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Home Study Social Worker

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Southwest Key Programs

, VA

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Job Summary:
The Home Study Social Worker is responsible for conducting home studies of prospective sponsors. For home studies, the Social Worker assesses the sponsor family unit, evaluates the prospective sponsor\u2019s ability to provide a safe living environment that meets the child\u2019s needs, and educates and prepares the prospective sponsor for reunification with the child. The home study is conducted as a collaborative psycho-educational process in which the Social Worker helps the client and sponsor identify areas where additional support, resources or information are needed to ensure successful reunification, and provides assistance with accessing needed supports and services.
Essential Functions:

Conduct interviews with shelter staff, clients, and prospective sponsors as well as home visits for the purpose of making client release recommendations
Coordinate all travel arrangements for home visits
Write thorough and complete Home Study reports with minimal grammatical errors
Submit reports to supervisor by program deadlines
Maintain ongoing communication with supervisor as well as participate in weekly case review with supervisor
Provide services within Southwest Key and ORR guidelines
Participate in and comply with all meetings, assignments, process improvement, and quality improvement initiatives as assigned by supervisor
Demonstrate the ability to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned
Act as a mandated reporter and submit reports to state child welfare authorities (Child Protective Services) when necessary
Travel to other cities and states as needed for required home visits, training, and implementation of new initiatives

Other Functions:

Maintain confidentiality in all areas of client and program operations
Maintain professional and ethical standards as prescribed by Southwest Key and other relevant entities
Attend all organizational, departmental and program meetings to ensure that up-to-date information is received and/or information of policy changes or practice are adhered to
Must be available to travel to other SWK and community sites as needed in order to support necessary program operations
Reconcile all business and travel-related expenses as required by SWK

Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor\u2019s Degree in Social Work (BSW) or a Master\u2019s degree in education, psychology, sociology or other behavioral science equivalent with at least 1 year of related experience
Knowledgeable about local social services and have experience with home studies, working with immigrant populations, knowledgeable about family preservation, kinship care, and/or child welfare
Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing
Ability to complete required reports and documentation in a timely manner
Excellent time management, organization, and task completion skills
Experience working with children, youth, and/or families from high-risk backgrounds
Must be fluent in English and Spanish
Ability to travel during up to 75% of work week via plane and automobile
Maintain a clean driving record and must be eligible to drive on behalf of SWK
Must possess a valid driver's license, current driver's insurance
Successful completion of 86 hours of pre-service training and job shadowing
Compliance with pre-service TB testing and PPD Reading. Bi-annual TB testing and PPD reading required thereafter for continued employment
Compliance with annual requirement of training hours as mandated by SWK, ORR
Must be computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Windows such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and other computer programs as required by the position

Skills Preferred:

Master\u2019s Degree in Social Work (MSW)
Licensed or license eligible
2 years direct service delivery experience with family reunification or family preservation and/or foster care and home adoption home study preparation

Any candidate that does not meet the job requirements must receive written approval from the ORR Project Officer.
Physical Demands:

Must have the ablility to travel up to 75% of the work week via plane and automobile
Job requires extended periods of sitting and computer work

Work Environment:
This is a work from home job where high levels of self-motivation and organizational skills are needed.  Ability to work a flexible work schedule is required dependent upon the assigned caseload and duties.  Work schedules are subject to variation and extended hours, and may include weekend and holiday hours as needed in order to satisfactorily complete all job duties in a timely manner.

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Company Profile
Southwest Key Programs is a national nonprofit organization committed to keeping kids out of institutions and home with their families, in their communities. Our kids' programming is separated into three areas: Youth Justice Alternative Programs, Immigrant Children's Shelters, and Educational Programming. We also run programming that seeks to create opportunities for families to become self-sufficient including adult education and workforce development. The inspiring kids and families we work with are seeking the American dream: equality, education, and a healthier quality of life. At Southwest Key, we simply open the doors to opportunity so they can achieve these dreams.Our founder and CEO, Dr. Juan J. Sánchez, grew up in one of the poorest barrios in Brownsville, Texas on the Mexican border where life was full of challenges. Shaped by his experiences as a young migrant worker, he grew up determined to spend his life helping as many people as he could to escape poverty through educational and other opportunities. His tenacity ultimately took him to Harvard University, where he was among the first Latinos to receive his doctorate from the School of Education. In 1987, Dr. Sánchez founded Southwest Key Programs in a basement in San Antonio, Texas with a staff of five. Today, that small team has grown to serve youth and their families in six states across the U.S.

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