Posted by: The Young Women’s Project
Washington, DC, US
Opportunity: The Young Women’s Project (YWP) is a dynamic, brave organization that develops leaders, takes on institutions, and builds youth power in DC. We are looking for an experienced social worker who is committed to interrupting the cycle of poverty for emancipating youth. Candidates should be tenacious and industrious with a flexible skill set that includes youth development, individual and group support, training and facilitation, and research and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. We are a small, ambitious organization with a big agenda and limited resources. We all wear a lot of hats.
Organizational Background: The Young Women’s Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. Based in Washington, DC, YWP programs engage under-resourced youth of color, ages 14-24, with a focus on teen women, youth in foster care, and homeless youth. YWP has three man programs:
- The Peer Health and Sexuality Education (PHASE) campaign improves youth health outcomes and works to reduce unplanned pregnancies and STIs by expanding comprehensive health education and access to school/community-based health care, and engaging youth as peer educators and leaders.
- The Youth Poverty Program (YPP) develops youth leaders as they transform their own lives and improve the District’s youth serving system.
- The Center for Young Adults (CYA) provides capacity building training and support to youth emancipating from the DC foster care system.
The Center for Youth Adults (CYA) will provide weekly intensive, skills based development and support for 200 young adults ages 20-23 each year through center-based program that includes capacity building training, peer group support, and individual coaching. Young adults will commit to programming, meet rigorous benchmarks for employment, education, housing, health, community engagement and other areas, and make significant progress toward independence. This no-where-to-hide program is designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty for young adults who do not have the financial resources, employment skills-experience, educational foundation, family support, and community connections to maintain an independent, healthy, productive life. Built on a foundation of youth development and youth adult partnership, CYA focused on building young adult capacity and networks in seven areas: self-advocacy, relationships, health & wellness, employment, education, independence, and civic engagement.
Position Summary: The CYA Supervisory Social Worker will work as part of a team that includes four full-time adults (Program Director, Sr. Supervisory Social Worker, two front-line social workers), two interns, and 22 part-time youth staff. The CYA-SSW will be responsible for a broad range of duties, as outlined below. The core responsibilities include conducting youth capacity building training, developing networks of support services, providing direct counseling and coaching to youth, developing counseling and individual support systems, leading weekly peer support sessions, and coaching adult and youth staff. Because some of the trainings and support groups may be scheduled late in the day, the Supervisory Social Worker must be available to 7:30 two days a week.
Client Supervision, Training & Support
- Supervise client capacity building training, weekly workshops and support group sessions
- Conduct clinical assessments and providing recommendations for services
- Conduct core and advanced training for new staff
- Prepare reports, records, and related program documents
- Monitor individual youth progress; collect evaluation data on key growth areas
Program Development, Evaluation and Assessment
- Develop systems to improve program operations and respond to problems
- Supervise client assessment and evaluation and ensure that collected data is confidentially stored and managed
- Design and develop evaluation tools
- Contribute to program evaluation, tracking, and reporting systems
- Revise curricula, training tools, and other materials as needed
- Prepare reports, records, and related program documents as required
Staff Capacity Building, Management and Evaluation
- Support CYA adult staff capacity building through internal and external training, coaching, and evaluation
- Provide support and training to CYA adult staff and/or partner organizations to strengthen and address the needs of clients and other current and former foster youth
- Bachelor’s degree required
- MSW required; Candidates must either be licensed or eligible for LMSW licensure in the District of Columbia within 90 days
- 3 years of experience working with foster, court-involved, homeless, or opportunity youth
- Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Highly organized with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complex projects
- Knowledge of and experience in providing training and resources in one or more of the following areas: employment, education, mental and physical health, and housing
- 3 years of experience training youth and/or working with youth trainers, organizers, project developers
- Commitment to using holistic and strengths-based approaches including youth development
- At least 2 years of supervisory experience
- Deep, demonstrated commitment to building youth power and working with youth as partners
- Demonstrated experience with assessment and program evaluation
- Experience working collaboratively with a variety of partner agencies
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)
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