DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK
East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO), a nonprofit organization, provides free legal representation to children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court. In addition, EBCLO is court-appointed to represent children in juvenile justice and probate guardianship cases. EBCLO is dedicated to high quality legal representation that incorporates a comprehensive approach to advocate for children in their court proceedings. EBCLO staff agree that advocacy and representation of children is a team effort and will utilize an attorney-social worker team model. EBCLO seeks social workers passionate about working with children and youth in the juvenile dependency system.
The mission of the East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc., is to protect and defend the rights of children and youth through effective, vigorous and compassionate legal advocacy. EBCLO strives to provide a voice for children in the juvenile and probate court systems and to promote positive outcomes for them.
This is a full time position. The Director of Social Work works with EBCLO attorneys and social workers as part of the legal team to ensure compliance with EBCLO’s core mission to provide vigorous and comprehensive representation to its child clients. The Director of Social Work is responsible for investigating all aspects of juvenile dependency, delinquency, and probate guardianship cases, including interviewing clients, social workers, and other service providers and professionals, and gathering records and reports. The Director of Social Work will visit homes and other placements for children, evaluating and reporting on the home and the child as required. The Director of Social Work will provide the staff attorney with an independent assessment of the child’s situation and when required, prepare and present an alternative disposition to the court. In addition, the Director of Social Work will provide group supervision for the social work staff and recruit, train, and supervise social work student interns.
- Provide social work intervention as requested by case-carrying attorneys, including conducting interviews with clients and/or their family members and other interested parties to obtain a comprehensive assessment of the child’s needs.
- Assist and advise attorneys and Youth Advocate Social Workers in case assessment, strategy and management.
- Prepare written social work reports to the Court. Testify in court as needed in individual cases.
- Provide crisis intervention and management
- Travel to visit homes and placements as may be required
- Promote teamwork and communication between social work and attorney staff.
- Develop and provide training for the social work and attorney staff.
- Lead and provide group supervision for the social work staff.
- Recruit and supervise social work interns.
- Work collaboratively with the members of the executive and leadership teams to promulgate EBCLO policy and procedures and make recommendations to the Executive Director as appropriate.
- Attend, participate in and represent the EBCLO as an organization in connection with external meetings that promote and impact the interests of EBCLO clients.
- Other duties as requested by the Executive Director.
- Schedule flexibility is required due to needs of clients.
- A MSW degree from an accredited college or university.
- LCSW license is strongly preferred but not required.
- In-depth knowledge of needs of children and adolescents in out-of home placement and transition aged foster youth.
- Minimum of five years experience in working with abused and neglected children, delinquent children and/or children served by the mental health system, and their families. Prior Management or Leadership experience.
- Strong writing ability, analytical ability, and excellent interpersonal skills
- Sound judgment.
- Ability to be clinically responsive to supervisees in stressful setting.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, MS Outlook and internet.
- Experience serving low-income, diverse ethnic communities.
- Ability to drive with valid driver's license, auto insurance, and access to use of an automobile as needed.
- Bilingual ability preferred.
- Applicants with experience in juvenile dependency and a strong commitment to child advocacy, who also possess a familiarity with mental health issues, the development of social history issues, and special education are encouraged to apply.
Commensurate with experience plus full benefits
Email cover letter, resume and list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please specify “Director of Social Work” in subject line).