Job Localtion: Berkeley Headquarters - Berkeley, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: Master's Degree
Salary Range: $54,000.00 - $60,000.00 Salary/year
Job Shift: Day
Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services
The Permanency Program Social Worker (PPSW) will provide cross-over functions in the following areas: Adoption, Foster Care, Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC), Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) and Transitional Housing. The PPSW will conduct home environment assessment, psychosocial assessment, and prepare a Written Report for resource families. This position will: develop, coordinate, and supervise treatment plans for children living with our resource families; arrange trainings for parents; conduct home-based case management services for resource families; develop, coordinate and supervise family service plans, assessing and identifying family needs and connect families to available resources. Participate in Child and Family Teams (CFT).
Provide case management to assigned Foster Care/Adoption caseload including: completing appraisal, needs and service plans, quarterly reports, case notes from weekly visits/contacts, working in collaboration with county placement agency social workers and working towards children/family case plans with agency approved resource families.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Understand, interpret and apply the interim licensing standards and applicable laws governing the operations of public social services agencies, Foster Family Agency homes (FFA), transitional housing programs and adoptions including California Alliance and Joint Commission standards
- Orients and explains the Resource Family Approval requirements to applicants and resource families
- Evaluate and assess the application of the potential resource families
- Interview and establish rapport with applicants; work with diverse populations including with resource families, birth families, kin caregivers and extended family members
- Conduct trainings to small and large groups
- Conduct a home environment assessment, psychosocial assessment, and prepare a Written Report
- Incorporate an assessment of an applicant’s mental health and substance abuse into the risk assessment
- Assess a variety of information including, but not limited to, historical, social, cultural and economic factors pertaining to individuals
- Summarize, evaluate, and make a final determination of an applicant in the written report
- Utilize teaming and collaborative strategies to engage resource families
- Ability to assess and identify children who have been abused, neglected, or maltreated
- Evaluation and assessment of a child/NMD for placement and continued placement in a resource family home
- Matching child/NMD with a resource family home
- Participate in the Child and Family Team (CFT) process for the child/NMD
- Development and updating of the child’s needs and services plan, including identifying individuals who are important to the child
- Provide case management services including direct contact with the child or nonminor dependent and the resource family
- Provision of support services to resource families assigned to the social worker
- Recognize how personal beliefs, values, norms, and world views can affect the dynamics of case planning and outcomes
- Maintains records of all services provided and documents all assessments, meetings, decisions and reports
- Establish and maintain contact with community service providers
- Facilitates support groups
- Plan and attend social events for families
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications and Characteristics Desired:
- Master's Degree from an accredited or state approved graduate school in social work or social welfare, Master's Degree from an accredited or state approved graduate school in social work or social welfare, marriage, family, and child counseling, child psychology, child development, counseling psychology or social psychology
- Ability to be register with the Board of Behavioral Sciences preferred
- Excellent clinical skills including knowledge of developmental stages of childhood and effects of trauma on development, as well as the dynamics of system involved children and families
- Experience with behavior modification interventions preferred
- Strength-based, culturally competent approach to supervision, participant and community service
- Excellent organizational, computer, writing, and communication skills
- Ability to complete adoption home study assessments using Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) format
- Manage a high volume of work, practicing effective time management and prioritization skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage and establish rapport with multi- and inter-generational families
- Experience working with Transitional Aged Youth and Transitional Housing Programs
- Experience with conducting trainings and informational sessions
- Ability to pass various background checks needed to work with children
- Ability to travel using personal vehicle and flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, talk and hear.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Local travel to various worksites is required.
Work Authorization/Security Clearance
Employees must pass a background check and receive TB and health clearances prior to employment.
A Better Way is committed to workforce diversity. Qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to age, race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, HIV-status, national origin or disability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.