Youth Connected Program includes foster family agency, school dormitory, and Mental Health services in coordination with government agencies and collaborative partners.
Ensures the provision of trauma-informed Resource Family Approval (RFA) services to youth and resource parents. Provides social worker supervision (hiring, staffing, supervision, development, documentation, and performance evaluation of assigned staff). Manages and directs the daily social work operations of the program that provides multicultural, multi-ethnic services, in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards of practice. Supervises the development and delivery of assessments and/or screens relevant to the population using trauma-informed principles. Remains available, on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Program Director.
Major Areas of Responsibility:
Supervises and manages social work staff, including assigning caseloads and general work duties and responsibilities
Provides observations, consultation, and training to program staff
Oversees the implementation of the programs case management and treatment planning, including reviewing of reports, home studies/comprehensive assessments, case documentation and other documents prepared and submitted by social work staff
Reviews program data and is responsible for the accuracy and reporting of incidents, according to standard reporting guidelines
Ensures compliance with local, contract, or licensure requirements for the program
Assists with program admissions, including the evaluation and assessment of a child for placement and continued placement in an approved resource family home
Ensures treatment, interventions, and case management is trauma-informed, culturally-relevant, and utilizes a skill-based approach
Supervises mental health and psychiatric referrals
Assists with planning and conducting of recruitment events/advertising and resource family approval process
Provides training and support to current and perspective resource families
Develops and maintains effective working relationships with biological and resource families and with community service resources, including medical professionals, public welfare personnel, lawyers, therapists, law enforcement staff, school officials, neighbors, and religious and youth organization representatives utilizing referral sources as necessary.
Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills
Remains available to families 24/7, for crisis intervention as needed
Acts as a liaison for consumers, outside agencies, and internal personnel including, but not limited to the following:
Ensures client-centered, trauma-informed service planning, including effective advocacy and collaboration with social worker staff and members of the Child and Family Team
Establishes relationships with internal and external stakeholders and community-based agencies to achieve program goals and improve the lives of children and families
Serves as a role model in carrying out the Orangewood Foundation mission including, but not limited to the following:
Provides leadership and direction, creates an atmosphere of enthusiasm and commitment, and a culture of excellence
Directs all actions to reflect the values: trust, respect, and compassion
Ensures Orangewood Foundation policies and procedures are followed
Communicates directly with internal and/or external customers to assure proper resolution of concerns and satisfaction of inquiries, and speaking positively of Orangewood Foundation decisions, processes, and programs to other staff and outside consumers
Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, interdependence, and ethical behavior and does not participate in gossip
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skill and Experience Requirements:
o At least 21 years of age.
o Masters degree or higher in social work or social welfare, marriage, family, and child counseling, child psychology, child development, counseling psychology, or social psychology
In addition to the degree requirements, all of the following coursework and field practice or experience are required:
o At least three semester units or 100 days of field practice or experience in a public or private social service agency setting at the Masters Degree level.
o At least nine semester units of coursework related to children and families, or 18-months experience in working with children and families.
o At least three semester units in working with minority populations; six months of experience in working with minority populations; or six months in-service training in working with minority populations within the first year of employment as a condition of
o At least three semester units in child welfare, or two years experience in a public or private child welfare social services setting.
Must have a valid driver's license with a good driving record
Willingness to work flexible hours in order to assist the program with youth and activities
Ability to fluently read, write, and speak English, bilingual Spanish preferred
Candidates are required to pass a medical examination and in order to determine one's fitness and ability to care for youth
Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted California drivers license and maintain vehicle insurance
Must pass criminal records clearance and a thorough background reference verification procedure that may include evaluating an individuals driving record (e.g., DUI, reckless driving, moving violations and at fault accidents
Must be able to successfully complete and maintain required certifications and training including, but not limited to, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Nurturing Parenting, First Aid/CPR, and other evidence-informed practices
Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, and able to understand and effectively use electronic health record/database systems
o Understanding of and passion for the Foundations mission, vision, values.
o Enjoys working directly with youth, volunteers, community partners, etc.
o Understanding of County Based Resource Family Regulations
o Understanding of Models of Supervisory practices
Working Environment/Physical Requirements:
Staff must maintain proficiency in Nonviolence Crisis Intervention, as well as First Aid/CPR, requiring regular and sustained bending, lifting, pulling, stooping, hand and arm pressure, sitting and/or laying prone on the floor for extended periods of time. To facilitate youth activities and transports, staff must be able to safely drive vehicles transporting one or more youth to events, family visits, etc., in heavy, prolonged traffic (more than one hour each way).
Frequent carrying, up to 20 pounds.
Frequent bending, stooping, twisting, turning, and squatting.
Frequent pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds and 25 feet.
Frequent climbing of stairs (in a three-story dormitory)
Regularly lifting floor to waist and floor above shoulders.
Regularly sitting, 1 to 10 hours per day.
Regularly standing, 1 to 10 hours per day.
Regular use of fine motor skills for such activities as writing, note-taking, typing, and craft-making.
Normal or corrected vision needed for driving,
Normal or corrected hearing to insure proper supervision and campus safety.
Normal sense of smell to detect client hygiene issues, infant hygiene needs, and environmental safety issues.
Normal ability to speak to teach skills, give feedback, discuss strategies, and converse on telephone.
Work occasionally requires exposure to blood-borne pathogens
Stamina to work 12-hour shifts and drive for up to four hours.
Provides family-style services in a campus setting, as well as services in the community to resource and/or biological families. Staff is subject to outside environmental conditions occasionally; inside conditions frequently, with protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. Working in the variety of community settings, including some that are unpredictable. Foster children of all ages, but primarily youth 7th-12th grade, with medical, behavioral, mental health issues, and the potential for verbal and physical threats. Transports or facilitate transportation for clients to appointments and activities, as required. The work includes constant interruptions in an environment of moderate to high noise level.
Modification to work schedule may be made based on need of the Foundation.