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School Social Worker (Bilingual-Spanish)

Felton Institute San Francisco, CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description: (Bilingual-Spanish) School Social WorkerSan Francisco Agency OverviewAgency Overview Founded in 1889, Felton Institute is the oldest nonsectarian, nonprofit charitable social- services provider in the City and County of San Francisco. Our mission is to strengthen families by providing caring, effective, and innovative social services, with special emphasis on the needs of low-income families, children, and the elderly and disabled people, thus improving the quality of life for all San Franciscans. Program DescriptionFounded in 1971 as the first full-inclusion early care and education program in the city—and now, it’s largest—Felton’s Family Developmental Center (FDC) is one of the agency’s many innovations. The FDC’s mission is: to provide responsive, developmental child care in an equitable, nurturing, challenging, and inclusive program by addressing the medical, educational, and social needs of children and families, providing them with a sound foundation for lifelong development, family economic success, and hope for a successful future.The FDC is a model program integrating typically developing children with children who are medically fragile and/or have identified special needs, giving every child the maximum opportunity to develop, progress, and attain her/his personal best through individual educational plans. FDC places an emphasis on a holistic, intergenerational approach that is culturally and linguistically responsive to the children and families being served. The program continues its commitment to its inclusive, continuity of care model, which provides a positive learning environment, and focuses on children’s positive self-esteem and self-image. Family Developmental Center is focused on the promotion of strong families and the optimal support for children by focusing on the Strengthening Families Framework™. This approach focuses on the implementation of Five Protective Factors: parental resilience, increasing social connections; increasing knowledge of parenting and child development; providing concrete supports in times of need; and supporting social and emotional competence in young children. Brief Job DescriptionFelton’s Family Developmental Center offers integrated family support and mental health services to diverse families in our early care and education settings in San Francisco. Additionally, we provide comprehensive, two generation, holistic, wrap-around services to families with young children (0-5) who have experienced trauma. Felton is seeking a bicultural, bilingual mental health professional, who is enthusiastic, talented and has experience working with the multicultural communities. The position requires a minimum of two (2) years of experience in health and social service fields, knowledge of child development, ability to bridge and build relationships, and experience with or interest in providing evidence-based family and child psychotherapy in a childcare setting. The primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a young child and his or her parent (or caregiver) as a vehicle for restoring the child's sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate effect and improving the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. We accomplish this through client-centered, nonjudgmental, culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Under the supervision of the Family Support Director, the School Social Worker is the primary interface for access services such as peer/family counseling and support, screening, assessment, brief treatment, consultative services, education and engagement, linkages, outreach and advocacy. The School Social Worker will work one on one with families and offer child and family psychotherapy to a small caseload of students and their caregivers (using an evidence-based, trauma-informed lens) to improve the quality of their lives. The School Social Worker will work with the family support staff to refer families to community resources and information of resources available in the Sunshine Community Center and Young Family Resource Center. The social worker will link families by making referrals to Felton programs and outside agencies as her/his caseload allows. School Social Worker will be an advocate for a child experiencing severe behavioral problems at FDC and work within a multidisciplinary team to support child with necessary resources. The School Social Worker will work primarily with children and their parents who are struggling with learning disabilities, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and/or poverty. The School Social Worker will also help families work toward meeting their life long / educational goals. The School Social Worker will assist families in mobilizing resources to address formal social service needs, including: Cal Fresh, housing, and offer case management services, which provide coordination of internal/external formal supports that are crucial to strengthening family stability and positive functioning. The School Social Worker will evaluate needs of families and develop treatment plans in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. The incumbent may also assist with family, parenting; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem while providing a safe and supportive environment and adhering to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements. The School Social Worker will maintain accurate detailed observation and progress records for later electronic billing data entry. Additional duties as needed. JOB DUTIESAssessment, Teaching, and Implementation of Identified Goals for Children/FamiliesConduct brief, non-stigmatizing screenings to evaluate the needs of children, adolescents and adults, for mental health and support services, based on direct interview and interaction with the family and/or discussion with other staff members who interact with the family. Assess, evaluate, formulate and implement treatment plans for clientsPerform comprehensive assessment for mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, domestic violence and medical needs. Conduct follow-up as appropriate based on results of evaluation.Provide child and family psychotherapy, facilitate Multifamily Groups, collateral work, case management and crisis interventionDeveloping cultural humility and sensitivity to bias, including an understanding of historical trauma, systemic racism, culture of poverty, and epigeneticsUnderstanding the role of Protective Factors for prevention and for building strong familiesAddressing families with sensitivity to minimize harm and to support healing, utilizing knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences and acknowledging the need for trauma informed approaches Referrals & Case ManagementProvide early interventions and referrals to specialty mental health services, including referral for more intensive psychological or psychiatric support services, if needed.Conducts ongoing periodic evaluation and at exit of program for all clients. Conduct patient satisfaction surveys with all patients receiving services. Also, participate in program development and evaluation, and collect and compile data as required by program and funding sources.Facilitates and oversees Case Management and Support Groups for victim’s domestic violence and other families in crisisHandles client concerns with regards to counseling issues.Empowering families by helping them develop the skills and connections to advocate for themselves, and support families in learning to use limited resources most efficientlyRecognizing and addressing systemic barriers to accessing resourcesWill respond to on site family crisis as needed by providing guidance for Program Supervisors and other staff in managing CPS cases and other urgent family needs. Supervision & Administrative DutiesDocument findings in client records according to established protocol. Submit monthly reports on number of unduplicated clients, behavioral health consultations, screenings, assessments, and brief treatment encounters provided.Maintain client records, including all mandated agency forms in accordance agency policy, state Confidentiality and HIPPA laws. Keep all records and information confidential. Maintain confidentiality regarding privileged administrative and client information in a professional manner.Keep case load as required and ensures case documentation is up-to-date and reflective of services provided.Report suspected child and adult abuse and follow up on all such reports.Meet all deadlines and comply with agency requirements around the documentation of your workAttend supervision, agency-wide meetings, and represent the program and agency professionallyOther duties as assigned by supervisor. Minimum QualificationsA minimum of 2 years of direct service experience in early childhood mental health or early childhood educationExperience and skills with facilitating meetings with staff and clientsKnowledge of San Francisco County Community Mental Health Services, paperwork and community resources preferredKnowledge of individual/family dynamicsKnowledge of child & adolescent growth and development, youth development and leadership principalsKnowledge and familiarity with multi-cultural populations, especially African-American, Asian and LatinoKnowledge and experience with evidence-based practices, including trauma informed care framework.Committed to culturally informed practice and a multicultural learning environmentKnowledge of DSM-IV/ DSM V diagnosesKnowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctionKnowledge and awareness of the therapeutic processKnowledge of and ability to work in a community and agency structureOpen to learning and implementing Evidenced Based PracticesAbility to carry out community assignments including those connected to the school sitesAbility to communicate information and ideas in speaking and written form so that

Felton Institute

Why Work Here?

Great place to work, family environment, work life balance

Agency Overview Founded in 1889, Felton Institute (formerly Family Service Agency of San Francisco) has a 131-year history of innovation in services for vulner­able children, families, and adults. Felton’s mission is to respond to human needs with cutting edge social services and treatment that combine the best social science research with cultural sensitivity, a deep respect for the consumer, and a commitment to social justice. With over 40 programs in 11 languages at sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties, our comprehensive array of services reaches across all racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic lines. At the heart of our work is the belief that individuals and families in crisis must have access to services and resources to help them build on their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. Felton offers a dynamic, challenging, and supportive work environment where staff is encouraged to increase their skills and enter new domains.


2730 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA