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Social Worker Lead

Company: First Place for Youth
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Are you ready to make an impact? Join a diverse, mission-driven team working in five San Francisco Bay Area counties, Los Angeles, and Jackson, Mississippi, to put success within reach for transition-age foster youth.
Our team shows up every day ready to make a difference in the lives of young people who've grown up in foster care. We believe in the limitless potential of all people, and we're working to remove the individual and systemic barriers that stand between foster youth and their goals.
Our innovative approach blends cutting-edge data science, individualized, youth-driven supports, and strategic partnerships with providers, stakeholders, and policymakers to drive lasting change at all levels.
First Place for Youth believes our shared purpose, More is Possible, is a call to action for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our policy and practice network. We are committed to becoming a more inclusive multicultural organization that prioritizes the belonging and quality of life of all our program participants and staff members.
Some of the great Benefits of working at First Place for Youth:
Competitive Compensation Comprehensive benefits package, including 90% paid premium for medical and well as 70 % paid premiums for dependents. 15 vacation days ,12 sick days 14 holidays and 2 floating days per year 401k retirement plan with 4% employer match after 1 year of service Employer-paid Employee Assistance programs and Life Insurance Excellent clinical training, individual and group supervision, and assistance towards licensure. Opportunities to develop specialized skills, including clinical supervision and evidence-based practices Annual performance evaluations provide the potential for a salary increase each year

The Social Worker Lead reports to the Director of Programs-AC/SF, providing field-based training and support to ensure program fidelity, providing direct services including conflict resolution, crisis support, adjunctive support, and substitute case management and employment and education services covering for vacation, vacancy, and other staffing gaps. The Social Worker Lead provides informal consultative support to team members, assists with specialized resource finding, and supports efforts toward program efficiency and outcome achievement, and may provide interim supervision to Youth Advocates and Employment and Education Specialists as needed.
The ideal candidate is a knowledgeable, experienced professional who can work well within multiple teams and be clear about their changing role from placement to placement while understanding the goals and philosophies of each placement position. This position requires a clinical professional whose passion for First Place's vision is matched with energetic leadership, sound judgment in the face of complex challenges, and a proven track record of successfully managing direct-service teams.

Essential Duties and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Program Operations & Program Fidelity

Manage projects assigned to ensure compliance with program policy.
Provide leadership and guidance to staff on all components and processes of First Place for Youth program with particular emphasis on assigned program.
Participate in the ongoing development, evaluation and refinement of service delivery including field training and support to ensure program fidelity and adherence to First Place standards.
As directed, provide quality assurance and chart review to ensure compliance and integrity of documentation.
Provide initial training and semi-annual fidelity checks in field for all YA staff.
As needed, provide interim supervision of assigned staff-Supervision includes weekly individual meeting to review progress toward outcomes and performance metrics, and to provide consultative support to increase clinical understanding toward ensuring youth engagement, motivation and success. Contribute to quarterly and

annual reviews of supervised staff.

Monitor staff effectiveness and support professional growth through review of outcome and practice data.
Provide direct staff training and consultation grounded in evidence based practice and First Place for Youth guiding principles including but not limited to trauma-informed care, positive youth development, and motivational interviewing. Collaborate with management team to implement, train, and coach staff in best practice strategies.

Direct Service to Youth

Provide youth with individual counseling, crisis intervention, referrals, advocacy and life skills training.
Collaborate with community providers including county workers, courts, professionals, vocational and independent living skills programs, schools, family members and significant others
Complete documentation including but not limited to Care and Services plans, needs assessments, and progress notes.
Support youth to identify and work toward employment and educational goals that support their long term permanency.
Participate in the youth intake process; conduct initial youth assessments; support initial youth entrance treatment/service plans.
Other duties as assigned


BA in social work, psychology, counselling or equivalent required with Minimum four years of experience working in a child welfare social services setting or with transition age youth with complex presentations including chronic trauma required.
Master's Degree in a social work, psychology, counselling or equivalent preferred.

Professional License is a plus.
Experience working with transition age youth with complex presentations including chronic trauma preferred. Experience does not substitute for professional degree and certification.
Must be comfortable working in community settings.
Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently
Must be able to pass a Community Care Licensing background check
Must have a car, a valid CA drivers license and auto insurance.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL - Ability to work with high level of detail, work has high level of professional polish down to smallest details, documents and products are well thought out and clear, database is organized and up to date.
DRIVEN BY ACCOMPLISHMENT - Clarity on project goals and the personal drive to wake up every morning ready to accomplish goals, finished projects are thorough and delivered on time. High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work
COMPUTER SKILLS -- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Project and Outlook. Experience with database systems is a plus.
STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS - Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose engaging messages, and present data in a clear and inspiring manner.
HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM - A high level of professionalism in work and interpersonal interactions with both internal and external contacts, presents to others as organized, informed, and friendly.
DECISIVE NATURE - Well-honed ability to independently anticipate and analyze situations, define problems and objectives, recognize viable alternatives, and formulate rapid solutions, with understanding of the inherent risks and the implications of making tough decisions.
AVAILABILITY for occasional evening and weekend work and some travel as needed.


Keywords: First Place for Youth, San Francisco , Social Worker Lead, Healthcare , San Francisco, California

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