The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Social Worker to be based in Washington, DC. The Social Worker will supervise volunteers appointed as independent Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children and will also serve as direct Child Advocate for particularly complex cases. In addition, the Social Worker will provide internal case consultation and case support on matters involving child welfare, child development, and trauma for colleagues in the DC office.
The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate for vulnerable, unaccompanied children. Our role is to identify and advocate for the best interests of children in federal custody, applying federal and state law and long-recognized principles of the best interests of the child.
The Young Center has programs in eight cities across the United States including Houston, San Antonio, Harlingen, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Our team is a passionate and interdisciplinary group of professionals—attorneys, social workers, volunteer coordinators and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that immigrant children are recognized as children, first and foremost, and receive the full protection they deserve under the law, even though they’re caught in an immigration system that often views them as adults-in-miniature.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Social Worker’s primary responsibilities will be:
Supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated children in federal custody in DC
Serve as Child Advocate for particularly complex cases
Visit children as needed, speak with parents, family members and stakeholders, draft case summaries
Collaborate with attorneys on legal analyses and legal advocacy to identify and advocate for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children
Provide internal case consultations and case support on matters involving child welfare, child development and trauma for the Young Center’s DC office
Assist in recruiting and trainings for prospective volunteer Child Advocates in DC
Assist with monthly reporting, attend stakeholder meetings, participate in working groups, and take on other program responsibilities as needed
Guide the local office in implementing self-care strategies
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in social work
Two years of prior experience, preferable working with immigrant and refugee children or families
Bilingual in Spanish and English
Strong writing and communication skills; excellent organizational and planning skills
Experience with basic Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
DC licensure or the ability to become licensed strongly encouraged
Ability to take initiative and work independently, and also to work collaboratively
Enthusiasm for working with volunteers and children
Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families
Experience in self-care strategies
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.
Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANS) and tuberculosis test.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit theyoungcenter.org/careers. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a single PDF under "Resume". Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan.
About Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.