Bilingual Youth Counselor - Gang Prevention & Intervention

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization with 400+ employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services.

Duties

The Intervention, Prevention, and Education (IPE) program serves youth ages 10-21 who are at risk for gang involvement, are currently gang involved, or have been victimized by gang violence. NVFS is the direct service provider for the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force. The Youth Counselor will provide short-term therapeutic case management services to address youth’s unique gang-intervention needs. This position will primarily work with girls referred for services often addressing needs related to healthy relationships, histories of sexual assault, sex trafficking victimization, and domestic violence. Other interventions with youth include safety planning on how to leave a gang safely or refusal and resistance skills training to resist recruitment efforts.

•Conduct intake and short-term case management services to assigned case load in accordance with IPE Service Delivery Model, including assessment, goal plan development, and referral
•Provide gang awareness education to referred youth and their parents
•Provide life skills education and intervention in accordance with client’s goal plan and resource needs
•Participate in planning and implementation of group-based activities for IPE clients
•Initiate and maintain collaborative contact with other providers working with the youth and their family, including the referral source, and appropriate school personnel in order to effectively coordinate service delivery and monitor client’s progress towards goals

Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or criminal justice from an accredited college or university.
•At least two (2) years related direct service experience in human service providing individual and / or group services to youth and families, experience providing case management services, and experience working with at-risk youth.
•Experience providing services to immigrants and recently reunified families.
•Experience providing direct services to adolescents.
•Experience developing and facilitating psychoeducation groups for youth and adults.
•Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of gang dynamics.
•Demonstrated fluency in Spanish and English required.
•Clean DMV record; own reliable transportation
•Ability to work a flexible schedule; evening, weekend, and on-call availability required
•Must be comfortable with undesirable home conditions
•Successful completion of background checks required upon hire

Application instructions

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