Interim Social Services Coordinator - Falls Church or Newark

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

About the organization

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.
KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.
To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public

Duties

• Develop and maintain a knowledge base of social services available to clients in assigned work areas.
• Develop relationships with community coalitions in areas of high client concentration.
• Establish working relationships and partnerships with local service providers and administrators in each service area to enhance the referral process.
• Conduct assessments of referred clients, including the larger context in which the child is living, identifying needs, barriers, and safety concerns.
• Maintain documentation regarding attempts to access services and service delivery.
• Track and report client data, outreach actions and outcomes, and general information for program evaluation, performance quality, and development purposes.
• Complete referrals to services, assist families in completing intake requirements for these services, and follow up as necessary.
• Assist KIND legal staff on working with families in crisis and transition.
• Work with other KIND Social Services Coordinators nationally to develop best practices, protocols, and provide training and support on relevant topics for KIND staff.
• Conduct trainings to support pro bono attorneys and for community social providers.
• Working closely with other legal services providers, law firms, corporations, and law schools in relevant jurisdiction(s) to identify and support resource-sharing amongst these partner agencies.
• Supervise interns and volunteers.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, preferably in counseling, or related specialty.
• 2+ years of experience working with immigrant populations; experience working with unaccompanied minors preferred.
• Advanced fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required.
• 2-3 years of experience working with children, preferably unaccompanied minors, immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma
• Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers.
• A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills.
• Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients.
• Ability to verbalize and implement therapeutic-focused strategies for children/families.
• Ability to effectively conduct trainings to diverse audiences in person and virtually, including attorney trainings and diverse presentations for child clients.
• Familiarity or ability to work with adult immigrant caretakers, or training in trauma-informed parenting.
• Ability to manage, create and oversee various events that aim towards bringing resources and services to child clients.
• Ability to network with local coalitions to establish strong relationships to allow for cross referrals.
• Ability to travel as assigned.

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