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Overview

Home Visitor/Social Worker
Under the guidance of the agency’s Foster Care Services Program Manager, this position functions as a member of the Foster Care Services team and serves the agency by supervising and coordinating children placed in certified foster homes, recruiting, evaluating and certifying potential foster homes, provide and arrange training for foster parents and liaison with other agencies. This position as provides coordination and case work with the THP, THP Plus FC and THP Plus populations.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Internal Relationships:  Members of the Foster Care Services Agency and YFC co-workers
  • External Relationships: Foster families, clients (placed children), therapists, counselors, medical personnel, school staff, psychiatrists, community partners and government agencies

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide support and services to ensure stability of client placement in foster homes
  • Monitor foster homes for compliance with Title 22 regulations
  • Maintain timely progress, quarterly and/or court ordered reports
  • Screen and evaluate intake admissions to appropriately match children in emergency placements
  • Screen and evaluate intake admissions for traditional/ISFC or foster to adopt placements
  • Act as community, family and court liaison
  • Participate in staff training and development
  • Supervise and arrange family visitation
  • 24-hour crisis intervention
  • Develop needs and service plans
  • Develop discharge plans on clients
  • Meet with placing agencies/discuss individual case plans
  • Direct care and supervision as needed
  • Retain accurate records, time sheets, etc.
  • Report writing ability
  • Present referrals for psychological or psychiatric evaluations
  • Emergency decision-making
  • Available for 24-hour crisis intervention
  • Vehicle driving
  • Regular attendance
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s in Social Work or related field required
  • California driver license and clean driving record
  • Experience working with at-risk children and families
  • Understanding of the child welfare system
  • Knowledge of group processes and the ability to apply
  • Understanding of interpersonal relationships
  • Contemporary understanding of children and the skills needed to facilitate their growth/development
  • Knowledge of 24-hour crisis intervention

SKILLS:

  • Typing – 40 wpm (by touch)
  • Copier
  • Facsimile
  • IBM Compatible Computer Hardware
  • Applicable knowledge of Microsoft Word Computer Software

TRANSPORTATION:
If use of your personal vehicle is necessary for Youth for Change business, you will be responsible for keeping a mileage record and submitting it to your supervisor for reimbursement. Proof of current liability insurance on your personal vehicle must be provided at time of employment and when it expires.  Personal vehicle insurance is the primary coverage in case you are in an accident in your vehicle while on business for YFC.  Since you will be transporting children in your vehicle, it must be well maintained. For the transportation policy please see the policy and procedures manual of the agency handbook.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:
Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume and distance.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The following lists physical demands an employee will perform on a regular basis:

  • Sitting
  • Viewing a computer monitor
  • Typing/Keyboarding
  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Talk or hear
  • Walking
  • Standing
  • On the phone
  • Driving (vehicle)

The following lists physical demands an employee may perform on an occasional basis:

  • Lifting an average weight of 15 lbs.
  • Crouch/Kneel/Stoop/Crawl
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Calculator/10-Key

Duties are performed inside with climate control unless you are driving to/from and in-between appointments.

This position requires being able to work at close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be see up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point.); ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.); depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships.)

The typical noise level in the work environment of this position is of moderate notice (examples: business office with computers, printers and light traffic.)

WORK ENVIRONMENT – SOCIAL
Employee shall work in a non-hostile work office environment.  This is, the employee is expected not to engage in any activity that unreasonably interferes with performance of any other employee, such as sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination or any other behavior unduly demeans or intimidates another employee.

As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, clients and other agencies at all times.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT
Any offer of employment is contingent upon taking and passing a health screening /TB test.  The examination assesses a candidate’s ability to meet the physical demands of the position with or without accommodation in accordance with applicable statutes for applicants with disabilities.  Any offer of employment is also contingent upon taking and successfully passing a criminal background investigation (fingerprinting/live scan); the guidelines set forth by the Department of Justice in accordance with being connected to an agency whose clients are children.  Any offer of employment is also contingent upon having a clean DMV record (last 4 years) and providing said record, proof of a current valid driver’s license and effective insurance coverage on your personal vehicle that you might use in the course of agency business.
Applicants, who refuse to submit to testing or who do not pass all tests or provide required documents, will not be hired or retained in employment.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply on line at; https://www.youth4change.org/careers and send resume to wsweeney@ncen.org

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 1
Education Required: Master's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Background Checks