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Senior Family Engagement Specialist

Sasha Bruce Youthwork | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

Why Join Our Team:

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:

The Senior Family Engagement Specialist is responsible for providing direct counseling services and support to youth and families served in the Credible Messenger Program. The Credible Messenger Program mentors DYRS Committed youth and their families in the DC Metropolitan Area. The overarching goal of the Credible Messenger Program is to provide supportive and sustainable services that reinforce the successful transition of the young person back into their family and community.  The Senior Family Engagement Specialist will work the youth and their families to support the overall treatment/transition goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Successfully intervenes in crisis situations for not only short-term solutions but stabilization for youth and their families in the program, in homes, and in the community
  • Strongly believes in and is able to demonstrate successful use of a strengths and competency-based framework
  • Supports and understands the strengths, potential, and contributions of youth, young adults, and families to the communities within the District of Columbia
  • Performs and concisely records clinical assessments using CAFAS or other standardized tools with young people to identify their individual risk factors as well as their individual strengths and competencies
  • Facilitates creative, effective, therapeutic groups with youth and families experiencing crisis with an end goal of community reintegration
  • Conducts community-based home visits, school visits, and collateral visits to meet and conduct Case Management and Crisis Stabilization sessions
  • Provides documentation of case notes, psycho-social assessments, court reports, etc. with a significant level of accuracy and proficiency
  • Enters case management data into systems such as HMIS, FACES, FAMCARE, etc.
  • Conducts pro-social, psycho-educational groups for youth and teens.
  • Supports the development of an aftercare plan for youth exiting detained facilities, group homes, and other institutional housing and exiting the supports of DYRS commitment with input of youth, family members and DYRS staff
  • Provides ongoing educational and vocational advocacy to ensure regular attendance and prevent or interrupt truancy and support academic excellence
  • Connects youth and families to resources and referral to community resources for ongoing support such as mental health, health, counseling, substance abuse prevention, sex prevention, etc.
  • Liaises with mainstream agencies and participate in case conferences
  • Other duties as assigned.

About You:

  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree preferred
  • You have a strong track record of working clinically with youth, teens, and families who have been through trauma, experienced crisis, and/or are involved in communities under stress.
  • You pair knowledge and understanding of inner-city youth with a strong educational background to support young people in their endeavors, personal and professional.
  • You understand the importance of documentation and are able to efficiently and effectively document your work to show strong and positive progress over time.
  • You are able to work a flexible and non-traditional schedule, including some nighttimes and weekends.
  • You are enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and have a clear understanding of being an approachable and compassionate mentor combined with the ethics and professional boundaries needed for the position
  • You possess a valid drivers license, clear driving record, and are willing and able to transport youth to and from the program, between sites, and other errands as needed.
  • You have or be able to obtain required clearances and certifications.