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Position Title

    Bilingual DCS Data Case Manager

Description

    The DCS Case Manager for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Division of
    Children’s Services (DCS) Program provides culturally appropriate case
    management services towards the safe return and reunification of unaccompanied
    adolescent males in care. The DCS Case Manager interacts with the Division of
    Children’s Services for review of youth, Immigration and Customs Enforcement for
    intake and transition of youth, and ensures that legal representation is accessed for
    each youth when appropriate. This position tracks intake and exit paperwork, case
    planning, crisis intervention, transportation, providing or obtaining translation
    services, and ensuring youth meet all immigration related court appointments and
    requirements for DCS youth. This position is flexible in responding to the cultural
    needs of youth and serves as the conduit between the youth, the family of origin
    and the country of origin. The DCS Case Manager is responsible for maintaining,
    contacting, and furthering the youth’s potential reunification with family or supportive    
    others, including those in the youth’s home country. The DCS Case Manager
    provides direct service to the youth weekly to help determine appropriate placement
    and referral for youth and documents each meeting. The DCS Case Manager
    documents tracking and transition of needed services and ensures services are
    provided with the fewest possible barriers. The DCS Case Manager models a
    caring, healthy and secure treatment atmosphere for youth for other staff and
    demonstrates an interest in youth developing coping skills.

Responsibilities

    A. Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Tasks
        1. Maintain an assigned caseload of DCS male adolescents in therapeutic staff
        secure treatment. This includes direct service consisting of intake interviews to
        assess need for service and gain appropriate information for placement and
        tracking for referral and reunification both on a spontaneous and scheduled basis.
        2. Maintain direct contact with each assigned UC and have at least one
        documented, scheduled weekly meeting with each UC to discuss reunification
        options. Provide detailed notes in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) data
        base system and UC file for each meeting. .
        3. Meet with program staff weekly for goal planning, review and consultation
        as appropriate to share information on reunification and transfer.
        4. In accordance with policy and procedure, collate and submit all required
        reports on the ORR database including:
            • Intake and Exit Paperwork
            • Assessment and Service Plans
            • Trafficking and Cognitive Screens
            • Authorization for Placement
            • Family Reunification Packet/Sponsor Background Checks
            • Case Management notes
            • Monthly ORR Census Report/Quarterly Narratives/ Summaries as requested
        5. Screen applicants for initial mental health or special needs per ORR tools and
        refer immediately to the Program Manager and Mental Health Therapist.
        6. Collaborate on goals for moving youth with the Program Manager and Mental
        Health Therapist.
        7. Plan for successful transition of youth, including the involvement of parents
        when appropriate, sponsors, community resources and other supports.
        8. Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings with all staff.
        9. Attend agency or professional seminars, training, or conferences to increase
        professional knowledge. Contract adherence trainings are mandatory.
        10. Respond to calls on an as needed basis to provide information to the staff.
        11. Escort UC, as needed, to placements.

    B. Administration
        1. Interpret the program to individuals, groups and organizations when requested.
        2. Know requirements of the Division of Children’s Services. Maintain a healthy
        working relationship and good collaboration with all DCS contract sites and staff.
        3. Meet weekly with the Program Manager to discuss individual youth, review
        program operations and gain direction. Initiate discussion on problem areas and    
        report on any barriers to completing contracted services.
        4. Train staff in ORR data case management issues as requested.
        5. Help to ensure all interpreted youth materials are culturally appropriate and
        sensitive to the placement needs of the youth. Bring concerns and ideas for
        cultural responsivity to the Program Manager.
        6. Ensure all youth materials are available in the youth’s language.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience:
        1. Bachelor Degree in behavioral sciences, human services or social service
        fields; or a Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of progressive employment
        experience in the aforementioned fields. Child welfare and/or case
        management experience is strongly encouraged. Experience OR 2 years
        working with ORR/DCS youth.
        2. Bilingual in Spanish with direct knowledge and experience of Spanish culture.
        3. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
        1. Knowledge of various MH treatment modalities, de-escalation, and DBT
        skills for adolescents.
        2. Strong organizational ability.
        3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
        4. Knowledge of relevant COA standards and Quality Improvement processes.
        5. Demonstration of sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences.
        6. Knowledge of WA State Code), DCS Contract, and Sex Offender Treatment.    
        7. Respect for and interest in youth strengths.
        8. Must have own transportation available with necessary insurance.
        9. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s)
        on Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies
        with the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        10. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences
        and a commitment to the value of cultural competency.

Hours

    Full Time

Salary

    DOE

Reports to

    Program Manager, McEachern House and the Matsen Program Manager when
    DCS youth are served in Matsen House or there is no DCS Case Manager in
    a different program serving DCS youth.

Location

    Renton

Application Deadline

    Open until filled.

Contact

    Send cover letter and resume to Antonio Soto at antonio@friendsofyouth.org  

Job Posting Date

    3/8/17
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