Youth Program Specialist
- Country: USA
- Organization: IRC
- Deadline: N/A
- No of Vacancies: N/A
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Visit a caseload of 12-15 clients regularly in their homes (between 5:00-7:30 PM during the academic year for clients in high school and during regular business hours in the summer) to provide mentoring, advocacy and case management services as necessary.
- Assist the Youth Intake Specialist with client outreach, recruitment, and enrollment.
- Assist the Youth Services Coordinator with planning and leading group activities for clients through Saturday Learning Series and Girls Groups.
- Conduct client assessments in order to set a baseline for growth and a starting point for service provision.
- Establish an individualized service plan with each client on caseload; provide mentoring, guidance, and psychosocial support to aid clients in reaching goals in their service plans.
- Facilitate caregiver involvement in minor clients’ education through phone calls, home visits, and other mechanisms, including teaching caregivers how to access their parent portals, attending Parent/Teacher conferences.
- Screen clients for emotional distress and mental health; submit referrals to the Mental Health Department.
- Facilitate activities with clients to teach positive coping mechanisms.
- Track grades and attendance, advocate for and connect high school clients to relevant resources such as counselors, coaches, tutoring programs and extra-curricular activities.
- Invite and encourage clients to attend quarterly Saturday Learning Series and Girls’ Group activities.
- Collaborate with external organizations and internal departments to connect families to additional resources as necessary (food security, extended case management, immigration, etc) through referrals.
- Occasionally provide homework assistance or English tutoring to help clients succeed with their schoolwork.
- Secure interpretation to provide services and information in the client’s language; Work with interpreters during client appointments.
- Drive clients to occasional appointments and program activities as necessary.
- Monitor and track clients’ progress from one grade level to the next as well as immigration status and age.
- Ensure required intake documents, assessments and service plans are fully completed and updated as appropriate.
- Maintain comprehensive case notes, update case files, and regularly update service plans to respond to clients’ needs.
- Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and other duties as assigned.
- Work as part of a team to provide comprehensive strength-based services to IRC clients through coordination of cases and effective communication between team members and departments.
- Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols of the agency, placing importance on client confidentiality.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Youth Program Supervisor
Position directly supervises: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Dallas Education and Learning Manager, Youth Services Coordinator, HQ Youth and Education Technical Adviser
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, or related field of study is preferred, or related job experience.
- Well organized self-starter with excellent problem-solving skills and the proven ability to prioritize duties and manage time effectively.
- Strong written and oral and interpersonal communication skills: the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and partners in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment.
- Fluent in English, both spoken and written; Bilingual in a client language (Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Spanish, Swahili) is a plus but not required.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook);
- Valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area (home visits, service provider visits, Saturday Learning Series,etc).
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