Bilingual Social Worker – Mental Health

Posted: Feb. 1 , 2019

Job Title:  Bilingual Social Worker – Mental Health
Status:  Full-time salaried
Salary:  DOE

About LTSC

Little Tokyo Service Center has a 38-year history of providing multilingual, culturally appropriate social services to people of Little Tokyo and in the broader Asian American community. Its Social Services Department seeks to immediately fill the following position.

Position Summary:

The Bilingual Social Worker will provide case management and mental health services primarily to Japanese-speakers and older adults in the Japanese American community. As a professional social worker, he/she/they will maintain superior social work standards, practices and ethical conduct, and must be able to work with diverse population of clients, staff and others in an empathetic and caring manner. He/she/they must possess a wide range of clinical and leadership skills, and a willingness to learn. He/she/they must be flexible and take initiative. The Social Worker must be flexible and take initiative when appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide social services to Japanese-speakers and other at-risk individuals, particularly older adults.

  • identify and outreach to families, particularly low-income and at-risk individuals
  • educate the Japanese American community about available benefits, community resources and wellness topics, especially related to mental health, through presentations and ethnic media
  • assess clients’ existing support systems, and current and future needs
  • develop care plans and/or treatment plans, and deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services accordingly
  • connect clients to relevant resources and assist them with accessing benefits and programs
  • facilitate individual and family sessions to help clients develop coping skills
  • monitor service delivery to ensure that services are appropriate, timely, and satisfactory
  • record progress notes and keep appropriate documentation current in client files and in a web-based tracking system
  • liase with other agencies and organizations that benefit clients
  • compile reports and performance goals as required by service contracts and/or by supervisor, and prepare for program and financial audits
  • attend meetings, trainings, seminars and conferences as assigned

Contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Social Services Department.

  • screen and respond to walk-in, phone, mail and email inquiries, and provide appropriate referrals
  • provide technical assistance to agencies and individuals seeking information regarding low-income and culturally diverse populations
  • perform administrative duties, including inputting service data, submitting check requests and other paperwork in a timely manner and filing, and help maintain office equipment, supplies, etc.
  • interpret and translate information and documents as assigned by supervisor
  • research resources, information and data for relevant presentations, reports and grant proposals
  • contribute to staff learning and staff meetings
  • advocate for community needs and concerns, particularly for low-income, limited English proficient, and ethnic minority populations

Contribute, as deemed necessary and appropriate, to other activities related to the agency as a whole.

Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Masters degree in Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or related field;
  • Bilingual in English AND Japanese;
  • Knowledge of, and preferably certification in, Evidence-Based Practices in mental health;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of community services in the area, with particular knowledge of services for elderly and ethnic minority populations;
  • Supervisory experience preferred;
  • Good problem-solving, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams;
  • Working knowledge of computer programs, experience with Exym preferred;
  • California driver license and access to an insured automobile.

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Supervisory experience;
  • Experience providing educational seminars and presentations.

Please submit inquiries, cover letters, and resumes to