Bilingual Social Worker Asisstant - Samaritas

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Lansing, MI

 

Bilingual Social Worker Asisstant

 

 ***This position requires the applicant to be fluent in Spanish.*** 

Job Summary 

The Bilingual Social Worker Assistant position assists in providing a variety of culturally relevant, bi-lingual, non-professional auxiliary services for children and families in support of case related goals. This position may work up to 23 hours per week. Must be fluent in Spanish. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Maintain current knowledge of and provide non-professional auxiliary services and assistance to clients, under the direction of social worker and casework supervisor in accordance with applicable contractual, regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. 

2. Provide transportation for foster children to and from medical appointments, during placement or replacement, and with social worker to clinics, other agencies, etc. 

3. Supervise children during appointments either at home, in offices, or at other appropriate sites. 

4. Maintain a resource file and become acquainted with the procedures and operations of various medical and/or educational facilities in the community, which provide services for children. 

5. Observe and document activity related to the child and foster parents; report observations to social worker with case responsibility. 

6. Develops and maintains complete progress notes for assigned cases utilizing computerized software. 

7. Obtain reports (e.g. court reports, school reports, birth records, etc.) and resource information from other agencies on behalf of social worker as assigned by supervisor. 

8. Assist the social worker with case assessments pertinent to development of casework plan. 

9. Assist the licensing social worker with home evaluations, renewals and training activities. 

10. Handle post-foster care inquiries in accordance with agency policy and practices. 

 

Job Qualifications 

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification 

 Associate’s degree in human services or related field. Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field preferred. 

 

Experience 

 One year experience in child welfare or refugee resettlement program preferred. 

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Knowledge Skills and Abilities 

 Willingness and ability to demonstrate compassion, non-judgmental attitude, and empathy towards persons served. 

 Ability to maintain a helping role; intervenes when appropriate. 

 Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished orally or in writing. 

 Ability to effectively resolve problems involving routine but, involved situations. 

 Ability to work constructively with staff, clients, and representatives from agencies. 

 Ability to read, speak and write English; communicates effectively, both orally and in writing. Bilingual in language of the persons served preferred; able to translate in both written and verbal forms. 

 Legible handwriting; ability to write simple and complex sentences with proper use of grammar and word order. 

 Ability to read, understand and interpret case record information necessary for contract, licensing, FIA and court compliance. 

 Ability to add, subtract and multiply. 

 Ability to utilize basic computerized software applications. 

 

Additional Work Requirements 

 Valid unrestricted driver’s license with good driving record with reliable transportation suitable to transport person served. Proof of current automobile registration and insurance. 

 Extended hours may be required. 

 

Physical and Mental Requirements 

 Near and far acuity. Ability to lift and carry small children up to 100 pounds. High level of concentration over extended periods. 

 

***To apply for this position, please send resume to: Dena Masters, Human Resources, Samaritas at dmast@samaritas.org.

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