The mission of NVFS is to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life, and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. The IPE program serves youth ages 10-21 who are at risk for gang involvement, are currently gang involved, or have been victimized by gang violence. The IPE Program is the direct service provider of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.
The Youth Counselor will provide short-term therapeutic case management services to address youth’s unique gang prevention and intervention needs to reduce, eliminate, and prevent gang involvement. The Youth Counselor will also work with referred youths’ parents or guardians to increase effective communication and appropriate limit-setting, provide education about the signs of gang involvement or other negative behaviors, and provide information about the ways families can support their children so that they are less vulnerable to gang involvement and other unhealthy relationships. Referrals for any needed services are provided, ensuring that families are connected to a supportive network as well as formal and informal resources in their community.
The IPE program is designed to be accessible to referred youth and families, meeting with clients in the home and community and providing services in both Spanish and English. The IPE Program is based on a social work and youth development model, integrating knowledge about gang dynamics, trauma and the immigrant experience.
Essential Job Duties:
•Conduct intake and short-term case management services to assigned case load in accordance with IPE Service Delivery Model, including assessment, goal plan development, and referral
•Provide gang awareness education to referred youth and their parents
•Provide life skills education and intervention in accordance with client’s goal plan and resource needs
•Participate in planning and implementation of group-based activities for IPE clients
•Initiate and maintain collaborative contact with other providers working with the youth and their family, including the referral source, and appropriate school personnel in order to effectively coordinate service delivery and monitor client’s progress towards goals
•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other community partners
•Develop and implement plans to educate and increase gang awareness in the community
•Prepare statistical and narrative reports as required
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or criminal justice from an accredited college or university.
• At least two (2) years related direct service experience in human service providing individual and / or group services to youth and families, experience providing case management services, and experience working with at-risk youth.
• Experience providing services to immigrants and recently reunified families.
• Experience providing direct services to adolescents.
• Experience developing and facilitating psychoeducation groups for youth and adults.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of gang dynamics.
• Demonstrated fluency in Spanish and English required.
• Clean DMV record; own reliable transportation
•Ability to work a flexible schedule; evening, weekend, and on-call availability required
•Must be comfortable with undesirable home conditions
•Successful completion of background checks required upon hire
All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.
This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified.
Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.
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