*Please note this role is based in Houston, TX - All candidates will be expected to commute or relocate as needed.
KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE
SOCIAL SERVICES COORDINATOR- DETAINED PROJECT
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a national leader in unaccompanied child (UAC) migrant and refugee issues. Launched in 2008, KIND is dedicated to a world in which children’s rights and well-being are protected as they migrate alone in search of safety. Through a proven model and innovative partnerships, KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings by providing high quality legal services. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.
KIND seeks a Social Services Coordinator for its Houston office to work with detained children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The Social Services Coordinator will be responsible for working with KIND’s clients, KIND legal staff, ORR case workers, and clients’ families to identify needs and gaps in services, and assist clients in accessing services related to housing, education, health, mental health, transportation, food, and child care. The Social Services Coordinator will work with clients detained at an ORR shelter in Houston, as well as child clients released to family members in Harris and Montgomery counties.
The Social Services Coordinator’s responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
1) Develop and maintain a knowledge base of social services available to clients in assigned work areas in collaboration with the non-detailed Social Services Coordinator in Houston;
2) Establish working relationships and partnerships with local service providers in each service area to enhance the referral process;
3) Conduct psychosocial assessments of referred clients and develop a comprehensive service plan in conjunction with the child, the child’s family, and the child’s attorney, when appropriate, and maintain documentation regarding attempts to access services and service delivery;
4) Communicate and collaborate with ORR facility staff to create post-18 plans for detained children approaching 18 years of age and post-release plans for detained children under 18 years of age who have obtained immigration status;
5) Complete referrals to services, assist clients and families in completing intake requirements for these services and follow up as necessary;
6) Assist KIND Legal staff on working with child clients and their families in crisis and transition; and
7) Educate KIND Legal Staff on best practices in working with children that have experienced trauma.
Educational and Experience Requirements
The ideal candidate will have experience working with and within immigrant communities in the US, will have working knowledge of the challenges and limitations in accessing public services for undocumented children and families, and will have a high level of cultural competence.
- Degree in social work, counseling, or related specialty required; MSW preferred;
- Two to three years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
- Bilingual in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required;
- Ability to work collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team;
- A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills;
- Self-starter who will be able to create a network of resources and contacts within a large metropolitan area.
- Prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers;
- Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients;
- A strong record of trauma-informed and cross-cultural care practices;
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/
Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.
KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.
The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.