Bilingual Youth Counselor (serving male clients/at-risk youth)
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.
The mission of NVFS is to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life, and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. 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 work with youth around interventions such as critical thinking, decision making, healthy relationships, refusal skills, anger management and goal setting. The Youth Counselor will also work with referred youths’ parents or guardians to increase effective communication and appropriate limit-setting, provide education about the signs of gang involvement or other negative behaviors, and provide information about the ways families can support their children so that they are less vulnerable to gang involvement and other unhealthy relationships. Referrals for any needed services are provided, ensuring that families are connected to a supportive network and formal and informal resources in their community.
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
Please submit your application via the application link provided.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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