U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in migration by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life. For over 100 years, we have shaped history with the belief that immigrants strengthen our communities, economy and social fabric through freedom, hard work, and family unity.
The Case Manager will provide Home Study (HS) and Post Release Services (PRS) for Unaccompanied Children (UC). This position will report to the Program Officer - Post Release Services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assess potential placements for UC, including background interview and home study;
- Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate post placement services and comprehensive case management for UC;
- Develop individual case plans with particular attention to culture, language, and special circumstances;
- Maintain accurate and complete case files by updating database systems, submitting reports, and managing physical case files;
- Provide information, education, referrals, outreach, advocacy, and support to ensure that each child receives the services they require;
- Assess the safety and appropriateness of the placement on an ongoing basis using child welfare principles and social work best practices and conduct calls, interviews, and home visits;
- Build a network of local pro bono legal resources and services and care providers to establish services for UC, facilitate access and removing barriers to those services, and track individual progress via an online database;
- Coordinate and maintain communication with key stakeholders;
- Participate in regular training and communication sessions with on-site and case work supervisor and headquarters staff; and
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Bachelor's degree in social work, education, psychology, or sociology with a minimum of two years' experience in case management, preferably working with, serving, and advocating on behalf of immigrant and refugee children; Master's degree (M.Ed or MSW) is preferred;
- Experience in child welfare, child placements, family preservation and social service provision is desired;
- Must possess an extensive knowledge of immigrant community local resources;
- Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment;
- Must have a valid driver's license, insurance, a clean driving record, and personal transportation; position requires frequent local and long distance travel with limited notice;
- Fluency in Spanish is required; proficiency in additional languages a plus; and
- Candidate must have dedication to the human rights of refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and displaced people.
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