The Social Worker will help support teens, advisors, staff and parents of the BBYO community in addressing the mental health and wellness needs of its members.
• Training – Share professional knowledge with other staff by seeking out professional development opportunities and sharing new learning with staff. Attend BBYO staff conferences and relevant JFS trainings. Plan and implement trainings or support community partners to provide trainings as needed for teens, advisors and staff.
• Programming – Ensure the grant needs are being met by developing and implementing programs with the majority of chapters. Lead mental health and wellness initiatives for and with teen leaders.
• Teen Mental Health Support – Provide prevention, intervention and crisis response for youth members of BBYO adhering to BBYO protocol. Assess areas of needs of youth, both as a collective group and as individuals, and determine appropriate means to address needs either one-on-one or via group through monitoring the emotional well-being of participants, observation of participants and follow up on any potential issue and alertness to issues that may arise from pre-existing family situations such as recent death, divorce or serious illness in the family.
• Staff/Advisor Support- Monitor the emotional well-being of advisors and staff. Help develop strategies for success for youth in need while assisting staff in creating an environment where youth feel emotionally supported and physically safe. Provide guidance to staff as they deal with teens having diagnosed disorders and/or participant behavior such as aggression, homesickness, teasing, or bullying. Work with staff to develop and implement clinically appropriate interventions.
• Parental Support –Provide guidance to parents while addressing teens’ mental health needs and help navigate mental health referrals or resources for families. Engage with teens and families as needed to create a plan of support and action to help address mental health and inclusion challenges. Communicate via phone, e-mail and/or in-person meetings based on the needs of the family; work with the family to recommend clinically appropriate intervention and resources.
• Scheduling- Maintain flexible hours, as working schedule will vary depending on events. Position requires consistent after-hours work, primarily evenings and weekends, and is based out of the BBYO office at the Jewish Community Center. Attend 3-5 weekend overnight conventions, one of BBYO's summer leadership camps, Staff Conference, and International Convention.
• Record Keeping – Maintain necessary documentation as required, by preparing and completing, in a timely manner, all required records and reports for all assigned activities. Responsible for gathering and maintaining data required for funders
• Ambassadorship - Support both agency operations by appropriately representing Jewish Family Service and BBYO in all forums and by demonstrating commitment to agency philosophy, mission, goals, policies and procedures.
• Conduct - Maintain standard of the profession by following the principles of professional ethics and all applicable codes of ethics.
• Compliance – Adhere to standards and requirements of all external accrediting/licensing bodies by attending staff meetings and committee meetings as assigned.
• Networking/Promotion – Promote the agency by ensuring an understanding of program services available for teens and families and publicizing activities and accomplishments. Attend Teen Mental Health Workgroup meetings at the Jewish Federation and conduct outreach with community members as appropriate.
• Security and Privacy –Adhere to agency and client protection policies by regularly acclimating yourself with the JFS privacy, safety and security policies made available within the employee handbook.
• Employee Philanthropy –Participate annually in agency and partner related philanthropic activities and campaigns.
• Mission Dedication –Embody the mission and values of JFS in all work done on behalf of the agency. Utilization of the JFS key strategies will ensure success in this accountability.
• Misc. – Other duties as assigned by management.
Experience: Previous experience with program development, community organizing, training and clinical experience working with youth and families. Not required, but previous experience in a youth group or camp would be beneficial.
Education: Minimum of a master’s degree in a field that permits state licensing/registration to provide outpatient counseling/therapy.
Certifications or Licenses Required: Limited or Full Licensure
• Time Management - Use time effectively by appropriately planning, organizing and scheduling required work hours to meet agency needs.
• Technology - Maintain ability to utilize multiple documentation systems based on location requirements.
• Communication – Express oneself in an articulate and effective manner both verbally and in written communication.
• Innovation – Utilize creativity and self-motivation to develop new programming and methods for connecting with teen participants.
• Effective Reasoning – Deal with abstract and concrete problematic situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
• Continuing Education - Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending agency in-service programs, educational workshops, reviewing professional publications and establishing personal networks.
• Adolescent development –Possess a high level of understanding of normal and abnormal behaviors throughout developmental stages in order to best intervene in problematic situations.
• Clinical Framework – Understand and apply basic theoretical models and perspectives to successfully resolve teen scenarios over short and long term periods.
• Crisis Intervention – Knowledgeable in crisis intervention, with the ability to implement crisis interventions, and will use BBYO's protocol to support teens and staff.
• Liaison Role – Act in accordance with the wishes of BBYO as to daily tasks and duties, including attendance at all BBYO staff meetings and events.
• Professionalism – Demonstrate effective judgment by making appropriate decisions, as well as conducting and maintaining a professional manner and appearance at all times.
• Teamwork Capabilities – Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.