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Family Engagement Specialist - Credible Messenger Program

Sasha Bruce Youthwork | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

About Our Organization:

Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, neglected, and/or at-risk youth and their families in the Washington, DC area. We achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training, and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the growing needs of DC’s youth and families with innovative programs, Sasha Bruce Youthwork is always willing to listen and ready to help.

Job Summary:

Provides support to DYRS youth and families with a particular focus towards parents and/or caregivers.  Works intensely with parents/caregivers to provide support, counseling, resource linkages, and more.  Escorts parents to court and other DYRS meetings, as well as assist with connecting the parent and youth with social services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform crisis intervention/stabilization work with youth and families using a strengths, competency-based framework
  • Facilitate support groups with parents of DYRS youth focused on support, resource linkages, and conflict resolution
  • Conduct community-based home visits, school visits, and collateral visits to meet and conduct case managing and crisis stabilization sessions
  • Participate in the development of a community support or aftercare plan for youth exiting New Beginnings, the Youth Services Center,  or DYRS commitment
  • Document case notes, contact sheets, monthly reports, etc. with a high level of accuracy and proficiency
  • Enter case management data into systems such as FAMCARE, etc. 
  • Connect youth and families to community resources for ongoing support such as mental health, health, counseling, substance abuse prevention, sex prevention, etc.
  • Participate with parents and youth in DYRS meetings such as family conferences, case management meetings, and others to provide support and input
  • Attend mandatory DYRS trainings and meetings to share information and to increase skills relative to working with court-involved youth
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum High School Diploma with 3 or more years working with parents of adolescents and young adults
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work discreetly with sensitive information
  • Exceptional interpersonal communications and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and follow policies and procedures
  • Minimum basic computer skills, but proficiency preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License and Registered and Insured Personal Vehicle Required

Reporting to the Program Manager, this is a full time position 11:00am - 7:00pm.  At times, flexible based on needs of program including some weekend hours.  All candidates are required to possess a valid Driver’s License, pass required DC clearances (and other states as applicable) and provide any additional information regarding previous records.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume online.