a DC-based Non-Profit Agency is currently seeking a Youth Coordinator/Navigator who is responsible for working with school identified middle school students who have reached 5 – 9 unexcused absences. Will engage and work closely with each student to determine what school-based activities would best serve to reconnect the youth to their academics and reduce absenteeism prior to involvement in other systems such as the Child and Family Service Agency and Court Social Services. The Coordinator will provide and track referrals to school-based programs that engage students in activities such as mentoring, homework clubs, fitness clubs, and self-esteem building.
- Work closely with Family Support Workers in completing at least one face-to-face contact with each student’s family; and in collaboration should family support services need to be provided to the family.
- Additionally, based on level of school partnerships, the youth navigator may run school clubs at least two times per week that will supplement aforementioned engagement activities. The objective of engaging students into multiple school-based activities is to create a culture change in the student’s approach to their education.
- Responsible to coordinate youth programming logistics with schools; and is subject to DCPS Clearance.
- Engage youth and other supports to assess youth’s needs and implement interventions that are goal oriented and achievable.Builds on the strength of the youth to assist them in meeting their needs and respond to crisis and stress appropriately.Coordinates and facilitates the provision of youth support services to increase life skills.Report incidents of child abuse and neglect, and assist the youth in modifying behaviors and/or conditions that contribute to abuse and neglect as necessary.
- Establishes and maintains healthy, professional relationships to assist families in becoming independent of the child welfare system.Develops strategies to build trust and rapport with families and uses it as a basis in creating a plan to achieve goals.
- Collects relevant and accurate information required for reporting to assist in the youth development function; Documents detailed youth contact records to assist in the compilation of a case history and to document progress or lack thereof towards established goals.Completes all necessary documentation and enters required and relevant information into the Efforts to Outcome (ETO) system/database and the JGA Contact Log in a timely manner.Regularly assists in analyzing the collected information and actively participates in team meetings that focus on youth assessment, youth development planning and service agreement development.
- Regularly maintains relationships with other community agencies, educational institutions, businesses and service providers to advocate for youth.Regularly integrates/links youth to informal and formal resources within their community or neighborhood to create natural support systems. Regularly participate in internal and external meetings in spirit of mutual support of youth and advocate for needed resources and services and to ensure youth are provided with all possible resources available.
- Assist in the development of a plan for youth services for ward 7 youth. Attend community/neighborhood meetings and events to keep abreast of new and/or changing
- Maintain strict confidentiality in all matters, including but not limited to, clients, personnel, budgets, contracts, Board of Directors and all other non-public business information.
A minimum of two-five years of experience in a community based human services field or similar capacity is required; Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field preferred; an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience may be considered; Successful completion of Family Development Credential and Solution Focused training within six (6) months of hire is required; Valid Driver’s license; Knowledge of positive youth development, child welfare, family systems theory and behavioral interventions; Able to provide casework services and supervise casework services, to children and families. Requires leadership and supervision skills; Able to train and motivate others using collaborative skills. Must have knowledge of issues facing youth and families of Ward 7. Ability to work with community residents and community based organizations; Knowledge of community engagement and outreach approaches; Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions; Able to define and evaluate problems and determine or suggest solutions; Able to establish facts and draw valid conclusions; Able to assess an environment by listening to what is said, what is not said. Knowledge of and the ability to follow confidentiality protocols; Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks. Must be proficient in basic MS Office programs including MSWord, Excel, Outlook and Explorer; Data entry in various database programs; Good written and verbal communication skills are required; Able to train, supervise and motivate personnel using collaborative skills; Courteous and responsive to the public; Able to gather assessment information through conversation, listening and observation skills; Able to engage, build and maintain relationships with clients through strong interpersonal skills; Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships and work with others; Able to maintain professionalism at all times.
Individuals interested in applying to the position should do so by emailing resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include position title in Subject Line) or by faxing to 202-388-7693.