Clinical Social Worker, Young Adult Court
Job Details
Orangewood Foundation - Santa Ana, CA
Full Time
$65,000.00 - $73,000.00 Salary/year

Founded: 1981
Mission: To strive for equity for our youth by valuing and supporting the life they envision.
Values: Respect, Trust, Empathy, Inclusion & Advocacy


Position Title: Clinical Social Worker Young Adult Court
Employment Classification: Full Time, Salary, Exempt
Reports to: Clinical Supervisor
Department: Programs

Program Summary: Through the Orangewood Resource Center (ORC), the Young Adult Court Program (YAC) works in collaboration with University of California, Irvine, Orangewood Foundation, and The Orange County Superior Court. The YAC program provides engagement, assessment and resource coordination support to Transitional Age Youth (ages 18-25) as part of a collaborative research study to reduce recidivism.

Position Summary: The Clinical Social Worker addresses goals and immediate needs of services to meet the needs of YAC participants through a case plan working to cultivate a person centered and trauma informed approach to service provision. Young Adult Court has three stages of support; Engagement & Motivation, Teaching Skills & Expanding Support and Long term Planning & Aftercare.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Support YAC participants with accessing appropriate community-based resources, including accompanying participants to appointments and following up with community based organizations to advocate and record participant outcomes.
  • Monitor and track YAC participants progress in achieving their goals and objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with YAC team and other staff, community providers and social service agencies to help maintain stability, promote recovery and/or mental and health care support.
  • Participate in YAC meetings and court proceedings, client case conference meetings, meetings with the Clinical Supervisor YAC and/or the University of California, Irvine and other meetings as required.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate relationships and boundaries with YAC participants, and strive to create a welcoming, safe, supportive and culturally affirming environment for all YAC participants.
  • Address the goals and immediate needs of YAC participant(s), and tracks client accountability throughout the program.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed documentation, manage data entry, and reporting to collaborative partners. Meet all deadlines for documentation and reporting.
  • Counsel participants in the Young Adult Court (YAC) across a range of health, academic, developmental, psychological, cultural and social concerns.
  • Provide assessment, crisis intervention, brief therapy, case management and development of prevention and programming to promote optimal health for the YAC participant and community.
  • Provide assessment, crisis intervention, brief therapy, case management and development of prevention and programming to promote optimal health for the YAC participant and community.
  • Adhere to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements and maintain necessary compliance documentation.

Knowledge, Skill, and Experience Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Social Work/Social Welfare (MSW) required.
  • 3+ years experience in a mental health, social services, collaborative court or community services organization.
  • Experience working with clients who are young adults (18 to 25 years old), justice impacted population, court diversion and/or collaborative court programs. Must understand developmental stages with a focus on young adults.
  • Ability to build rapport with clients to work collaboratively towards identifying their care plan and program goals and using referral resources provided in Orange County targeting young adults.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team, offering guidance to the team on how to achieve goals in accordance with established policies.
  • Understanding of the complexity of working within a multi reporting structure (Orangewood Foundation, University of California, Irvine, YAC program staff YAC, YAC Court).
  • Knowledge of an array of services and support to offer participant(s), including linkage and referral to physical health care, transportation, housing, employment and/or social services.
  • Makes sound and timely decisions under pressure.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be comfortable speaking and presenting in public and in Court proceedings.
  • Reliable transportation, valid California Drivers License and proof of insurance.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule in order to be available as needed by the Program.
  • Have the ability to complete a background check, including FBI/DOJ fingerprinting, TB test, and drug test. Professional experience will be confirmed. Lived Experience with the criminal Justice system considered.

Essential Qualities:

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, Outlook and develop presentations using Power Point or other applications.
  • Flexibility with a value for team work and ability to be a positive role model to both youth and the Team.
  • Ability to multi-task with the capacity to learn quickly and integrate efficiently.
  • Understanding of and passion for Orangewood Foundations mission, vision, and values.
  • Demonstrates Orangewood Foundations operating principles of communication and teamwork.
  • Displays Orangewood Foundations essential attitudes by approaching projects, activities and other job functions with flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • Must be a team player.

Working Environment/Physical Requirements: Position may require use of personal vehicle. Physical requirements include standing, sitting, typing, bending and lifting up to approximately 50 lbs. (i.e. tables, chairs, food, water, etc.)
Modification to work schedule may be made based on need of the Foundation.


Orangewood Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other protected group, in accordance with all applicable federal or State laws.

updated: 8/22/2022

Orangewood Foundation