. Through the use of an advocacy team consisting of an attorney, social worker, and parent ally who has experienced the child welfare system, FAC will provide legal advocacy and social work services to low-income parents, their extended families, and other care providers, to prevent the unnecessary placement and prolonged stay of children in foster care. By doing so, FAC will keep children safe and stable within their families, minimize the emotional trauma caused by removal/foster care placement, and allow the foster care system to focus its resources on children who need its protection. The project is based in King County. The FAC office is located in Renton, Washington.
The social worker’s primary responsibility as part of FAC’s multidisciplinary advocacy team will be to work collaboratively with an attorney representing 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 will work 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 will be temporary and is part of a three-year grant funded replication project.
- Provides direct social work support and advocacy to clients.
- Conducts intake and client interviews.
- Assesses clients’ needs and goals.
- Participates in staffing regarding advocacy plans for clients.
- 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, and in a host of other venues to coordinate and facilitate services to clients.
- Maintains client files.
- Compiles data for statistical purposes.
- Conducts outreach to referral sources.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY
- Masters (preferred) or bachelors 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 is required.
- Prior experience working in or with the Washington child welfare system is preferred.
- Prior experience with public benefits, education, housing, or immigration issues is preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Able to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Possess entrepreneurial desire to share in the successes and challenges of a growing endeavor/pilot project.
- Valid Washington State driver’s license and dependable transportation.
- Spanish or other second language skills are a plus.
- Individuals who have direct experience with the child welfare system are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the Social Worker Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Executive Office Manager/HR, email@example.com.