Social Worker

Employer
AARP
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Jul 31, 2022
Closes
Aug 30, 2022
Ref
3020
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time
Overview

AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors 60-plus, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending, protecting, and helping thousands of clients each year in many areas of civil law.

As a Social Worker, you will advocate for clients by assisting these older alduts with accessing services such as financial assistance, public benefits, and housing designed to improve the independence and quality of life clients.

You will engage in outreach and maintain relationships with the community to encourage and facilitate referrals for seniors in need of legal assistance. You will also collaborate with legal managers to identify opportunities to streamline processes and develop new procedures that support Legal Counsel for the Elderly's work on behalf of older DC residents. You will work under the supervision of the manager of the legal team and collaborate with legal staff regarding mutual clients.

Responsibilities

  • Conducts psychosocial assessments, including capacity assessments, and develops client-centered care plans for clients. Works directly with clients in crisis and provides support and intervention services.
  • Collaborates with legal staff to provide direct services to and advocacy for clients, including assisting them in obtaining access to benefits and services such as financial assistance, health support, and housing, designed to improve the independence and quality of life of the client
  • Provides social work consultation, information, referrals, and materials to community social workers.
  • Engages in outreach activities in the local community and maintains relationships within the community to encourage and facilitate referrals for seniors in need of legal assistance.

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia Licensed Independent Social Worker license required (more advanced license including Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker also acceptable).
  • Minimum 2 years social work or closely related experience.
  • Experience working with older adults, people who have mental/physical health disabilities, and/or other vulnerable populations.
  • Experience working with attorneys/legal services.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with benefits and service programs for lower-income residents of the District and experience helping clients qualify for benefits and navigate systems.
  • Experience assisting clients in crisis.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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