Division / Program: 
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Wed, 08/08/2018
Position Summary: 
POSITION OVERVIEW: This position requires the provision of strengths-based human service interaction between the youth and his/her parents. It requires general knowledge of the dynamic role of parenting. This position demands the understanding of the stressors associated with rearing a youth who has the potential of having long term contact with law enforcement agencies. The position requires the ability to provide home-based services and develop resources and activities to comply with court mandates in some cases or to prevent court involvement in some situations. The ability to function as an active contributing team member who is able to communicate openly and work with internal and external partners across agencies and departments is mandatory. The position requires the ability to engage, encourage, support, and instruct caregivers in actively participating in the educational needs of youth; the ability to assist in the development of Youth/Family Service Plans, and working with families to provide support and resource to achieve goals of service plans. Extensive professional relationships will be developed to enhance all possibilities of increasing positive outcomes for the youth and families. This includes, but not limited to extensive contact with the Juvenile Justice System, Children and Youth Division of the Department of Human Services, Family Court, Youth Aid Panel, etc.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
Required Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in direct service case management work with children and/or families, demonstrating the ability to use non-punitive methods that place special emphasis upon strengths-based dynamics.
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills.
  • Knowledgeable regarding record documentation styles.
  • Experience and or knowledgeable in Family Group Decision Making.
  • Ability to submit required reports in data base system and file in accordance with funding source and agency requirements.
  • Ability to adhere to HIPPA guidelines as related to confidentiality
  • Ability to understand the concept of professional helping and its connection to professional boundaries in service delivery
  • Demonstrate ability to work with at-risk youth and their families.
  • Understanding of youth development principles.
  • Have strong active listening skills.
  • Understand the importance and use of viable community resources and process of referral systems
  • Awareness of the culture of poverty, diversity and personalized planning and intervention.
  • Ability to engage, resistant, apprehensive and/or discouraged family members.
  • Criminal, FBI, and Childline clearances.
  • Computer proficiency required.
  • Knowledge of DHS data base is a plus.
  • Maintain client case files and update data base in accordance with funder standards.
  • Provide feedback to service team members (supervisor/counselor/other staff concerning issues that may be identified during interactions with program participants.
  • Participate in Service Plan meetings as warranted.
  • Participate in clinical team meetings, staff meetings and trainings, as instructed.
  • Maintain accurate up-to-date daily records as instructed.
  • Work with youth and their families as necessary.
  • Comfortable working with adolescent youth (ages 10 to 17).
  • Other duties or activities as assigned by the Program Supervisor.
  • Ability to speak/write fluent Spanish extremely valuable for this position..
Experience:Bachelors degree in social workEducation Requirement:High School Diploma or GEDCompletion of PA Certified Peer Specialist Training preferred.Valid driver’s license and insurance in driver’s name
More Details: 
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:
  • Working conditions are in a variety of settings, involves the potential for high stress levels and exposure to difficult situations; non-standard work hours are required
  • Must work with a vulnerable and overwhelmed population often identified as having few resources and challenging however possess unrecognized abilities that conceal their strengths and capabilities which is necessary to fully incorporate strengths-based services.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Forward cover letter and resume (mail or fax) to: Iran.Jackson@paan1989, Director of Intensive Prevention Services at Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network