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Senior Family Engagement Specialist

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:

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 is a mentoring program that works with youth and their families in the DC Metropolitan Area.  The youth are committed to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in an effort to receive supportive and sustainable services that will reinforce the overall transition plan in the youth returning back into the community.  The Senior Family Engagement Specialist will work the youth and their families to support the overall treatment/transition goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs crisis intervention/stabilization work with youth and families using a strengths competency-based framework.
  • Performs clinical assessment using CAFAS or other standardized tools with youth to identify risks and strengths.
  • Facilitates therapeutic groups with youth and families experiencing crisis with goals focused on reunification back into the community.
  • Conducts community-based home visits, school visits, and collateral visits to meet and conduct case managing and Crisis stabilization sessions.
  • Provides documentation case notes, psycho-social assessments, court reports, etc. with a high 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 shelter (Detained facilities, group homes, etc) and exiting DYRS commitment with input of youth, family members and DYRS staff.
  • Provides ongoing educational advocacy and school support to ensure attendance and prevent or interrupt truancy and impact of academic performance
  • 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.


  • Bachelor Degree required/Master Degree preferred
  • Proven clinical experience in working with youth, teens, and families who have experienced trauma, crisis, and community stress. Knowledgeable and trained experience in working with inner city youth.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours to include evenings and weekends.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Have or be able to obtain required clearances and certifications.