The Youth Initiatives Programs of NVFS utilize a highly effective, trauma-informed, culturally relevant service model to provide multi-modal “neighborhood based-school connected” services designed to ensure that at-risk youth and families are able to thrive in their chosen communities; succeed academically and socially; and that the communities themselves are equipped to prevent future community and family violence.
The IPE (Intervention, Prevention and Education) Program of NVFS is an asset development intervention designed to increase the protective factors that ensure that gang involved youth, and youth at risk for gang involvement, have increased abilities to resist the destructiveness of gang involvement. The program strives to ensure that parents of at-risk youth and community members are able to provide the support and structure needed to keep these vulnerable youth safe from the negative influence of gangs. IPE serves youth ages 10-21 and their families.
The Youth Counselor will 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 in which 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 and formal and informal resources in their community.
The Youth Counselor will provide short-term, therapeutic case management services and services to address their unique gang-intervention (for example safety planning on how to leave a gang safely, or refusal and resistance skills training to resist recruitment efforts).
In conjunction with our commitment to public safety and the requirements of many contracts, NVFS has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with applicable law. Medical or religious accommodations may be requested.
Essential Job Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Conduct intake for all referred clients.
•Provide short-term intensive case management services to assigned case load, in accordance with IPE Service Delivery Model, including assessment, goal plan development, and referral. This includes referring all clients with trauma-recovery related mental health needs to the VPIP/FRP Mental Health Counselor where available.
•Provide life skills education and intervention in accordance with clients’ goal plan and resource needs.
•Provide gang awareness education to IPE referred youth and their parents.
•Participate actively in team meetings and collaborative service delivery models with other team members to effectively address community, family, and individual violence prevention and intervention needs in assigned neighborhood.
•Initiate and maintain collaborative contact with other agencies working with the youth and their family, including the referral source, and appropriate school personnel in order to effectively coordinate service delivery and monitor clients’ progress towards goals.
•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other community services providing services for youth and families.
•Develop and implement plans to educate and increase gang awareness in the community, which may include providing workshops and groups in schools and community-based settings as needed.
•Participate in regular individual and group supervisions as directed by Supervisor.
•Assure confidentiality policies and procedures are followed to protect the rights of clients, that reports to authorities occur in the mandated time frames and that critical incident reviews related to these procedures are completed and filed.
•Maintain client files in accordance with program/licensing requirements and NVFS guidelines.
•Prepare statistical and narrative reports as required.
•Participate effectively and positively in required Program and Agency meetings and trainings.
Qualification and Additional Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties.
•Prefer one of the following:
?Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or Criminal Justice from an accredited college or university; OR
?Associate’s degree with at least four (4) years of related work experience.
•Must have at least two (2) years of related direct service experience providing:
•individual and/or group services to youth and families,
•case management, and
•working with at-risk youth.
•Experience providing services to immigrants, recently reunified families, and adolescents.
•Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of gang dynamics.
•Oral and written fluency in English required; Spanish language fluency required. Additional language skills always welcome.
•Proficiency in usage of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
•Must be able to demonstrate and live the organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability.
•Successful completion of background checks upon hire.
•Successful completion of Motor Vehicle Record check upon hire.
•Must have reliable transportation to visit client homes and other designated community locations
•May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours.
At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace.
NVFS values diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.