Bilingual Youth Services Coordinator
Bilingual Youth Services Coordinator
The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Coordinator Youth Services position.
Enthusiastic, positive, organized, motivated and high-energy, bilingual Spanish/English professional wanted for unique position with Alexandria's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Service Unit (CSU). Under the supervision of the Crime Prevention Program Manager, the Youth Services Coordinator will provide crime prevention and intervention services for low, moderate and high-risk, culturally-diverse male and female youth, generally between the ages of 10-18 based on the needs of the Court. Approximately 80 percent of clients will be native Spanish speakers. Work schedule requires weekday evening hours, generally 12 â€“ 8:30 p.m., at least three (3) days per week, two Saturday's per month, and occasional Sundays for weekend-long events, approximately 4 times per year.
What Should You Bring
The ideal candidate will bring passion, creative problem-solving abilities, and outstanding collaboration and communication skills. General knowledge of local service agencies and organizations, best practices in mentoring and the work of Virginia's Court Service Units is needed. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, agency representatives, coworkers and supervisors is essential. Successful applicant must have direct experience working with adolescents from diverse backgrounds, enjoy youth, arts and recreational activities, and have experience managing behaviors of individual and groups of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
- Provide bilingual Spanish/English trauma-informed supervision, counseling, crisis intervention and case management, including life skills and anger management instruction, mediation and restorative interventions, truancy and drug and alcohol interventions, workforce development and job coaching, parent training and support, academic tutoring, and community service opportunities. Support clients in accessing mental health and substance abuse services;
- Manage Space of Her Own mentoring programs, including screening, training and supervision of 5th grade youth at-risk and volunteer mentors, and coordinating all aspects of the program including a teambuilding weekend, life skills classes, family nights, room transformation weekends and community celebrations;
- Plan and implement SOHO Club events for middle schoolers and their mentors, building long-term mentoring relationships, community engagement and STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math skills;
- Advocate for youth and families, assisting them in meeting social, educational, employment, childcare, housing, medical and recreational needs;
- Manage Shoplifting Prevention Program, providing courses to first-time petit larceny offenders, continuously enhancing the curriculum and tracking recidivism;
- Conduct field work that includes home visits with children and parents, school visits to meet with youth and/or school staff, and community visits to businesses, recreation centers, youth shelter and detention center;
- Develop and maintain volunteer and client files, making timely entries in various databases to fulfill Court and grant requirements, and conducts evaluation measurements;
- Prepare and submit written progress reports to the CSU and Court;
- Represent CSU at meetings and serve on City committees/task forces relating to youth issues, which may include The Alexandria's Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, Mentoring Partnership, Youth Services Coordinating Council, and/or Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.
About the Department
The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Service Unit is made up of a dedicated team of professionals working to support the strategic direction of the City government through the commitment to excellent in Public Safety by providing effective interventions that improve the lives of youth, strengthening both families and communities.